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'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.