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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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20 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!

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have the privilege and blessing of volunteering for PAWS ! Mac has taught me a lot about the right way to help God's wonderful wild creatures and I am looking forward to learning everything I can from her in the future. She is so compassionate and caring!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Paws Animal Wildlife Sanctuary, Inc. for more than three years. in that time I have witnessed the care and concern about each and every animal. The care and concern is exceptional in helping these special creatures. Nothing is too much to help an animal rehab and get closer to the day of release. I feel honored and privileged to volunteer for an exceptional organization.

7 Diane158

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for just over a year. I have learned so much from Paws. Animal lovers want to do what they can to help but most of us are doing some things we shouldn't. Mac teaches us and the public how we can help and how everyone can help out in the public. I can't say enough about Paws, Mac and all the volunteers who help out! It was so eye opening to see first hand Mac saving a fawn. Mac and the volunteers work tirelessly to provide for the wildlife and sometimes domestic animals who are fortunate to come through the doors at Paws! I had no idea how much work goes into running the sanctuary. The wildlife are the priority but there is so much more behind the scenes that need to be done! ALL THIS WITH NO FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE! Paws relies on private donations and will stretch every penny! A blessing right here in SC!

7 Jennifer476

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Several years ago I wanted to get into animal rehab. I went and visited a dog rehab first and it was awful. Then I contacted PAWS. I decided to go out and volunteer to clean cages. On my way there I found two kittens on the side of the road. They were in really bad shape health wise. Both were covered in maggot eggs. When I got to PAWS Mac came out and helped me with the kittens even though they were not allowed around the other animals due to possible diseases. I raised those two kittens and gave one away and still have the other one.
Since then I have taken the squirrel rehab class and have rehabbed and released several litters of squirrels. Mac is such an inspiration to me. She has a heart like no other for animals and will do whatever it takes to help them. I love PAWS and its volunteers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have done quite a bit of volunteering for various animal/pet causes, and I have to say Paws Animal Wildlife Sanctuary is amazing! Mac Curry, the founder, has such a passion for wildlife that it is contagious--of course, those of us who volunteer are already dedicated animal lovers. Mac's number one priority is the safety of the animals, and makes sure volunteers understand the importance in keeping the stress level as low as possible for the wild creatures in her care. No one is "turned loose" and told to do a task that they have not been thoroughly, hands on and supervised, trained to do. This protects our safety as volunteers, but also protects the animals from injury and undue stress.
I began volunteering with Paws about 2 years ago, as a face painter to help with fundraising at our booths for events. I make handmade jewelry and sell some at our booths to help with fundraising as well. I have learned so much just from listening to Mac and our more experienced volunteers talk about the animals and what Paws does to help them, answering questions asked by the public. We bring only non-releasable animals to public events, and Mac pays close attention to their body language to assure that no one is kept on display too long to tire the animals or stress them too much. Volunteers are trained how to properly handle the animals, and we keep the animals out of reach of the public.
As I have learned more and become comfortable with the wildlife in our care, and Mac has become more trusting of me--and she has learned I can follow instructions--I have gotten to experience the thrill of holding Emmett, our screech owl, and two of our hawks for public events. I live too far from the sanctuary to be able to help out there as often as I'd like, but love spending the day out there doing whatever I can do to help. I've helped with cleaning projects and organizing materials, laundry and feeding. I love getting to see the animals that are just coming in and hear their stories and learning of their progress. Of course not all the stories have happy endings, but so many do! It really is a bright spot in my life to be a part of this awesome organization!

7 Sarah268

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am continually impressed with the level of care & commitment this organization gives to the animals in its care. The knowledge they possess about the many different species they care for is impressive. Thank you for all you do!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I stumbled upon this group at a home and garden show in Greenville. I joined the group immediately because I am constantly finding little animals in need and NOT knowing how to help them. They offered to help me by providing free classes and lots of different resources to refer to if I needed information or supplies. The most important thing is that they never say "no". They will help the public with any question and if there is an animal in need they WILL take it or tell you where to go to get the help you need! I have been able to save numerous animals! Its been such a blessing to be able to properly rehabilate and release possums, squirrels, flying squirrels, etc. They reach out to the public, inform and provide classes to those that are interested, and they don't turn away animals! Could not be happier with them. So glad we have this group in our area!

5 Suzanne65

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a rehabber, I have occasionally needed advice on different species that I'm not familiar with. Mac & the good people at PAWS are always available.
They are always willing to take animals that I don't handle.
The time and care they put into their sanctuary is awesome. Even with the number of animals in their care, they manage to provide specialized treatment for all.
I am amazed that they do it all on donations and their own out of pocket. I would definitely recommend this group if you ever find orphaned/injured wildlife. You won't find a more dedicated group.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A highly recommended rescue for charitable donations -- PAWS Animal Wildlife Rescue is top notch, honest, committed to the injured, dedicated to rescue, established and has loyally been rehabilitating wildlife for many years...

