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April 14, 2010

Coat of Many Comforts: Recycling Furs for Wildlife Rehab

Next Thursday we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, a day dedicated to inspiring awareness and appreciation for the environment. Many of the actions we can take to protect the Earth—cleaning beaches of plastic and other debris, eating more sustainably and lower on the food chain, landscaping with wildlife in mind, just to name a few—also benefit animals.

Coats for Cubs, The HSUS’s fur recycling program, is another win-win. Through Coats for Cubs we supply donated furs to wildlife rehabilitators, who use the furs to warm and comfort orphaned and injured wildlife.

If you or a family member or friend has any unwanted fur apparel, trim or accessories stored away, now through Earth Day you can bring the fur garments to Buffalo Exchange stores, a resale clothing shop with 39 stores in 14 states (you can see the locations here). Buffalo Exchange is also supporting our Don’t Trash Wildlife program this Earth Day, with proceeds from their April 24 Dollar Day Sale benefiting this education campaign from The HSUS—showing consumers how to recycle or dispose of trash that can harm wild animals—and three of our wildlife care centers: the Wildlife Care Center in South Florida, the Cape Wildlife Center in Cape Cod, and The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center in Ramona, Calif.

If you don’t live near a Buffalo Exchange store, fur items can always be sent to The HSUS for donation to Coats for Cubs. You might also consider organizing a fur collection drive in your community in honor of Earth Day, or any time of the year. We're also organizing collections led by youth, and one student has already collected more than 30 pieces of fur.

Here’s a recent photo of coyote puppies, brought to our Fund for Animals Wildlife Center in March, snuggling up to a donated fur.

Coyote puppies at Fund for Animals Wildlife Center
Photo credit Christine Jensen/Fund for Animals Wildlife Center

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