Giving back the fur

One of the most prevalent questions we receive at APFA is “what can I do with this fur?”

Coyote mother and pup

Whether it’s a hand-me-down mink stole, or the trim around a jacket that a member just didn’t know was real, it’s a hard question to answer. But thanks to Kelli Polsinelli of Wild Earth Refuge, we’re pleased to offer a great solution: give it back to the animals.

Polsineli, a wildlife rehabber north of Toronto, is accepting furs of all kinds and creating something that all orphaned wildlife need: a mother.

“Donatingthe fur to aid in rehabilitation of an injured or orphaned animal helps us provide a more natural environment,” she wrote in a blog. “The fur will be given to authorized wildlife rehabilitators where it will bedisassembled and turned into bedding, providing warmth and comfort. A kind of surrogate mother to orphaned and injured wildlife. Fur from trim, full length coats, hats, mitts , muffs are all welcome. Condition is unimportant. Once received we will send you a thank you card with some special information so that come spring time you will be sent a picture of the wild animalyour donation is helping.”

This kind of innovative thinking is what makes change possible. We’d like to thank Kelli for her exceptional work for the animals and encourage anyone with fur to contact her for information on how you can help (

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Established in 1953, The Fur-Bearers is a charitable, non-partisan organization whose goals are to end the commercial fur trade and promote solutions for wildlife coexistence in communities. Your donation is tax-deductible. Charitable registration number: 130006125RR0002

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