This is a lovely use for your old mascara wands – the Appalachian Wildlife Refuge is a rehabilitation centre in Western North Carolina, dedicated to taking care of injured and orphaned animals. They use the mascara wands to groom the fur of wild animals, removing fly eggs and larva, nits and fleas, and to clean off any dirt, dust or sand.
Cleaning the small animals is important because it enables the workers to examine and treat them for injuries. The wands, which would otherwise go to waste, work well because the bristles are close together and are gentle enough to use even on animals with sensitive fur or feathers.
The wands can also be used to clean out the syringes used for feeding the tiny animals.
Download the Recycle Form .PDF to send with your old cleaned and mascara wands.
Check the correct postage required (please don’t send packages without postage) and mail them to:
Appalachian Wildlife Refuge
P.O. Box 1211,
Visit Appalachian Wildlife Refuge for more information and to read about their amazing work