A. To provide a wildl animal facility for the rescue, treatment, and release of sick, injured, and orphaned native wildlife; B. To educate the public about and to promote understanding of the local wildlife and their habitats; C. To increase awarenes... Read more
A. To provide a wildl animal facility for the rescue, treatment, and release of sick, injured, and orphaned native wildlife; B. To educate the public about and to promote understanding of the local wildlife and their habitats; C. To increase awareness of and appreciation for the value of wildlife and the environment, and to protect these natural resources; D. To promote the highest standards in all activities of the wildlife rehabilitator profession; E. To promote networking, communication, and cooperation among rehabilitators, wildlife organizations, and facilities on local, statewide, and national levels.
Wildlife Sanctuary specializing in rehabilitation care and treatment of small mammals, songbirds, waterfowl, raptors, shorebirds, and reptiles. Provides orphan care for babies and eventual release back in to the wild. Provides educational programs and presentations to schools, youth and civic groups, and libraries, relating to native local wildlife, ecology, environment, natural resources, and backyard habitat creation. Serves as a learning center to provide experience in hands-on rehabilitation skills to new rehabilitators, or those interested in earning their mandatory hours of experience and training. Provides a sanctuary home to certain non-releasable waterfowl and domestic waterfowl waiting for adoption.
From 2005 until 2014, I was a Volunteer Wildlife Rescuer and Transporter. Many of those years I worked in tandem with Roz and we covered the Sneads Ferry & Topsail Island area. I look back on all those trips to PAWS and am reminded of how much I enjoyed just being a part of it! There were many sad instances of euthanizing mostly injured pelicans, but I took solace in knowing I was doing the right thing on behalf of the wildlife kingdom. Overall, the experience was very rewarding and I'd still be a Volunteer if I hadn't moved out of state.
by Chandra D. from Jacksonville, NC
(June 5, 2017)
I am a current volunteer there and I also have donated money and supplies for the animals. While I enjoy what I do for them, I am looking to leave now because I don't feel appreciated at all. I never once have gotten a thank you note or a verbal thank you for all the work and hours of time I have put in. I constantly have to go find the volunteer coordinator to find out what I am to do next and the director, nice enough as she is, can rub you the wrong way if you're not careful. She does love love the animals though. The animals are VERY WELL TAKEN CARE OF.They just need to concentrate on their people skills a little better!