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United States Wolf Refuge and Adoption Center

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62 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Alexandra S.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Two years ago, an old friend Brittany took me out to the refuge on my birthday in December, amidst the snowy conditions. It was one of the best birthdays I’ve had to say the least. I was blown away by the animals and their impressive enclosures. You can just feel the love and care from Bill and the other volunteers that goes into the animals here. I have been a smitten volunteer ever since. The refuge is not just a sanctuary for wolf dog hybrids, but really a sanctuary for all who feel the happiest outdoors surrounded by nature and dog slobber.

Lucy R.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fabulous organization!! Thank you so much for going above and beyond for Potus and Shine!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was allowed to visit the wolf refuge as a special guest. It is a place where wolves are loved and respected. I enjoyed so much seeing so much beauty. Thank you for taking such good care of these amazing animals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An exceptional place of caring and learning. Inspiring and educational.

1 Valzora S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I learned a lot about wolves when I visited and thoroughly enjoyed the visit. It was special being among the wolves. The refuge is clean and the wolves obviously well cared for. Their affection for those who care for them is a joy to see.

Kate M.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I know U.S. Wolf Refuge through their founder (Bill Chamberlain) and some of their volunteers. I watched from my home state of Washington while Bill and his faithful volunteers rescued dozens of wolfs and wolf dogs from the devastating wildfires for two summers in a row. And I marveled when Bill himself drove all the way to Olympia to visit with our local sanctuary, and to pick up and deliver a specialized canine chair for one of his wolf dogs who has a medical condition. And I've learned a great deal about the Refuge's mission and philosophy about wolves and wolf dogs, and their dedication to public awareness about the essential role of these animals. Hats off to U.S. Wolf Refuge!

Loren C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Absolutely the best people doing great work helping and saving awesome animals, and educating the public. Very thankful for them and how much they have helped.

Rowan Gwynyth L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This program is absolutely amazing. I've visited the refuge multiple times and really enjoyed each experience. Getting to work with my hands and then relax with a bunch of gorgeous wolf pups afterwards is so rewarding. The owner, Bill, is the sweetest guy I've met, and I can't wait to see him again!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Bill is doing extremely important work with his wolf refuge. Unfortunately, these sanctuaries may someday be the only safe places left for wolves. All Americans need to support what people like Bill are doing to save endangered wildlife . I wish Bill well, and hope he's able to continue helping wolves long into the future

Brent D.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Bill does a great job taking care of the wolves and wolf hybrids in his care.

wolflvr

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A Wonderful organization Bill and his volunteers take excellent care of the wolves. They would probably not be alive without the refuge and I am so grateful Bill devotes his life to them.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Bill is one of the most amazing people I have ever met. He lives in the middle of nowhere in isolation with just his wolves. His life is dedicated to them 100%. He takes such good care of the animals along with the help of his volunteers. Those hybrids would probably not be alive if it wasn't for Bill.
He is always at every event and function throughout Reno all summer and is such a joy to talk to. He is very knowledgable and friendly and always has an ambassador wolf by his side.
I have been out to the refuge a couple of times and he has over 100 acres so the dogs have plenty of room to run. I love what Bill does and wish that more people would do the same. We need more people like Bill on this planet. Thank you!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome organization with awesome volunteers, especially Bill, who has dedicated his life to these beautiful animals. I was fortunate to have met Bill years ago at a talk he gave at the Antioch Animal Shelter. Truly inspiring and amazing the dedication he has. I was able to volunteer at the refuge for a weekend work party and at a couple of Pow Wows and saw how loved and well these animals are taken care of. Loved it. Wish I lived closer.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am now on my 8th year volunteering for the US Wolf Refuge. Bill Chamberlain is an amazing man who has given his heart and soul to these wonderful animals. He has always placed their needs first above his own. I love my weekly visits to the refuge and spending time with all the animals. Also we all know that any monies donated go directly to the needs of the animals from daily care, making a wonderful home for them, medical care and whatever else is needed!!!!

