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Buffalo Exchange Gives Fur Back to Wildlife through Annual Coats for Cubs Drive

Wildlife rehabilitation centers across the US will receive real fur donations to aid in recovery of injured and orphaned animals

Buffalo Exchange, known for buying and selling recycled fashion, will begin fur collections on January 2 for its annual Coats for Cubs drive. From January 2 to April 22, customers can donate real fur coats and trimmings at any of the 49 Buffalo Exchange locations across the country. All collected furs are then sent to wildlife rehabilitators, where they are repurposed into bedding that nurtures recovering wild animals, providing more warmth and familiarity than options like towels and sheets.

“It really helps the animals to have something to snuggle into,” says Jody Raines of Illinois Valley Wildlife Rehab. “It appears to relax them and makes them easier to work with. Every baby heads right to the fur hiding place when I take them in.”

According to Buffalo Exchange Vice President Rebecca Block, “Our Coats for Cubs drive is a unique way to give back to wildlife conservation. It helps injured and orphaned wildlife by keeping baby animals warm and minimizing human contact during the recovery process. It also gives our customers another way to recycle these kinds of items.”

The program has seen great success since 2006, when Buffalo Exchange joined the Humane Society of the United States in its collection efforts. The family-owned resale chain, which is now the sole operator of the drive, has collected and distributed over 13,644 furs to wildlife rehabilitators nationwide. Last year alone, Buffalo Exchange collected 1,390 furs to give back to the animals. Visit CoatsForCubs.org to learn more and see photos of some of the animals who have benefitted from donated furs.

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A pioneer in resale fashion, Buffalo Exchange is a sustainable business that works to protect the environment by reusing and recycling clothing. Customers buy, sell and trade clothing, giving it a second life and reducing clothing pollution and waste. Since its beginning in 1974, this family-operated company has grown to 49 stores in 20 states. More information about the company can be found on its website as well as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.