Obviously, the many needs of the U.S. Wolf Refuge could be met easily and quickly by simply having the money to pay for them.
However, we are well aware that most individuals and businesses today are looking at an uncertain financial future. The U.S. Wolf Refuge is no different. Considering the financial prospects of today’s economy, many people who wish to support the U.S. Wolf Refuge are choosing to contribute their time rather than draw on their financial resources.
In order to provide humane care for the magnificent animals now with us, and those in the future, we are asking all of our friends to contribute as much as possible in time and/or financial support. Whatever efforts we make together will help us ensure the development of the best possible environment for these animals that we love so much.
In addition to rescuing and providing safe refuge for the countless wolves and wolf dogs that need our help, we wish to develop our Educational Outreach Program. The U.S. Wolf Refuge can tailor any length presentation on wolf behavior, management, evolution, history, rescue, or any related topic for your school, university, nature group, community involvement organization, animal control agency, humane society or shelter or the general public.
The U.S. Wolf Refuge is an instrumental organization is the fight to restore wolves back into suitable habitat all across the U.S. This has become quite contentious environmentally, ecologically, politically and legally. Our voice has been heard from Washington, DC to San Francisco, CA – in courtrooms, in public hearings, in advocacy rallies, and even before political bodies. Our focus is to change the present-day management policies not only for wolves but all wildlife.
For those interested in learning first-hand about the behavior and personality of wolves, volunteering will afford you the opportunity to learn and to help the U.S. Wolf Refuge.
Following are some ways you can volunteer:
- Schools – Students, ask your teacher or school administrators if you can organize a fundraising event such as a car wash, bake sale, candy drive, etc. If you want some ideas, we have plenty … just call us. Also Kasa – our ambassador wolf – loves going to schools
- Businesses – Employees, ask your manager about contribution drives with matching donations from the company, donation requests enclosed in paycheck envelopes, corporate donations, etc.
- Service Clubs – Boy Scout, Girl Scout and 4-H Club members, ask your leaders about special projects. We can suggest a variety of volunteer projects for your group or individual members that would benefit the wolf. Also we like to share our mission with groups like the Kiwanis, the Rotary Club, the Lions Club, etc.
- Community Service – If the court has sentenced you to community service, the United States Wolf Refuge is where you can complete that obligation. Simply call us!
- Fundraising events
- Grant writing
- Writing newsletter articles
- Responding to letters and emails
- Animal care and socialization
- Veterinary assistance
- Fence/enclosure work
- Filling in fence line and water line trenches
- Pen cleaning and repair
- Construction of out buildings
- Major excavation work
- Grading of the entrance roadway
- Grading for firebreaks
Our Financial Needs
- Completion of our 6th 2 acre+ enclosure $ 12,000
- Grading and surfacing of entrance roadway $ 5,000
- Grading of firebreaks around facility $ 6,000
- Construction of 3,000 sq ft steel fireproof building with septic $150,000
Please make checks or Money Orders payable to:
United States Wolf Refuge
United States Wolf Refuge
P.O. Box 2756
Sparks, NV 89432
The UNITED STATES WOLF REFUGE is a national non-profit organization. The entire operating budget is derived from charitable donations, and unlike many of today’s non-profit charities, 100% of these donations are used directly for the welfare of the animals. There are no salaries or administrative costs, and all labor is strictly volunteer.
CURRENT WISH LIST
Our facility has an immediate need for our ½-mile long entrance road to be graded and surfaced. We could do this ourselves but our bulldozer needs $6000 in repairs. This is needed so the rain and snow doesn’t make our only road in and out impassible.
A small garden tractor (or skid-steer) would make many of our projects much easier. It needs to have a front bucket and a back-hoe and post-hole drilling attachment.
We can use all the 6′ – 7′ and 8′ chain link fence material that anyone can donate. We also need all the metal fence posts and all the chain link hardware we can get.
We still have plans for a 3000 square-foot fireproof building, which will contain 20 weather protective pens, a veterinarian lab, and living quarters for caretakers.($147k)
It will make observation and photography of the animals and the facility if we put a deck, railing and steps to the flat roof of the generator building.
Also visitors and staff would truly enjoy an observation gazebo on the summit of a mountain here on the Refuge’s property.
The Future in Wolf and Wolf-dog Care
The purpose of the U.S. Wolf Refuge is to provide the animals in our care with the highest quality of life that we can. One of the most important things in doing this is to provide them with a safe, secure, and comfortable place to live. It is our responsibility to give them a quality of life that is equal to that of their natural way of life. Since these animals cannot be returned to their natural environment, we must give them the freedom to be what they truly are. Giving them this freedom in a captive situation is a delicate and difficult dichotomy.
The drawing and descriptions and sketch on this page, depict the plan we have for them. They will spend the vast majority of their time in the free roaming enclosures. These are several acres in size with abundant trees, dens, and water. The 30′ x 100′ building will be a highly insulated fireproof structure. One of our biggest concerns in our location is a forest fire. This building will insure a safe retreat for the animals and the caretakers in the event of such a fire. They will be kept in the indoor pens only when weather, behavior, or health concerns necessitate it, or when there are no caretakers at the facility. These indoor and outdoor pens will allow the caretakers to control where each animal goes, and to control what animals are put together and what animals are kept apart. The individual pens will also allow for the close monitoring of any animal that has any health or physical problems.