Day 27 of 30Days/30 Ways to Give Back: DONATE FUR

Lynne Slater, a wildlife rehabilitator, was caring for a week-old bobcat whose mother had been killed by a car. Slater tried several times to feed the starving infant, but the kitten simply would not suckle a baby bottle. Then she cut a hole in a piece of fur that was donated and stuck the baby-bottle nipple through the hole, and the kitten drank hungrily. This surrogate mothering technique continued to work until the kitten was old enough to be weaned. Said Slater: “Without the Coats for Cubs fur donation, we wouldn’t have been able to help this bobcat kitten survive.”

Today’s Give Back Action: DONATE FUR

More than a decade ago, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) started Coats for Cubs ( as a way for reluctant fur-owners to help distressed animals. The program distributes donated furs to licensed wildlife rehabilitation centers across the country, where they’re used in bedding and nesting materials to soothe orphaned and injured wildlife.

For the past four years, HSUS has partnered with the national retail chain Buffalo Exchange ( to collect furs at their thirty-six locations nationwide between November 1 and April 22. Visit their website for store locations.

Day 5 of 30 Days/30 Ways ~ TURN YOUR PET INTO A VOLUNTEER

People aren’t the only creatures that get sick or injured. Pets do too. Every day dogs just like yours need blood transfusions.

You can sign up your family pet as a blood donor with the nearest canine blood collection agency. The donation procedure is simple, and your pet is not sedated. Instead of juice and a cookie, your pet will get a treat and belly rub.

Although dogs are currently the leaders in veterinary blood donation, some collection locations are now taking blood donations from cats and other animals. Get in touch with The Pet Blood Bank or Canadian Animal Blood Services to see how your pet can help another animal in need.


Don’t Forget Our GIVEAWAY!!!

~ This month, Everyday Philanthropist will shine the spotlight on volunteers. Go to our Facebook page to share your personal stories, read firsthand testimonials from current volunteers and be inspired by the “30 Days/30 Ways” tips on how to lend a helping hand.

A prize pack, including signed copies of How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist : 330 Ways to Make a Difference in your Home, Community and World – At no Cost! (Workman, 2009) will be awarded to people doing good across the country.

In addition, you will be featured on Everyday Philanthropist’s blog and may be featured in an upcoming book. Here’s how to enter. Share your personal way of how you like to give back (no matter how grand or slight) at our Facebook Fan Page. Its that easy!

5 Winners will be chosen radomly and contacted after the contest closes on April 30th.

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