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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. In 2018, we added a barn building. 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

Community Stories

151 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5 Susan Moskey P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One day at the age of 62, after more than 40 years of doing office work, I found that due to a rapidly growing cognitive problem caused by a brain tumor that at the time I was unaware of, I could no longer work. This was not my plan. I was suddenly a fish out of water and of no particular value to anyone. That’s when I was accepted as a volunteer at PAWS. Mac took me into the fold and has since been a light shining into my darkest hour. I suddenly had value. She gave me a reason to go on. So without knowing what I was getting into, PAWS rescued me. I am currently not able to help as much as I would like but soon….What can I tell you about PAWS? I’m not even sure where to start but I can tell you one thing, without Mac, the world would be missing its finest real-life superhero. I have never met such a kind and deeply loving human being. Her heart belongs to the wildlife at PAWS. She has a special gift with injured and orphaned wild animals of all species and they instinctively trust her to help them. I have heard about people like Mac but in my entire life, I have yet to meet another like her. She cares more for the animals than for her own sleep, hunger or thirst. She truly puts them above all else. The volunteers I have met at PAWS are also among the kindest people I have ever met. They are each dedicated to their individual specialties and they each put the animals’ needs above their own. The upstate of South Carolina’s best have somehow made their way to PAWS to join the team. If there was a review that I could write and give PAWS Animal Wildlife Sanctuary a thousand stars, that still just wouldn’t be enough. But for now, five stars will have to do.

2 Savannah S.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I knew about Paws Animal Wildlife Sanctuary in Laurens, SC from an outreach program they did at our high school a while back. I saw an injured possum in the road the other day and knew I needed to help. I called them and someone texted me within minutes helping guide me with what to do. I was able to take the possum to their location and left a small donation. Wish I could have done more because it is a great cause! Even if the possum did not have a chance to survive at least they were a resource to offer a humane option for it.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We found an injured Great Horned Owl and took him to PAWs. They were so helpful and knowledgeable!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Absolutely love this nonprofit animal sanctuary. Paws Animal Wildlife Sanctuary greatly cares and saves lives of animals. All proceeds go to good use.

2 Carolyn E.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a volunteer spending whole days at PAWS doing the fun stuff like eagle bedding laundry, I have seen first hand how totally consuming an effort like PAWS' wildlife rehab can be. Yet Mac's leadership has not only built one of the key facilities in the state and helped thousands of animals, she has provided educational opportunities for the volunteers and the public and built an organization that has had a beneficial ripple effect. I and others have not been able to help since Covid, yet she has continued to grow and to serve the community. I am a wildlife biologist and previous rehabber so can attest to the quality of care she provides the animals. I have been honored to host a spinoff from PAWS where my niece cares for songbirds, one of many examples of PAWS' spreading knowledge of and reverence for the wild creatures.

2 Kim C.10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve know Mac and PAWS for close to 10 years. My daughters when Girl Scouts built PAWS a raptor flight pen for their Gold Award project. I’ve rehabbed squirrels and possums for PAWS and used our farm for a release area. What Mac and PAWS accomplish is truly amazing!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

WOW! There is no way I can say enough positive words for the wonderful work PAWS does for Native Wildlife and Our Community. Thank you so much for your commitment to the care of the animals in needs!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for Paws Wildlife over the last year with what started out once a week and now twice or more a week. I’m totally invested with the work this organization does. Mac pours her heart and soul into each precious injured or orphaned soul coming through the doors. She speaks their own language and its magical to witness.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent wildlife rescue! They also fill a very specific hole in the community. No other local rescue has a raptor license.

It was several years ago when I found an injured owl at a friend's house and decided to get the little guy some help. I snuggled him down into a spare cooler and drove him home. His wing was hurt (likely had been hit by a car) and was a sweet little bird. I kept him in my bathroom overnight and started calling the next day to rescues all over the area.

PAWS was the only one who could help the little fellow! My father and I drove him there after setting an appointment with the nice people, and we dropped him off with a donation in gratitude for their help with the tiny (apparently full-grown) owl.

10/10 would send injured owl to PAWS again.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I found a duck yesterday that got hit by a car. I called and they were able to take him/her. We got the duck in the car and took him to this rescue. Hoping he’s ok

2 Jennifer VB

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Just remarkable work, every day. I don't know how they do it. And I've learned a great deal from them. I run a small cat sanctuary of feral and semi-feral cats, indoors/outdoors. We also have some visiting raccoons, possums, and armadilloes, as well as bald eagles, hawks, and owls and other wildlife here. The insights I've gotten from Paws is invaluable to my work. (A few cat photos.)

