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volunteer transport of animals that
need longer-term care.
The coronavirus crisis has shrunk
the pool of volunteers who are able to
help out, and Trantham and her staff
have been forced to get "a little more
creative" in engaging donors. As of late
summer, scheduled curbside drop-offs
had replaced walk-in deliveries of sick
or abandoned animals.
But, says Trantham, "We're the only
large facility that focuses on wildlife
rehabilitation in our area that has remained open."
There's also been an upside to the
pandemic. "We're actually seeing a decrease in the number of animals that
are coming in with injuries that are
human-caused, whether it's been hit by
a car, gunshot victims, or [animals] that
have been hit by weed eaters and lawnmowers," Trantham says. "We think it
probably has to do with the number of
people that aren't really out and about."

Wands for Wildlife recently became
a freestanding nonprofit organization
with Brewster at the helm.
"As the program continued to grow,
we acknowledged that this was a lot
bigger than what we had ever thought
it was going to be and that it has immense potential to grow and do amazing things," Trantham says. "It's been
really exciting to see that this is going
to keep engaging people and getting
them excited about wildlife and wildlife rehabilitation, but on a more global
level."

FACES OF RESCUE AT APPALACHIAN WILDLIFE
RESCUE
FACING PAGE, FROM TOP: Eastern Box turtle; North
American river otter; baby black rat snake about to emerge.
THIS PAGE, FROM TOP: Red-shouldered hawk; fawn;
baby opossum.

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