Take Back the Fur

How you can help animals on their road to recovery

It’s hard to imagine but according to the Fur Free Alliance Web site (operated by the Humane Society of the United States), each year millions of wild animals — including bobcats, coyotes, foxes, lynx, raccoons, and wolves — are killed in traps for their fur, and countless other animals — dogs, cats, deer, and birds, not to mention threatened and endangered species — also are injured and killed in these traps. Astonishingly, these numbers do not reflect the 45 million animals, both wild and domestic, that are raised on “fur factories” and killed each year for their fur.

Take Back the Fur allows WRL members and the public to give back to the animals. Just by donating fur coats and other fur items, you can help us save injured and orphaned wildlife. Fur is distributed to wildlife rehabilitators, who recycle the items for use in their rehabbing efforts. Rehabbers use recycled fur when raising orphaned wild babies, for example. The warmth and familiarity of fur plays a key role in their overall health and well-being. And fur owners are realizing the value of breaking their vestiges out of the mothballs and donating them for better use.

Coats for Cubs, a nationwide program sponsored by the HSUS, receives hundreds of fur donations each year. In 2006, HSUS produced a short video, featuring rehabber Erika Yery, to educate the public about the advantages of recycling fur. To view the Coats for Cubs video, click here. (Warning: This video contains scenes that may not be suitable for children.)

If you have a fur item you would like to donate, please send an email to donations@wildliferescueleague.org or call (703) 391-8625. .

All donations are tax-deductible.