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Paws Animal Wildlife Sanctuary Inc

Rating: 4.97 stars   71 reviews 2,175

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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

7 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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1 person found this review helpful

I live in Colorado but I support Paws Animal Wildlife Sanctuary because of the work they do to help educate people about wildlife and the amazing care they provide. I donate money and even sewed an outdoor cover for one of the non-releasable ducks this year.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I live in a rural area of upstate SC. Always have lived in the country and love all animals wild and tame. Since I started following PAwS I have learned so much. Things I might have done in the past for love of animals may not have always been in the best interest of the animal. Now I am sharing that knowledge with others who find injured wildlife. I will always reach out to PAWS now for assistance and guidance. I am so grateful for this group of dedicated, knowlegable and caring people who dedicate so much energy in saving the wild life and showing compassion when life is not viable!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

One night I fished a bat out of the pool. I thought it would die, but when it was still alive an hour later, I found Paws. They told me what to do with the bat and at 10:00 in the evening a nice woman drove to my house to pick up the bat and take him to a facility that could help bats. I was impressed with the caring women who helped this poor little guy.
Sadly, the little guy didn't make it, but they were great about keeping me posted.
Also, their site had information on what to do if you find a bat. That information literally saved the life of another bat who fell in our pool. I now enjoy reading about their sanctuaries.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I am a middle school teacher. My students donate pumpkins to Paul's every year after Halloween. We have learned a lot thing about wildlife and about keeping and conserving animals! PAWS is a wonderful nonprofit agency! They educate hundreds of schoolchildren every year, and addition to saving the lives of wildlife in our area.
They use social media in a very positive manner to educate the public about what to do in the case of a wildlife emergency! Mac and her crew of volunteers work tirelessly in our area!
We LOVE PAWS!!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

A very imporatant non-profit that is licated in South Carolina. The process that the Director goes through in order to heal, rehabilitate and hopefully re-release the animals is very diligent. She goes to great lengths to do what is best for the animal while balancing the restraints of a budget. She understands the need to outsource if she lacks expertise in an area. The organization attempts to handle resources efficiently utilizing social media to successfully communicate needs.

 
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PAWS came to the rescue to help our little Great Horned owlet when efforts to renest him failed. They were excellent at answering our questions and have gone above and beyond to ensure his safety. See more on his page: https://m.facebook.com/TheLittleOwlet/timeline
Thank you PAWS!

 
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4 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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3 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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7 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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