Paws Animal Wildlife Sanctuary Inc

Rating: 4.97 stars   63 reviews

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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

2 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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4 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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2 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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Rating: 5 stars  

2 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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3 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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Rating: 5 stars  

2 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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2 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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2 people found this review helpful

I stumbled upon this group at a home and garden show in Greenville. I joined the group immediately because I am constantly finding little animals in need and NOT knowing how to help them. They offered to help me by providing free classes and lots of different resources to refer to if I needed information or supplies. The most important thing is that they never say "no". They will help the public with any question and if there is an animal in need they WILL take it or tell you where to go to get the help you need! I have been able to save numerous animals! Its been such a blessing to be able to properly rehabilate and release possums, squirrels, flying squirrels, etc. They reach out to the public, inform and provide classes to those that are interested, and they don't turn away animals! Could not be happier with them. So glad we have this group in our area!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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2 people found this review helpful

As a rehabber, I have occasionally needed advice on different species that I'm not familiar with. Mac & the good people at PAWS are always available.
They are always willing to take animals that I don't handle.
The time and care they put into their sanctuary is awesome. Even with the number of animals in their care, they manage to provide specialized treatment for all.
I am amazed that they do it all on donations and their own out of pocket. I would definitely recommend this group if you ever find orphaned/injured wildlife. You won't find a more dedicated group.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

A highly recommended rescue for charitable donations -- PAWS Animal Wildlife Rescue is top notch, honest, committed to the injured, dedicated to rescue, established and has loyally been rehabilitating wildlife for many years...

They accept PayPal donations - You can visit their website for additional information on donating online. www.paws-sc.com

Checks may be mailed to:
Paws, Inc.
PO Box 157
Waterloo, SC 29384

They also take credit/debit card donations via phone at (864) 683-3190.

All donations are tax deductible! All work is done by volunteers so no money is spent on staffing or salaries!

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

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would fund them more so that focus could solely be on the wildlife and add additional volunteers to help educate the public.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Mandy, I have enjoyed 'changing your life'! I think I have it just the way I want it now! Thank you for your love, support, and help. You help make PAWS what it is! (Wag, wag, wag!)

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Throughout my life I have been involved with several non-profit organizations and I have to say that Mac and PAWS has touched my heart more deeply than anything I've ever been involved with. The passion that Mac has for the animals is indescribable, it's something that has to be seen. I am so glad that I decided to make that first trip to PAWS to paint raptor houses in the rain and to wash feed buckets... I was awe struck from the very first day. I continue to give as much as I can to PAWS: my time, my labor, my money, my respect and mostly my love. I feel everything that Mac feels when she updates us on FB about animals that have been rescued, if she's happy because they're doing good - I'm happy, if she's worried because they should be doing better - I'm worried, if she's sad because despite everything she has tried the animal lost the battle - I'm sad... it's almost like she's my soul sister! :) I have watched this woman work until her body has given out, I have seen her go with out so that an animals WILL have. She is one of the most unselfish, most devoted, most compassionate women I have ever had the pleasure of working beside. I'm proud to say I'm a PAWS volunteer!! And love the fact that I can call Mac my friend!

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

Figure out a way to find more hands on volunteers to help with ALL the work that needs to be done at PAWS, all the work that Mac gets so frustrated about because she cannot humanly do it all by herself. It would also be nice to help her find a way to have a constant reliable amount of money coming in each month to keep things floating and maybe a little extra to get things moving. This organization is run solely on donations and we all know how unpredictable that can be.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

PAWS is as good as it is because of awesome volunteers, such as yourself, who put their heart and soul into everything they do, no matter how yucky the job is! My deepest of thanks to you for all your help. Thank you for this amazing recommendation.....you made my eyes tear up.

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1 person found this review helpful

Unfortunately I have only been to PAWS once to volunteer my time, but I promise to get back as soon as things settle down a bit. I had a wonderful experience while there. Mac is a down to earth compassionate woman and loves to talk about her rescues. I could have listened to her stories all day long but there was work to be done! I painted, as much as I could even tho it was drizzling rain in one of the rapture houses and it was too cool to be surrounded by birds, some who were inquisitive and some who were very quiet. The only animals I got to meet other than King Fido were the educational birds, which I understood completely. You can't rehab animals if they are too use to people, so even though I wanted to see the babies I knew better than to ask. I washed feed tubs and even though I'm not big into washing dishes I enjoyed the experience because I knew these tubs were used for a saving lives! I just can't say enough good things about Mac and PAWS.... you need to experience it yourself to understand. Thank you Mac for having me and I WILL be back!!!

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

There are no changes needed to the organization that a million dollar donation wouldn't fix. Mac does a fantastic job with what she has!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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