Wolf Haven International

Rating: 4.85 stars   52 reviews

Issues: Animals, Environment

Location: 3111 Offut Lake Rd SE Tenino WA 98589 USA

Mission: To conserve and protect wolves and their habitat.
Results: Over 180 displaced, captive-born wolves rescued & given lifetime home. Received American Sanctuary Association accreditation in 2013 (one of only two wolf sanctuaries in country to do so) Launched Skype for Educators courses that have increased science literacy for students around the world. Hosted training workshops at Wolf Haven and in Arizona for wildlife professionals, students, tribal members and state and federal employees. Joined the Washington Advisory Group (WAG) which makes recommendations about the implementation of the state's wolf management plan. Member of Washington Wolf Working Group that met for five years to negotiate a wolf recovery & management plan. Result: WA state passed its first Wolf Management Plan in November 2011. Wolf Haven is one of only three pre-release facilities for the Mexican gray wolf in the entire U.S. Hosted the annual Mexican gray Species Survival Plan (SSP) conference in 2012, with participants from participating facilities in Mexico and the U.S. Five litters of Mexican gray pups have been born here. Some of the first Mexican wolves released back into the wild (after a 70 year absence) were born at Wolf Haven International. We transferred six of our Mexican gray wolves to Mexico to support that country's SSP program. Rare, endangered red wolf pups have been born here. Host annual Wildlife Handling and Chemical Immobilization courses led by Dr. Mark Johnson. This includes hands-on labs with wolves.
Target demographics: Animal loversWildlife enthusiastsConservationists
Direct beneficiaries per year: 52 animals
Geographic areas served: Physical wolf sanctuary located in Tenino, WA. Our resident wolves are rescued from throughout the U.S.
Programs: Wildlife Handling course; Group sanctuary tours; Prairie walks; Enrichment Tour of wolf sanctuary; Educational programs; Wolf Photography Tours

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Rating: 5 stars  

With very humble beginnings--and on a shoestring--several years ago, Wolf Haven has given innumerable wolves great permanent homes in the intervening years. Just think of the fate of some of them had Wolf Haven not come forward to welcome them. Short of living free in the wilderness, Wolf Haven is the next best think for its residents, where they get the best in nutrition, healthcare and stimulation, all of which keep them as "happy" and "content" as I would think captive wolves can be. Wolf Haven has also opened its doors and is a vital partner in the Mexican wolf rehabilitation breeding program. I have been a member (and visitor) for years. We in Western Washington are honored to have such a facility in our area!

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Wow! Such kind and loving words. Thank you for being such an strong supporter of Wolf Haven, wolves and the Mexican wolf captive breeding program. We are humbled by our great supporters, volunteers and donors.

Rating: 5 stars  

I was surprised when I visited Wolf Haven - it is a sanctuary first and foremost for wolves. I didn't view them as being exploited for human viewing. Also, Wolf Haven has been in the forefront of advocating for wolf recovery in WA state.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Leave the WA wolf advisory group - too much time and energy is being spent on an unproductive forum.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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We appreciate both your feedback and your visit to the sanctuary. Thank you for your support.

Rating: 5 stars  

I had always wanted and wished to visit Wolf Haven...for years. In 2005, I got my opportunity to do so. It was a rainy Sunday and I mistakenly thought that meant the the haven would not be open....and supported, so I thought, by an empty parking lot. That was until the store lady told me this was a favorite weather day for the wolves...so i had a one-person tour...and was thoroughly thrilled to hear them howling. It took me a while to realize and remember they don't bark like dogs...don't eat dog food...no, they are wolves! I loved every minute of the tour, and wished I could see my Angel who was not on the tour route. One day I will return...and again love being there with my favotite wide animal. Wolf Haven and all the people who work for and with it, are wonderful for the job you do! Thank you a million times. Jan

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of one~

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005

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Thank you Jan. What a great story to read about your visit. We hope that you can come back too. It's wonderful that you got to experience 50+ animals howling in unison - now that's a rare treat!

Rating: 5 stars  

I love Wolf Haven and traveled from Texas to visit twice. I have also introduced friends and family to Wolf Haven and many also support their work. The staff and wolves seem like good matches. The animals on view look comfortable, interested and in good health. Wolf Haven also does a great job of keeping supporters informed and excited about helping.

