Back in October, I wrote about my mixed feelings regarding a vintage fur purchase. Sometimes it’s difficult to reconcile a love for animals and fashion, and fur is one of the most obvious conflicts of interest. While the stylish side of me loves the look of a silky, gorgeous fur layered over a casual jeans and t-shirt ensemble, the animal rights activist in me knows that no matter how chic it may or may not look (totally debatable), it’s wrong. Ultimately, I’ve grown increasingly uncomfortable with its presence in my closet, and have come to the conclusion that even in the case of wearing a vintage piece, I simply don’t want to be a part of perpetuating the look of fur, period. Of course, now I’m stuck with this fancy old thing that I paid good money for. Luckily, I’ve stumbled upon the perfect solution.
Coats For Cubs is an organization made for those who happen to be holding fur and are as uncomfortable with it as I am. Maybe you inherited it from a well-meaning grandma, or bought it new or used and have since had a change of heart. By donating it to Coats For Cubs, you’ll put it to much better use. They send the items to wildlife rehabilitators across the US and Canada, where they use them to act as “surrogate mothers” to aid and comfort rescued animals. Maybe it sounds a little weird, but it totally makes sense:
“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.”
Aww, shucks. How can you not send yours in? Oh and P.S., yes, it’s fully tax deductible.
Check out their website for more details or just send your fur in a sturdy box to:
The Humane Society of the United States
2100 L St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
Attn: Coats for Cubs