They accept PayPal donations - You can visit their website for additional information on donating online. www.paws-sc.com

Checks may be mailed to:
Paws, Inc.
PO Box 157
Waterloo, SC 29384

They also take credit/debit card donations via phone at (864) 683-3190.

All donations are tax deductible! All work is done by volunteers so no money is spent on staffing or salaries!

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paws.sc 01/09/2014

Mandy, I have enjoyed 'changing your life'! I think I have it just the way I want it now! Thank you for your love, support, and help. You help make PAWS what it is! (Wag, wag, wag!)

4 Kim_77

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Throughout my life I have been involved with several non-profit organizations and I have to say that Mac and PAWS has touched my heart more deeply than anything I've ever been involved with. The passion that Mac has for the animals is indescribable, it's something that has to be seen. I am so glad that I decided to make that first trip to PAWS to paint raptor houses in the rain and to wash feed buckets... I was awe struck from the very first day. I continue to give as much as I can to PAWS: my time, my labor, my money, my respect and mostly my love. I feel everything that Mac feels when she updates us on FB about animals that have been rescued, if she's happy because they're doing good - I'm happy, if she's worried because they should be doing better - I'm worried, if she's sad because despite everything she has tried the animal lost the battle - I'm sad... it's almost like she's my soul sister! :) I have watched this woman work until her body has given out, I have seen her go with out so that an animals WILL have. She is one of the most unselfish, most devoted, most compassionate women I have ever had the pleasure of working beside. I'm proud to say I'm a PAWS volunteer!! And love the fact that I can call Mac my friend!

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paws.sc 01/09/2014

PAWS is as good as it is because of awesome volunteers, such as yourself, who put their heart and soul into everything they do, no matter how yucky the job is! My deepest of thanks to you for all your help. Thank you for this amazing recommendation.....you made my eyes tear up.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Unfortunately I have only been to PAWS once to volunteer my time, but I promise to get back as soon as things settle down a bit. I had a wonderful experience while there. Mac is a down to earth compassionate woman and loves to talk about her rescues. I could have listened to her stories all day long but there was work to be done! I painted, as much as I could even tho it was drizzling rain in one of the rapture houses and it was too cool to be surrounded by birds, some who were inquisitive and some who were very quiet. The only animals I got to meet other than King Fido were the educational birds, which I understood completely. You can't rehab animals if they are too use to people, so even though I wanted to see the babies I knew better than to ask. I washed feed tubs and even though I'm not big into washing dishes I enjoyed the experience because I knew these tubs were used for a saving lives! I just can't say enough good things about Mac and PAWS.... you need to experience it yourself to understand. Thank you Mac for having me and I WILL be back!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization that provides special care to any wildlife that needs rehab. I help transport injured and/or orphaned wildlife to PAWS. After a few months of care, the animal is returned to be free. It's an awesome organization that helps preserve our wildlife.

1 Rebekah F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful to work with! I often do volunteer work with them and I have taken rescues to them as well! Great work helping to save upstate south Carolina's wildlife!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met Mac when i took a cooper hawk to her for help and was amazed at at what one women can do for so many animals ! She dedicates not just alot but every bit of her time with the animals that need help ! Saying she is amazing is an understatement ! Thank you so much Mac !

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Paws for over a year as a volunteer wildlife rehaber. I have found the experience very stimulating and well worth my time. This organization takes wildlife rescue very seriously. I will continue to offer my time and services to this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

2 Ann_25

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PAWS is run by one very dedicated woman (MAC) and lot of volunteers. I first met MAC in Greenville at a fundraiser where she was handing out flyers with information about wildlife to passers-by. Since then, I've picked up a batch of orphaned opossums to care for, and am hoping to do more when time allows. I highly recommend her organization. If you have time, take a class with her and raise of batch of squirrels or opossums yourself! It's rewarding, and she could use the help! If you can't do that, please consider sending a donation for food.

3 Bonnie22

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been trained by PAWS to transport injured wildlife, and to care for baby squirrels. I have witnessed the care, love, and focus to rehabilitate wildlife and return them to their natural state. MAC makes use of every bit of help that she can. I have helped at an expo, Her posts also educate all of us in the proper care of wildlife (when they need help and when they don't!) I have picked up injured wildlife and brought to PAWS. picked up wildlife from another rehab center to transport to PAWS, helped pick up cages and a freezer that were being discarded. I personally have donated money to help in the care of these animals. This organization is truly dedicate to rehabbing wildlife. I look forward to volunteering more when I retire at the end of this school year.

3 Lauren26

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I attended a class to learn about raising baby squirrels and opossums a few months ago and although I work at another Wildlife Rehabilitation Center like PAWS, I learned alot from the class. I also took information from the class to my rehabilitation center and everyone was eager to hear new ideas about squirrel and opossum rehabilitation.