W.O.L.F.'s mission is to improve the quality of life for wolves and wolf dogs through Rescue, Sanctuary and Education.
>We provide RESCUE assistance within a nationwide and international network to help place wolves and wolf dogs in healthy, appropriate settings.
>Lifelong SANCTUARY is given to 30 captive-born animals we directly rescue, providing them with high-quality food, medical care, and roomy habitats in a natural, mountainous setting.
>EDUCATION is key to teaching schoolchildren and the public that wolves should remain in the wild, are an important part of a healthy ecosystem, and that wolf dogs should not be kept as pets.
W.O.L.F. was founded in 1995 to provide a home for displaced captive-born wolves and wolf dogs and to educate the public about wolf dogs and wild wolves. The organization can currently care for a maximum of 30 wolf dogs at one time, though we hope to increase that number to 60 in the future (with County approval) once at our new property near Red Feather Lakes.
W.O.L.F. has assisted in helping nearly 4,000 animals nationally and internationally through collaboration within a network of qualified rescues and sanctuaries. Also, W.O.L.F. has reached tens of thousands of schoolchildren and adults in teaching them about the challenges that wild wolves and captive-born wolf dogs face, emphasizing that wolves should remain in the wild and that wolf dogs should not be bred or become pets.
W.O.L.F. was hit hard by the 2012 High Park Fire and flooding events thereafter, including the September 2013 flood. Dealing with a property prone to natural disasters, along with not being able to be open to the public at our current location, necessitates the need for a new, safer home for our wolves and staff. W.O.L.F. purchased a 160-acre property in 2016 which will be the new location for our organization in 2019-2020 and will allow us to be open to the public for educational visits in the future.
"I am a long-time supporter of W.O.L.F. and their proactive approach to rescuing wolves and hybrids. Outside of my corporate career, I've spent the past seven years with different wolf sanctuaries to learn more about conservation efforts that benefit animal welfare and educate the public. In total, I've had the opportunity to visit six sanctuaries across the United States and I can assure you that W.O.L.F. is the most inspirational and ethical non-profit standing to date…Without organizations like W.O.L.F., these animals would have no hope for the future. Some, rescued from fur farms and other dire situations, are now given a second chance because W.O.L.F. believes in providing a safe haven for these majestic animals…W.O.L.F. is an educational facility that truly believes in animal conservation and teaching the public that wolves are meant to be wild and free, not victims of breeding…W.O.L.F. is absolutely critical in protecting the future of a species that is dwindling across the United States." E. Maney, 9/08/19