The Humane Society of the United States is currently running its annual “Coats for Cubsâ€? campaign.  If you have acquired a fur stole, coat or other accessory but never felt comfortable wearing it, here’s a good opportunity to give back to the animals.

The Humane Society is again partnering with Buffalo Exchange to make it convenient for people to donate—now through Earth Day (April 22) you can bring your real fur to Buffalo Exchange and let them know it’s a donation for Coats for Cubs.  Condition doesn’t matter since the furs will be donated to the Humane Society, where they will be used as bedding for orphaned and injured wildlife such as raccoons, rabbits, foxes and bobcats. According to wildlife rehabilitators, the furs reduce stress in the animals.

If you want to claim a tax deduction you will need to send the fur directly to the Humane Society:

The Humane Society of the United States

2100 L St., NW

Washington, D.C. 20037

Attn: Coats for Cubs

Buffalo Exchange is a sustainable company that protects the environment by creating an opportunity for communities to recycle clothing.  Almost half of the 2.5 billion pounds of postconsumer textile waste prevented from entering the solid waste stream is recycled as secondhand clothing, according to the Council for Textile Recycling. So trading used clothing has a positive environmental impact. While you’re at Buffalo Exchange bring your quality used clothing and accessories to trade for new clothes! Yeah! Shopping and the happy feeling of making the world a better place . . . all in a day’s work!

To find your local Buffalo Exchange check their website.

To spread the word about this program, print a PDF of The HSUS pamphlet, “Give Fur Back to the Animals.