Occasionally fur coats and fur-trimmed garments look fabulous — I mean, hello couture. But most are as hideous as they are cruel…

But since the damage is already done, what do you do with the piece now?

These are real coats that are supposed to actually look good

I know I don’t need to tell you just how cruel that shit is. If you don’t, I’ll spare you the gory details – just know it’s horrible, it’s violent, it’s excruciating to the animals who are brutally killed for something they actually need, and it’s just unnecessary. Plus, the faux fur and faux leather has really been stepping up it’s game. It looks great so there’s really no need for the real stuff.

Do you have an old fur coat, maybe one that was your grandmothers or yours before you wisened up? You’re probably wondering what to do with it. You don’t want to just throw it away and you definitely don’t want to wear it – so what do you do? Fortunately there’s several great options.

1- Donate to animal sanctuaries for injured animals to snuggle

Feels just like their mama! Photo from Fur for the Animals Flickr page.

Born Free, a U.S. animal advocacy organization, has relaunched its “Fur for the Animals Campaign,” a donation drive to collect fur coats, hats, blankets and other fur items, which are then sent to wildlife rehabilitation centers around the country. Once there, injured an orphaned animals — bunnies, foxes, bobcats, coyotes, possums, raccoons, to name a few — can actually snuggle into the furs for warmth and comfort. Their current drive only goes until December 31, 2015, so get on it! Learn more about the campaign and how to donate here.

Buffalo Exchange and Humane Society team up for Coats for Cubs fundraiser. You can learn more about donating here.

PETA also collects fur coats, which are used for animal bedding, in “anti-fur” fashion shows, and donated to homeless people – the only people with an excuse to wear fur. According to their website, they have also shipped hundreds of collected fur coats to women and children freezing in Afghanistan and Iraq. Your donation of a fur to PETA is tax deductible. For more information on donating, visit here.


2- Sell to a company that turns them into crafts

Yes, this is how ridiculous people look in furs.

CA$H FOR FUR COAT$ is a global company that is dedicated to recycling, rather than discarding old furs. The old furs are used for making crafts, such as teddy bears and pillows. This is an alternative for those who don’t want to just get rid of their old furs because they consider them valuable. This company – whose name is too ridiculous for me to repeat – uses established fair market value for fur coats. So you can get a little cash, but they remind you, “something is only worth what you can sell if for.”  For more info on selling your furs, visit their evaluation page.


3- Have them turned into a teddy bear

Stadler Furs, based out of Wisconsin, creates handmade teddy bears from top quality recycled furs. Here’s a way to keep the fur, but not as a giant coat that makes you fear the wrath of PETA and the harsh judgement of any vegan who enters your home. This method also softens the harsh reality of what was previously hanging in the closet – because c’mon, it’s a teddy bear. But it’s still sort of weird.


4- Turn it a rug or pillows

This might be an option for crafty people. Sandy Stone’s book Fabric Remix offers instructions on removing the linings, cutting off sleeves and collars, opening the seams and all the necessary stitching.

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