What is Coats for Cubs?
The Coats for Cubs program began in collaboration with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), now it is operated by Buffalo Exchange. The program is about giving furs back to animals. Buffalo Exchange does this by encouraging customers who may have outdated or damaged furs in their closets to donate them. These furs can be used to aid in animal rehabilitation by providing bedding for orphaned or injured animals. Rehabbers from across the U.S. report that the furs provide a more natural environment for the animals as compared to towels or blankets and, for example, the animals are often heard heaving audible sighs before snuggling into these fur donations.
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 often do you run the program? The program runs every year beginning in the spring through Earth Day.
How long is the program running?
The program will run through Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, 2014.
How long have you been running the program? Buffalo Exchange has been involved in the program since 2006. In previous years, Buffalo Exchange worked closely with the Humane Society of the United States regarding promotion and collection. Since 2006, Buffalo Exchange and the HSUS have collected a total of 9,568 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 remains 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 48 stores in 17 states across the U.S. Details about Buffalo Exchange store locations and hours are available on BuffaloExchange.com.
Can I donate my faux or fake fur items? Rehabbers have reported that the animals have responded better to real fur items. Thank you for thinking of Buffalo Exchange, but the rehabbers 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, no. But you can contact one of the rehabilitation facilities listed on the Coats for Cubs website 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?
No, since Buffalo Exchange is only serving as the collection point, a receipt for the donation cannot be provided.
Is this the same Coats for Cubs program that was once led by the Humane Society? Yes. The HSUS discontinued the program following budget cuts and requested that Buffalo Exchange continue to promote the program and to collect fur donations.