Donating Dog Hair To Clean Up Oil Spill

September 27, 2013 Updated May 12, 2010 at 10:01 PM EDT

By Jennifer Stanonis

September 27, 2013 Updated May 12, 2010 at 10:01 PM EDT

AMHERST, NY (WKBW) -- Hundreds of dogs are getting groomed while also helping to clean up the oil spill down in the Gulf. "This hair just in this little bag is going to be shipped to Florida and this is enough to absorb 100 gallons of oil from the spill," Leanne Powers, the owner of Oh My Dog Grooming Spa, said.

Powers says the hair is being donated to Matter of Trust, a non profit company that uses hair to make mats and hair booms. These will be used in the Gulf to soak up oil from the recent spill. Dog hair has properties that allow if to soak up more grease than human hair. "Dog hair is actually more abundant because they have larger bodies and you take off generally more hair, and the hair is more absorbent for oil," Powers said. "Generally we groom 20 to 30 dogs a day and as far as the weight of it, between 5 and 10 pounds a day worth of hair."

So far 100 pounds of dog hair has been cut and collected, which is being shipped out once a week for the next month. "The good thing with hair, we are able to compress is so we can get a large amount down for not too much but we are covering the cost," Powers said.

Powers also says her goal is to send 500 pounds of dog hair down south and welcomes other dog grooming businesses to drop off hair for her to send. Call 716-957-3103 or go to and for more information.