An American funeral home in North Carolina will be able to take on a family’s funeral expenses for free if it sells fur to a fur farmer.
The family of David S. Miller has been trying to sell their three-pound, four-ounce fur dog, Furby, for more than two years, and they have not been able to sell the animal since it was last sold.
They have received donations of $50,000 and hope to sell Furby for about $35,000, said Jim and Bonnie Siegel of New York City.
They are planning a ceremony on Oct. 16 to auction off the dog to raise money for the funeral home.
“We’re not in the business of just getting rid of something,” Jim Siegel said.
“We want to save Furby’s life.”
David Siegel, of New Jersey, said the family’s efforts have been working well.
“I’ve had friends call me up and say, ‘I have Furby,’ ” he said.
Siegel said he has sold more than 300 animals over the past 20 years, mostly for pets.
He is one of a few owners of fur in the U.S., with other families having raised thousands of dollars.
Fur is an iconic symbol of American culture and animal rights.
Fur farms are ubiquitous in the Midwest, especially in Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin.
The Siegels have been using their dog as a mascot for their business, Furs in the Woods, and have raised more than $300,000 through the website GoFundMe.
The family said they have raised the funds for Furby to be buried with the family dog.