Drove two hours with reservation only to be told I couldn't come in because my pet was in the car. So as a result I had to wait in the car while my family went inside. Was a cloudy day, parked under a tree with 58 degree temp. Never will visit again. Funny thing is I sat in the car and didn't have to turn the air conditioning on. I was wearing a coat. Got a refund, for just me. They should post some lame rules like this on the site, so you don't miss out on the beautiful experience it could have been. Will never come back. You've been warned. Wonder what other rules they come up with next that aren't posted. Avoid if you travel with pets that can't stay home for long periods of time.
I understand the frustration you must have felt after driving two hours to visit our sanctuary. It is mentioned on our website (About your Visit/Sanctuary Etiquette) that pets are not allowed on the property. It may not have seemed hot enough that day to leave your pet in the car, but we will always err on the side of the animal's safety. Particularly as an animal sanctuary, we won't take any risks with animals - or our guests.
With very humble beginnings--and on a shoestring--several years ago, Wolf Haven has given innumerable wolves great permanent homes in the intervening years. Just think of the fate of some of them had Wolf Haven not come forward to welcome them. Short of living free in the wilderness, Wolf Haven is the next best think for its residents, where they get the best in nutrition, healthcare and stimulation, all of which keep them as "happy" and "content" as I would think captive wolves can be. Wolf Haven has also opened its doors and is a vital partner in the Mexican wolf rehabilitation breeding program. I have been a member (and visitor) for years. We in Western Washington are honored to have such a facility in our area!
Wow! Such kind and loving words. Thank you for being such an strong supporter of Wolf Haven, wolves and the Mexican wolf captive breeding program. We are humbled by our great supporters, volunteers and donors.
I was surprised when I visited Wolf Haven - it is a sanctuary first and foremost for wolves. I didn't view them as being exploited for human viewing. Also, Wolf Haven has been in the forefront of advocating for wolf recovery in WA state.
We appreciate both your feedback and your visit to the sanctuary. Thank you for your support.
I had always wanted and wished to visit Wolf Haven...for years. In 2005, I got my opportunity to do so. It was a rainy Sunday and I mistakenly thought that meant the the haven would not be open....and supported, so I thought, by an empty parking lot. That was until the store lady told me this was a favorite weather day for the wolves...so i had a one-person tour...and was thoroughly thrilled to hear them howling. It took me a while to realize and remember they don't bark like dogs...don't eat dog food...no, they are wolves! I loved every minute of the tour, and wished I could see my Angel who was not on the tour route. One day I will return...and again love being there with my favotite wide animal. Wolf Haven and all the people who work for and with it, are wonderful for the job you do! Thank you a million times. Jan
Thank you Jan. What a great story to read about your visit. We hope that you can come back too. It's wonderful that you got to experience 50+ animals howling in unison - now that's a rare treat!
I love Wolf Haven and traveled from Texas to visit twice. I have also introduced friends and family to Wolf Haven and many also support their work. The staff and wolves seem like good matches. The animals on view look comfortable, interested and in good health. Wolf Haven also does a great job of keeping supporters informed and excited about helping.
Appreciate your visits (all the way from Texas!), your support and your recommendations to others.
Our family has been supporting organizations that help wolf conservation and protection for over 30 years, and Wolf Haven is the best out there. We no longer donate to any others. This organization has the right stuff, the right staff, and the right direction. We have adopted many wolves over the years, and have had the pleasure of sharing adoptions with many family and friends. We are from Pennsylvania so have never visited, but if we ever get to the west coast, Wolf Haven will on our list of definite places to tour.
Please be sure and let us know if you & your family is in the area, because we definitely want to meet you! Thank you very much for your support of both Wolf Haven and wolves.
I lost my wolf, Spirit, after 14 wonderful years. And on my birthday, my loving brother gifted me with a new one, from Wolf Haven, Ukiah. I thought that was a great way to help out our wolves, so I sponsored one for my brother for his birthday. Thanks to Wolf Haven these wonderful creatures have a great forever home.
At only seven years of age, Ukiah is one of the younger wolves here. May you and she celebrate many more years together.
I love Wolf Haven! I have visited, had a great tour seeing some of the wolves, and have "adopted" wolves and given "adoptions" as gifts to others who adore them. As an organization, Wolf Haven is made up of amazing leaders and volunteers who see to it that their wolves are cared for extremely well while advocating for the health of wolves everywhere. They seem to do it with a spirit of fun too with the wolves even getting special holiday treats such as pumpkins at Halloween, turkey at Thanksgiving, etc. They clearly give their time and their love to the cause of these wondrous creatures!
