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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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
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.
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!!!
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.
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!!!!
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 :)
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.
Having had the chance to volunteer here was incredible! Bill is an amazing human, his love and compassion for these incredible creatures shows. Playing with the wolves and rolling around in the dirt was always fun, but also digging in the dirt was awesome too. I'm grateful for this place, it helped me to change and understand the world better.
When I found out the us wolf refuge was here , when I encountered them at 2017 wolf stock a fundraiser for the u.s. wolf Refuge, It was over for me, I've been there ever since. It's the best place to be it's very serene and a peaceful place.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Bill Chamberlain is a vocal ambassador for wolves. His clear views on wolfdogs is a message all wolf and dog lovers need to hear.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I always loved wolves and donated to US Wolf Refuge for some time before I had the pleasure several years ago of meeting Bill and one of his furry friends. I have always been so impressed with Bill's dedication to educating himself and exploring ways to help the wolf, plus his commitment to educating the public about these gorgeous animals. Bill gives his all for these animals and never thinks of himself. This organization is so inspiring to everyone who visits or volunteers, I recommend it to everyone. I have encouraged family and friends to donate to this organization and if I were able, would definitely volunteer. It is soooo worth it.
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.
Our family has now done two work weekends at the refuge and can't wait until we can go back. Our kids - 18 and 15 - especially love the chance to work and play with the animals there, knowing that they are really doing something useful. Bill, Tami and the other volunteers are an amazing group. They are friendly and helpful, and they keep us hopping. Bill's love for the animals shows in everything he does. His knowledge is amazing and he works tirelessly not only in rescuing and caring for them, but in meetings and educational opportunities the dispel the "bad press" that wolves often get. Our son has been so impressed with his time there that he has worked to arrange for Bill and Kaysa to come to his high school so that other students can learn about the refuge. It is a never to be forgotten experience. Come "run with the wolves."
I know Bill Chamberlain personally, also when the United States Wolf Refuge and Adoption Center was located in Arizona, and since it located to Sparks, NV. I can honestly tell you that this organization does an amazing work, and that the Wolves are loved and well cared for, that not only does Bill Chamberlain, the President of this organization, use all of the donations for the welfare of these magnificant animals, he use his own funds for their welfare also. No one need ever worry that the donations go anywhere except to save these animals and to educate the public regarding these wolves. I personally recommed this organization as one most worthy and most needed in the United States of America. I am happy to give my name in full support of this organization. Gloria P. Clements
I have never met a more dedicated man to a cause then Bill Chamberlain is to the United States Wolf Refuge. The man literally spends his entire life on these Wolves and Wolf Dogs that come under his protection. He works tirelessly at giving them the best "home" that they could possibly wish for. He has a dedicated staff of Volunteers from far and near that are always ready be there when he needs them. These people come to help in what ever needs to be done. Bill does an amazing job of directing these people, so that he gets maximum results from all their efforts. Bill travels endlessly, to places hundreds of miles away from the Refuge, to rescue animals that are in need of his attention. He also spends time trying to educate the general public about the truth, regarding the Wolf. Stories like "Little Red Riding Hood" have only made the general public afraid of Wolves. This type of story just adds more to the ignorance of the uneducated people in the world. Bill trys in every way to dispel these myths. I cannot think of a more deserving person then Bill Chamberlain to receive an award for his role with the United States Wol Refuge.
I have known Bill Chamberlain for many years, even before he founded the U. S. Wolf Refuge. He has always been willing to put in many volunteer hours to help efforts to reserve and encourage preservation of wildlife species, particularly wolves. As founder and director of the now defunct Preserve Arizona's Wolves that worked to restore the Mexican Gray Wolf to its historic habitat, I spent many hours at hearings, meetings and other activities connected with the reintroduction project in the Southwest, and can think of no one more deserving of this nomination for his work in founding and administering the fine fine work at his refuge in Sparks, NV.
I was immediately impressed with the personal concern the volunteer staff had for the care of all the wolves at the refuge, and especially founder and director Bill Chamberlain, who gave tirelessly for their needs. On my visit, it was easy to see Mr. Chamberlain’s emotional commitment to the refuge. Less obvious to a visitor, but none the less present was his financial commitment. Upon interviewing staff members, I learned that much of his personal wealth had gone into the care of these remarkable creatures, from their food and shelter to the enormous outdoor enclosure he had undertaken to build. I was not only impressed with the cleanliness of the facility, the large numbers of volunteers that helped with all aspects of the wolf’s care, but also Bill’s future plans for expansion. If I lived in the area of Reno, I would also actively contribute my time to the refuge. I therefore, without reservation, endorse the US Wolf Refuge’s efforts in obtaining additional funding for the continued success of providing the only hope for survival that most of these animals have.