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I have been feeding organic duck crumble to a couple of domestic ducks someone dropped off at a local lake since the cold weather started. The other day, I noticed one of them was limping. Upon closer observation, I noticed fishing wire wrapped around the ducks thigh and possibly a piece of a hook protruding from the underside of the web of its foot. I called the 2 rescue groups in the area recommended by 2 different veterinarians, left messages with both, and neither one of them ever got back to me. Then I posted on Facebook, and my cousin in Arizona told me to look on the South Carolina Dept. of Natural Resources. There, I found Paws Animal Wildlife Sanctuary, which is about an hour and 10 minutes away from me. I called them and left a message, but unlike the other groups, they called me back within the hour. The lady on the phone was so nice and said she would call me back after she checked to see if they had someone available in my area to help with the capture and transport of the duck. Unfortunately, no one was available, but she gave me a number of suggestions as to how to catch the duck myself and use my cat carrier to transport him. I had been feeding them right at the edge of the water line so the water could soak into the dry crumble, but this gave the duck the opportunity to scoot off into the water when I tried to pick him up, so...I put the crumble about 10 feet from the water so he would have to get out and I could get behind him. It worked!! While he was busily eating, I just calmly bent down and picked him up and put him in the cat carrier; he did not struggle at all. Meanwhile, Paws was coordinating with me via text messages to make sure I was finding the place. I got lost for a little while, but they calmly helped me get oriented and gave me very clear instructions as to how to get there. The driveway up to the building in the woods was long and muddy with some pretty deep potholes, so I fishtailed a little, but ended up safely in front of the building. Now that I know how wonderful these people are, I found myself wishing I could build them a concrete driveway and a beautiful road sign because they deserve a grand entryway for the work they perform. They took my precious friend the duck into their facility and took great care of him, removing the hook and setting him up for recovery and adoption after he is healed. They recommended not returning him to the same lake as it is a fishing lake with lots of discarded fishing line and hooks all around. I then asked about the other healthy duck, his buddy and partner. They told me I could capture and bring that one down to Paws as well and they would either send them to a sanctuary or adopt them out, depending on if this other duck was male or female. Turns out the other one is a male also, so they are now happily awaiting healing and adoption in the loving care of the Paws staff. All I can say is thank you, Paws, and God bless you all!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I just want everyone to know that this organization is the epitome of a caring, compassionate no-animal-left-behind sanctuary in the true sense of the word. Please consider donating to them....they do SO much in rehabilitation and teaching us all to respect and appreciate wildlife. ...!...

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There are many wonderful rescues and sanctuaries in the US, but, I have to say, after following your page for about a year, not only does your sanctuary have incredible passion, the commitment, care, and unparalleled desire to save every single animal that comes in your door, is second to none. Even when heartache hits, it shows in your posts. Pretty sure that each of the staff members has taken home many sad tears along the way, while releasing lots of happy tears when an animal makes it out OK. Wisconsin sends a huge hug to you and the animals in your care.

1 AnnePal

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Paws has always answered the call for animals in need. They are the most dedicated team and take special care to ensure the animals receive the best care and treatment so they are able to return to their wild life once they are are ready. They also provide educational programs to help people better live in harmony with wildlife and to educate younger people the importance of protecting them and the environment they need to survive.

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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.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a new volunteer for PAWS Animal Wildlife Sanctuary, and I have never seen such hard work and dedication by MAC and her volunteers in rehabilitating all types of animals in all kinds of conditions. I have learned a great deal about animal rehabilitation from MAC, who has so much knowledge to share and is so willing to share it, not just to her volunteers but to the community at large.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PAWS has helped me with an orphaned squirrel on two occasions and has helped with a injured wild bird on another. I have learned so much from their educational materials put out around our rural county to help people know that many things we have heard about wildlife are not true. We now know that tiny fawn should be left alone as his mother will likely be back, to put the baby bunnies back and their mother will come back, too and the benefits of so many wild creatures. I am very grateful for PAWS!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is an amazing organization! Staff is knowledgeable and passionate about what they do. You can tell they really care and love all animals. They are also a great resource for information and rescues -working to educate the public about wildlife and how to help and improve the chances for rehabilitation.

Just a couple of months ago my neighbor cut some branches and bushes and I found 3 baby squirrels on the ground. Normally I would panic but thanks to Paws I knew to put them in a box and leave for the squirrel mom to come back for them. Luckily she came and got the babies so everything ended in the best way. But I also knew I can call Paws any time and they would come to get the babies to save them.

I absolutely love the work they do at Paws and I am proud to be a long-time supporter!

