This all started from a Facebook post put up by co-founder and wildlife rehabilitator Savannah Trantham on her personal page on March 10, 2017.
One of her friends, who is a makeup consultant, asked her to make the post public so she could share on her business page and it took off!
Here is the original post:https://www.facebook.com/savannah.tranthambrown/posts/718373582458
Since then we have received wands from every state in the country and places around the world!
Wildlife rehabilitators use the wands in many ways, including: removing fly eggs and larva from feathers and fur of wild animals; assisting the wildlife rehabilitator in examining for injuries; grooming an area on an animal to remove dust, dirt, sand, sawdust, etc.; and, cleaning the syringes used for feeding the animals. Because the bristles are soft and so close together, they reduce the risk of potential injury to tiny patients - especially squirmy babies.
The Wands for Wildlife program has taken off beyond our wildest dreams! We are receiving recycled wands from individuals, community groups, schools, salons, scouts and many others - including the make-up department with NBC's The Blacklist and Disney Princesses! We are also receiving boxes of discontinued wands from manufacturers. While we have received a large number of wands, we are packaging them with educational materials on how to use and sharing with home-based wildlife rehabilitators and facilities.
The recycled wands are also being used for a Wand Art program that is just getting started. A group of local high school students in the National Art Honor Society created an incredible piece of Wand Art from recycled wands. Pictures attached. We are blown away! It is on display at the Asheville Museum of Science.
Wands for Wildlife program has come to life drawing attention to wildlife rehabilitation efforts around the globe. Wild animals know no borders!
To find a local wildlife rehabilitation facility, listeners can visit the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association website - https://www.nwrawildlife.org/.
All wands can be sent to Appalachian Wild where they are being distributed with educational materials on best practices to facilities and rehabbers as they have a need.
Wands have come in from every state in the country. And, the most number of wands received has been from California.
P.S. Send a gift to the animals to assist with their care and treatment -https://www.appalachianwild.org/wishlist.html