Archive for February, 2012
Do you have an old fur coat in your closet? Is your grandmother’s mink stole stored in the attic? Many of us have fur items that we no longer want or that were left to us by a family member.
Some people aren’t comfortable selling it or giving it to charity, because they feel people should not wear animal fur. And storing, cleaning, and remodeling old fur coats are highly profitable services for furriers and helps keep them in the fur business. So what should people do with it?
Give it back to the animals. If you would like to see that old fur put to a good use, see if there is a wildlife rehabilitator in your area who will use it to aid and comfort wildlife.
This has been a very hot topic lately and we have genuinely struggled with the best solution to this. As it stands there are a minimal number of fur items for sale on the site and we feel that the majority of the items have been inherited and people simple don’t know how to dispose of them. As a classified ads website we felt it was not really in keeping with our service that we would not allow someone sell something that they no longer have a use for.
The DoneDeal policy on the sale of fur coats is as follows:
Having reviewed our existing policy following concerns raised, we believe many of our sellers simply wish to dispose of items that they have acquired or inherited and the fact that it is not unlawful unless the item is protected under the CITES convention.
At present we will continue to allow the sale of second-hand fur items (coats, jackets, hats etc.), we believe that it is preferable to purchase a second hand or vintage item of this nature rather than purchase new.
DoneDeal is committed to the promotion of responsible pet ownership and animal welfare and we would recommend to anyone with a fur coat that they wish to dispose of to consider donation to a charity or even wildlife rescue centre.
Here are some great ideas on how to dispose of unwanted fur items:
Any local animal shelter or animal rescue center will accept thoughtful donations of fur. Shelter workers can line animal cages with your old coats to make more habitable environments for the canine and feline residents who need to keep warm at night. Call your neighborhood shelter in advance to inquire about their donation requirements if you want to make sure that your fur will be put to good use.
The Humane Society
- The Humane Society accepts fur donations through their Coats for Cubs program. Wildlife rehabilitators cut fur coats to fit a specific animal, like a raccoon or a rabbit, and place the fuzzy material in the enclosure of the orphaned or injured creature. The fur acts as a warm surrogate mother and promotes healing and comfort. Mail unwanted fur directly to Coats for Cubs at 2100 L St., NW in Washington, DC. You may file for a tax deduction in return.
- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is a renowned organization which defends animal rights and heightens public awareness. Their Fur Campaign accepts tax-deductible donations of fur at 501 Front St. in Norfolk, Virginia. With these discarded items, PETA clothes homeless individuals in neighborhood shelters nationwide and ships warmth and comfort to the women and children of Afghanistan and Iraq.
The annual Aware St. Patricks Day Harbour2Harbour walk is a great way to get out and about while at the same time, raising much needed funds for a GREAT charity!
We wanted to help Aware spread the word about this event so we’ve donated banner space on our site to them.
450,000 different people suffer from depression in Ireland at any one time, which makes Aware’s work so vital.
So if any DoneDealers fancy taking part and helping to raise money for Aware, SIGN UP HERE!
Right, looks like all the pancake training the guys here put in was well worth it! It was a close (ish) race but of course only 1 can be the ultimate pancake flippin’ racer.
We received 100′s of entries, but only those that guessed the winner could be included in the draw. Check out the video below to see if your guess was right!
Just in time for Pancake Tuesday, we picked the 5 winners of our Flippin’ DoneDeal Goodie bags which should be with them today!
Alice Healy, Shanagolden, Co Limerick
Sharon Letmon, Koncklyon, Dublin 16
Niamh Staunton, Terenure, Dublin 6
Andrea Hynes Ballinasloe, Co Galway
Brian Kavanagh, Carlow town
Congrats to all 5 of our winners and we hope you really enjoy your pancake kit with the fancy pan and all your DoneDeal goodies!