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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

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..

Community Stories

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

1 Natasha18

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following PAWS for a couple years now. I started when I was still a rehabber for the state of VA to learn how other rehabbers did things. Even though I'm not a rehabber anymore I still follow them to learn as well as to have a reminder of the good people in this world that work really hard to save the animals. Thank you PAWS!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The dedication and 24/7 work of this amazing group of people, and all of their volunteers, is far-reaching as they work endlessly to save as many sick or wounded wildlife animals as possible. These animals include all types of mammals, birds and reptiles. The information shared on Facebook educates readers to the many ways Paws work with these animals to save them and how the public can help and support them in their endeavors.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I live in New York. We do not have a rescue like this one here. Paws is wonderful. They help ALL animals. The way they love and care for the sick and injured is truly amazing to me. Such a tremendous credit to their profession! Keep on Rockin' Paws!!!

1 Anne144

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I found Paws on Facebook, and have been following and sharing ever since. I have referred a number of people to them that have found injured wildlife that needed help. It's nice to have someone to turn to.

1 Megan134

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I follow Paws Animal Wildlife Sanctuary on Facebook and love them. I have learned a lot from their post about what and what not to do. I always try to share their informational post so that it can reach others and teach them. When we found a baby squirrel last year I contacted them on what to do. After we tried to get the mother to take it back it didn't work so I had to take it to Paws.

2 Valerie85

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Were very compassionate and eager to help. Great people!

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The team there has a true heart for the animals brought to them. They have helped numerous animals and I am so grateful for their services to our feathered, furry, and scaley creatures.

6 Sandy78

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Being an advocate for all animals, I follow Paws Animal Wildlife Sanctuary on Facebook and so look forward to Mac Mercedes' daily postings on what's new at the sanctuary. Sometimes the news is happy, sometimes sad. But knowing that this wonderful rehabber and group of volunteers is there doing their best to save and rehabilitate these creatures is comforting. Not long ago, my dog found a baby racoon in the yard. It was a weekend and I tried connecting with rehabbers in my area, to no avail. I finally reached out to Mac at Paws for advice. Not only did she guide me, but in the end, because I was so desperate, she arranged for a transport for me to connect with to bring the racoon to her. There is no animal rescue group in South Carolina who is more dedicated and deserving of respect than Mac Mercedes, Paws Animal Wildlife Sanctuary and volunteers.