I have been actively involved with the U.S. Wolf Refuge since 1984. Since that time I have personally interacted with every animal that has come under their care. It was a real struggle in the beginning but it is now a highly recognized charity all across the country. I have helped with their fund-raising, animal care, transportation, public events, and their education programs. I first got involved with them when I got what I thought to be a Norwegian elkhound - I later learned that it was a wolf-hybrid. Their assistance and knowledge was most valuable. In the years since then I have learned so much about these magnificent animals, and the various issues involving both wolves in the wild and captive wolves. This organization has saved the lives of hundreds of these animals, and educated literally thousands of people about the real truth concerning these highly misunderstood creatures. The results of their efforts has produced an organization that I am very proud to be associated with. Like virtually all charities today, their budget is significantly smaller than in previous years and the Green Choice Awards prize would be appreciated beyond words. They have no salaries and over 98% of their revenue is spent directly on the animals.
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I have known Bill, and been associated with the Refuge for years. The care and concern for the animals under his care is his number one priority. Following that, Bill's passion is to educate people about wolves and wolf-hybrids, the Mexican Wolf reintroduction, and the other wolf-packs of Yellowstone, and Northern America. Whenever possible he spreads the word about the stupid, senseless slaughter of Wolves in Alaska's
We have been involved in animal rescue for 30 yrs. Bill was the very first 'wolfer' we ever met.This was right on time due to the fact that we rescued a cross unlike any other 'dog'. That was 14+ years ago. Many animals have passed through our gates.The only ones to ever leave were Curly,Stubby and Floppy.U.S.Wolf Refuge was good enough to take on this lifetime committment. What is truly remarkable is their education program.Wolves are not pets.The unsuspecting public too often purchases from an unscrupulous breeder. Bill has been active regarding the rabies issue,wolf release program and many other issues these animals face. Our first journey together was hiking many miles into the desert to investigate a horrible milling situation of high content animals. It is often like a bottomless pit but Bill never seems to 'hit the wall' like many of us in rescue do. Bill has also been very generous in sharing information and resources wishing for all good rescues to flourish.Why?Because it is about the animals and always has been. Much of his work has been out of pocket. I would encourage anyone to visit,volunteer and please donate to the refuge. As a community we can all help the work go on.No donation is too small.That is the easy part.Caring for the animals,protecting the public and educating,securing resources and giving the wolves a voice on a daily basis is the hard part. Please participate in keeping this lifetime effort going. Thank you, steph barsotti
Meeting Bill Chamberlain over five years ago changed my life. I volunteer for my local animal shelter and came across my first wolf-dog back then. He was young and had been surrendered to the shelter with euthanasia orders because they could not deal with what is normal for a wolf-dog. Meeting Voyager changed my life and saved not only his life but many more to follow. I felt the need to help with every bit of energy that I had. I became Bill's right hand person and jumped right in and began trying to help raise money and help with positive change. Raising money for our pack is not easy by any means. We fall into a very unique category. Most donors won't even consider helping. These animals are not wild life and they are not considered by many to be "pets". They are most definitely NOT backyard dogs. They are however, when understood, one of the most magnificent man- made misfits on this earth. If you are loved by a wolf or a wolf-dog, you are a very special person. Bill works harder than any man I have ever known. He puts in unbelieveably long days taking care of his animals and then his job...always in that order. His pack always comes first before anything! These animals adore him, respect him and always greet him with tails held high and alot of happy howling. I continue to fight along side him and look forward to many years of rescuing and helping many, many more wolves & wolf-dogs.
In 2009, the US Wolf Refuge held its annual work weekend/camp out and I felt the need to attend. I've never volunteered before, in my entire life, and I felt the need to do what I could for these animals. I've always loved wolves and I've always felt they needed to be protected. I've gone from being someone who didn't stand up and have a voice, to being someone who never sits down and shuts up thanks to the refuge. They've given me a higher sense of worth and given me the knowledge that there is good in the world. These wolves and wolf dogs have become my world. I fight for them every chance I get. Having attended several events, I've seen the love that Bill gives the animals. He would endure famine and heartache for them and it touches my very soul. At the Sparks Marina we had an event and Kasa (our next in line ambassador) would not leave Bill's side, proving that she loved him just as much and he loved her. People would walk by and stare, which only increased as Kasa rose to put her front paws on Bill's shoulders and continuiously lick his face and nibble on his nose. I've had nothing but wonderful experiences with the USWR. These animals along with countless others are very much worth the time, effort and money they require to be saved.