2 Elaine Opie H.

Donor

Rating: 5

Paws Animal Wildlife Sanctuary has taught me so much about wildlife - most importantly the beauty in all living things. From opossums to beavers and vultures, the criticality of these creatures to the ecosystem cannot be understated. Paws does an incredible job of telling these animals stories throughout the rehab process. It’s like reading an engaging novel all the time rooting for the underdog. Unfortunately, the villain is often humans, but we have a chance to redeem ourselves in learning about the wildlife.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

1 James R.8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PAWS, Inc. is remarkable! It takes a true love for wildlife to perform at the level of excellence the folks at PAWS do every day and constantly strive to exceed. They are a voice for many of God’s creatures that would otherwise go unheard. One can’t help but admire the support of those outside of PAWS that volunteer their time and efforts to build enclosures, make repairs, and do what is need, all inspired by the dedication they see from the PAWS volunteers. It is so inspiring to see an animal they have taken in that is near death, to eventually be released back into their natural environment to live out their lives in freedom, One cannot help but share in their pain when despite their efforts, an animal doesn’t make it. Thanks to PAWS educational programs, many have learned to contact a licensed, experienced wildlife rehabber right away, increasing the animals’ chances of survival. Hats off to PAWS, Inc for their years of dedication and love.

2 Bonnie B.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every orphaned / injured animal deserves a chance, and that's exactly what they receive from Paws Animal Wildlife Sanctuary Inc. I volunteer as transporter for wildlife, and have witnessed first hand the exceptional care and concern that each animal receives. Whether it has been an owl or hawk hooked by a fishing lure, a skunk entrapped by slurpee lids around its neck, a goose entangled by fishing line around its leg, or an animal that is dehydrated and starving to death, each one is given that chance to recover from its injuries, and regain its freedom to live free once again. All of these animals were rehabbed and released.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love PAWS. They have taught me a lot about possums. If it wasn't for them and their education I would have been worried for the baby possums in my yard. Thanks to them I know Mama's let the babies explore and learn early, they just look small but they are ok! I also love all their raptors! They are amazing.

1

Donor

Rating: 1

Need help with wildlife? PAWS is there for you. Have a question on how to help the wildlife in your area? PAWS is there for you. Want to learn more and educate yourself about wildlife? PAWS is there for you.

24/7 365 paws does everything they can to help wildlife.

1 Becki Boudreau A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Paws Animal Wildlife Sanctuary is one of my favorites !! Great place, great volunteers. They truly care for the animals they are rescuing and work tirelessly day and night to provide any care they may need. Thank you Mac and friends !!!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I follow this group on Facebook and so many of their posts have helped me understand tragic wildlife issues and the hard work and heart wrenching stories that they face on a daily basis. One example helped me understand what probably happened to the beavers that lived in my creek but who mysteriously disappeared. I am so much more aware of the special needs of baby deer and have tried to share with my friends why they should never assume a baby has been abandoned, nor think they can just give it a bottle of milk and feel they’ve been kind. I even learned there is a correct way to help a turtle get across a road. These folks are true hero’s in my eyes. I appreciate them more than I can express. I know EXACTLY who I will call if I find a wild animal in distress. Even better, I know they will help.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great rescue! Educational postings. Questions are always answered promptly.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Paws in is SC. I am in CO. I support this organization with shopping at Amazon on Wishlist, as a designated recipient on my Amazon's charities with my shopping, and with a monthly donation through Patreon. Why?
Because of all the work and good for all wildlife from small to huge (deer!). They have figured out systems to help deer that would otherwise die from capture myopathy with riggings and medication and food and therapy.
The success rate is off the charts. And even with the huge volume they still help other organizations with the "tough cases.
Their outreach to the community is extensive, helping people learn and appreciate about animals in their community, to understand the benefits they bring, to change the perception of people about the animals that share their living space.
I have never witnessed an organization do so much. It makes me proud to be a supporter.

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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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PAWS is an amazing rescue. They not only help animals in distress, they educate the human population by going to schools, attending events, and sharing information on social media. 5 stars for PAWS and the people behind the scenes! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I follow this nonprofit on Facebook and am so impressed with their work. They help the wild animals and are a wonderful educational program. I have learned so much about different wild animals. Their issues and difficulties when needing rehabilitation. The process of the animals rehabilitation, the importance of seeking someone qualified to help when you find a hurt or abandoned wild animal. Even knowing how to tell when the animal is best left alone.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Every time I've needed them, PAWS has come through with flying colors! I've had them help me with advice to return animals to their moms and I've taken animals to them for rehabilitation. They have never failed me or the animals that have needed them. Not every case can have a happy ending, but these guys always do their very best! I can't recommend PAWS enough for anyone with a wild animal in need.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I know from personal experience PAWS is absolutely a very caring and compassionate wildlife rescue organization. They truly think “wild” and are concerned about what is best for the wild ones they rehabilitate. Their Director, Mercedes Curry, is dedicated to getting injured, truly orphaned, and wildlife impacted by humans back to the wild where they can be as free as they were meant to be and fulfill their purposes in Nature’s plan. She is especially amazing in her experienced and gifted ability to rehabilitate those wild ones that are critically compromised physically without compromising their instinctive fears so necessary for survival. Mercedes and her Wildlife Rescue are truly the REAL DEAL!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We love when we get to see a presentation by PAWS at our local library. My little animal lovers have learned so fun and the program is always fun, engaging, and educational! We love following their Facebook page to see what creatures they are protecting and rehabilitating. We know they work tirelessly each day and are grateful!

