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I love my fur coat. I love it not only because it’s the most pricey, wearable thing I own, but also because this soft piece of fluffy magic saved me on all of those freezing, globetrotting nights. Anyone who has been to Russia in January knows what I mean.

But I love animals, too. Especially furry ones. They may not save me from the bitter Russian frost, but they sure are cute.

So, if I had to - God forbid - get rid of my fur coat, what better way than to give it back to the animal kingdom?

That is why Williamsburg’s Buffalo Exchange store is now accepting fur donations for the Coats for Cubs program of the Humane Society of the United States that uses fur scraps as bedding for the animals.

"We’re acting as a drop-off for people who no longer want their fur items," says Jenny Harris, manager of the resale clothing store on Driggs Avenue. "It’s for a good cause."

So, no matter what condition your fur is in, bring it to the store, mention it’s for the cubs, and soon an orphaned raccoon (pictured) may be using it as comfy bedding, a playmate or even a surrogate parent.

And don’t look at me - I have to go to Russia in January.

Fur donations can be made to the Buffalo Exchange (504 Driggs Ave. at North Ninth Street in Williamsburg) through April 22, 2007. For more information, call (718) 384-6901 or visit or

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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