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October 25, 2012

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October 25, 2012

I have known Bill Chamberlain for many years, even before he founded the U. S. Wolf Refuge. He has always been willing to put in many volunteer hours to help efforts to reserve and encourage preservation of wildlife species, particularly wolves. As founder and director of the now defunct Preserve Arizona's Wolves that worked to restore the Mexican Gray Wolf to its historic habitat, I spent many hours at hearings, meetings and other activities connected with the reintroduction project in the Southwest, and can think of no one more deserving of this nomination for his work in founding and administering the fine fine work at his refuge in Sparks, NV.

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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?

2012

May 1, 2010

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May 1, 2010

I was immediately impressed with the personal concern the volunteer staff had for the care of all the wolves at the refuge, and especially founder and director Bill Chamberlain, who gave tirelessly for their needs. On my visit, it was easy to see Mr. Chamberlain’s emotional commitment to the refuge. Less obvious to a visitor, but none the less present was his financial commitment. Upon interviewing staff members, I learned that much of his personal wealth had gone into the care of these remarkable creatures, from their food and shelter to the enormous outdoor enclosure he had undertaken to build. I was not only impressed with the cleanliness of the facility, the large numbers of volunteers that helped with all aspects of the wolf’s care, but also Bill’s future plans for expansion. If I lived in the area of Reno, I would also actively contribute my time to the refuge. I therefore, without reservation, endorse the US Wolf Refuge’s efforts in obtaining additional funding for the continued success of providing the only hope for survival that most of these animals have.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Highly self motivated and caring

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Increase efforts to restore wolves to the wild. Increase outreach programs to educate the public about the historic myths of wolves.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 21, 2010

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April 21, 2010

I have been actively involved with the U.S. Wolf Refuge since 1984. Since that time I have personally interacted with every animal that has come under their care. It was a real struggle in the beginning but it is now a highly recognized charity all across the country. I have helped with their fund-raising, animal care, transportation, public events, and their education programs. I first got involved with them when I got what I thought to be a Norwegian elkhound - I later learned that it was a wolf-hybrid. Their assistance and knowledge was most valuable. In the years since then I have learned so much about these magnificent animals, and the various issues involving both wolves in the wild and captive wolves. This organization has saved the lives of hundreds of these animals, and educated literally thousands of people about the real truth concerning these highly misunderstood creatures. The results of their efforts has produced an organization that I am very proud to be associated with. Like virtually all charities today, their budget is significantly smaller than in previous years and the Green Choice Awards prize would be appreciated beyond words. They have no salaries and over 98% of their revenue is spent directly on the animals.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

.... the improvements in the quality of life of all the animals that have been at the Refuge, and their widespread involvement in the various wolf recovery efforts around the world.

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

.... not change a thing!!!!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

....all the wonderful animals and people that have I met and come to know. It has been a life-changing experience for me with personal rewards that exceeded anything I ever imagined..

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

.... a variety of individuals ranging from children to highly-educated professionals. They come from all walks of life with a multitude of various skills that this organization has been able to effectively utilize.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

.... create a world-wide education program that would return the wolf to its rightful place within our ecology, and assist all qualified efforts to restore the wolf to the wild, and strive to eliminate wolves in captivity except for educational purposes.

Ways to make it better...

.... they had a larger budget and were able to accomplish the many projects that were needed but were never able to complete. This would have saved the lives of many more of these wonders of nature.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

.... the widespread misunderstandings and misconceptions about these animals and the effort to make the public realize the real truth about them. Also the budgetary constraints that are a result of the present economic conditions.

One thing I'd also say is that...

.... this is an organization and a mission for which I have a strong passion. It has given me a purpose in my life. My involvement with it will remain for the rest of my life.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 17, 2010

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April 17, 2010

I have known Bill, and been associated with the Refuge for years. The care and concern for the animals under his care is his number one priority. Following that, Bill's passion is to educate people about wolves and wolf-hybrids, the Mexican Wolf reintroduction, and the other wolf-packs of Yellowstone, and Northern America. Whenever possible he spreads the word about the stupid, senseless slaughter of Wolves in Alaska's

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Helping me learn more about my own wolf-hybrid, Trivia (who just adores Bill).

