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Review for United States Wolf Refuge and Adoption Center, Sparks, NV, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Many years ago I was at an event for Art town, Reno. Its a celebration of dogs, their owners and awesome nonprofits. I just happened to get a glimpse of this beautiful wolfdog, and as
I walked closer to her, she just stared back at me. I was completely attracted to her beauty, I asked to take her photo and I went on my way.
About four years ago, through a mutual friend I met the volunteer coordinator of the US Wolf Refuge named Brittany Straw. She had recently relinquished her own wolf dog to the refuge. I asked if I could go out there and meet her dog. Of course, when I got there I realized exactly this was the same organization that I had met several years ago at Art town. I felt like I was exactly where i needed to be, I had been looking for a nonprofit to give my extra time to, and this place felt like home. See, this refuge takes the unwanted, abused, can't keep due to circumstances wolfdogs, that would otherwise be euthanized. These dogs are stuck between the world of being a dog, and also being part of wildlife. Its unfortunate circumstances that greed has created these animals in the first place.
That being said, this is a wonderful place where human beings can do something right. We build enclosures that keep these dogs safe and happy. They are given unconditional love by the curator Bill Chamberlain, besides all of the wonderful volunteers that come and spend time here. Lots of magic happens here, from witnessing that wolf dog that is miserable and scared when they first get there, to sometime later when they come right up to you for treats and kisses.
So what is it that we do that deserves this grant? Our mission statement is to educate the public about wolves and their role in the ecosystem. We would like to build an education center right here on the property that could invite the public to come and learn about wolf behavior and their role as a large predator that needs protection. Also, that the wolf can coexist in communities where there is clear conflict with other animals and humans. We as human beings are responsible for the wolfdog's creation, the least we can do is to manage and make their lives as wonderful as possible.

Role:  Volunteer