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Shy Wolf Sanctuary Education and Experience Center Inc

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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

59 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Maryanne V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Shy Wolf this past year and it has been an incredible experience. I clean enclosures, chop up meat, makes feeding bowls and feed these beautiful animals. It is both my pleasure and honor to be at Shy Wolf Sanctuary and be able to give my time and care for the amazing and loving wolves, wolf dogs, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, prairie dogs and of cause our Florida panther.
All the volunteers share a common goal, love of animals and caring hearts. We all work hard, and rewarded with wet kisses and scent rubs ( which sometimes can give you a new hairdo ). I have learned so much and am grateful to the staff for all the support and teaching that is ongoing.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing and best experience we have had. If I lived in Florida, I would definitely become a volunteer. It's amazing what Shy Wolf Sanctuary has to offer for the animals and the public as well. I recommend this place to everyone I know who is visiting Florida.

Donor

Rating: 5

I first visited more then 10 years ago and fell in love with the sanctuary. I visit again recently and fell in love all over again. You know a place is special when it attracts so many wonderful volunteers who clearly love the animals. Seeing the animals and how well they are cared for and loved is a great experience that I highly recommend!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our visit to Shy Wolf Sanctuary was so interesting we came home & told friends/family about our experience, encouraging them to make every effort to also visit. What a caring & devoted group of individuals who care for our 4 legged friends. We look forward to going back with a larger group.

Donor

Rating: 5

I visited Shy Wolf Sanctuary while vacationing in Florida. Friends we were visiting took us, and I admit that I was not sure I wanted to visit a "sanctuary" for wild animals. As an Animal Control Officer and Animal Welfare rescue volunteer I have seen too many "sanctuaries" that at least disappointed and sometimes horrified me. Shy Wolf Sanctuary blew me away on many critical points and I have been a staunch supporter ever since. First the incredible cleanliness of the entire property impressed me. The layout of enclosures for so many animals on such a small property that still managed to offer comfortable and enriching environments for a variety of species was also impressive to me. The number and quality of the volunteers and staff would make any organization jealous.; I could go on, but I just want to say THANK YOU to the Shy Wolf Sanctuary for the incredible work you all do, the amazing things that your group has done with so few resources for all these years, and for the animals whose lives you have not only saved but improved immensely. I will support you in any way I can and recommend that anyone who can offer support and encouragement please do what you can to help Shy Wolf expand and continue their aweome work. God bless you all!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have visited there and was very impressed with the dedication of the staff. I began recommending it to my FGCU students as a service opportunity. Every student who has volunteered there has been made to feel wanted, appreciated, and important to the efforts of the Group. They have also learned many aspects of the exotic animal trade and the problems it causes and shared the knowledge with me.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have visited Shy Wolf Sanctuary a number of times. It is amazing what they are able to do to help animals that have been abandoned or surrendered because someone felt that an exotic pet was for them but was sadly mistaken. The staff is wonderful and it is very evident that they care greatly for the animals and take care of them as if they were their own. I support them yearly as I know that my donation will be put to the best use available to care for these lovely animals.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I took a private tour of Shy Wolf Sanctuary in February 2019 with my sister and her friend. Peg, a volunteer, was a wonderful guide. We spent about two hours at the sanctuary and had the opportunity to interact with a number of animals. Having volunteered for eight years at another wolf sanctuary, and having visited a number of other wolf sanctuaries, I was able to appreciate all of the special accommodations Shy Wolf has for its animals. For example, each enclosure has a house specially designed for the needs and personality of the animals living there. Enrichment opportunities are elaborate and tailored to the needs of each animal. I enjoyed looking at the DNA information posted on the fence of each enclosure detailing whether the animal is full wolf, or if a wolf dog, what types of dog are part of its makeup.
I was very pleased to see how much shade the sanctuary has to protect the animals from the hot Florida sun. Most of all, I was impressed with the enthusiasm and collegiality of all of the volunteers. -Holly

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was part of a social group that toured the Shy Wolf Sanctuary late last year. Before going, I had not heard of the organization and really had no idea of what to expect. I like to say that I went, I saw...and I never left! I was so excited by the sanctuary, with the animals, with the setting and with the obvious enthusiasm and care of the people working there that I went home and immediately applied to be a volunteer. Since becoming a part of the Shy Wolf family, my commitment has only deepened as I have learned about the animals there. The mostly volunteer staff works hard to make sure that the animals are well-cared for and loved. The more seasoned staff spends a lot of time teaching the newer people about wolf (and other animal) behaviors and what to expect and at all times the animals are treated with enormous respect and caring. Shy Wolf Sanctuary is truly a diamond in this world and one that is well worth supporting in any way possible!

Jill R.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lucky enough to tour this fabulous facility. An experience you will always remember and want to visit many times. Thank you for saving these beautiful creatures.

Donor

Rating: 5

Absolutely amazing! Knowledgeable guides, gorgeous animals, fascinating stories and info! Melbourne, the "singing dog", is just too darling, and the chance to interact with and touch some of these precious animals is priceless! Will bring our grandchildren the next time!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I loved my visit here. The animals are well cared for and the tour guide had lots of information and answered all of our questions. The panther was gorgeous and we could get very close to it. Being able to interact with some of the animals inside their pens was very rewarding & memorable. For anyone who loves animals you will enjoy the experience.

Cathy K.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I visited Shy Wolf Sanctuary many many years ago. It was inspiring! Then when our grandchildren came along, I took them to visit also. We have taken many of our relatives there when they cone to visit from other states. It has always been a unique experience for everyone!
So glad to hear Shy Wolf will become owners of more property to build a new facility! I wish you many years of future success!
Cathy Koch

2 Theresa S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Shy Wolf Sanctuary is all for the animals, they are cared for, treated with love and respect and taken care of for the rest of their lives. It is supported by some wonderful volunteers who put their all into taking care of the animals. It is a pure run non-profit.

Previous Stories
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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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Shy Wolf Sanctuary is the best place for exotic animals, who have lived with other humans and often times have no place to go. These animals are loved, nurtured and cared for in the best possible way. Everyone at ShyWolf give these animals multiple stimuli so the animals never just sit in their habitat, but can interact with, people, toys and many other objects. All volunteers at Shy Wolf LOVE what they do and I am happy to be among them!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A place for abandoned and dumped exotic wildlife to go when their owners will no longer care for them. Their volunteers are wonderful and you can tell from the moment you enter the door the love these people have for their animals!

1 Marcia M.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wonderful way to spend time learning and experiencing these wonderful animals and volunteers.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

My wife and I visited Shy Wolf Sanctuary to see the wolves and interact with them. Much to our surprise there is much more than just wolves there !! They have numerous other animals there as well. All the staff & volunteers we had contact with were wonderful. The wolves were so friendly and just wanted to love, which was so easy to give them. We couldn't decide which one(,s) we wanted to love more because there are so many to choose from.. Beautiful place and would love to go back again when I get back to Florida. I would highly recommend to visit there !!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Did a tour and they did an amazing job. Knowledgeable, friendly and informative.

Matthew P.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Shy wolf is an organization that helps the public understand the need for these animals and the trials these animals go through daily in the wild.
They also work extensively with the public in training/teach roles and as an organization that openly accepts help from groups such as the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. They work hand in hand with my Troop and Pack and give as much as they receive from these youth