Thank you for the review and your ongoing adoptions. Your contributions are critical to helping us continue providing high quality care for our wolves (including enrichment items like the holiday treats you mentioned).
I toured Wolf Haven for the first time about three years ago, and it was one of the most educational experiences of wildlife I've ever had. Wolf Haven works closely with Dept.s of Fish and Wildlife in several states to protect several species of wolves and their habitat, and Wolf Haven has been instrumental in both protecting and reintroducing wolves into their natural territories. Wolf Haven also raises awareness around the issues of breeding wolves with domestic dogs. The tour of Wolf Haven is very respectful, educational, and so beautiful :) Their work is so valuable, and they have saved so many wolf lives!
Thank you so much for your support and positive feedback. It's really gratifying to hear from people about their experience visiting our sanctuary. It also is helpful to know how some of our outreach and educational messages are being received.
We have visited Wolf Haven a number of times and every time is a delight. My sons fell in love with the wolves (and coyotes) the first time they saw them -- but more importantly for me, they learned to respect the animals and to value them and their place in this world. Each year, we purchase an adoption certificate for one of the animals to try, in our small way, to help support the important work that Wolf Haven does. Wolf Haven serves so many important functions -- we are grateful and proud that it is here in Washington state where we have the opportunity to visit it and observe the work that they do.
Thank you for your visits and adoptions. We're proud to be in Washington too, especially during these early days of wolf recovery in our state.
When we were kids, my grandmother gave us wolf adoption certificates from Wolf Haven for Christmas. When we visited Washington, since I lived in California, we were able to visit Wolf Haven, and it was one of the best experiences of the vacation. Years later, I was fortunate enough to visit Washington again, but this time bring my wife (girlfriend at the time) to Wolf Haven and experience the magical awe of the wolf howl.
Wolf Haven has been one of my top choices to donate too, even having donations to Wolf Haven as an option on our Wedding Registry. They seem to deeply care about wolves and fight for them at events all over the US. Their work spreads information about wolves and leads to the protection of one of the most majestic animals that exists.
We love being included on your Wedding Registry - how thoughtful of you both. Honestly, Wolf Haven (and wolves) depends upon people like you & your wife in order to continue our education, outreach and advocacy work. Thank YOU.
My husband and I have been engaged with Wolf Haven since the mid-late 1980's. When each of our three Siberian Huskies passed, we donated funds to Wolf Haven to have stones with their names on them placed in a courtyard at the sanctuary. Our Sibe kids now run free with their wolf family. We have been adopting a wolf for each other for years; now my husband adopts for me only and we share that wolf. We have visited the sanctuary twice and are excited to be going to their annual Wine and Wolves fund raiser this Fall. This organization is one of the greatest friends the wolf population can possibly have.
Thank you very much for your ongoing adoptions of wolves, and honoring your beloved Huskies with pavers in our wolf cemetery. We will see you soon at Wolves & Wine.
I have felt deeply connected to wolves since I was a child. I actually believed I was part wolf and that one of my Ukrainian grandmothers had 'biblical knowledge' of a wolf in the Carpathian Mountains. As I grew older, I came to honor wolves as something distinct yet related to humans. It was with this history that I first was exposed to Wolf Haven during a group event that I attended at a nearby State Park. I was initially hesitant to visit the Haven, somehow certain that I would abhor seeing wolves in captivity. However, my experience was far different. I was so impressed at how well the wolves were cared for, with the respect that they were offered, and the great measures taken to continue their 'wolfness'. I made a commitment to support the wolves at Wolf Haven and expose as many other people to the sanctuary as possible. Wolves are our link to our own wild past and they are our bridge to civilization, culture, and family values. We learned much from the wolf in our early history and it behooves to continue to honor our debt.
We wish you lived closer to us too Laura! What a great volunteer you would be; however, you sound like an ideal advocate for wolves and other wildlife.
