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Shy Wolf Sanctuary Education and Experience Center Inc

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Causes: Animal-Related, Animal Services, Animals, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: The Shy Wolf Sanctuary, Education & Experience Center Inc., is a Multi-Purpose organization with the following goals. To provide a sanctuary for unwanted, abused and injured Wolves, Wolf-Dogs as well as for other exotic animals such as Panthers, Foxes, Coyotes and many others. The primary function encompassing some 60% of the organizations efforts is to provide shelter, feeding, cleaning, socialization and medical care of the animals. In addition to provide educational visits that allow individuals to interact with the animals.

Programs: The organization provides a sanctuary for unwanted, abused and abandoned exotic animals by providing food, shelter, medical care and rehabilitation. The organization has been a home to at least 36 wolves and wolf dogs, 4 foxes, 1 bobcat, 2 cougars, 5 sugar gliders, 5 prairie dogs, and 6 gopher tortoises. Educational tours have given new meaning to the word "wolf" to 3,835 adults and 1,098 children at the sanctuary. We have gone to 11 local elementary schools and provided educational programs to over 300 students to try and bring understanding about the wolf and their plight and these problems with back-yard breeders who sell wolf/dogs to people who do not really understand that these animals are caught between two worlds and are not dogs. Multiple outreach programs in 2010 enabled us to reach hundreds of people to spread kindness and understanding toward the wolf.

Community Stories

59 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It fills my soul to volunteer at Shy Wolf Sanctuary. The peaceful and happy sounds of the wolves are so wonderful!

Sue_149

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is one amazing place. With over 60 rescue animals including wolves, wolfdogs, a panther, coyotes and lots of other species everyone should visit us at least once.

Kimberly157

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing place! These rescued animals are very well cared for and extremely loved!

Janet149

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing care given to these wolves. ....Great sanctuary for their unique individual needs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After 18 months of volunteering, I know how well Shy Wolf's creatures are taken care of. The facility is meticulously cleaned every day by a group of hardworking volunteers, led by Nancy, Sue and Deanna. An amazing place where animal interaction happens every day in a safe and education-oriented environment.

Yuliya G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wolves are on a much higher spiritual level..... you can feel it right when you enter the sanctuary... the energy is just different. Not to mention their abilities: we've had wolves who would detect early signs of cancer in visitors..... communicate with autistic children... and assist police with cadavar recovery missions. The volunteers here are wonderful too. Not to mention the founders...Nancy and Kent..... who have given up their home and dedicated their lives to helping animals that would otherwise be discarded. This truly is a magical place.

Morgan19

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place is amazing! The volunteers work extremely hard to care for the animals, and give them a life they otherwise would not have. The Sanctuary is filled with unconditional love. Everyone is so kind and so knowledgeable about each and every animal, from the tortoises to the full wolves.

Shy Wolf Sanctuary is wonderful.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I promise you, if you visit the Shy Wolf Sanctuary, you will have an experience you will never forget.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Shy wolf sanctuary is one of the best places to learn and appreciate the beauty of the wolves. Be ready to receive plenty of love and wolf kisses.

Michele136

Client Served

Rating: 5

It was pure pleasure visiting the Sanctuary and actually having interaction with several of the Wolfdogs and Dingoes Lola and Kalo. Loved it so much I registered as a volunteer and drive 4 hours round trip- no better harmony anywhere

Bonnie108

Donor

Rating: 5

This was one of the most rewarding places we have ever visited. You learn all about the wolves, wolf dogs and other animals that have been rescued. This is a wonderful, caring sanctuary. I cannot say enough about all the volunteers that work,there. Truly an amazing place.

