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.

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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!

+ Donate at Matter of Trust