I began adopting a wolf for my wife on an annual basis in the early 1980s after reading about Wolf Haven in our local paper. We have also made periodic donations to the organization at Christmas and other times. We strongly support the work that Wolf Haven does, have great admiration for its staff and volunteers, and will return after many years in September to attend Wine and Wolves. Through Wolf Haven we have become very interested in the campaigns to reintroduce wolves into what was once their natural habitat in the Western United States as well as throughout the Southwest and Mexico. We can think of no more worthy organization.
Wow - you have been adopting since the 1980s! That is remarkable. We look forward to seeing you at Wolves & Wine on September 27. It's really gratifying to hear you refer to reintroduction of wolves to their natural habitat and the Mexican wolf program.
My sister and I ahve supported WolfHaven for years after reading about it in the newspapers. We had the oportunity to visit the site several years ago and were very impressed with the care and condtions provided. It seems that every effort is made to give these beautiful creatures privacy and as much space as possible to make them comfortable and safe. I am also impressed about the sensitivity the staff and volunteers have to the feelings and needs of their residents. When one of the wolves loses a mate or partner they make every effort to console and find companionship for the grieving wolf. This organization is a wonderful source of protection, education, and refuge for a majestic animal that has been much maligned by man.
Dorothy Maurer Blue Bell, Pa.
Thank you very much for your support Dorothy(please thank your sister too!) It's very hard on staff, volunteers and visitors when a wolf passes away, but the most difficult part is seeing the remaining wolf mourn the loss of his or her companion.
I became familiar with Wolf Haven after reading about their work on their Web site, and I took the time to visit their center while on a trip from California to Washington. Seeing some of the center's wolves, coyotes and wolf-dogs up close was a wonderful experience, and it was gratifying to see the volunteer guides' dedication to these animals. Wolf Haven's setting is lovely, with greenery all around, the perfect place for animals that need space and places to which they can retreat. I so appreciate the work that Wolf Haven does in providing sanctuary to animals that in many cases have not been treated well, and I am impressed by the work they do with red wolf and Mexican gray wolf recovery.
Thank you very much for both your review and your visit to our sanctuary. We really appreciate the support.
In the past few years I have had the oportunity to experience the "behind the scenes" at some wildlife facilities and I am defenitely impressed by Wolf Haven. The husbandry practices they carry are of great quality and of profound awareness of the value of each individual animal's life.
Thank you very much for your kind words and support.
Wolf Haven is a top-notch organization dedicated to the well-being of wolves and dedicated to its volunteers. The training, support, enthusiasm, and kindness shown to us volunteers keeps me inspired and committed. I especially appreciate the goodwill and comraderie among all the volunteers and staff. This is an organization that I am proud and fortunate to belong to.
We count ourselves very lucky to have a volunteer like you, Jean, as well as the many others who make Wolf Haven a successful nonprofit organization.
Wolfhaven is totally dedicated to caring for displaced wolves, some of our animals had never seen or set foot on grass.
Wolfhaven teaches the importance of wolf conservation and the ecological damage that can occur without a keystone preditor in the mix.
Your first statement is sad, but true. Each rescued wolf has his or her own history, and some are better than others - but far too often, a well-meaning person has purchased a pup and learns how challenging it is to keep a wild animal as a pet.
I have been volunteering as a tour guide at Wolfhaven each Wednesday for 10 years. I live in Renton Wa and the travel time for me is one and half hours in the morning and two plus hours in the late afternoon. If I did not think that this Sanctuary is on the top I certainly would not be doing that. The care that is taken by the staff for the wolves is impecable. Wolves come first! The amount of effort that is put in has been recognized. Wolfhaven is a certified national sanctuary, one of only two in our country. What I have learned about wolves and their place in our environment has enabled me to provide "facts" to the tour goers. My best response from our guests is "Gee, I didn't know that".
Is that you, Wayne? We feel so incredibly fortunate that you found us and we found you. As a tour guide, you are the face of Wolf Haven, and you touch hundreds of lives. Thank YOU.
We learned so much about the wolves. How their numbers are decreasing in the general population and what Wolf Haven is doing to keep them alive and well in their reserve. We found the location beautiful and well cared for. The wolves appeared happy and comfortable being in the pen with their mate. The volunteers appear dedicated to make the environment a special place. We will go back often, although it's a 4 hour drive, but it is well worth it.
Thank you for your positive review Sandie.