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Meeting the people who actively help out with the Refuge and the positive effects they have on the Refuge's Residents.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The people I have met through the Refuge have all been the most caring, unselfish individuals.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand to help protect more wolves and wolf-dogs through a larger facility and more educational programs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 7, 2010

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April 7, 2010

We have been involved in animal rescue for 30 yrs. Bill was the very first 'wolfer' we ever met.This was right on time due to the fact that we rescued a cross unlike any other 'dog'. That was 14+ years ago. Many animals have passed through our gates.The only ones to ever leave were Curly,Stubby and Floppy.U.S.Wolf Refuge was good enough to take on this lifetime committment. What is truly remarkable is their education program.Wolves are not pets.The unsuspecting public too often purchases from an unscrupulous breeder. Bill has been active regarding the rabies issue,wolf release program and many other issues these animals face. Our first journey together was hiking many miles into the desert to investigate a horrible milling situation of high content animals. It is often like a bottomless pit but Bill never seems to 'hit the wall' like many of us in rescue do. Bill has also been very generous in sharing information and resources wishing for all good rescues to flourish.Why?Because it is about the animals and always has been. Much of his work has been out of pocket. I would encourage anyone to visit,volunteer and please donate to the refuge. As a community we can all help the work go on.No donation is too small.That is the easy part.Caring for the animals,protecting the public and educating,securing resources and giving the wolves a voice on a daily basis is the hard part. Please participate in keeping this lifetime effort going. Thank you, steph barsotti

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their generosity accepting 3 Idaho rescues for life.

Ways to make it better...

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

have a massive slush fund for vetting

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The work is done with joy and committment.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

All dedicated and from all walks of life

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Grow all programs and offer full time focus to wolf issues.

Ways to make it better...

we all could have donated more time and resources

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

economic hardships and perhaps the freedom to travel with educational programs.

One thing I'd also say is that...

U.S. Wolf Refuge is always a work in progress. This has been a lifetime promise to the animals. They can use all of our support to keep the good work going.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 4, 2010

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April 4, 2010

Meeting Bill Chamberlain over five years ago changed my life. I volunteer for my local animal shelter and came across my first wolf-dog back then. He was young and had been surrendered to the shelter with euthanasia orders because they could not deal with what is normal for a wolf-dog. Meeting Voyager changed my life and saved not only his life but many more to follow. I felt the need to help with every bit of energy that I had. I became Bill's right hand person and jumped right in and began trying to help raise money and help with positive change. Raising money for our pack is not easy by any means. We fall into a very unique category. Most donors won't even consider helping. These animals are not wild life and they are not considered by many to be "pets". They are most definitely NOT backyard dogs. They are however, when understood, one of the most magnificent man- made misfits on this earth. If you are loved by a wolf or a wolf-dog, you are a very special person. Bill works harder than any man I have ever known. He puts in unbelieveably long days taking care of his animals and then his job...always in that order. His pack always comes first before anything! These animals adore him, respect him and always greet him with tails held high and alot of happy howling. I continue to fight along side him and look forward to many years of rescuing and helping many, many more wolves & wolf-dogs.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the gratification of saving a life and seeing it loved with a new family

Ways to make it better...

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

not do a thing.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

interaction with these magnificent animals and making a difference.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wonderful, hardworking, caring people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

save more lives and educate the public about these animals.

Ways to make it better...

we had more funding and volunteers available.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of fundraising opportunities.

One thing I'd also say is that...

If you are looking for a worthy cause, you have found it!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 3, 2010

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April 3, 2010

In 2009, the US Wolf Refuge held its annual work weekend/camp out and I felt the need to attend. I've never volunteered before, in my entire life, and I felt the need to do what I could for these animals. I've always loved wolves and I've always felt they needed to be protected. I've gone from being someone who didn't stand up and have a voice, to being someone who never sits down and shuts up thanks to the refuge. They've given me a higher sense of worth and given me the knowledge that there is good in the world. These wolves and wolf dogs have become my world. I fight for them every chance I get. Having attended several events, I've seen the love that Bill gives the animals. He would endure famine and heartache for them and it touches my very soul. At the Sparks Marina we had an event and Kasa (our next in line ambassador) would not leave Bill's side, proving that she loved him just as much and he loved her. People would walk by and stare, which only increased as Kasa rose to put her front paws on Bill's shoulders and continuiously lick his face and nibble on his nose. I've had nothing but wonderful experiences with the USWR. These animals along with countless others are very much worth the time, effort and money they require to be saved.

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

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being around the many different animals and helping people understand them.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Kind and humble, yet strong and willing to do what they needed to do for the animals.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

florish and save so many animals, giving them exactly what they need. Vaccinations, build a fire safe building on site in case of a forest fire, built more enclosures and pens for more animals, and feed them for a lifetime to come.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time...

