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Paws Animal Wildlife Sanctuary Inc

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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..

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86 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Sandy78

Client Served

Rating: 5

The devotion that PAWS shows toward the maimed, sick, lost and orphaned wildlife in SC is beyond measure. Mac Mercedes appears to work tirelessly toward saving the wildlife and educating the public. Wish I could give them 10 stars!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I found the website by accident, but have followed it ever since. The dedication and caring shown by Mac is just amazing. She tries so hard with every creature that comes into her care. She is truly inspirational.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PAWS does amazing work saving animals, AND they also do a fantastic job of educating the public about wildlife. I had Mac out several times to present to a group of after-school kids and she was always a massive hit! Thank you for everything you do for those who can't speak for themselves.

1 Sandy78

Client Served

Rating: 5

The devotion that PAWS shows toward the maimed, sick, lost and orphaned wildlife in SC is beyond measure. Mac Mercedes appears to work tirelessly toward saving the wildlife and educating the public. Wish I could give them 10 stars!

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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.

1 Kathleen25

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The longer I observe the GREAT (yes, GREAT) things PAWS achieves, the more impressed I become. They do more with a dollar than anyone could dream possible. Their outcomes are often in the AMAZING category, though not every animal's story has a happy ending. I am proud to be able to sometimes serve by transporting an injured animal for PAWS, just wishing I had time to help even more.

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Donor

Rating: 5

PAWS goal is always to rehabilitate wildlife and return them to the life they were made to live. They do it with love, care, compassion, and concern, all the while working to educate humans about how they can help reduce harm and improve the chances for rehabilitation. AND, they squeeze more good out of a penny than seems possible!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following Paws on Facebook and contributing money and Amazon goods as well. I even made a sunbrella roof cover for JJ's outdoor cage :)
MAC is very engaged on Facebook to keep everyone up to date on the critters, but also to share information about wildlife. Their work in educating the general public is far more than any wildlife rehabilitation organization I have ever seen. It is important.
I always share the "teaching" posts on a local FaceBook page up here in the Colorado Rockies. We live with a LOT of wildlife and the lessons are always shared.

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!

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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 Pam_128

Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently had a hummingbird trying to feed from my feeders but always flew back to the ground where he was attacked by other birds. When I walked toward him, he would flitter about 20 feet away, just far away and fast enough that I could not catch him. I contacted PAWS and was told how to safely catch him. Something was very obviously wrong with this hummingbird and by the next morning, I was able to catch him using the technique I was told. I fixed a box and feeder for him, but had to feed him by eye dropper until I could get him to PAWS. The volunteer from PAWS accepted this little bird for possible rehab and release. I was so relieved to find someone who knew way more than I did about helping hummingbirds. Keep up the good work PAWS! I am glad there are people like you who are doing this work.

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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 lettelier

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following Paws for quite some time.Mac and her volunteers have always impressed me with their Knowledge and the way they treat our wildlife.They spend long hours helping injured orphaned and displaced wildlife.They spend sleepless nights on an animal that needs close observation,and will drive hours to get the animal the help it needs.Thank you Mac and all your volunteers for all the hard work and hours you put in to help our wildlife.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Wish you were closer also! :-)

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1 Lynn17

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter, contributor, and fan of Paws for several years now. I am so impressed with the good they do. I have learned a lot from Paws...from "rescuing" baby squirrels whose nest fell from a tree (Mama Squirrel will usually come get them) to rescuing an "abandoned" fawn (it's probably not abandoned). Mac has posted a number of times on FaceBook about the commitment needed to raise those little ducklings, chicks, and bunnies bought like "toys" at Easter. She has also explained what happens to them when they outgrow their "cuteness" and are "discarded" to "survive" on their own and it's not pretty. I share her posts with others to help get the information out there. I root for all of the creatures that are taken to Paws and are helped and those that, sadly, don't make it. I admire the knowledge, work, and dedication put in by Mac and her small group of volunteers. If you are looking for a group to support, this is a good one.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is one of two wildlife organizations I donate to. The care for the animals is excellent; the funds are used in an appropriate manner; and I love the way the organization does it's best to make sure the wildlife are rehabbed to go back into the wild. I would donate more to them if I had it! Excellent management, excellent facility. I am forever glad I found them.

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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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an awesome group, always willing to help save wildlife. This group lives for the animals. Job well done!!

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 Angela165

Donor

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!

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.

2 Britt J.

Donor

Rating: 5

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!