Get The Facts:
1. “Fur for the Animals” is a donation drive to collect coats, hats, and other accessories made from animal fur and donate them to wildlife rehabilitation centers across the country. The facilities will use them to provide familiar comfort, warmth, and bedding to injured, young, and sick wildlife in their care.
2. The drive will run from the first day of spring (March 20, 2014) to August 31, 2014.
3. Fur donations for the drive can be dropped off in person (10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday) at either of our Born Free USA office locations. Or, furs can be shipped to either office. Our locations are:
Born Free USA
2300 Wisconsin Ave NW, Suite 100B
Washington, DC 20007
Born Free USA
1220 H St, Suite 103
Sacramento, CA 95814
4. One of our key campaign goals is to reduce the supply, demand, and social acceptance of fur in fashion. We aim to end the cycle of the fur industry, from the traps to the retail outlets selling fur. This drive not only sends a message to those who own fur items, but also offers a humane solution involving no economic value; instead, the value lies in its re-use back to animals in need.
5. On June 1, 2014, Born Free USA will send all of the collected fur items to four wildlife rehabilitation centers:
a. Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley is a 501(c)3 non-profit in San Jose, California with approximately 120 volunteers. The center cares for more than 4,000 birds and mammals annually from more than 150 species, providing high quality care and rehabilitation for injured, sick, and orphaned wildlife. Through educational programs, the center fosters positive coexistence between the public and wildlife, and encourages an interest in, and concern for, wildlife conservation issues.
b. The Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center (ARL) was formed in 1909 by a group of citizens with a shared concern for both animal welfare and public health. Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, ARL has remained true to its mission of helping all animals in need, regardless of species or breed. The Wildlife Center rehabilitates wild animals native to Pennsylvania who have been harmed or displaced by encounters with humans.
c. Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation (WRR) was founded in 1977. In 2004, it was relocated to a 212-acre facility near Kendalia, Texas, providing a permanent home for a variety of mammals (e.g., wolves, bears, big cats, and primates) and non-indigenous birds and reptiles. Each year, more than 7,000 animals are brought to WRR, the majority of whom are rehabilitated and released or given permanent sanctuary.
d. Wildlife Rescue Center, located in Ballwin, Missouri, rehabilitates injured, sick, and orphaned native wildlife and releases healthy animals back to their natural habitats. Through educational outreach, the center provides environmental awareness, promotes a harmonious relationship with native wildlife, and encourages the community to protect our delicate ecosystems.