Our Mission….Our Goals….Our Pledge
1. To provide a permanent sanctuary for captive-born wolves (and wolfdogs) in need of refuge at a facility that recognizes their specific needs.
2. To provide an educational facility whereby individuals can have access to published reading/research materials available on the wolf; to provide educational materials through media sources (video). To provide an educational opportunity whereby individuals can observe wolves and participate in guided tours of The Wolf Sanctum’s facilities.
3. To establish an on-site “Wolf Trek” program whereby educational facilities and other organizations interested in the preservation of our natural wildlife resources (i.e. specifically the wolf) can visit and be given educational programs.
4. To establish in co-operation with higher educational facilities a program where students in the field of biology or other natural sciences may have the opportunity to volunteer to participate in an interactive wolf learning program through internships.
5. To provide educational assistance and information to anyone who may be sharing their habitat with a wolf/wolfdog to help insure that the animal has as suitable an environment as possible in a domestic setting;
6. Provide assistance for placement of wolves/wolfdogs in need of refuge.
7. Promote awareness and encourage individuals to support programs directly involved in research and re-introduction of the wolf in historic ranges;
8. Promote awareness and encourage individuals to support programs that protect wild wolf populations, protect wolves in historic ranges, protect wolves in current or future natural migratory efforts;
9. Provide sponsors and members of the Wolf Sanctum with documentary, video, photographic or other media assistance whereby proceeds will be used to promote education to the public and further research, protect existing wolf populations, establish wolves in historic ranges, or other projects which would benefit (not exploit) the wolf and wildlife;
10. To provide, implement, establish or otherwise participate in programs which would be construed by any reasonable person to be beneficial to the wolf.
During the up-date of our Web Site in October of 2011, a page was omitted from the old to the new. This “page” left off had multiple explanations about or organization, and I am going to attempted to re-create it below:
1. We spay and neuter all animals that come into our facility.
2. As of 2012, we are NOT accepting any more animals into our facility. This is because I am getting old and right now just hope I will outlive what resident animals we do have so they do not have to find another home.
3. We do not adopt out our resident animals. Once they come here, they stay here. We have in the past “fostered” wolf-dogs on a temporary basis for one reason or another until they went to permanent homes, but currently we do not have space to do this, nor the funds to spare.
4. We do not breed. Go back and read number 1 above…..if everyone is spayed or neutered, there’s no possibility of an oops litter.
5. All of the resident animals on site have been domestically bred and raised. This precludes any potential for them to be released into the wild, and we are NOT a rehab facility, we are a sanctuary. The resident animals we take into sanctuary are those generally termed to be “high content” (defined as being between 75% and 99% wolf), although we do have a couple of mid-content wolf-dogs. While we do have some resident animals that came to us purported to be “pure” wolves, my opinion is that domestically bred “wolves” that have been bred in captivity for any extent of time will probably have a bit of wolf-dog somewhere in there. While a DNA test could definitively tell you if there was any domestic dog genes in the mix, I could not show you the difference between a 98% and 100%, other than on a piece of paper. Or on the price tag some breeder charges…the higher the content, the higher the price, so the incentive to deceive the public is obvious.
6. We are a USDA Licensed Facility, Class C Exhibitor. This means I can “legally” give tours basically, and at least have some accountability as to operating procedure. When our resident animals eventually fall below a specific number where having tours would just not be interesting because of so few animals, I will probably stop giving tours and therefore there will be no necessity to have this particular license.