Friday, December 23, 2011

Cat Hair Raises $325 For Needy Families



A Tennessee veterinary hospital was able to make the lives of several area families brighter this holiday season with a little help from one of my favorite renewable resources: Cat hair!

The staff at Jonesborough Animal Hospital collected the hair to sell to Greer Laboratories in Lenoir, N.C., who purchases bags of healthy fluff from veterinary clinics for use in formulating allergy injections for cats. It took hospital staffers nearly a year to gather 2.5 pounds of "assorted colored" fur to donate, which they sent in for a $325 pay-out.

After some debate over what to do with the funds, the big-hearted bunch decided to put the money towards helping those less fortunate than themselves. 20 employees made additional contributions to the collection, which left them with enough cash to adopt three Angel Tree children from area elementary schools, buy stocking stuffers for a school, and purchase food for a family of eight.

The kitty hair came from healthy cats who had procedures done at the hospital, as well as cats whose owners had them shaved. The clinic hopes to continue the tradition in the future and have already begun collecting hair for their next donation; However, since the laboratory typically prefers 5-pound bags, they're storing the hair in a freezer until they reach their hairy goal.


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11 comments:

Max the Quilt Cat said...

Interesting... I'm gonna start saving Bugsy and Knuckles' furs and redeem them later. Hope you have a great holiday.

pawhugs, Max

The Island Cats said...

Wow, that is great! Who woulda thought that our furs could help peoples!

We hope you have a great holiday, Stephanie!

Catsparella said...

Thank you, furriends! I hope you have a wonderful holiday, too!

Mr Puddy said...

So Great Idea, But May I laugh with the photo !!! That's massive hair ball that I have ever seen...MOL

and Hoo Hoo Hoo ! I won't be around till next 3 weeks, But I would love to say...Merry Merry Christmas !!
I wish you all have a very best time : )
xoxo

Puddy and Mom Boom

Catsparella said...

Thank you Puddy and Mom Boom!! Merry Christmas to you, too!! :) :) xo

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Sarah Shadgett said...

Interesrting... And weird! But hey, for research, why not. :) good on them!!

angie lilly said...

Do you have any idea how you can go about doing this yourself? I have 7 house cats and have thrown away so much cat hair from brushings its not even funny! Would love to make some easy money for my local no-kill shelter!

Catsparella said...

Hi Angie..you might try contacting Greer directly? They may only take donations directly from vet clinics, where they certify that it comes from healthy cats.

angie lilly said...

Thanks! I will look into it. That would make sense though.

Games James said...

WOW! This is incredible. Thanks for sharing!

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