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Likely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Appreciate your visits (all the way from Texas!), your support and your recommendations to others.

Rating: 5 stars  

Our family has been supporting organizations that help wolf conservation and protection for over 30 years, and Wolf Haven is the best out there. We no longer donate to any others. This organization has the right stuff, the right staff, and the right direction. We have adopted many wolves over the years, and have had the pleasure of sharing adoptions with many family and friends. We are from Pennsylvania so have never visited, but if we ever get to the west coast, Wolf Haven will on our list of definite places to tour.

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Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Please be sure and let us know if you & your family is in the area, because we definitely want to meet you! Thank you very much for your support of both Wolf Haven and wolves.

Rating: 5 stars  

I lost my wolf, Spirit, after 14 wonderful years. And on my birthday, my loving brother gifted me with a new one, from Wolf Haven, Ukiah. I thought that was a great way to help out our wolves, so I sponsored one for my brother for his birthday. Thanks to Wolf Haven these wonderful creatures have a great forever home.

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Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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At only seven years of age, Ukiah is one of the younger wolves here. May you and she celebrate many more years together.

Rating: 5 stars  

I love Wolf Haven! I have visited, had a great tour seeing some of the wolves, and have "adopted" wolves and given "adoptions" as gifts to others who adore them. As an organization, Wolf Haven is made up of amazing leaders and volunteers who see to it that their wolves are cared for extremely well while advocating for the health of wolves everywhere. They seem to do it with a spirit of fun too with the wolves even getting special holiday treats such as pumpkins at Halloween, turkey at Thanksgiving, etc. They clearly give their time and their love to the cause of these wondrous creatures!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give it more resources

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Thank you for the review and your ongoing adoptions. Your contributions are critical to helping us continue providing high quality care for our wolves (including enrichment items like the holiday treats you mentioned).

Rating: 5 stars  

I toured Wolf Haven for the first time about three years ago, and it was one of the most educational experiences of wildlife I've ever had. Wolf Haven works closely with Dept.s of Fish and Wildlife in several states to protect several species of wolves and their habitat, and Wolf Haven has been instrumental in both protecting and reintroducing wolves into their natural territories. Wolf Haven also raises awareness around the issues of breeding wolves with domestic dogs. The tour of Wolf Haven is very respectful, educational, and so beautiful :) Their work is so valuable, and they have saved so many wolf lives!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

It could not be better! It's already perfect.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Thank you so much for your support and positive feedback. It's really gratifying to hear from people about their experience visiting our sanctuary. It also is helpful to know how some of our outreach and educational messages are being received.

Rating: 5 stars  

We have visited Wolf Haven a number of times and every time is a delight. My sons fell in love with the wolves (and coyotes) the first time they saw them -- but more importantly for me, they learned to respect the animals and to value them and their place in this world. Each year, we purchase an adoption certificate for one of the animals to try, in our small way, to help support the important work that Wolf Haven does. Wolf Haven serves so many important functions -- we are grateful and proud that it is here in Washington state where we have the opportunity to visit it and observe the work that they do.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make sure that they had a larger and more secure funding source and more land on which to maintain their facility.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Thank you for your visits and adoptions. We're proud to be in Washington too, especially during these early days of wolf recovery in our state.

Rating: 5 stars  

When we were kids, my grandmother gave us wolf adoption certificates from Wolf Haven for Christmas. When we visited Washington, since I lived in California, we were able to visit Wolf Haven, and it was one of the best experiences of the vacation. Years later, I was fortunate enough to visit Washington again, but this time bring my wife (girlfriend at the time) to Wolf Haven and experience the magical awe of the wolf howl.

Wolf Haven has been one of my top choices to donate too, even having donations to Wolf Haven as an option on our Wedding Registry. They seem to deeply care about wolves and fight for them at events all over the US. Their work spreads information about wolves and leads to the protection of one of the most majestic animals that exists.

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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We love being included on your Wedding Registry - how thoughtful of you both. Honestly, Wolf Haven (and wolves) depends upon people like you & your wife in order to continue our education, outreach and advocacy work. Thank YOU.