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Paws Animal Wildlife Sanctuary Inc

Rating: 4.97 stars   65 reviews 2,100

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PO Box 157 Waterloo SC 29384 USA

Mission:

Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and release wildlife back into the wild where they belong and to educate the public about wildlife and how to peacefully co-exist.

Results:

We moved to our current location in 2003 and have added new enclosures and pens each year. In 2011, we added a flight pen for the raptors. Over the years we have expanded to the point that now, we hold more federal permits involving wildlife than any other facility in the state..

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

6 people found this review helpful

I have done quite a bit of volunteering for various animal/pet causes, and I have to say Paws Animal Wildlife Sanctuary is amazing! Mac Curry, the founder, has such a passion for wildlife that it is contagious--of course, those of us who volunteer are already dedicated animal lovers. Mac's number one priority is the safety of the animals, and makes sure volunteers understand the importance in keeping the stress level as low as possible for the wild creatures in her care. No one is "turned loose" and told to do a task that they have not been thoroughly, hands on and supervised, trained to do. This protects our safety as volunteers, but also protects the animals from injury and undue stress.
I began volunteering with Paws about 2 years ago, as a face painter to help with fundraising at our booths for events. I make handmade jewelry and sell some at our booths to help with fundraising as well. I have learned so much just from listening to Mac and our more experienced volunteers talk about the animals and what Paws does to help them, answering questions asked by the public. We bring only non-releasable animals to public events, and Mac pays close attention to their body language to assure that no one is kept on display too long to tire the animals or stress them too much. Volunteers are trained how to properly handle the animals, and we keep the animals out of reach of the public.
As I have learned more and become comfortable with the wildlife in our care, and Mac has become more trusting of me--and she has learned I can follow instructions--I have gotten to experience the thrill of holding Emmett, our screech owl, and two of our hawks for public events. I live too far from the sanctuary to be able to help out there as often as I'd like, but love spending the day out there doing whatever I can do to help. I've helped with cleaning projects and organizing materials, laundry and feeding. I love getting to see the animals that are just coming in and hear their stories and learning of their progress. Of course not all the stories have happy endings, but so many do! It really is a bright spot in my life to be a part of this awesome organization!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Paws Animal Wildlife Sanctuary Inc helped me tremendously this past July while my family and I were vacationing in Myrtle Beach for a week, and I've been wanting to thank them ever since! I had found a baby songbird on the pavement outside of our condo, and was told to just let it be. I didn't have it in me to do so, and Paws' number popped up on my google search. Come to find out, I was located nowhere near them after I called, but a very very kind lady took the time to help me anyways (Late in the evening at at home from her couch might I add). Thanks to her advice, assistance, and kind heart, it lived AND continued to thrive throughout the rest of our week there! In a few short days, it grew from a helpless nestling to a fledgling in its make-shift Wal Mart Nest;) I'll never forget how awesome it felt to finally see baby and momma reunite, thanks to Paws! They're amazing, Ilearned so much and I will never forget my experience with them!

Below are photos in order of The First night and Last Night we were there. Look how much she grew!

-Katie Miller

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I have the privilege and blessing of volunteering for PAWS ! Mac has taught me a lot about the right way to help God's wonderful wild creatures and I am looking forward to learning everything I can from her in the future. She is so compassionate and caring!

 
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6 people found this review helpful

Selfless devotion to helping those who can't help themselves. Every dollar goes to help the animals!! I never hesitate to help whenever I can.

 
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7 people found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer at Paws Animal Wildlife Sanctuary, Inc. for more than three years. in that time I have witnessed the care and concern about each and every animal. The care and concern is exceptional in helping these special creatures. Nothing is too much to help an animal rehab and get closer to the day of release. I feel honored and privileged to volunteer for an exceptional organization.

 
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5 people found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer for just over a year. I have learned so much from Paws. Animal lovers want to do what they can to help but most of us are doing some things we shouldn't. Mac teaches us and the public how we can help and how everyone can help out in the public. I can't say enough about Paws, Mac and all the volunteers who help out! It was so eye opening to see first hand Mac saving a fawn. Mac and the volunteers work tirelessly to provide for the wildlife and sometimes domestic animals who are fortunate to come through the doors at Paws! I had no idea how much work goes into running the sanctuary. The wildlife are the priority but there is so much more behind the scenes that need to be done! ALL THIS WITH NO FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE! Paws relies on private donations and will stretch every penny! A blessing right here in SC!

 
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5 people found this review helpful

I've been aware of this organization through its Facebook page for several years. In the past year, I have become involved as a volunteer! I really can't say anything more than I've already said in my previous reviews, because I already gave them 5 stars. My evaluation of PAWS has not changed in the least since I began volunteering. I get a more up close view as a volunteer, and what I see up close is an organization that puts animals first and that squeezes more value from a penny than I thought possible. In addition, I see an organization that believes in education, and avails itself of EVERY opportunity to help the public learn what THEY can do to help wildlife. First class organization - IN EVERY ASPECT!

 
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6 people found this review helpful

PAWS is a well run organization that gets the most out of every donated dollar. They provide top notch and wildlife-sensitive rehabilitation, always looking to do what's best for the animal in the long run. Sometimes that means euthnasia, but most often it means care given in such a way that the animal can return to the wild with a high probability of success.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

caring for wildlife in a way that facilitates their successful return to their wild life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide them with more money and better facilties.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

Facebook

 
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5 people found this review helpful

Several years ago I wanted to get into animal rehab. I went and visited a dog rehab first and it was awful. Then I contacted PAWS. I decided to go out and volunteer to clean cages. On my way there I found two kittens on the side of the road. They were in really bad shape health wise. Both were covered in maggot eggs. When I got to PAWS Mac came out and helped me with the kittens even though they were not allowed around the other animals due to possible diseases. I raised those two kittens and gave one away and still have the other one.
Since then I have taken the squirrel rehab class and have rehabbed and released several litters of squirrels. Mac is such an inspiration to me. She has a heart like no other for animals and will do whatever it takes to help them. I love PAWS and its volunteers.

 
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5 people found this review helpful

The goal for the organization is to release wild life back out into the wild and to educate people on how mankind effects wildlife. I have not personally volunteered at her facility however I have been there and seen the work that is being done there. The animals are greatly loved and cared for.

 
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5 people found this review helpful

I am continually impressed with the level of care & commitment this organization gives to the animals in its care. The knowledge they possess about the many different species they care for is impressive. Thank you for all you do!

 
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