Paws Animal Wildlife Sanctuary Inc

Rating: 4.96 stars   54 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 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..
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

1 person found this review helpful

Having volunteered for several years, at another wildlife facility, I easily recognize the superior skills demonstrated through what happens at Paws Animal Wildlife Sanctuary. Taking time to keep the public informed (for me, through facebook posts), the "Paws" facility has described care regimens and issued enough animal progress reports to yield evidence of consistent and conscientious care. Further posts by this facility focus on awareness education valuable to the general public, who are most often the first people to come across wild animals in distress and need the information so that wildlife caregivers might achieve best outcome for sick, orphaned, and/or displaced wildlife, and to prevent unnecessary admissions of animals. Wildlife rehabilitation is time-consuming, with few breaks and long hours. It's grueling work and deeply rewarding, and it encompasses amazing rehabilitation victories at the same time as it delivers heartbreaking experiences. As soon as she finds the time, the director of the "Paws" facility writes summaries for her new admissions and disseminates them to the public, with follow-up reports and relevant education items--all essential, if we are to learn and realize how significant is the work of keeping our wildlife healthy. For several years I have been an avid reader of all that has been posted, and I highly commend the folks at Paws Wildlife Animal Sanctuary. They perform a needed service during an era when wildlife is rapidly vanishing and needs all skills available to meet their needs during compromise.

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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.

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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.

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I do not know how PAWS manages to do all that they do. Every penny donated goes directly to the care of the wildlife they take in. The operators and management work tirelessly, often around the clock to provide needed medical assistance. Volunteers are treated with respect and know that they are valued and all donations whether in kind or monetary are put to use. The owner/operator posts regular updates on the animals which allows those of us living far away to track the progress of these beautiful creatures both great and small.

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I have never needed PAWS assistance, but I appreciate the work they do. I live within 30 miles of their physical location. Sadly, in this area, wildlife is considered expendable. I love that they take in, mend, and release wildlife; or permanently house the animals that are non- releasable. All lives are precious, despite the species!

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Although I live in a city far from Paws, I look forward to the stories and pictures. I have never seen most of the animals helped by Paws, so it is very educational and often entertaining to read the posts, Sometimes I laugh and sometimes I cry. It is so encouraging to see such a dedicated group of people making a difference. Keep up the inspirational work.

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I have know Mac with Paws for quite sometime now,what a wonderful compassionate lady she is.I love how she is so dedicated to her work with wildlife.I wish I was closer to her,would love to volunteer with her.

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?

2013

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paws.sc (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Wish you were closer also! :-)

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2 people found this review helpful

Paws is the most wonderful wildlife group I have ever been involved with,the compassion and time they give to saving our wildlife is nothing but remarkable!Thanks paws for all your time and compassion,I will always be a Big fan and supporter of your wonderful organization!

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Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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It's hard to find the right words to describe this sanctuary and the people who care for these animals. It's simply AMAZING what they do! They pour their blood, sweat, tears, heart and soul into ALL the animals that come through their doors! EVERY animal that comes in here is important! No matter how large or how small, no matter how serious or how minor the injury or sickness is, every means possible is put to use in trying to save them and make them as comfortable and at ease as possible. I follow them on facebook, and i've laughed and cried right along with Mac, who runs Paws, is the primary caregiver, and keeps us up to date on the animals that are brought in. You cant help but get wrapped up in the animals with her wonderful way of telling their stories! I thank God that these sweet babies have a place like this to go to for help!

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

Do absolutely nothing. I think it's awesome the way it is. I only wish they had an abundance of supplies and donations because they deserve every bit of it!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Mac and her volunteers do an amazing job.....some of the stories of success will warm you heart after all the countless hours she puts in to save these animals but others will make you cry after you have followed their progress and they don't survive. Mac is so good to post progress reports and we get so involved with each animal. There are times when she needs so much like a freezer to put food in for the animals because hers has died or a washing machine to wash the linens and the public rallys to provide what they can ....There definitely is a special place in heaven for one that does this kind of rescue work. The joy of releasing one back into the wild in indescribable.

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

rally more volunteers.........Mac tries to do so much all by herself......set up a special vet account to relieve her of this burden.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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