UNITED STATES WOLF REFUGE AND ADOPTION CENTER
October 27, 2012
I saw Bill from time to time at pet festivals and Earth day, but got to know him when he gave a moving and informational presentation on wolves at the local Nevada Humane Society. I volunteered to work at the Refuge. The Refuge is in a gorgeous, remote mountain setting. Wolves have different sized enclosures. Some have partners, others don't. The Refuge is well-organized with a thorough orientation for volunteers. They know each wolf as an individual -- behavior, likes and dislikes, history. So with some you go right into the enclosure to clean up, give water and food. With others, you need assistance. The schedule allows some wolves to run in a larger enclosure most visits, so they get exercise and play time. Bill, who has become a dear friend, has given his life to his animals. He will travel anywhere to pick up a wolf in need. He also provides much-needed education on these beautiful creatures who are so disastrously misunderstood. Each one is precious to him. He works long hours doing all the maintainence chores. He has a corps of volunteers, but still works long hours himself. Bill gives so generously of his support for other animal advocacy issues in the community; he is a role model for us. The Refuge needs and deserves more funds for upkeep. Drive down the winding trail and you will be greeted or sent off by a chorus of howls -- the primeval wolf howl -- This is an animal rescue with heart, caring and soul. It is unlike any other. Please give them your support.
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Born Free USA
August 4, 2011
You don't have a category for Related Organization and you should have because that's my connection to Born Free USA. As Director of TrailSafe Nevada, a statewide grassroots group lobbying for better trap regulation, I called on Born Free USA, the national group devoted to the trapping and fur trade issue, for help. A Senior Program Associate traveled to Nevada and stayed two days. She helped me lobby, she gave me expert advice on lobbying and on writing my proposals, she testified for us at our Legislative hearing. Our bill was heavily amended, but did survive, so now we have a law requiring our Wildlife Commission to regulate trapping in our most congested areas. Born Free USA are high on the list of those who helped make it happen.
The Program Associate continues to help me with tactics and strategy, with model laws from other states, and prompt answers to questions that come up. She is more than generous with her assistance. She also circulates our notices to her mailing list, thereby reaching thousands with our news and messages.
I could not ask for a more responsive, informed, expert, caring organization than Born Free USA.
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See my story above. With the aid of the Senior Program Associate, I learned the ropes about lobbying, the moods and methods of legislators, and effective tactics. She supplied vital statistics about trapping nationwide and in our state.
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I would ask that they be greatly supported so that they can open a branch office in Northern Nevada.
General Member of the Public & I worked with Born Free USA and many other lobbyists and animal activists to get legislation passed to regulate cruel body-gripping traps in Nevada.