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Volunteers and wolf lovers welcomed & appreciated!


Volunteers are a crucial asset to every Non-Profit organization. 

We recognize their commitment and dedication...whether a "regular" or one who can commit to assisting on special projects.  Volunteers can fulfill many needs - helping with fundraising; grant writing; developing resources; building projects; grounds maintenance; as well as helping with the daily animal chores! 

The scope of volunteering can expand to not just our organization, but to many of the organizations dedicated to helping the Wolf and the wolfdog.  From transport, developing potential adoption sources, research, even providing information that can lead to educational opportunities, volunteers can have a positive impact that reaches far and wide. 

INTERNSHIPS:      We will be happy to work with students that wish to intern at The Wolf Sanctum, Inc., to receive "credit" hours.  Please contact the director, Liz Mahaffey, at for more information.  We do not have housing (room/board) at our facility.

Many thanks to the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity of Appalachian State University for their second volunteer day up at The Wolf Sanctum.  They came on April 24th, 2010 for a hard day's work.

Jacob Cooper, Kennedy Deboer, Corey Eckard, Justin Clontz, Carson Cole, Brian Harbour of Appalachian State University building the roof addition to the deck off our Gift Shop. 

Members of the Mountain Alliance from Boone pitched in on May 1st, 2010 to complete multiple projects:

This is the second annual work fest by Mountain Alliance...last year's picture of the volunteers -also pictured are Kelsey Fielding (top row on far right) and Tori

Heinz (top row far left) of Appalachian State University, our long term dedicated volunteers.

Jessica Cline, volunteer/intern from Lees McRae getting wolf kisses from Abatar and Hobbit.

Volunteer/intern Emma Schlagal from Lees McRae gets attention from Cheyenne.

Volunteer/Intern Ashleigh Stumler of Lees McRae joins Abatar & Hobbit on top of the Play Station.


Kelsey Fielding, ASU, with Shamen.

Intern Deborah Anderson with Khamazi....hiding his stuffie!

Deborah with Christa Menichini and Gary Kramer, who drove down from Philadelphia, Pa.to WORK...go figure.  We put them to work

building a new house portion on Cheyenne and Deuce's deck!  Cheyenne approved...

Volunteer Candy Buckner and our Cheyenne

Volunteer Candy Buckner getting kisses from Cheyenne

Volunteer Tiffany Pagels, along with Nick Wilcox (not pictured) of Mitchell High School in Bakersville were a big hit with the residents.  

Thanks to Mary Mooney of BW's Barker Shop, the Wolf Trek Program woofers - were kept clean and smelling wonderful.  (we miss Mary since she moved!!)

Webmistress Deborah VanDyke, son Brandon Kittle and Forest Whitener (stone mason)


Groups of  Lees McRae College Volunteers.  Our interns from the biology department brought  college students to help on a fence building project.

 Volunteers from Stone Mountain School in Black Mountain.

Jo Thomas and her family...Eric, Richard and Sandy, touring the facilities.  Eric and Richard    volunteered some of their time..

Volunteer Ken Grosch was instrumental in the construction of the Wolf Compound - our feed shed, wolf supply and clinic.

Volunteer Peter Margolin, geologist, writer/editor, tour guide and NPS Park Ranger (now retired), added knowledgable input on the Wolf Trek Programs. NPS programs at Linville Falls and Crabtree Meadows in 2002 on vanishing wildlife with our Ambassador Wolves proved their most popular ever!

Our elusive, but very talented photographer and friend...Jim Fisher