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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal-Related, Animal Services, Animals, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: The Shy Wolf Sanctuary, Education & Experience Center Inc., is a Multi-Purpose organization with the following goals. To provide a sanctuary for unwanted, abused and injured Wolves, Wolf-Dogs as well as for other exotic animals such as Panthers, Foxes, Coyotes and many others. The primary function encompassing some 60% of the organizations efforts is to provide shelter, feeding, cleaning, socialization and medical care of the animals. In addition to provide educational visits that allow individuals to interact with the animals.

Programs: The organization provides a sanctuary for unwanted, abused and abandoned exotic animals by providing food, shelter, medical care and rehabilitation. The organization has been a home to at least 36 wolves and wolf dogs, 4 foxes, 1 bobcat, 2 cougars, 5 sugar gliders, 5 prairie dogs, and 6 gopher tortoises. Educational tours have given new meaning to the word "wolf" to 3,835 adults and 1,098 children at the sanctuary. We have gone to 11 local elementary schools and provided educational programs to over 300 students to try and bring understanding about the wolf and their plight and these problems with back-yard breeders who sell wolf/dogs to people who do not really understand that these animals are caught between two worlds and are not dogs. Multiple outreach programs in 2010 enabled us to reach hundreds of people to spread kindness and understanding toward the wolf.

Community Stories

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Cathy130

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a wonderful place. These animals are so well taken care of and you can see the passion in every person's eyes who works with them. The animals respond to all the kindness they receive. I was actually fortunate to learn of them and to be able to donate. I will do so again, as they have earned a special place in my heart.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have visited Shy wolf many times, but I'll never forget this one time when Nancy was speaking to a group of rather surly teenagers who seemed at first thoroughly uninterested in her talk. And then she began talking about having a purpose in life and how one of the wolves was depressed and listless until she was called upon to mother an abandoned pup. And then her life became purposeful and her whole demeanor changed into a happy loving wolf. Nancy talked about how everyone needs a purpose. It doesn't matter what they do, maybe they're good with electronics and can fix people's computers, or maybe they can draw and delight others with their art. But everyone needs a purpose and so she hopes they all find their purpose, too. By the end, all the teens were engaged and some with teary eyes. I know I had teary eyes and I never forgot her message.

Jaine M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This was an absolutely wonderful experience. The owners, staff and volunteers obviously care very much about their animals and work hard to provide a clean, safe and stimulating environment for them. The experience was very educational and gave me an even greater understanding of these beautiful creatures.

jcrinc

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Shy Wolf Sanctuary is a magical place. The minute you enter the gate, you are greeted by the howl of the residents who are so grateful to have a place to call home where they are lovingly cared for and given the time and attention they so desperately need. Shy Wolf is run by an all-volunteer staff that pours its heart and soul into nurturing and supporting the animals physically, emotionally and spiritually. In turn, the volunteers receive pure love and gratitude and often wolf kisses and cuddles.

The sanctuary is run on donations only. Shy Wolf spares no expense when it comes to the care and treatment of animals. From the littlest squirrel that was left without a mother after a hurricane to the biggest cat who needed a home and every wolf and wolfdog in between, all animals are cared for as members of our families.

I have been a volunteer for seven years. I love animals and felt a calling to come help support the sanctuary. After receiving training and being accepted by the animals, Shy Wolf became my family. The animals mean the world to me, as do the people that I volunteer with. This place brings me such joy. There is heartbreak when we must say goodbye to a beloved family member that crosses the Rainbow Bridge, but we know that we have given that animal the best life we possibly could have while it was in our care. We are forever grateful for that opportunity.

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

From the moment you walk through the door at Shy Wolf Sanctuary, you know you're in a special place. Squirrels run up and down the trees and birds fly back and forth in play, but you know you've stumbled upon something amazing when you hear the welcoming howl of the wolves. There is no other sound like it. This is not a zoo. The animals have personal relationships with the owners of the facility (Nancy and Kent) and all the volunteers who spend the time to bond with them. Visitors even have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the wolves. Shy Wolf is a place where the animals are loved and respected and treated with the care that all animals deserve. I am a volunteer and can honestly say from the bottom of my heart you do not want to miss the chance to visit Shy Wolf Sanctuary! - Judy Rakocinski

Isabelle L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Shy Wolf Sanctuary est un merveilleux tour à faire pendant votre séjour à Naples. Vous y découvrirez Cimmaron panthère de Floride, Bob Leo le lynx roux, ainsi que beaucoup d'autres animaux exotiques, et bien sûr les loups. Habillez-vous confortablement et n' oubliez pas de téléphone avant de venir.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer since 2001. No one takes better care of their animals or does more to educate the community. The volunteers are dedicated and amazing in their commitment and love for the residents.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It fills my soul to volunteer at Shy Wolf Sanctuary. The peaceful and happy sounds of the wolves are so wonderful!

Sue_149

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is one amazing place. With over 60 rescue animals including wolves, wolfdogs, a panther, coyotes and lots of other species everyone should visit us at least once.

Theresa S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

the very first time I visited Shy Wolf Sanctuary, I was kissed by a wolf! My sister and I went for a visit not knowing what to expect. What we found were hard working compassionate people caring for beautiful, smart, loving animals, who had been abused, neglected and ignored. The founder of the sanctuary, Nancy, was our guide that day, we were in awe of the stories and experiences that she told us about. We were seated in the area they use to let we humans react with a wolf, in walks Tien, a very large beautiful full wolf, he comes directly over to me puts both paws on my shoulder then gives me a big wet kiss! From that moment on Shy Wolf Sanctuary had me hooked. I am now a volunteer 2 days a week and I am their education/events coordinator. My life, my heart, my mind has been enriched by this great place and the wonderful volunteers!

Previous Stories
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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first visited Shy Wolf this past January with my sister. We were taken on a tour with Nancy, who has a special gift, and unending love for all animals. We sat with an artic fox, and were kissed by several wolves! We gained a whole new appreciation for the animals. We learned many facts about the wolves, including what gentle animals they really are. We heard horrible stories of abuse, but were able to see that with love, patience, kind words, some hugs and kisses, these amazing animals learn to trust again. I have since visited 3 more times, and have already booked my 4th visit. Shy Wolf is a wonderful wonderful place.

Kimberly157

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing place! These rescued animals are very well cared for and extremely loved!