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Saint Francis Wolf Sanctuary

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Causes: Animals, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: Saint Francis Wolf Sanctuary is dedicated to the care of rescued, non-releasable wolves and wolfdogs. We do not buy, sell, or breed them. We believe they deserve a stable home for the rest of their natural lives, with an abundance of loving and compassionate care. We also support educating the public about issues involving wolves and wolfdogs, and dispelling the many myths that surround these frequently misunderstood animals. We welcome community organizations, groups, and individuals who wish to visit and learn the truth about wolves and wolfdogs.

Results: We have directly rescued and provided loving, lifelong homes to 48 animals over the past 18 years. We have also saved many more through our networking and conversations with owners, shelters, and Animal Control agencies across the country. Thousands of visitors from all over the world visit our sanctuary each year, and it has been our pleasure to educate them about our pack and the importance of wolves and wolfdogs in this world.

Target demographics: Wolves and Wolfdogs

Direct beneficiaries per year: 12 resident animals and thousands of visitors

Geographic areas served: The United States

Programs: Sanctuary Tours, Howl Nights, Scouting Programs, Conservation Education, and Special Events

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We travelled from Australia to Houston Texas to visit family and this was one of the recommendations that they gave us. Can’t recommend enough - highly educational and a fascinating tour

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I still lived in Texas, I visited several times. This place is so special for the wolves, wolf dogs, and those of us who love them! They teach people of all ages what a magnificent animal they are!

IHeartMeeko

Donor

Rating: 5

The best part about St Francis is that they educate you about misconceptions about wolves. The caretakers know so much about wolves and share their knowledge with you while you see the residents in their homes. With education, maybe we can reduce the number of rescues. The new facility is a great place to see and hear about the lives of the wolf-dogs who live there and to learn about how important wolves were to the environment. It's very open and peaceful, a nice day trip away from the city. They have regular tours and also hold open house and evening events so that you can be around the wolves in different settings. AND--the new facility has a very large ***gravel*** parking lot (so if you have only visited the old location, that is no longer a problem!).

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband and I recently visited the sanctuary for the first time and were so impressed! You can easily see the care and compassion that all of the staff members put into each and every wolf/wolfdog/dog. They were very helpful in telling us each animal's story and educating us on wolves and wolfdogs. This trip was definitely one of my most memorable experiences and we will definitely be returning!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Saint Francis Wolf Sanctuary is located in a rural area inMontgomery County, which provides the animals with the comfort of a quiet environment, free from traffic and the noise of busy commercial areas. The animals appear happy and well taken care of. The staff and volunteers are very educated and demonstrate a passion for caring for these animals. It’s a wonderful sanctuary!

Donor

Rating: 5

Since the 1st time I entered the Sanctuary grounds at the old place 5 yrs ago, I have been in love with the Beautiful creatures who reside there! The new Sanctuary is so much better with larger enclosures, dugouts, and swimming pools. The staff has always been so friendly and accommodating, especially when I won a chance to be Keeper for a Day. Now I want to volunteer on a regular basis to learn more about The Misunderstood. It was my privilege to become Raksha's sponsor since she is one of the shyest on the grounds.
No matter how many times I've listened to talks by the workers, I always learn something new.
Love all of my portraits painted by the wolves! (Yes, I said painted by the wolves!)
Am really looking forward to this year's Halloween Howl Night as it falls on October's 2nd full moon. We sit around a campfire, roast hotdogs and marshmallows for s'mores, and listen to a special talk. The day will be even more complete with a costume contest!
Y'all come join us!

1 Melinda M.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We love that there is a local place where we have learned so much about wolves and get to see them up close and personal. We have become aware and have respect for the need for wolves and how important they are in nature. We love being able to support them and hope to see them grow.

1 Brooke B.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great job at educating the public on wolves and giving them the best life! I enjoy their live events, you can tell they care about their pack above and beyond.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Had a wonder time with my nephews visiting the wolves. We learned so much and enjoyed the day.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We need Wolf sanctuaries—between mankind taking up more and more land with development and people thinking naively they can have them as pets, these beautiful animals are inching toward extinction. This Wolf sanctuary is practical, knowledgeable, and passionate about their growing number of residents.

Vi V.1

Donor

Rating: 5

My boyfriend and I were in the Conroe area and decided to pay Saint Francis a visit. We had an exceptional time, getting a more in-depth lesson about wolves and wolf-dogs and were very pleased that all the inhabitants looked like they were being well taken care of. Sanctuaries like Saint Francis are necessities. As we've seen in popular tv exposes like Tiger King, people are generally not responsible enough nor do they have the capacity to take care of wild animals. It's wonderful that Saint Francis exists so that both canines and humans can coexist.

Shelly W.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I learned about Saint Francis Wolf Sancturary in 2014. Ms. Jean Lefevre the founder introduced me to the Sanctuary. It has been a wonderful place to visit and learn about the wolves. I would highly encourage everyone to visit and experience the Sanctuary. The wolves are so beautiful and each one has there own story. The new Sanctuary site is a beautiful piece of land. It's worth your time and drive out to see the Saint Francis Wolf Sanctuary.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love SFWS for the work they do saving their animals, providing enrichment and love. The animals here seem happy and the new sanctuary they just moved to added more exciting things to their enclosures. Also the education they provide on the animals is very interesting. Then of course there are the “howl nights” where you can camp out with the wolves. Great place to visit! You won’t regret it!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a fan of this facility. I used to have a husky malamute so I love wolves and huskies I’ve been to the old location and now to the new location and it’s certainly worth the drive it’s a pleasant drive up from Houston very enjoyable and the new location is very nice so worth the trip and the donation.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We went as soon as they opened from covid, even if it was the old place, they were fantastic... helpful, interesting, informative. We camped out and listened to the beautiful howls it was amazing ❤️

Tiffany M.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I can't say enough good things about Saint Francis. They take in wolves and wolfdogs without question, provide them a loving environment, huge enclosures, proper socialization --- they GET it. This isn't like a zoo that's risking abuse of animals, underfeeding, etc. We personally sponsor a wolf every month, and they send us updates on her, how she is doing, and fun little gifts! This last month we received a beautiful canvas print of her that's on our mantle now! Meeting her in person (with safe enclosures and distancing of course!) was an absolute blessing and one of the coolest experiences. We truly love this sanctuary!

Carroll M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

During Spring Break, before the pandemic hit full force, we took the family to visit.
We learned so much about wolves. It was so educational.
The animals are beautiful and so well taken care of.
We had a wonderful afternoon.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a life-long admirer of wolves. I have collected many wolf-related items. When I was downsizing my collection, I thought about St. Francis Wolf Sanctuary as the perfect place to donate my treasured items. I was allowed to tour the sanctuary, hear their story and see how well maintained and how well managed the wolves and wolf-dogs are. Each enclosure is very large allowing the animals room to roam. Even though it was a very hot summer day, you could tell the temperature difference by the animal enclosures due to the misting system in use. All in all I am very impressed with how well cared for and how happy the animals seem to be.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at St. Francis for two years now and I Love it there!! The wolves are the most amazing spirits and I have met so many wonderful people there!! Ms. Jean has infinate knowledge and stories of her world travels. I have been blessed abundantly by the time I have spent there with the wolves and will continue to volunteer.