The most important thing is that it stays loose. Do NOT pack it while storing it. In fact, open whatever bag you use, and pull it apart every month or so. Hair will felt just like it mats on the dog, so make sure that doesn't happen.
As long as the hair is completely dry —no moisture at all—it can be safely stored in plastic. Paper is good, too. Again: just make sure it does not compact on itself.
Once it's ready to ship, then you can pack it tightly (Space Bags are great for shipping hair because you can get all the air out, and that reduces the size and weight of the packaging). But it can only stay packed like that for a short time.
Shared to our WAMAL page!! (Oregon and Washington Mal Rescue)
I'm just getting my rescue husky mix's fur spun into yarn - proper name is 'chiengora' (and should not smell or itch)
I have a baggie full now!! 😁
Sure!if it’s comfy
I had 4 oz of my Alaskan's Malamute fur spun into chunky weight. I knit a triangular scarf... it stank.It itches, although the fur itself is very soft. I washed it in wool wash and the smell went completely away -- until it came back. Gross. It also sheds, and is "blooming" without being touched. I'm still really glad I did it. Spinnit on Etsy did it and she did a beautiful job!