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United States Wolf Refuge and Adoption Center

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39 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Alicia67

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This location and life saver for wolves is amazing. The compassion for these wolves goes beyond words. The people involved are great. Bill lives for these wolves, from his "house pack", to the friendly and the oh so shy wolves...all are taken great care of.

1 Dawnie K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been going to the refuge regularly for a few years now. The evolution of the refuge is great with larger enclosures for all the animals residing there. The animals are happy and well cared for. I have watched them grow from being quite shy and elusive to very social and playful, learning to trust their humans. What a joy it is to have an animal that wouldn't come near you a few years ago, come running over and push their way past others to give you kisses and get attention. To have them come near and be relaxed on their own is awesome. Great work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family and I have been volunteering at the U.S.Wolf Refuge for 3 years now. The animals are well cared for and happy. There's nothing more satisfying than being part of the pack when they accept you!

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Christine190

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer with several animal rescues. The United States Wolf Refuge stands out in that the dedication to the animals who reside there. The wolves and wolfdogs are animals which would NOT make good pets. Had they ended up in a shelter they likely would have faced death. Instead, they live on acreage, most having several acres to roam with other wolves or wolfdogs. Some share the home of the founder, and two are ambassador animals, traveling to help educate the public about the plight of wolves and the need to protect these magnificent animals. All are loved. All will live out their lives protected and cared for, and those of us who are fortunate enough to have contact with them have had our lives enriched beyond words. A great organization.

Michael404

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We love Bill and his staff at the US Wolf Refuge and Adoption Center. Their loving care of the pack shows on resident canines faces. Wolf smiles are the best! All the animals are well taken care of and are treated just as if they were Bill's own children! Can't wait to visit there again! The Edwards family

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first met Bill when the U.S. Wolf Refuge was still in Arizona in 1995. The first time I went out to the Refuge I was amazed at what I saw and how much Bill loved these beautiful and amazing wolves. While I was living in Arizona I would go out to the Refuge and help out. My very first introduction at the Refuge was to a pack of 3 wolves that Bill had rescued from cruel owners who had removed the wolves voice boxes. Bill let me into the enclosure with instructions to sit down and not look them in the eye; let them come to me. Within a few minutes, the big Alpha male came and laid his head in my lap. I had been accepted by the Pack. Fast forward to 2010. I had reconnected with Bill and paid a visit to the Refuge now located in Nevada. Wow! It was a new and wonderful place and a new home for the many wolves that Bill had rescued. I saw first-hand the work he has done for these loving animals and how devoted he is to them. While I was there I got to help take care of them and I loved every minute of it.

3 Brittany48

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The United States Wolf Refuge is located on over 100 acres on private remote property and is a safe haven currently caring for 18 wolves and wolfdogs. This organization is dedicated to providing extensive education to the public about these wonderful creatures because they are so misunderstood. They work very hard to make sure that the animals are properly taken care of. No one receives any administrative expenses, all work is strictly volunteer. They do need help with funding, so I help immensely with fundraising for the facility. If it wasn't for this sanctuary, many animals would have been put down because not everyone knows how to properly care for an animal that has natural instinctive behaviors such as a wolf or wolfdog. For more information please visit their website at www.uswolfrefuge.org

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at the Refuge for over seven years. The care and love that the animals at the US Wolf Refuge get is surpassed by none. Large enclosures have been built that gives the animals room to roam and still be safe. Bill, the curator of the Refuge, loves and cares for the wolfdogs and sacrifices much to care for them. It's a great volunteer opportunity, and many of these animals have been saved from shelters that would have put them down, which is the most important thing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the U.S. Wolf Refuge for 30 years. In that time I have seen first hand what they do and how they do it. Their compassion and dedication to their mission exceeds any other non-profit. They manage to accomplish more than could ever be imagined considering their small budget. I encourage everyone to donate all that they can.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met Bill at an art exhibit featuring photos taken by Christine Mikulice. Thanks to that happy circumstance my kids and I have been privileged to get to know Bill and share his love for the beautiful animals under his care. We have also been able to introduce others who likewise enjoy the opportunity to help with the ongoing work at the Refuge. It is a truly amazing experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known Bill for 15 years and his work with wolves. During my numerous visits to his residence, I have seen first hand his devotion to protecting and serving wolves. While most who work at non-profits clock out at the end of the day, Bill's work is completely integrated into his life. He literally lives with the wolves and knows them like a brother knows his sister. This level of service will give the wolves the best chance of a bright future.