After driving past the signs in Tenino dozens of time myself, after having visiting family also comment on that same sign asking year after year, "Have you been there yet?" we finally went to a Howl In the summer of 2011. It changed our life perspective on wolves. It touched our hearts at such a deep level we retuned after a few days and became volunteers. Their dedication and compassion to provide sanctuary to their animals is obvious and shines through each member of their staff and every volunteer. Their straight forward, factual educational approach is helping educate people about wolves and their role in todays world. Their participation in the SSP (Species Survival Plan) is of vital importance in wildlife preservation and should be applauded. It is a small organization with such a huge heart!
Thank you very much, Diane. Volunteers like you are the lifeblood of our sanctuary and our work.
WHI is the epitome of a non-profit organization which exists solely for the welfare of its wolves, most (if not all) of them rescued from abusive situations. The wolves are all housed with plenty of natural space in which to roam, play, hide, dig…to do what wolves do.
The entire staff is devoted to the care and well being of the wolves. The staff and the Board of Directors’ public outreach, education about the issues and plight of wolves, and their fundraising efforts are phenomenal (they found us in Virginia). And, I’m totally impressed with the volume of volunteers who are attracted from all over (the community, college kids and alumni, service groups, young people) to pursue and complete projects to enhance the WH sanctuary.
My husband and I “adopted” two wolves a year ago. This past August, we stopped to visit WHI on our way to an Alaskan cruise. We were delighted to see the wolves happy and well cared for, and meet some of the staff who care for the wolves as a passion, not just a job. Our visit to WH was the highlight of our Alaska trip!! If we lived in the area, we would both be full time volunteers!
Hello to you in the wonderful state of Virginia! Thank you very much for your personal message, your visit and "adopting" two wolves.We are so appreciative of your support!
Was first introduced to Wolf Haven in 1990 with a gift of an adoption. Incredible organization with dedicated and knowledgeable staff. It is Wolf Haven who keeps the public aware of the plight of the wolves.
Thank you so much for your adoption, donation and message!
Thank you Wolf Haven International for educating me and making me aware of the plight of the Wolves. Fight the good fight continue to educate the public and be a loud voice for Wolves.You are highly appreciated.You have a deep love for these animals.
and thank YOU for joining us in the good fight to conserve wolves and their habitat!
This is an extremely valuable nonprofit organization -- valuable to the wolves and hybrid wolves, but also valuable to our local area (near Olympia , WA), to the entire nation as a resource for wolves and valuable to the world as a source of education and rescuer of this precious and endangered animal. I have visited the facility, experienced their educational tour of their grounds, and have made purchases from their gift shop. I shall definitely return and take visiting guests with me. I was extremely impressed by their work and deeply moved by their caring and love for the animals they serve.
Wolf Haven has been active for 31 years with the help and support of people like you Phyllis.
I have been with Wolf haven for over 17 years now and I am always amazed on everything they do. They helped get wolves into Yellowstone, help breed red wolves, and also contribute to building habitat at their facility for a myriad of other species. Keep up the great work!
17 years! Wow - that's more than half of Wolf Haven's 31 year history! Thank you so very much for your ongoing support of our work.
Wolf Haven is a wonderful establishment with genuine love for these wolves that they have rescued or adopted. It is a great place for families and to learn about these wonderful creatures. They emphasize the importance of the wolf populations and have a helping hand in breeding the red wolf to keep the population alive. It is a remarkable place.
Isn't it amazing that the red wolf is only indigenous to the United States? Although nearly exterminated, through the Endangered Species Act and the Red Wolf Species Survival Plan (SSP) program, wild red wolves now live in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in N. Carolina. Thank you, Melissa, for your support of our work.
Over the past 31 years, Wolf Haven International has rescued 170+ captive-born wolves and provided them with lifetime sanctuary. They are doing the work of angels, in a world that is so cruel and inhumane that wolves are being targeted for torture and slaughter to extermination-again.
Thank you for your kind words.
Before our cruise to Alaska in August we visited Wolf Haven to see the two wolves we had adopted earlier this year. What an unbelievable place!! The grounds were very well kept and the wolf enclosures were done so that the wolves lived in as natural a setting as possible. The wolves are very well taken care of by the Wolf Haven staff, led by Wendy. Our visit could not have been more enjoyable. The gift shop had wonderful items to purchase ( which we did). 5 stars from Martha and I for a great adventure.give
Thank you so much, Wayne and Martha! Please visit again, whether you take a cruise or not!
