Orphaned Animals Find Comfort in Your Old Fur Coat
About 50% of American people find it acceptable to wear fur, and of course, that leaves about an equal number find it totally unacceptable. Let’s say you are on the side of those that find it unacceptable and also say, for instance, you inherit your late grandmother’s fur coat. Hmmm. What to do, what to do?
Well, here’s an idea – how about donating it to help orphaned animal babies?
Just like human babies, animals babies love to snuggle. Unfortunately, orphaned or abandoned animal babies no longer have their mothers warm and familiar coat to cling to in their early days – a critical time to thrive and survive.
Take this example: There were 28 coyote pups orphaned in California and in a sanctuary. Most of them were there because their mother was hit and killed by a car. Workers gave the pups a fur coat which had been donated. It was thought the coat was made of lynx, but it was determined by a furrier that it was, in fact, a fox pelt coat which had by dyed to look like lynx. The twenty foxes who perished to make that one coat (boo-hiss!) are now providing warmth and comfort to other foxes – babies who have lost their mothers.
There are several organizations will give new purpose to these old coats. One of them is Born Free USA. They collect furs and report that baby and adult animals in sanctuaries and wildlife centers find them very comforting. Last year alone, they have collected and shipped out to centers, the furs of 54 skunks, 38 coyotes, 5 bears, 141 opossums, 4 bobcats, one gray fox, one mountain lion, and dozens of other animals.
Born Free’s CEO, Adam Roberts, says a coat that came from so much cruelty is now helping animals that will potentially get the chance to live full lives in the wild.
Visit BornFree USA for more information.
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