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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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22 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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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.

1 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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Wish you were closer also! :-)

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1 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 Angela165

Donor

Rating: 5

I live in Colorado but I support Paws Animal Wildlife Sanctuary because of the work they do to help educate people about wildlife and the amazing care they provide. I donate money and even sewed an outdoor cover for one of the non-releasable ducks this year.

2 Britt J.

Donor

Rating: 5

PAWS came to the rescue to help our little Great Horned owlet when efforts to renest him failed. They were excellent at answering our questions and have gone above and beyond to ensure his safety. See more on his page: https://m.facebook.com/TheLittleOwlet/timeline
Thank you PAWS!

8 Connie71

Donor

Rating: 5

Selfless devotion to helping those who can't help themselves. Every dollar goes to help the animals!! I never hesitate to help whenever I can.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I absolutely love the work done by Paws. I am a monthly donor and would gladly give more if I could. The care they give to wildlife is outstanding. The educational information offered is great too. It is difficult to know what to do when faced with hurt or abandoned wildlife. Mac, the rehabber at Paws has provided lots of information on determining if an animal has been abandoned or not and what to do if one is hurt. Recently, I had the opportunity to put some of that educational information to use. We were in Leesville, SC, when a tree fell in the woods behind our house. I heard the tree fall and went to investigate. There were three baby squirrels in the remains of the nest on the ground. Thankfully, they did not appear to be hurt. I called and got instructions on how to reunite the babies with the mama but after 4 hours she had not returned. I then took them to Carolina Wildlife Care in Columbia. Because of the information offered by Paws, I knew not to feed them and where to get instructions for a attempt to reunite them with their Mom. Thanks to Paws, I knew what to do and these babies will have a good chance of growing up!

4 Bryan20

Donor

Rating: 5

I have never needed PAWS services as they are far from me but I have been following them on Facebook and have donated money here and there over the past few years because of the amazing work they do. Not just with the huge amount of wildlife they aid every year but because of the fact that even with all of that there still is time to post pictures and stories - both good and bad - to educate, elighten, amuse and sadden us. From Mac and her band of Pawsians I have learned so many things about wild animals that I never knew before, knowledge that led me to tell a friend that thought they would adopt a wild critter that it was a bad idea and to contact her local rehabber. Mac has a great writing style that makes her daily adventures come alive and I wish I could do more to help!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Best Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Sanctuary in the world! So much I could say, but instead, I suggest you just follow them on Facebook for two weeks (or even day or two) and I know your heart and mind will be so touched and filled with so much love and admiration and a sense of dedication -- that most of you, will probably, be brought to the point of tears. Very simply put, I have so much love and respect for this organization, and after your time with them of Facebook, I guarantee, you will share in that same love and admiration and amazement that such an organization as PAWS even exists. Paws is in constant need of your assistance for rehab and rescue --- and so if looking for the best place to put your dollars, with the greatest reward imaginable -- well, HERE IT IS!!! Look no further and please consider a financial contribution -- with every penny going directly towards the rescue, welfare, and extensive medical care of the various animals it serves (as there is no paid staff). So, give a dollar or two, save a life, rehab an animal, and then watch as the money you have given results in, (just one example of many), a rehabilitated owl or hawk set off to fly freely into the sky. For what could be more moving than that? How could anyone's dollar go further than that? Sincerely, Janet Parker

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Heart and Dedication of the Paws Wildlife Sanctuary is staggering. I follow their countless efforts and love of the animals they rehab via Facebook. I will be donating to PAWS in the future because I know that every penny they get is greatly needed and put to good use. I am in awe of the endless work they perform on a daily basis in order to make the world a better place. PAWS deserves all the good press, accolades, and donations they receive -- for it is called, Karma...

2 Joandean

Donor

Rating: 5

Paws is such a blessing for all the sick and injuried animals. No one works harder to save them than Mac. She works from morning to night with no pay and relies solely on donations to feed, vet. bills, transportation, and all the things it takes to save the animals and return them to the wild. Mac has given her life to helping the animals that are in trouble. If you love animals please consider donating so she can continue this work. I can assure you that every dime you give will go to the animals. She is my Hero.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am so thankful for this sanctuary. So many animals are being saved that otherwise would be left to suffer and die alone. Mac is a wonderful person that spends her life saving God's little creatures. If I ever win the lottery most of the money would go to her as she has to survive on donations. She is my hero. The animals get wonderful care and when they are healed they get to go back to the wild.

2 Serenity D.

Donor

Rating: 5

Not only is this cause worthy, it is vital and noble. I have met Mac on a couple of occasions, one fund raiser and I have donated used lumber. I now make my online purchases through the igive program to keep a steady trickle of cash flow going to PAWS. I follow the Facebook page daily. My heart thrills at the success stories and breaks when an animal doesn't make it. What I have observed, Mac apparently is tireless and does not need the same amount of sleep my own body requires. Her love of wildlife and her bottomless well of compassion are extremely moving and totally necessary to the work she had commit herself to do. She educates frequently the "do's and do not's" of what to do when finding a wild animal either in distress or just seemingly lost. (i.e. fawn alone, no mother in view, baby birds hopping on the ground, nest of baby bunnies, no parent in view) This information serves the general public very well! How many fawns do you suppose are removed from the areas their mothers left them in due to ignorance? Too many! I will continue to donate money and building materials when I have them. I also encourage my friends to do the same through sharing information on my own Facebook wall. This is a very well run organization with the emphasis where it should be ... on the wildlife. I have submitted an application to help transport animals as needed.

2 Cathy55

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!!!!!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

My first contact with Mac was when I accidentally trapped a skunk and she talked me through how to release it and not get sprayed. And she was 100% right and I was successful thank God lol.
Then she posted she ans other volunteers where putting up netting on the pens and I had an electric stapler and extention cord so I asked her if she could use it. She did time saver. and it was a big time saver.
She posted one day she had a call for a fawn that had been hit and she needed someone to transport it. So my husband and I picked it up. always keeps all the followers of Paws up to date on what is going on and of any needs she has. She is a true inspiration and has helped alot of animals that would have surely died without Paws.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

PAWS is absolutely the place to seek advice for wildlife. They are very knowledgeable and caring and do their best to make sure every animal in their care gets the attention it needs to insure it will be able to continue in the wild on it's own. Big thumbs up!

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Donor

Rating: 5

PAWS is staffed by wonderful people...all volunteers donating their own time and resources to help animals in need. Need more people in the world who have such big caring hearts. I'm so grateful for the work they do.

2 Natalie T.

Donor

Rating: 5

PAWS is one of the few organizations out there that actually use 100 percent of the donations toward their cause. This group is dedicated to caring for wildlife and go beyond the call of duty to help a creature in need. Amazing organization! I believe in the work they do and the moral ethic behind it.