PHOTO: Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation, TX / Ashley Kees Today, I asked my mother to retrieve the fur hats and fur stoles that my beloved grandmother, Carol Adler, had in her Bronx apartment, so we could add them to Born Free USA's "Fur for the Animals" drive. We will donate all of the furs we acquire to wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centers around the country to provide orphaned animals with a comforting bed to envelop them as they heal, revive, and, ultimately, regain enough strength to be returned to the wild-where they belong.
My grandmother was an inspiration, an animal lover, and a huge supporter of my work to save animals. She had those old furs for I don't know how many years, and I was most pleased that they were uncovered from the furthest reaches of her closet: items she hadn't worn in ages, especially after following Born Free USA's campaigns against wildlife trapping and the fur trade.
So many people have animal artifacts with which they would like to part: fur, ivory, shells, skins, etc. For some items, such as ivory, destruction and permanent removal is the best answer. For others, like these furs that Born Free USA is collecting, we can actually re-purpose them in a beneficial way: a way that gives something back to animals in need.