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By John McDevitt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A center city clothing store is collecting unwanted fur coats to help injured and orphaned wildlife animals.

“So, essentially, it’s about giving furs back to the animals,” says Mike Shaffer, manager of vintage clothing store Buffalo Exchange, near 17th and Chestnut Streets.

He says the program is called “Coats for Cubs,”  and you can donate old furs — real ones, not fake! — now through Earth Day, next April 22nd.

“Oftentimes customers find that the furs they have in their closets are old or damaged or outdated,” Shaffer explains, “so they can be used to aid in animal rehabilitation by providing  bedding to orphaned animals or animals that have been injured.   Rehabbers from across the US report that furs  provide  a natural environment for the animals, as opposed to towels or blankets.”

Since 2006 Buffalo Exchange stores nationwide have collected more than 8,000 used fur coats, which are  given to animal rehabilitation organizations.

“They will typically cut them into patches and create bedding for the animals,” Shaffer says.

More information is at www.buffaloexchange.com.


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