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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Protection of Endangered Species

Mission: To conserve and protect wolves and their habitat.

Results: Since 1982, 200 displaced, captive-born wolves have been rescued & given lifetime sanctuary. Earned Global Federation of Animal Sanctuary (GFAS) accreditation in 2015 - the only wolf sanctuary in the world to have GFAS accreditation. Received American Sanctuary Association accreditation in 2013 (one of only two wolf sanctuaries in country to do so). Launched Skype for Educators courses that have increased science literacy for students around the world. Hosted training workshops at Wolf Haven and in Arizona for wildlife professionals, students, tribal members and state and federal employees. Have participated in the Washington Advisory Group (WAG) since its inception. WAG makes recommendations about the implementation of the state's wolf management plan. Member of Washington Wolf Working Group that met for five years to negotiate a wolf recovery & management plan. Result: WA state passed its first Wolf Management Plan in November 2011. Wolf Haven is one of only three pre-release facilities for the Mexican gray wolf in the entire U.S. Hosted the annual Mexican gray Species Survival Plan (SSP) conference in 2012, with participants from participating facilities in Mexico and the U.S. Wolf Haven's Sanctuary Director is on the management team. Eight litters of Mexican gray pups have been born here. Three litters were born at Wolf Haven in 2015. Some of the first Mexican wolves released back into the wild (after a 70-year absence) were born at Wolf Haven International. We transferred six of our Mexican gray wolves to Mexico to support that country's SSP program. A family of 11 Mexican wolves that originated at Wolf Haven was released into the wild in Mexico in 2016. Rare, endangered red wolf pups have been born here. Host annual Wildlife Handling and Chemical Immobilization courses led by Dr. Mark Johnson. This includes hands-on labs with wolves.

Target demographics: Animal loversWildlife enthusiastsConservationists

Direct beneficiaries per year: 50+ animals

Geographic areas served: Physical wolf sanctuary located in Tenino, WA. Our resident wolves are rescued from throughout the U.S.

Programs: Wildlife Handling course; Guided visits in wolf sanctuary; Prairie walks; Educational programs; Wolf Photography Visits; Midsummer Night camping; Mexican gray wolf Species Survival Plan program; Red wolf Species Survival Plan program

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10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Rating: 5

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

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WolfHavenInternational 08/13/2014

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!

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Rating: 5

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.

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WolfHavenInternational 08/06/2014

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.

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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.

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WolfHavenInternational 08/06/2014

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.

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Rating: 5

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".

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WolfHavenInternational 10/21/2013

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.

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Rating: 5

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!

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WolfHavenInternational 10/21/2013

Thank you very much, Diane. Volunteers like you are the lifeblood of our sanctuary and our work.

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Rating: 5

I have been an avid wolf advocate for many years & when some friends gifted me with a symbolic wolf adoption from Wolf Haven, I couldn't wait to visit! From the moment I stepped out of the car & heard the ravens, I knew this place was magical. The grounds are pain-stakingly cared for, the enclosures are well-built & maintained, & the wolves couldn't get better care anywhere else. After my first tour there, I knew I wanted to be a volunteer tour guide. I've had the privilege to do a number of tours there & have seen the work that goes on behind the scenes. This is a top-notch facility & they even do a lot of valuable work with outreach education & wolf conservation.

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WolfHavenInternational 10/21/2013

Oh yes, the sounds of birds here is amazing that sometimes it sounds like a nature C.D.! Ravens and wolves naturally go together, so there is no shortage of ravens around here. In fact, if you leave anything (edible or not) on a picnic table, it will soon be gone!

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Rating: 5

Wolf Haven is an awesome place not only to learn about the wolves but also conservation in general. They have a prarie with mima mounds endangered local plant life and endangered pocket gophers. The sanctuary tours allows you to see the wolves and learn more about them and their role in the eco-system. They have great summer events and education programs. They are active in writing legislature for a wolf management program in WA. They also have endangered Red and Mexican Grey Wolves (part of the Speices Survial Program) that are being bred to build the gene pool and they have also released Mexican Grey Wolves into the wild. There is no better place for learning and enjoying the natural beauty of the Pacific North West.

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WolfHavenInternational 10/21/2013

Thanks very much for your message and all of the great feedback. We like to say that we have two of the most controversial animals in the area living here: wolves and Mazama pocket gophers!

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Rating: 5

The staff of Wolf Haven are as inspiring as the wolves they care for. Visiting wolf haven is an experience in seeing people acting responsibly in caring for the environment.

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WolfHavenInternational 10/21/2013

Appreciate you taking the time to give feedback! Favorite line: he "the smiles of children and adults after taking a tour of the wolves."

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Wolf Haven International is a wonderful place! I have had the privilege to volunteer at Wolf Haven and have seen first hand how hard the staff works at their mission which is "working for wolf conservation". Wolf Haven is part of the Species Survival Program for the Mexican Grey Wolf and the Red Wolf. The educational aspect is fabulous. In addition to wolf conservation, this organization is very involved in other aspects of conservation. Wolf Haven is located in part woods and rare prairie with mima mounds. They are part of a conservation effort and home to the endangered pocket gopher and Mardon Skipper butterfly.

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WolfHavenInternational 10/21/2013

Thank you for your support as a volunteer and supporting our work in education, sanctuary and conservation. Volunteers make it possible!!

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Rating: 5

Wolf Haven International has developed a environmentally friendly program that allows humans to work hand-in-hand in creating a sustainable future in the conservation of wolves and educating the general public on the value of not only wildlife, but nature's delicate ecosystem and balance as well. Being a volunteer at Wolf Haven has not only enriched my own personal understanding of the role between humans, wildlife and nature, but has allowed me the opportunity to help with their mission and attain additional support for research, outside participation and a path for their continued efforts.

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WolfHavenInternational 10/21/2013

That's what it's all about, isn't it - ecosystems and balance. Thank you for your comments.