- What’s the campaign about?
The Coats for Cubs program is about giving the furs back to the animals. Often times customers find that the furs they have in their closet are old, outdated, or damaged. Other times, a customer comes to realize that, by wearing real fur products, they are condoning the idea that it is okay to kill an animal for its fur. Regardless of the reason, these furs can be used to aid in animal rehabilitation by providing bedding for orphaned or injured animals. Rehabbers from across the US report that the furs provide a more natural rehabilitation environment for the animals as compared to towels or blankets, for example, and that the animals are often heard heaving audible sighs before snuggling into what used to be a fur coat or other fur product.
- Why did Buffalo Exchange think this was a worthwhile program and how did they get involved?
Buffalo Exchange will frequently partner with the Humane Society of the United States or with other organizations that work to protect animals and the environment in an effort to help increase awareness of a particular need or to assist in fund raising efforts. We’re especially happy to contribute when these kinds of efforts overlap with fashion interests. The Coats for Cubs program is particularly relevant to our customer base, who are both environmentally-conscious and avid fashion consumers, which makes Buffalo Exchange an ideal intermediate to help disseminate information about collection efforts.
- How long is the program running?
Through Earth Day, Monday, April 22, 2013.
- How often do you run the program?
Every year beginning in the spring through Earth Day.
- How long have you been running the program?
Buffalo Exchange has been involved in the program since 2006. In previous years, we worked closely with the Humane Society of the United States regarding promotion and collection. Since 2006, Buffalo Exchange and the Humane Society have collected a total of 7,572 donated furs.
- How long do the furs last in the rehabilitation facility?
It really varies. But, because animals are living on these furs, they will eventually need to be replaced. Buffalo Exchange personnel are in close contact with the rehab facilities to ensure that they are receiving furs if they need them.
- Where can I drop off my furs?
You can donate your furs at any Buffalo Exchange location during normal operating hours. We have 47 stores in 17 states across the US. Details about our store locations and hours are available on our website, buffaloexchange.com.
- Can I donate my faux or fake fur items?
Rehabbers have reported that the animals have responded better to real fur products. While we thank you for your donation, we cannot use your faux or artificial fur at this time.
- What if I live in a state where you don’t have a store? Can I mail you my furs?
Unfortunately not. But you can contact one of the rehabilitation facilities to see if they still need furs and if you can mail it to them directly.
- Can I get a receipt for my tax-deductible donation?
I’m afraid not. Because Buffalo Exchange is only serving as the collection point, we are unable to provide a receipt for your donation.
- Is this the same Coats for Cubs program that was once led by the Humane Society?
Yes. The Humane Society was forced to discontinue the program following budget cuts and requested that Buffalo Exchange continue to promote the program and to collect fur donations.