Nala gives Steve Curley a special thank-you for Steve's very generous donation to the U.S. Wolf Refuge to go towards Nala's vetenary bills.
Steve was so humbled and happy to meet her, and she gave him a kiss... he was just about in tears. He could not believe that he was able to pet her.
U.S. Wolf Refuge Gets New Facelift of Gorgeous Artwork
We are striving to develop the U.S. Refuge to be more than just a safe haven for homeless and unwanted wolves. We want the facility to be an attractive and enjoyable place to spend time with our furry family. Kendel Leslie of Art by Kendel painted the beautiful wolf picture on our wolf food building and several talented kids from the Reno Boys & Girls Club did the gorgeous wolf image on the fence next to our garage.
If you are artistically inclined and would like to donate your talents we have several other locations here at the U.S. Wolf Refuge where you could express yourself. Please feel free to contact us if you are interested.
Joyous Visit from our Native American Friends
August 4-6, 2017 was a wonderful week-end because of a special visit from our Native American friends from the bay area. Johnny & Courtney Cummings and their daughter Molina paid a visit to the U.S. Wolf Refuge. We have known them for many years. They are both Native Americans in heritage and spirit.
Their visit was quite timely in so much as we are planning to build a Native American education facility at the Refuge. We got to show them the labyrinth that we building at the Refuge and the site that is planned for a tipi that will serve as our Native American Education Center. Seven years ago Courtney was instrumental in the development of the Richmond Native American Wellness Center. Both her, Molina and their other two daughters always dance at the Stanford Pow Wow. The entire family is a wealth of knowledge about Native American heritage and folklore. These will used in the curriculum that will compare the native American spiritual perspective with that of many of the world's other major belief systems.
The purpose of this endeavor is to expand this country's understanding of how Nature plays an essential role in our social and spiritual values, and how Nature is the true basis for many of the Native American nations. This will be done by comparing many of the values and behaviors of the wolf, Native Americans and the many other belief systems around the world. We also will discuss how the Native American culture in today's society has transitioned from what it was in the past to what it has become today.
Jane Goodall Will Not be at the WCN Expo This Year
The U.S. Wolf Refuge will not attend the Wildlife Conservation Network this year. This is the year that my friend Jane Goodall is scheduled to be there but in order to allow more people to attend her presentation it was moved the Wednesday before (10/11/17) at 6:30pm at the Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St. San Francisco, CA 94117. Parking is available at the Civic Center Plaza Garage (355 McAllister St between Polk St and Larkin St) Tickets are available at the link below. Get your tickets soon since they are going quickly.
Nala joined the U.S. Wolf Refuge pack in July of 2009 from Manteca, California. This was another of those frantic, chaotic rescues where the animal's fate rested on whether the U.S. Wolf Refuge could/would take her. At the time she was just 6 months old. She had the appearance of a pure Siberian husky but several of her behaviors were similar to that of a socialized wolf. She was an extremely high strung, nervous little girl and wanted little interaction with humans. She has now grown up at the Refuge and is now much more interactive and thoroughly enjoys being with most people.
Recently her life took a major transformation. A forest fire that came near the Refuge caused us to evacuate all the animals. They were forced to stay at a local equestrian facility where they spent 20 hours in 100° temps before we got the opportunity to transport them to a local kennel that had made provisions for them. In our time of emergency The Palomino Valley Equestrian facility and the Washoe County Regional Animal Services stepped up to provide our furry family a safe place to stay. After learning of our situation the Model Farm Kennels opened their doors and made provisions for our 17 traumatized animals. A huge thanks is extended to these wonderful groups. Our appreciation is also extended to all the firefighters for their heroic efforts that prevented the fire from getting close to the Refuge. THANK YOU.
During this scary incident Nala began to show some listlessness and started to drool from her mouth. So in the middle of all this chaos we had to take her to the vet. This happened on a Sunday so the only vet available to us was Sierra Veterinarian Specialists (SVS). The original diagnosis was pneumonia but it has now been determined that she has developed megaesophagus - a condition that makes it difficult for food to travel from her mouth to her stomach. She now has to be fed in a vertical position. This condition may heal but medical predictions are that she will have it for the remainder of her life. Also her activity level will also have to be highly limited.
As soon as the extent of Nala's care was determined our exceptional volunteer Dawnie Kennedy asked that she be the one to take it on. Nala loves Dawnie and seems quite accepting of her new limited life. Just recently Dawnie has started to keep Nala in their brand new house overnight. This is a major change since Nala was always much more comfortable living outdoors even in harsh weather. The daily feeding and caring for Nala is a huge task that has impacted Dawnie and her family. It is a huge burden and responsibility that they seem to enjoy. Ever since Dawnie first joined the U.S. Wolf Refuge team over 5 years ago, her dedication and devotion to these animals has been fantastic. Her involvement has sparked many others to join our mission. There are no words that can adequately express our appreciation.
This travesty has been quite a burden on our resources and our budget. If you would like to help feel free to contribute whatever you can. You can simply send a check to:
U.S. Wolf Refuge
P.O. Box 2756
Sparks, NV 89432
*** OR ***
Our website has a donation button in the footer of every page.
If you have any suggestions on how we can provide our animals an immediate way to keep them safe if such an event happens again, we would love to hear about it.
To celebrate Nala, our Adopt-a-Wolf packet is on special the entire month of August. Your $20.00 donation will be for a one year sponsorship of
Nala. You or the person of your choice will be sent a "Certificate of Adoption" with their name on it, a brief profile sheet of that animal, and a frameable 5 x 7 photo nicely organized in a folder.
I want to remind you that the U.S. Wolf Refuge receives a portion from all your purchases on Amazon. So when you doing any shopping from Amazon click on the Amazon icon at the bottom of any page. This will take you directly to Amazon but will enable us to receive a portion of whatever you buy. This will not impact the price or any delivery costs.