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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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
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.