My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Shy Wolf Sanctuary Education and Experience Center Inc, Naples, FL, USA
My daughter and I visited the sanctuary early March 2018. My daughter was so excited to be going she just couldn’t wait for the day to come fast enough. We were meeting there as a group from Valarie’s House. My daughter’s father had died as a result of a motorcycle accident just a few months prior to our visit there and it was the first time since his death I saw her not only smile but light up with the anticipation of getting to see these majestic wolves and all of the animals there at the Shy Wolf Sanctuary. We arrived a little early and as we waited for the group and for the tour to begin we could hear inside the gates that much work and preparation was being done behind the fences. We heard people talking and laughing with one another as well. Someone opened the gate and saw us standing outside and invited us inside to wait. It is almost hard to explain how warm and friendly everyone was and how they all went out of their way to greet us and to make sure we were comfortable there. This was only the first 5 minutes there.
Once everyone had arrived we were given an informative introduction about the Sanctuary and got to meet a couple of the animals before the tour began. The tour was nothing short of amazing. Not only was the guide knowledgeable about the animals and their habitats and their nature but he had funny stories to tell that made all the children and adults laugh and learn at the same time. We ended the day with a generous lunch they had provided to our group and they went out of their way to serve us and tended to our needs with the same caring attitude they had shown for each other and their animals there. We learned more as we finished our lunch from different speakers there and the founder spoke to us as well. She had pictures and stories and she told about some of the animals there from past and present. She put things into perspective for us as to how we and the animals are not that different. That we are animals also. We humans could learn a lot from animals. So our time there ended but the feeling we took away from the Shy Wolf Sanctuary has not left us and my daughter still smiles when she reflects on our time there. She wants to volunteer her time and I think that would be an excellent idea for her and I both to give something back to the people there and the wonderful animals who need our support. We live in Lee County so the distance would be far to travel but we are going to find that time to go and offer what help we have to offer. It would be such a wonderful idea to have this facility in Lee County and I believe so many people like my daughter and myself could be forever changed by learning about these awesome animals there. It’s not only an education to the public but it’s an “experience” an uplifting one that will follow you for a lifetime.