Wildlife rehabilitation organizations do amazing things for animals. Most of us know about many amazing animal shelters that save the lives of countless dogs and cats, but wildlife organizations help care for the animals that most of us would have no idea how to care for. A clever, eco-friendly way of caring for wildlife animals has been repurposing mascara wands!

The small brushes that we use to apply mascara are the perfect little tools to help clean small wild animals. In the video above, Simone Brandson from the Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre can be seen demonstrating how to use mascara brushes to clean a small animal.

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Appalachian Wildlife Refuge has a Wands for Wildlife Fundraiser to collect mascara wands that help them remove fly eggs and larva from the fur of wild animals. This works so well because the bristles are so close together. Other necessities like food, supplies, and funds are always necessary at rescue and rehabilitation centers, but this is an excellent way to repurpose something that might otherwise go to landfill.

Not only are you creating a less waste when washing and mailing your mascara wands, but you are contributing to the wellbeing of a wild animal in need! Consider washing your mascara wants when they run out and mailing them to one of the many wildlife organizations that could really use it like the Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and the Appalachian Wildlife Refuge!

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Want to do more for wildlife? While the Appalachian Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina is doing great things, wildlife rehab centers in South Carolina are in danger. Sign this petition to prevent state control of wildlife rehabbers in SC, which would make euthanasia the go-to solution in caring for wild animals.

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