Friday, March 13, 2009

Give Your Furs Back to the Animals

"Give Your Furs Back to the Animals...used furs provide bedding and comfort to orphaned and injured wildlife."

Taken from The Humane Society's Webpage:

"How Do the Furs Help Wildlife?

The furs are cut into an appropriate size for the animal, whether it be a bobcat, fox, raccoon, squirrel, or rabbit, and placed inside the animal's enclosure. The furry blanket becomes a surrogate mother to orphaned animals, reducing stress and giving comfort.

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If you have a question not answered on this page, just call 301–258-1490.

One rehabilitator related a story about a restless orphaned river otter who chirped constantly. Once she was given a fur blanket, she settled right down. Turning the sleeve of a fur coat inside out, a rehabilitator can also create a warm nest for a burrowing animal such as an opossum. Some animals adopt a piece of fur as a playmate, jumping on it and wrestling with it.

How Do I Donate?

Donating is easy: Place your fur in a sturdy box (a large padded envelope is fine for small items) and mail it to The HSUS at the following address:

The Humane Society of the United States
2100 L St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
Attn: Coats for Cubs

Another way to donate furs is to drop them off at Buffalo Exchange. The HSUS is partnering with Buffalo Exchange, a resale clothing chain with 36 stores across the country, to collect fur items. From Nov. 15, 2008 through Earth Day, April 22, 2009, you can bring your fur to any Buffalo Exchange store and let the staff know it is a donation for The HSUS. Click here for a list of store locations. However, if you want to claim a tax deduction for your donation, please mail your fur(s) directly to HSUS.

The HSUS accepts all fur apparel, fur trims, and fur accessories (such as hats, gloves, and muffs)."

In some weird, twisted way, this is not "righting," but "making amends," with the wrong that was done in the first place. It's too late for the poor sacrificial soul who the fur once belonged to, but giving back to comfort and potentially save another animal's life is one pro-active effort that will bare positivity from a once negative action.

But, that's just my opinion. Thoughts?

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