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Donate old furs to help orphaned, injured wildllife

Donate old furs to help orphaned, injured wildllife

Credit: Buffalo Exchange

Wildlife rehabilitators use old furs to warm and comfort orphaned and injured wildlife.

by SUSAN WYATT

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KING5.com

Posted on November 15, 2010 at 2:04 PM

If you've got an old fur coat lying around, why not donate it to help animals?

Buffalo Exchange stores in Seattle and Bellingham are collecting real fur apparel, including trims, accessories and shearling, which will be given to the Humane Society of the United States.

The fur will be sent to wildlife rehabilitators, who use it to warm and comfort orphaned and injured wildlife.

The Humane Society says 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.

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.

The furry blanket becomes a surrogate mother to orphaned animals, reducing stress and giving comfort. Some animals adopt a piece of fur as a playmate, jumping on it and wrestling with it.

Furs will be accepted through Earth Day, April 22, 2011.

To claim a tax deduction, mail your fur directly to The Humane Society of the United States, Attn: Coats for Cubs, 2100 L St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037.

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