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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 state and federal permits involving wildlife than any other facility in the state..

Programs: Took in approximately 1200 animals encompassing over 28 different species coming from 28 different counties many of these animals had no other options

renovated 3 rooms inside the facility and renovated 1 raptor building that contains 5 units for different species

acquired experienced educational program coordinator to expand educational outreach in the upstate of south carolina

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107 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Katie E.4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

PAWS Animal Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most respected non-profit rescues in the state, and for good reason. The owner truly takes the time to consider every single animal’s situation, trauma, and backstory in their treatment, rehab, and release. I’ve never seen such a high volume rescue pay this amount of detail and care to every one of their intakes. Despite always being full, they never turn down an at-risk animal. They are also a great educational resource - I know that I can ask any wildlife based question and get a thought out, well researched answer. If I were an injured animal and I had a choice - I’d choose PAWS for my rehab and care every. Single. Time. I can’t say enough good things about the truly amazing souls that run this incredible organization.

1 Kim C.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've know Mac and PAWS for many years. My Girl Scouts volunteered with PAWS and I still help with releases when needed. Mac's love and dedication to these animals is amazing. No one works harder then Mac and PAWS volunteers. It is an outstanding dedicated group!

1 Elizabeth O.1

Donor

Rating: 5

This wonderful rescue takes in all manner of wildlife and always takes the time to share their individual stories. It’s so important for people to feel personal connections to these creatures. The follow up posts and chronology of events and challenges really teaches the audience about these creatures and how to be a more respectful human. Keep up the great work!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm so impressed with Mac and her crew. They do so much with so little. I so wish I lived closer so I could volunteer my time to help. From the littlest animal to big, they are always 100% about helping them to get rehabbed and back to nature. They do so much to educate the public. Thank you for all you guys do Paws!

Devon J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wildlife rehabilitation facility whose founder works consistently to achieve optimum recovery for animals in her care. It means long hours devoted to those who die despite intensive care, and those who survive because of it...requires continuing, comprehensive education and consistent contact with a wide spectrum of peers in this career. In turn, she keeps the public informed—with photos and detailed explanations—of her invaluable work. Success is marked by healthy animals returned to their habitats, well prepared for life without human intervention. Funded by donations, aided by volunteers, there is no more worthy endeavor at a time when wildlife struggles to adapt to human encroachment. High praise for Paws Animal Wildlife Sanctuary!

Peggy Berlin Freehling H.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been to the sanctuary and it is amazing. All the selfless hours volunteers work with no pay, and i mean hard work, is priceless. They truly care about the wildlife and their goal is to be able to release them back to nature. I only wish I lived closer so I could volunteer, I love ALL animals.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I'm on a fixed income so i can't really donate much, so i do it through Amazon Smile. Love the work they do I visited one time, took a truck load of acorns. They do awesome work and really care.

Elaine Opie H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have learned so much from this fantastic, hardworking group. Educating and doing good!

Lainey Head L.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have spoken with the leader of this organization several times. She always remembers me and helps me in any way she can. She is very knowledgeable about the animals and helps me to understand my question. I have learned to love many animals I thought were just nuisances. She also can recommend a person to come to my home if there is a necessity for that.

1 Pamela B.8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I follow their page and see all the work they do to save the animals. I love it..

Client Served

Rating: 5

PAWS is an invaluable resource to our community. They have helped several different animals that I have rescued with various injuries or needs. Staff is knowledgeable & passionate about what they do. You can tell they really care. They also do a great job educating the public through different events with animals when possible & also social media.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm so glad to have an organization in my community with such compassionate people. I have called on PAWS several times & they are knowledgeable & helpful. Once they met me at my job to take a baby bat & once I met one of their workers at her church to take a badly injured terrapin. They really care & do so much to increase awareness about how to help wildlife, when not to help & the natural benefits of different animals. I love critters & I love PAWS.

Beth Brannon S.

Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful people, doing wonderful things, helping to save wildlife.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I usually support my local organizations, but in this case, I am supporting PAWS in S.C. while I live in CO. why? Because of the hard work and education that is done to help not only the animals in care, but to those that can be helped by educating people about wildlife. I have observed amazing transformations in animals that come into PAWS to be released again and for those that are non-releasable, the amazing purpose they are given to help future animals that come in as surrogate moms and dads.

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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.

3 Ashley M.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mac & her team with P.A.W.S is an amazing place to take wildlife. I have taken 2 domestic ducks I have found at a public pond that was injured to them and they did everything to help them. Amazing people!!!

3 Judy D.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing rescue with compassionate people who not only rescue animals, but educate the public as well.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been following Paws Animal Wildlife Sanctuary Inc for awhile now. I love seeing these people give their all to help our wildlife. Some of the animals they take in make it and some don't. I know it's a bitter sweet job for sure! Doing what you do is much appreciated! So to all you many hugs and praises for your kindness and compassion and a heartfelt thankyou!

1 Bruce B.2

Donor

Rating: 5

Compassionate, caring, knowledgeable, no nonsense care taker for all creatures and critters. We gladly support Paws and all she does for the animals in the Upstate.

2 AnnePal

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is run by a very dedicated woman who puts all her love and energy into saving wild animals. Her endless dedication and hard work has saved many lives and she is making great progress in teaching others, expanding her facilities and works with other great organizations who all work hard to help an assortment of wildlife and farm animals. I've personally been involved in some of the projects and try to help where I can but live about 2 hours away. I know how hard these people work so if i can help if only a few days a year I hope it helps them. When you donate to them i can assure you the money is going to help the animals and not anywhere else.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

AMAZINGLY HELPFUL, PASSIONATE, KNOWLEDGEABLE GROUP OF VOLUNTEERS!!

3 Ashley F.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love Mac! Without her a baby possum would have died, she was her voice when no one else listened. Amazing lady and I am highly honored to know her!

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paws.sc 12/14/2017

And I thank you for alerting us to that situation so we could get something done to help. It takes us all networking together to make things happen. So thank YOU for being part of that! :-)

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paws.sc 12/14/2017

And I thank you for alerting us to that situation so we could get something done to help. It takes us all networking together to make things happen. So thank YOU for being part of that! :-)

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paws.sc 12/14/2017

And I thank you for alerting us to that situation so we could get something done to help. It takes us all networking together to make things happen. So thank YOU for being part of that! :-)

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paws.sc 12/14/2017

And I thank you for alerting us to that situation so we could get something done to help. It takes us all networking together to make things happen. So thank YOU for being part of that! :-)

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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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paws.sc 12/14/2017

Your words are heart warming and we REALLY appreciate you taking the time to leave us such an awesome review! :-) I think the one star rating might have been a mistake since your words are SO supportive!