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Being a volunteer for USWR has changed my life and its made me want to fight and care about something other than myself.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 3, 2010

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April 3, 2010

I rescue animals. Mainly dogs and cats for another non-profit, but I have been known to transport injured birds and 'possums to wildlife care facilities when I can.I love animals, pretty much all animals ('though some more than others). I have always been fascinated by by wolves, so when I got the opportunity to go to the US Wolf Refuge to join in a "work weekend", I jumped at the chance. The first night I heard the song of 16 wolf-dogs "singing" all at once, I was mesmerized. I kept going back for more, and learning more about these wonderful, mysterious animals. The US Wolf Refuge is more than just a place for abandoned and "troubled" wolves and wolf-dogs to find safe haven, it provides marvelous educational opportunities for visitors and volunteers, and the founder and staff of the refuge are ardent in our attempt to educate the public not only about the plight of wolves in the wild, but of the need to protect the habitat of all wildlife in order to allow them to live harmoniously with humans. The refuge itself is "green" with its use of solar and wind generated energy, and the reuse of materials which are discarded by others-- both individuals and corporations, in the fabrication of enclosures and housing for the animals. Money donated to the Refuge will go a long way to house and care for the animals there. We hope that someday the Refuge will serve as an educational center open to the pubic, enabling us to help others learn about the need to develop harmonious relationship with wildlife and the environment.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

interacting with wonderful animals who would be dead if not for Bill and the Refuge. Seeing the joy and wonderment on the faces of people who come to see the animals at the events we go to, and seeing them become interested in conserving wild wolves.

Ways to make it better...

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

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

My God, the wolves and wolf-dogs. The howling, their eyes. Learning of their behavior in the wild.Becoming a better person for the experience.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wonderful, dedicated people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build the facility that Bill (the founder) dreamed of. Better enclosures, steel building,etc. All the better for rescuing more animals.

Ways to make it better...

We had the bucks to rent equipment to help dig the ditches and pull the fencing. Also, if I lived closer (I drive almost five hours to get there, usually ten times a year), I could spend more time working with the animals.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Financial. We need some bucks to help complete projects and keep feeding and caring for the animals.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This is an incredible organization. One of the best volunteer experiences I have ever had.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 2, 2010

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April 2, 2010

I first met Bill when I went out to see the animals at the refuge. I was there to see if I could find a suitable companion animal for my "Wolf Dog". His Brother had died of bone cancer. Junior and I walked all around the compound but Junior showed no interest in any of the animals. I left him to sit by the car and I went to speak with Bill. Since that first meeting and seeing all the efforts this man has put into the care and protection of his animals, I have become and volunteer and financial contributer to the US Wolf Refuge. Bill goes far beyond anyone I have ever met, in the care of his amimals. That would include his driving all the way to Colorado to put one of his "Dogs" into a good home. After much scrutiny of the people and the home he was delivering the "Dog" to. All at the cost out of his own pocket. Talk about time and money -- there is nothing Bill won't do for his animals.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Working along side other volunteers who travel hundreds of miles to work on the property.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the love and care given to all the animals. Seeing how much the animals care for the volunteers and Bill himself.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all very caring, hard working people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

complete the building of structures that Bill has plans already planned for.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 1, 2010

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April 1, 2010

I first met Bill and the US Wolf Refuge labor day weekend 2009. Since then my life has completly changed. First off I alway thought I was not a dog person, but after meeting the wolf/dogs at the refuge they have become my passion. What Bill does on a daily basis is above and beyond what any one person is expected to do for any animal.He has not only dedicated his life to the wolf/dogs in his care but has become a strong voice for all wolves and wolf/dogs on this planet. It is very sad to know that he will not always be able to help with these animals in the future to come due to not only the aging prosses but to the economy of today and the possible economy of the future. To see a non-profit like this refuge not succeed because of money woes is just so disheartning.Despite all that, I have seen so many people that would be willing to stand in line behind Bill to keep this Wolf Refuge going for years to come. Please know that what the refuge is doing is so very important to our world and should hopefully see expantion in the future to the free wild wolves of America.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that it has really opened my eyes to the possible future we can have for not only the wolves in the wild but for the rescuded wolves and wolf/dogs of the U.S.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world of free wild wovles in the U.S.A. And no more wolf deaths would happen,captive or not.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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