Fashion castoffs help orphaned wildlife
Give life back to an old fur… Fashion castoffs help orphaned wildlife It is hard to grasp a baby animal wanting your old fur coat or swathed in a fur stole, but sweetie, those little orphaned critters really have more need for last season’s must-have than your closet has space or your heart has room. All fur donations are tax-deductible.
It is hard to grasp a baby animal wanting your old fur coat or swathed in a fur stole, but sweetie, those little orphaned critters really have more need for last season’s fashion must-have[/link] than your closet has space or your heart has room.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) collects furs to send to wildlife rehabilitators, who use them as bedding and nesting material for the animals in their care. If you are fur-friendly, isn’t it time that you are friendly back to animals? All fur donations are tax-deductible.
Orphaned baby animals generally do quite well when raised by a licensed wildlife rehabilitators said Robert Fearn, director of the Cape Wildlife Center in Massachusetts. “We often give orphaned baby squirrels, rabbits and other mammals a small piece of a donated fur coat and they snuggle against it readily. It is very important to minimize human contact with orphaned mammals while still providing comfort and a safe environment,” says Fearn.
The HSUS accepts all fur and fur trimmed apparel, including shearling, along with accessories including hats, gloves, scarves and muffs. Last year, The HSUS received 800 furs with a combined value of over $100,000— yes, we know that’s barely a few sable shrugs on Madison Avenue but your compassion can make those numbers soar!
How to donate your fur items:
• Package fur in a sturdy box- or padded envelope for small items
• Mail to The HSUS:
Attn: Fur Donation
2100 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
• The HSUS will send a letter thanking you for your donation, which should also be kept for your records.
The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s
largest animal protection organization representing more than 9 million members and constituents. The non-profit organization is a mainstream voice for animals, with active programs in companion animals and equine protection, disaster preparedness and response, wildlife and habitat protection, animals in research and farm animal welfare. The HSUS protects all animals through education, investigation, litigation, legislation, advocacy, and field work. The group is based in Washington and has numerous field representatives across the country. On the web at www.hsus.org.
-August 22, 2005