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Animal Attraction: Collecting "Fur" the Cleanup

Animal Attraction:  Collecting

Credit: www.matteroftrust.org

by Stacy Fox

khou.com

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 5:48 AM

Pet Paradise Resort,  an upscale pet boarding, daycare and grooming resort, will start collecting and donating pet hair clippings from all 13 of their resort locations to help with the oil spill cleanup effort in the Gulf of Mexico. Pet Paradise will be working with Matter of Trust, who creates the hair booms to soak up the oil.  Matter of Trust has about a dozen locations along the Gulf Coast where the hair, along with used nylon stockings, is made into booms which help soak up spilled oil. It is estimated that one pound of dog hair can soak up one quart of oil in one minute.  On average there are about 2600 oil spills a year.   “We saw what was occurring in our backyard (the Gulf) and knew we had to do something to help,” explains Fred Goldsmith CEO Pet Paradise Resort. “We are thrilled to assist in this current oil spill cleanup effort, just by shipping off our pet hair clippings we collect in our grooming salons. Companywide we collect over 100 pounds of hair a week, so we know we will be able to make a tremendous impact on this effort and future efforts to clean up oil spills.”  Pet Paradise Resort will start shipping collected pet hair to Matter of Trust’s warehouses located along the Gulf of Mexico and in San Francisco.  The company has grooming salons in all 13 resorts located in Texas, Louisiana, Florida and North Carolina.  Learn more about Matter of Trust and their efforts through their informative YouTube video.  

Another pet-related company, Camp Bow Wow and Home Buddies by Camp Bow Wow, the nation’s largest pet services company is also collecting dog hair and fur for Matter of Trust to create oil booms to help ameliorate the disaster.  Franchisees will be donating any type of fur, hair, feathers, natural fibers and used nylons to create oil booms, which will help soak up oil from the spill in the Gulf.  “As there are growing concerns that the oil spill in the Gulf may now eclipse the Exxon Valdez spill, we want to do our part in helping with the cleanup. Pet hair is an absorbent and can be used to create oil absorbing mats. By collecting pet hair after grooming at our franchise locations, we will be able to use our resources to aid in the effort,” noted Heidi Ganahl, CEO and Founder of Camp Bow Wow and Home Buddies. If you are interested in donating, please visit Camp Bow Wow Kemah to drop off hair / fur or call 281-334- 2267.

Photo credit:  www.matteroftrust.org

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