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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..

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95 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 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

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.

2 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!!!

2 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

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

AMAZINGLY HELPFUL, PASSIONATE, KNOWLEDGEABLE GROUP OF VOLUNTEERS!!

1 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! :-)

3 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.

2 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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2 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!!!

2 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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paws.sc 01/09/2014

Wish you were closer also! :-)

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2 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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2 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.