I rescue animals. Mainly dogs and cats for another non-profit, but I have been known to transport injured birds and 'possums to wildlife care facilities when I can.I love animals, pretty much all animals ('though some more than others). I have always been fascinated by by wolves, so when I got the opportunity to go to the US Wolf Refuge to join in a "work weekend", I jumped at the chance. The first night I heard the song of 16 wolf-dogs "singing" all at once, I was mesmerized. I kept going back for more, and learning more about these wonderful, mysterious animals. The US Wolf Refuge is more than just a place for abandoned and "troubled" wolves and wolf-dogs to find safe haven, it provides marvelous educational opportunities for visitors and volunteers, and the founder and staff of the refuge are ardent in our attempt to educate the public not only about the plight of wolves in the wild, but of the need to protect the habitat of all wildlife in order to allow them to live harmoniously with humans. The refuge itself is "green" with its use of solar and wind generated energy, and the reuse of materials which are discarded by others-- both individuals and corporations, in the fabrication of enclosures and housing for the animals. Money donated to the Refuge will go a long way to house and care for the animals there. We hope that someday the Refuge will serve as an educational center open to the pubic, enabling us to help others learn about the need to develop harmonious relationship with wildlife and the environment.
I first met Bill when I went out to see the animals at the refuge. I was there to see if I could find a suitable companion animal for my "Wolf Dog". His Brother had died of bone cancer. Junior and I walked all around the compound but Junior showed no interest in any of the animals. I left him to sit by the car and I went to speak with Bill. Since that first meeting and seeing all the efforts this man has put into the care and protection of his animals, I have become and volunteer and financial contributer to the US Wolf Refuge. Bill goes far beyond anyone I have ever met, in the care of his amimals. That would include his driving all the way to Colorado to put one of his "Dogs" into a good home. After much scrutiny of the people and the home he was delivering the "Dog" to. All at the cost out of his own pocket. Talk about time and money -- there is nothing Bill won't do for his animals.
I first met Bill and the US Wolf Refuge labor day weekend 2009. Since then my life has completly changed. First off I alway thought I was not a dog person, but after meeting the wolf/dogs at the refuge they have become my passion. What Bill does on a daily basis is above and beyond what any one person is expected to do for any animal.He has not only dedicated his life to the wolf/dogs in his care but has become a strong voice for all wolves and wolf/dogs on this planet. It is very sad to know that he will not always be able to help with these animals in the future to come due to not only the aging prosses but to the economy of today and the possible economy of the future. To see a non-profit like this refuge not succeed because of money woes is just so disheartning.Despite all that, I have seen so many people that would be willing to stand in line behind Bill to keep this Wolf Refuge going for years to come. Please know that what the refuge is doing is so very important to our world and should hopefully see expantion in the future to the free wild wolves of America.
The Sunday after Thanksgiving last fall ('09) I 4 wheeled my entire family and a few friends up through the snow in Northern Nevada to the US Wolf refuge near Reno, Nevada. Bill Chamberlain and I work together ion the solar business, and he gave us an entire presentation about his 18 magnificent creatures. We were able to interact with a few; one in particular, Kasa, was an outgoing friendly, people lover. When you're next to these astounding specimens, the intensity of being 'in the moment' with them is overwhelming. Bill needs help; financial aid from the public to help feed and care for his brood. Everyone, please consider a recurring donation for these guys. They are so, so worthy of your support. Dennis Ragsdale Reno, Nevada
In 1988 when it became apparent that we could no longer keep our beautiful and beloved wolf-hybrid, we searched for the perfect home. When we were told of Bill Chamberlain, then in Arizona, we contacted him and were impressed with his caring attitude. Bill accepted our Ginny and proceeded to find the perfect home for her. When his facilities in Arizona became too small for this worthwhile project he moved to his present property in Reno,Nevada. This property has proven to be a perfect fit for the animals he cares for, most for their entire lives. Wolf-hybrids and wolves, as they mature, are often not what people expect and way too often need to be placed in a safe and healthy environment which the owners are unable to provide. These magnificent animals fall between the lines of wild and pet categories, requiring special care for all aspects of life. And, in this endeavor, Bill is extremely dedicated. He seeks only the perfect fit for adoptees homes, and continues to educate the public in hopes that someday there will no longer be the mis-representation of these magnificent animals as 'pets'. The U.S. Wolf Refuge accepts 'pet' wolves and wolf-hybrids whenever the need arrives and provides for more and more of these magnificent animals in a way I have not seen in other places. This is why I will continue to support and donate annually to them and request that you would consider this wonderful organization for your 2010 Green Choice awards.