Wolf Haven has been my favorite resource for captive wolves it is quite unique in itself as it serves as a wildlife refuge as well as educational center for all age groups and offers a wide variety of stimulating programs and work shops to learn about our fury brothers as well as a captive Mexican gray wolf population to release into the wilds without this Internationally famous leader in canius lupis studies we would all be lesser beings, I thank the creator for bringing this organization into my orbit of existence it has enrichened my life beyond mere words. I myself currently sponsor 3 wolves, Diablo, Riley, Lorenzo, and is the best money I have ever spent and will continue to do so for the remainder of my life
Appreciate your ongoing support, Daniel. The wolves were all out there howling just a few minutes ago, and it was simply beautiful. BTW, Diablo, Riley and Lorenzo are all doing great.
First arriving to Wolf Haven was magical, a beautiful little set of enclosures and a main shop in a homely, welcoming and rustic scene in Washington's best example of a mid-forest prairie. I was young, probably around 13 in my first tour and it was the most amazing experience I've ever had. Seeing the wolves in their sturdy enclosures and learning what it took to keep wolves was a lot to take in. The benefits of the sanctuary as opposed to keeping these wild animals as pets impressed itself upon my mind and to this day I feel I have a stronger connection with wolves than I every would have otherwise. At the end of the tour, our group began to mimic wolf howls and the entire 'pack' at wolf haven joined in. I've never heard anything so eerie and powerful, and it still brings tears to my eyes as I think of it. At the end of the tour I decided to browse the shop and was amazed at the array of wolf merchandise. Though I haven't been able to go back for a while, I still try to donate as much as I can through the sanctuary's 'Adopt a Wolf' program. They are always prompt with the delivery of the promised goods and I treasure the wolf photos and stories I have received over the years. I absolutely recommend visiting, and supporting Wolf Haven however you can. The staff are friendly, their work in education, conservation, and preserving the local prairie is of the utmost importance, and everything I have received from their stores both online and in person have excellent quality. A must-see, whether you are a wolf addict or simply curious.
So many people are initially introduced to Wolf Haven when they are young, like you were at 13. It's so rewarding to have an impact on someone, who then becomes a powerful advocate for wolves.Thank you for your message and ongoing support!
I live in northern Idaho were the wolves are hunted down, stalked, slaughtered and it is heartbreaking and sad! Being native American I have always loved wolves and they are near and dear to my heart, as I do all wildlife. There are other wolf advocates and wolf organizations in this area and I am a member of two, but they do nothing to rescue, save or intervene if a wolf is in distress. It is for this reason I took such an interest in Wolf Haven. It is the one place that offers refuge to the wolves in addition to educating the public on the true nature of this wonderful creature. I wish there were more places like Wolf Haven. Then the wolf might stand a chance and not become extinct.
What a somber but beautiful message! Thank you for your support, but more than that, for your compassion for wildlife.
For decades, Wolf Haven has served as an international educator to increase public knowledge of wolves. I have seen firsthand how this non-profit stretches ever dollar.
Thank you for your message. Visitors are often surprised to find out that Wolf Haven International doesn't receive any federal or state funds for our work with wolves. As a nonprofit, we depend on donations, adoptions, memberships, visitors and gift shop purchases to raise the funds needed to provide quality care for our resident wolves - and continue advocating for wolves in the wild.
I first visited Wolf Haven in 1992 with my parents and my cousin. I do not remember much of that visit, but have always looked forward to returning. In 2011 that opportunity came when my family gathered in Olympia. Unfortunately, we visited Wolf Haven on the day they are closed to the public. Not to be deterred, we enjoyed our picnic lunch, and wandered around looking from afar to see what we could see. Well, nature called and one of my dad's cousins went to the office to see if we could use the facilities. As we wandered through one by one, the staff must have become curious, especially when we told them where we were from [some from Florida, some from Illinois, some from Montana] and that we had stopped by to visit the sanctuary. Lo and behold, we were given a tour by someone even though the facility was closed. That day is very memorable for my family, and it endears Wolf Haven to me even more because they made the time to take us around even though I am quite sure they had plenty to do. Next time I am out there I will make sure to check their schedule, though, so that we visit on a day that they are open!
Your message made us smile! Although we would love for everyone to have the Wolf Haven experience, with such a small staff, it's just not possible to make special accommodations when people drop in and we're closed. But it's wonderful that it just happened to work out for you & your family to get that special tour.