Liz_84

Donor

Rating: 5

I visit my sister in Bonita Springs once a year. Each year she searches out interesting places for us to see together. One year it was Shy Wolf Sanctuary, and every year since then it has been Shy Wolf Sanctuary - as a volunteer. I love that my sister now volunteers there every week, and that they accept any help I can give as a volunteer when I come down to see her. The animals are treated with knowledge and respect, and they know they are loved from the time they come through the door. Funds collected go to care of the animals, all very transparent. I believe there is one part-time paid position, but the sanctuary runs on volunteers. The habitats are clean, and most important, the animals are healthy and happy! They get needed vet care and preventative care. I am impressed with the amount of time and service everyone puts into making sure these wolves and other animals are cared for in the best way possible.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

WOW, WOW, WOW.
Words do not express the close up encounter with the animals. It is a BIG secret in Naples, and missed by so many. When we talk about conservation of animals we do not have to look abroad....it is here in Florida
Thank you Shy Wolf reminding us 1 person, Nancy, can and does make a difference in this big world of ours.
Gratefully,
C. Dickinson

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first visited the Shy Wolf Sanctuary four years ago, and was stunned to find myself face to face with real wolves. The thrill of being close enough to have a wolf lick my face and the experience of learning the personal histories of the anumals in the sanctuary have made it a place we visit every year when we are in Naples. It remains the best kept secret that city has to offer. It is unique in so many ways, not least of which is the reliance on donations and the work of volunteers to keep it going. It is truly a place driven by the love and commitment of its founder and the people who know and care for the animals and want others to share the joy of knowing them, too.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When you first walk through the gate ate Shy Wolf, it causes you to stop in amazement. For at that moment there are many sets sets of eyes on you watching in curiosity and observation. Unlike what we have all been led to believe about wolves these animals are beautiful caring animals in need of care, socialization, understanding....and love.
Most have been abused in one way...or many ways by man. We the volunteers try to undo some of that and make their current life as good as is possible.
I have been a vol for about 8 mos and the experiences I have had will remain with for the remainder of my life.
You cannot come away unaffected by these creatures

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ONE OF THE ONLY PLACES YOU WILL GET KISSES FROM A REAL LIVE WOLF. You'll learn so much you did not know about wolves & their relationships with other members of the pack. I first visited Shy Wolf in 2003 with my family. I fell in love with the animals on that visit and have been a volunteer whenever we are in Florida from the UK. The work done by Nancy & Kent Smith and all the volunteers is amazing, their devotion to all the animals second to none. All money donated by visitors goes to the care of the sanctuary & the inmates.
A MUST VISIT WHEN IN THE NAPLES AREA.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at Shy Wolf Sanctuary during the beginning of summer 2011. Though it is sad to learn about the abuse situations that some of the Shy Wolf residents come from, it is amazing to earn a wolf's trust and form a nuturing relationship. The volunteers I have met have such a special heart!
I would recommend anyone to schedule a tour of Shy Wolf and learn more about these beautiful animals!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Although I live in another state I knew I had to do what I could to help this organization. I am a donor and a volunteer. I was so impressed with the founder Nancy Smith and her volunteers’ devotion to the wolves and other animal at the sanctuary. Many of these animals were abused and she heals not only their bodies but also their psychological scars. I wish I lived closer so I could do more to help this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Shy Wolf for almost 3 years now. I first discovered the organization on the cover of a Florida magazine and knew that I had to go. My first visit was all that I had hoped for and more. The interaction with the "residents" was incredible. Nancy Smith, founder, is so knowledgeable about wolves and the other animals at the sanctuary. Since becoming a volunteer, I have been able to work closely with the wolves and have been able to watch so many visitors learn about the animals we rescue and gain new understanding about out misunderstood friends. Visitors always leave with a greater appreciation of the wolves and other animals and, I hope, a greater sense of responsibility to the other creatures who inhabit the world with us. We all have a purpose, Nancy is fond of saying, and our visitors leave with the understanding that all creatures have a purpose that is equally important to our own. If you are going to be in the Naples, Florida area, please take the time to schedule a visit (in advance as our groups are kept small to ensure everyone's visit is enjoyable and intimate) and share this experience with your family. You won't be disappointed!