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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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with Bill for over 15 years. He is fiercely devoted to his charges and always willing to learn what the next latest and greatest thing he can do to enrich their lives, health, and environment. I have yet to meet someone as selfless as Bill when it comes to caring for his wolf dogs. This is a tireless endeavor and one not often rewarded. People have been grossly misinformed about the nature of these animals and the benefit they bring to establishing a harmonious relationship in the environments they are indigenous to. It is only with the tenacious endeavors of individuals like Bill, that animals as significant and magnificent as the wolf can survive and thrive. Dr. Maureen Adams, DVM

1 Rob Roselli

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at the U.S. Wolf Refuge last Summer and it was one of the most incredible experiences of my life! BIll is hands down one of the kindest and most compassionate animal lovers I have ever met. He continually puts his animals before himself and he would literally do anything in his power to ensure his pack is as happy and healthy as can be. I also had the pleasure of meeting several other locals who volunteer at the refuge regularly and I was blown away by how amazing everyone out there was. I cannot wait to go back again to help the animals and surround myself with such wonderful people (and animals) again! Keep up the great work, Bill! Sending love from the East Coast! -Rob R.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Bill Chamberlain in early December, 2008. He had come to our ranch with a friend of mine because he wanted to meet my beloved 100% wolf, Daza. His visit meant so very much, especially since my sweet Daza passed a week later. This genuine man opened a whole new envelope in my life because I had no previous knowledge of his wolf refuge project. Because of my love for Daza and her mate, E-Sup, who had already passed, and my concern for wolves in the wild and also wolves and wolf hybrids who are in bad situations, the existence of such a refuge was a relief. I have been to Bill's refuge over the years and am impressed by his dedication and enthusiasm. The refuge has grown and many improvements have been made in those years. It is an honor to know this gracious man who gives his life to this project.

Bob B.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of working with Bill Chamberlain and volunteers from the U.S. Wolf Refuge at a wolf protection advocacy table. I was impressed by the knowledge, passion, and dedication they brought to their advocacy for wolves. Wolf supporters will want to contribute to this great nonprofit.

Don M.3

Donor

Rating: 5

I've watched Bill Chamberlain and his organization for a number of years, donated, done tabling events next to them, talked at length with Bill about a variety of conservation issues of considerable breadth and depth, heard Bill testify at legislative and other administrative hearings regarding canid issues and other conservation oriented topics. His Facebook page has been informative, a nice place to show off his compassion for his rescues, his life philosophy and his successes. He has a loyal dedicated core of volunteers, comes early, stays late........does everything well.

1 ib1ff

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It takes a very special type of person, who dedicates their lives for others. I’m very thankful that I live close enough to the US wolf refuge that I can go down and spend time with these magnificent animals and Bill. I see all the hard work he puts in to keeping them safe and taking care of them. He spends a lot of time educating people on wolf dogs and what we can do to protect them. Thank you Bill for your over 30 years of caring for, loving, and protecting these amazing animals. They are lucky to have you :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Many years ago I was at an event for Art town, Reno. Its a celebration of dogs, their owners and awesome nonprofits. I just happened to get a glimpse of this beautiful wolfdog, and as
I walked closer to her, she just stared back at me. I was completely attracted to her beauty, I asked to take her photo and I went on my way.
About four years ago, through a mutual friend I met the volunteer coordinator of the US Wolf Refuge named Brittany Straw. She had recently relinquished her own wolf dog to the refuge. I asked if I could go out there and meet her dog. Of course, when I got there I realized exactly this was the same organization that I had met several years ago at Art town. I felt like I was exactly where i needed to be, I had been looking for a nonprofit to give my extra time to, and this place felt like home. See, this refuge takes the unwanted, abused, can't keep due to circumstances wolfdogs, that would otherwise be euthanized. These dogs are stuck between the world of being a dog, and also being part of wildlife. Its unfortunate circumstances that greed has created these animals in the first place.
That being said, this is a wonderful place where human beings can do something right. We build enclosures that keep these dogs safe and happy. They are given unconditional love by the curator Bill Chamberlain, besides all of the wonderful volunteers that come and spend time here. Lots of magic happens here, from witnessing that wolf dog that is miserable and scared when they first get there, to sometime later when they come right up to you for treats and kisses.
So what is it that we do that deserves this grant? Our mission statement is to educate the public about wolves and their role in the ecosystem. We would like to build an education center right here on the property that could invite the public to come and learn about wolf behavior and their role as a large predator that needs protection. Also, that the wolf can coexist in communities where there is clear conflict with other animals and humans. We as human beings are responsible for the wolfdog's creation, the least we can do is to manage and make their lives as wonderful as possible.