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!
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.
This is an awesome group, always willing to help save wildlife. This group lives for the animals. Job well done!!
I live in a rural area of upstate SC. Always have lived in the country and love all animals wild and tame. Since I started following PAwS I have learned so much. Things I might have done in the past for love of animals may not have always been in the best interest of the animal. Now I am sharing that knowledge with others who find injured wildlife. I will always reach out to PAWS now for assistance and guidance. I am so grateful for this group of dedicated, knowlegable and caring people who dedicate so much energy in saving the wild life and showing compassion when life is not viable!
One night I fished a bat out of the pool. I thought it would die, but when it was still alive an hour later, I found Paws. They told me what to do with the bat and at 10:00 in the evening a nice woman drove to my house to pick up the bat and take him to a facility that could help bats. I was impressed with the caring women who helped this poor little guy.
Sadly, the little guy didn't make it, but they were great about keeping me posted.
Also, their site had information on what to do if you find a bat. That information literally saved the life of another bat who fell in our pool. I now enjoy reading about their sanctuaries.
I am a middle school teacher. My students donate pumpkins to Paul's every year after Halloween. We have learned a lot thing about wildlife and about keeping and conserving animals! PAWS is a wonderful nonprofit agency! They educate hundreds of schoolchildren every year, and addition to saving the lives of wildlife in our area.
They use social media in a very positive manner to educate the public about what to do in the case of a wildlife emergency! Mac and her crew of volunteers work tirelessly in our area!
We LOVE PAWS!!
Paws Animal Wildlife Sanctuary Inc helped me tremendously this past July while my family and I were vacationing in Myrtle Beach for a week, and I've been wanting to thank them ever since! I had found a baby songbird on the pavement outside of our condo, and was told to just let it be. I didn't have it in me to do so, and Paws' number popped up on my google search. Come to find out, I was located nowhere near them after I called, but a very very kind lady took the time to help me anyways (Late in the evening at at home from her couch might I add). Thanks to her advice, assistance, and kind heart, it lived AND continued to thrive throughout the rest of our week there! In a few short days, it grew from a helpless nestling to a fledgling in its make-shift Wal Mart Nest;) I'll never forget how awesome it felt to finally see baby and momma reunite, thanks to Paws! They're amazing, Ilearned so much and I will never forget my experience with them!
Below are photos in order of The First night and Last Night we were there. Look how much she grew!
Paws is one of the best Wildlife educators out there. Tremendous care is always given to each individual animal needing rescue and rehabilitation. Tireless to teach the youth by giving wonderful outreach in the public and private schools, their education helps the next generation to respect and care for our wildlife. Many lil frail animal lives have been saved by their careful hands.
We saw a red tailed hawk get hit by truck and it couldn't get back up. Mate was screaming from above so we made note of exact location with hopes of full recovery so she could be released. Her injuries were extensive and it was touch and go for awhile. It took several months for her to get better but we finally got the call that she was ready to be released. Thanks Mac for taking such great care of her. What a amazing day it was seeing he fly.
Last summer, after finding a female hummingbird desperately trying to feed from one of my several feeders then falling under the feeder i found that she had a broken lower beak. Having been Facebook friends with PAWS I immediately called them then took the bird to Mac for help, While the bird did not survive the night I know that all effort was made to help her. I appreciated the caring and I appreciated being informed of the outcome. Thanks again PAWS!
I have recently had the pleasure of meeting Mac and being exposed to the wonderful work provided by PAWS. Because of the caring people behind this organization, our unfortunate wildlife get a second chance at life. I have been collecting baby possums who were orphaned. Because of PAWS, they will be able to grow into Possum adults and once again be released into the wild.