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PAWS ANIMAL WILDLIFE SANCTUARY INC
September 27, 2012

As a licensed wildlife rehabilitator in Virginia, I worked with an outstanding organization. When I moved to South Carolina, I contacted two wildlife organizations, neither of which I was willing to donate my time or money to as they just didn't seem to be well organized. After speaking with PAWS several months ago and attending two classes, it reminded me of the great organization I had worked with in Virginia, that I still stay in touch with. I decided to offer PAWS my property as a release site for native wildlife ready for return to nature. I have been releasing squirrels so far, but plan to release other species as release cages are built. It takes a special person to do wildlife rehabilitation and a special person to organize, motivate, and lead a non-profit at the same time. PAWS is that organization worth committing to.

The Great!

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

classes I have attended, contact with other volunteers, and reviews of ongoing discussions posted on the PAWS website.

Ways to make it better...

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

add a habitat education component to their program. Habitat destruction, fragmentation of the land, and invasive species are the most critical factors contributing to the decline of most native species. Many rehabilitated animals are released back into a habitat that may not be suitable for their survival. Although an important component for reducing the need for rehabilitation and for increasing survival afterwards, habitat needs are not taught in any organization I have dealt with.

More feedback

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?

A lot

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?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Having more volunteers live closer to my property. I live 1.5 hours from PAWS, which makes it difficult for both of us to work with each other. There are no known volunteers in my area so distance is an impediment.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

After over 10 years of absence from working with wildlife, PAWS has provided an opportunity to renew that experience in a way that fits my current lifestyle and provides a rewarding way to meet new people and share my passion for nature. I hope to share my experience in habitat improvement practices with others and motivate them to improve the habitat in their own back yard.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It provides a way for me to release pent up energy and passion for nature. Unfortunately, few people today really care about the environment and its inhabitants and even fewer actually do anything to help it. Thus, I don't know many people with whom I can share this interest. PAWS provides an outlet for that interest.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Performed soft releases on my property.