Born Free USA’s “Fur for the Animals” campaign is donation drive to collect coats, hats, and other accessories made from animal fur. We send the donations to wildlife rehabilitation and rescue centers across the country. These centers then use the fur to provide familiar comfort, warmth, and bedding to injured, orphaned, and sick wildlife in their care. 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 and fur farms to the retail outlets selling fur. This donation drive not only helps wild animals in need, but also serves as a powerful signal that fur belongs to the animals—not to fashion. While we cannot undo the suffering of the many animals who died needlessly for fur garments, we can at least give the fur back to fur-bearing wildlife. Fur donations can be dropped off in person (10:00AM-4:00PM, Monday through Friday) or shipped to our office:
Born Free USA 2300 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Suite 100B Washington, D.C. 20007
For this campaign, Born Free USA partners with the following wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centers. We send collected fur to these facilities and ensure they have enough on hand to comfort injured and orphaned wildlife throughout the year, particularly during spring wildlife baby season!
OPR Coastal Primate Sanctuary in Longview, Washington, is a USDA licensed sanctuary and independent, non-profit organization that was first established on a small acreage in Dallas, Oregon in 1998. The sanctuary provides lifetime care in a humane and enriching environment to unwanted, orphaned, or crippled monkeys that originate from private owners, from government agencies, and to those retiring from a life of research.
The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center is a 13-acre facility in Ramona, California where orphaned and injured wildlife are treated with the goal of releasing them back into the wild. The center specializes in hawks, owls, eagles, skunks, coyotes, bobcats, and mountain lions. In addition, The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center also cares for nearly 40 full-time residents rescued from the exotic pet trade and other acts of cruelty.
Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation 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 here, the majority of whom are rehabilitated and released or given lifetime sanctuary.
Blue Ridge Wildlife Center in Boyce, Virginia employs skilled wildlife rehabilitators to rescue and rehabilitate more than 1,700 mammals, birds, and reptiles every year. It works to save thousands more through its wildlife hotline, education programs, newsletters, and social media. Chintimini Wildlife Center in Corvallis, Oregon provides care for more than 1,000 injured and orphaned animals every year, with the goal of returning them to their natural habitat. The center also fosters a connection between people and wildlife through education. Chintimini is home to a wildlife rehabilitation clinic, a raptor conservation program, and a youth education program.
Desert Rescue Animal Sanctuary in Las Vegas, Nevada is a five-acre sanctuary that supports and protects Nevada’s native wildlife. California Wildlife Center in Malibu, California is committed to creating a healthy, sustainable planet that values all life. The center does this by taking responsibility for the protection of all native wildlife through rehabilitation, education, and conservation. Peace River Wildlife Center in Punta Gorda, Florida is dedicated to the rescue, care, protection, and preservation of native wildlife. Since it opened in 1978, the wildlife center has treated more than 60,000 birds and small mammals. It offers a high level of skilled care by trained and permitted wildlife rehabilitation specialists with years of experience in treating native fauna disease and trauma.
Amanda Ballard in Chelsea, Michigan is a licensed individual wildlife rehabilitator who specializes in the rescue and rehabilitation of small mammals and non-migratory birds. Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary in McCall, Idaho specializes in the rehabilitation of local wildlife, including orphaned baby birds and mammals, and injured small mammals, songbirds, waterfowl, and raptors. Snowdon has operated since the early 1980s, and is designated by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game as the only facility in the state permitted to rehabilitate weaned black bear cubs.
Urban Utopia Wildlife Rehabilitation is a wild mammal rehabilitation and education nonprofit organization based in New York, New York. UUWR works to spread awareness of the incredible wildlife within New York City, and strives to facilitate healthy relationships between New Yorkers and the fascinating creatures who are increasingly part of urban life.
Gila Wildlife Rescue in Silver City, New Mexico cares for (and is licensed for) all wildlife, but specializes in raptors and mammals. Founded in 1979, the group has cared for 100-300 animals per year.
Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit 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.
The Fund for Animals Cape Wildlife Center in Barnstable, Massachusetts promotes and protects the health and well-being of native wildlife and their habitats. Since 2000, the center has been open 365 days per year, providing emergency care and wildlife rehabilitation.
The Cleveland Armory Black Beauty Ranch is a world-renowned animal sanctuary in Murchison, Texas. With over 1,400 acres, it is home to almost 1,000 animals, many of whom have been rescued from slaughterhouses, biomedical research laboratories and trophy hunting ranches. Others have been rescued from roadside zoos or the exotic pet trade. Still others came from public lands where they were threatened with extermination. Bison and cattle, horses and burros, antelope and apes, camels and tigers: all have permanent, safe homes at the ranch.
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