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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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:
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!
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!)