1 Kason Turner R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Paws is an awesome rescue group. They are very professional and provide exceptional care to each and every animal. Paws volunteers are like family to each other. I have seen first hand the amazing things Mac has been able to save animals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with this organization for a couple of years now. They go above and beyond for the animals in their care and always do what is best for the animals. Mac is an extremely gifted and caring person and I have learned so much from her. In my opinion, PAWS is the best wildlife rehabilitation facility in the state of SC.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The education PAWS provides on raptors and other wild animals that many people don't get to see up-close is invaluable. I will never look at vultures the same way again. The rehab and release work they do is amazing. So thankful for them.

3 Jamie B.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is a great resource for information and rescues. I love how they bring some of the animals they have rescued out for people to "meet". The owls they have rescued are beautiful!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I absolutely love the work they do at Paws! Wonderful people with true passion.

3 KD S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Until PAWS Animal Wildlife Sanctuary posted about all the beaver babies coming in, I had no idea that people were just wantonly killing beavers. They have created the Beaver Initiative to help educate the general public, as well as property owners about alternative ways to handle what some believe are the nuisance aspects of beaver behavior.

PAWS is as great about educating people as it is at rehabilitating wildlife. Often direct contact is the best way to education people, but COVID-19 has hampered this interaction. JayJay, the PAWS ambassador duck, has really missed his educational outings.

Their network of volunteers is on top of calls for getting animals who need help picked up and back to PAWS for help. There additional PAWS volunteers work tirelessly getting these animals back on their feet/paws for release back to their home environment.

This is a wonderful organization from which I am constantly learning.

3 Rebekah F.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can’t thank PAWS enough for the work they do for our area. I have done transport for them multiple times as well as taken a few animals to them for care. They are truly an asset to our area for saving our injured and orphaned wildlife!

3 Karri D.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love following Paws Animal Wildlife Sanctuary on Facebook. I learn so much from them about what to do to help wildlife and when to not “help” them. The care they provide is amazing. Because of them I am looking in to getting my license when I retire and helping the animals out!!

3 Deborah W.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

My grandkids found what I thought was a chipmunk in the creek behind my house years ago. No mom in sight and it was screaming! I called Paws for help. They immediately let me bring him to their Sanctuary. It turned out he was actually a VERY hungry baby raccoon! I had no clue how to take care of him or even what it was! I thank God to this day for them being there to help! That little guy would have died a miserable death without them! VERY courteous, intelligent and caring staff!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I found a hawk that had been shot and we took it to Paws and unfortunately the hawk was too far gone to be saved but paws still took him in and I'm sure they did everything they could. My cousin and i also took a baby deer whose mom had been hit by a car to Paws and they raised it and then released it when the time was right. This is a great organization! Its so amazing that they take in animals and rehabilitate them and just care for them!

4 Cathy55

Donor

Rating: 5

I love Paws Animal Wildlife Sanctuary Inc. Their commitment to helping wildlife is a million percent. They are simply the best. I have learned so much from them about to do and what not to do with wildlife. For instance, i did not know if you see a dead oppossum by the side of the road that there might be babies in the pouch. I have learned about the value of vultures and how they help the environment. I didn't know that pumpkins are a food source for deer and now I donate mine. I just love that they help so many different kinds of species and educate the public about their importance and value to all of us.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated to paws before and only WISH that I had the resources to send money regularly. Why do I feel this way? Because of the heart and soul that is poured in to this organization for the welfare of wildlife. If more of the human species felt as connected and caring to wildlife as this organization does...well then we probably wouldn't need them, or rather the wildlife wouldn't. But until that day comes, the role PAWS plays is essential to the healing of wildlife and to the soul of humanity through education. Thank you PAWS for all you do!!!!!

4 Jeannie B.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our sons cat brought a baby squirrel up on our porch to us. I immediately searched for wildlife rehab in Laurens Co & found PAWS. They accepted him, the squirrel. They were very nice & even called while I was on the way to make sure I hadn't got lost. Wonderful people!!!!

6 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.

3 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!

3 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!

2 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!

2 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.

2 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.

3 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..

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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.

2 Beth Brannon S.

Donor

Rating: 5

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

5 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!!!

5 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!

3 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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

AMAZINGLY HELPFUL, PASSIONATE, KNOWLEDGEABLE GROUP OF VOLUNTEERS!!

4 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!

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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.

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paws.sc 12/14/2017

Thank you SO much for your kind words. Let us know when you want us to come back out and speak to your kids again! :-)

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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.

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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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