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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

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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!

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...