Nancy194

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a lifetime volunteer and have been bringing middle, high and now college-aged students to the refuge for work weeks annually for many years. We keep coming back to the US Wolf Refuge because we trust everything we give and donate is used for the animals in their care. Every year healthy, happy and well-loved animals greet us, providing memories and life purpose to many future volunteers, vets, doctors, teachers, and well-rounded humans. Passion like BIlls' inspires kids like few people ever can!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known Bill Chamberlain and been a volunteer at the United States Wolf Refuge for almost 10 years now. I met Bill while trying to save the life of a high content wolf-dog that was surrendered to an animal shelter where I volunteered. Bill was able to accept Voyager at the refuge and once I saw the facility and understoof Bill's passion to help these animals, I was hooked for life. I consider myself very fortunate to be able to work with these animals and help at the refuge with whatever I can do. Because of alot of perseverance and hard work by our dedicated volunteers the refuge is finally everything that we imagined it could be. Bill always places the animals first above any of his own needs. He is the most self-less person I have ever had the honor of knowing.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Bill is a "one-man" ambassador for the wolves. He has dedicated his life to this purpose. I have known him for at least 20 years when he had his small sanctuary in Chino Valley Arizona. He has never wavered in his belief that these magnificent creatures deserve a safe and loving home. He and his volunteers continue to do a remarkable job in spite of sometimes negative reactions and lack of funding. Bill deserves this award.
Claire Waite
Prescott, AZ

Donor

Rating: 5

I have known Bill for 45 years as a caring, dedicated and selfless individual. I remember when he started his mission in Arizona and I can say that I’ve never seen anyone give as much of his life to a cause than Bill. He cares for his wolves as he would family, for that is as he sees them, his family. The wolves are well taken care of and every dollar received by the refuge goes for their well being. I cannot think of a much more worthy recipient of an honor of this greatness than Bill Chamberlain and his United States Wolf Refuge.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Bill Chamberlain is a vocal ambassador for wolves. His clear views on wolfdogs is a message all wolf and dog lovers need to hear.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thanks to Bill and his outstanding dedication and care, these beautiful and noble animals have a safe, loving home! Bill, despite his own personal health struggles, has continued to provide love and sanctuary and has shown what true compassion is all about. His dedication has been an inspiration to the wonderful volunteers as well, as they have braved snow mud and rain to make the journey to his place. I can not think of a much more worthy recipeint of an honor of this greatness than Bill Chamberlain and his United States Wolf Refuge.

Donor

Rating: 5

Doing a great service in educating people about hybrid wolfdogs. It is not a job it is a passion and Bill Chamberlain and he leads by example in the work that he does.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As rescue coordinator for a shelter, I put out a plea for a wolf hybrid that had come into our shelter. I was contacted almost immediately by the US Wolf Refuge and was very impressed by the professionalism, knowledge and dedication of this group. Transport was arranged easily and quickly, and follow up has been forthcoming and informative. Bill Chamberlain is an expert on wolves and wolf dogs, and has taken the time to speak with me at length about the breed and the nature of the Refuge. The staff that I communicated with were also extremely knowledgeable, helpful and professional. I am very grateful for the work they do in support of the wolves and hybrids.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I work as a volunteer for another shelter who received a wolf hybrid in our shelter. They were excellent in their advice and instructions as to how to handle him and what we needed to do. We arranged to get him to their facility since we were in no way capable to handle this type of animal. They were professional and quick in their responses and in their arrangements to receive the animal. This was very important since we were dealing with an animal that we had no experience with and did not know how to properly handle him for his and our safety. It is wonderful that there are facilities who have the knowledge to pass on to help keep the general public safe.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became involved with the US Wolf Refuge in Feb. 2011 via an email asking for volunteers as the Director had been diagnosed with cancer and no longer had the energy to clean kennels and feed the pups everyday. He needed to undergo treatment. I am happy to say Bill has recovered, but a bad situation led to a good one for me-allowing me to work with this wonderful organization. Bill has given his heart and soul to these animals. His energy is amazing and he never stops!! I can't keep up with him. I so enjoy seeing and playing with these animals every week. It is about an 80 mile round trip for me to get to the refuge with some of the driving on dirt roads-it is so worth it!!! As every rescue sees there are so many abused animals. Bill has an amazing way of getting them to love and trust humans again. The pups get to howl with no one complaining-I love driving up and hearing them howl saying HI!! It is incredible. There are many work weekends organized throughout the year and so much gets done and once people come out and see what a great place it is they can't wait to come back. This is a wonderful organization and deserves the recognition of the work that has been done and continues to be done. I am happy to give my support to the US Wolf Refuge. Lorna Corkery