Gallery: Donate Your Dog and Cat Hair to Clean Up the Oil Spill


Dogs may be our best friends, but did you know they can also aid us in cleaning up the devastating Gulf of Mexico oil spill? Matter of Trust, a San Franscisco non-profit devoted to “mimick[ing] how Mother Nature integrates enduring cycles and provides access to necessities in abundance” is asking petowners and groomers to gather up their tufts of Fido’s fur that would normally be picked off of clothing and throw away to send them in to be made into oil-busting mats.

Matter of Trust is focusing their already successful Excess Access program, which collects materials that we already have and re-routes them to the causes that need them most, on the cleanup of the Gulf oil spill. In addition to dog and cat hair, thousands of pounds of human hair and pantyhose (other components that are used to make the oil-sucking hairmats and booms) have been sent into the non-profit from all around the world. The mats are then being made locally on beaches and marshes along the Gulf Coast to be deployed into the waters.

If you would like to help out, it’s as easy as signing up and sending in your pet’s (or your own) hair!

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  1. jj68 November 26, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    can the hair be dyed?

  2. lifeguarding March 22, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    We San Franciscans sure do love our dogs

  3. Muirnecara August 9, 2011 at 12:52 am

    So is this still a place looking for hair donations? Is there still a need?

  4. pcary May 7, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Is there a local drop off for the dog hair?

  5. eileenmcconkey May 5, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    What about all of the sheep fleece that gets thrown away because there isn’t enough of a market for it? England has lots and lots of it.

  6. vivevavia May 5, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    where would i send this to??

  7. vet tech May 5, 2010 at 6:25 am

    I love this idea! 2 birds with one stone.

    I will bring this idea up with my local dog barber this week and see if we can organize something in our town to collect hair and recycle for a good cause.

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