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Saint Francis Wolf Sanctuary

Postby caninesrock » Wed Oct 24, 2012 12:46 pm

I used to volunteer at Saint Francis Wolf sanctuary.

Here is their website:
http://www.wolvesofsaintfrancis.org

Quoted from what I said in another topic in here:
Sometimes I really miss volunteering at the sanctuary. I really need to get over my fear of driving so I can take driver's ed and drive there since there's no way I can get there by bus and no one in the family can or will bring me as they all think it's too long of a drive. The sancutary is currently an hour and a half away from where I live and my mom refuses to lend me a ride because she says gass is too expensive. I haven't been to the sanctuary since my sophmore year in high school in 2008. A lot of the wolves and wolfdogs I used to volunteer with have since passed on and some are new animlas that came after I arrived and I never got to meet. I used to volunteer there when Bianca and Lobo were still alive and Bianca was the ambassador for the sanctuary since she was a low content that guests were allowed to touch. Khan was also alive at the time I volunteered as well.

Some of the wolves/wolfdogs they never had at the time I volunteered though are Apache, Lakota,Olowan,Remus, Romulus,Tala, and Tracker, as they arrived after I left the sanctuary. They also didn't have Lola or Spirit either at the time I believe and got them later,but apparently both of those dogs have passed on. Beau, Timbre,Wacipi, and Yukon had all passed away before I even started volunteering there.

The wolves/wolfdogs I volunteered with were: Duchess(was told she was a pure Arctic wolf),Koa(was told wolfdog,but none of the volunteers specified content. He appears to be low content though with that curly tail and other dog traits), Luke(was told a pure wolf,but subspecies not specified),Mystery(was told a pure Mexican Gray Wolf),Rafiki(I believe she was the one they told me was a coydog at the time),Sable(low content wolfdog I think if I remember right), and Yoda(Volunteers at the time claimed he was pure wolf,but I always suspected he was part dog as he had some chubby/muscular features for a wolf. I think he may be a mid content.) I also volunteerd with 3 of the wolfdogs/wolves that are now deceased: Khan(was told he was a pure wolf,but again subspecies not specified), Bianca(told she was a lower content malamute mix), and Lobo(told he came to the sanctuary with Bianca and he was also a lower content malamute mix(but they were not siblings that I can remember,just came from the same owner.))

I don't remember all of their stories that I was told but I distinctly remember the one of Mystery being caught in a trap and left for dead before being rescued and then coming to the sancutary. Khan was rescued from a circus where he was kept in a small cage with people who poked him with sticks to make him mean and called him "Lucifer". When he came to the sanctuary, he was renamed Khan and was not vicious at all when he had the proper space he needed and wasn't being abused anymore. Luke was rescued from someone who kept him locked up in a closet. Lobo and Bianca's story wasn't as sad as the others. They hadn't been abused. Their owner lived somewhere where wolfdogs were previously allowed,but then a new law was passed banning them and so he had to give them away and gave them to the sanctuary to protect them and make sure that they weren't taken away and killed. I don't really remember most of the other wolves' stories though. Those are the ones that really stuck with me.

I didn't actually get to go in with any of the wolves or walk them on leashes like the older volunteers at the time as I was only 16. In fact, I had to quit just a few weeks before my 18th birthday when I might have been able to actually walk the wolves after some training. However, just getting to be that close to the animals and hear them howl was amazing. I liked taking care of them,scrubbing their bath tubs and water bowls,and cutting up their meat,because even though I didn't get to be directly near them, it felt good to be a part of taking care of them and making a difference.


Here are some videos I took while volunteering there. Sorry for the horrendously crappy video quality as I took these with my old phone I had at the time. I guess it's ok to share the videos even though they have other people in them since the videos are so blurry that you can't really see the people's faces anyway?

Duchess pacing and enjoying her bathtub ( I think it's Duchess anyway):
http://s18.photobucket.com/albums/b127/ ... ter=videos

Duchess catches hotdogs while one of the other dogs barks in the background asking for theirs. At the end, the volunteers try to coach the shy coydog Rafiki to the fence to get her treat:
http://s18.photobucket.com/albums/b127/ ... ter=videos

Low content Koa gets fed a hotdog while his shy enclosure mate paces in the background:
http://s18.photobucket.com/albums/b127/ ... ter=videos

Yoda standing by the fence while Mystery paces around the fence:
http://s18.photobucket.com/albums/b127/ ... ter=videos

I thought this was Duchess again at first,but there appears to be another wolf in the enclosure and Duchess always had to be kept by herself do to not understanding wolf language/society because she was raised by herself with humans. So, it must be either Luke or the now deceased Khan. I can't tell who the other wolf in the enclosure is since it's so blurry in the video:
http://s18.photobucket.com/albums/b127/ ... ter=videos

And lastly, Mystery gives a short howl for the volunteers:
http://s18.photobucket.com/albums/b127/ ... ter=videos

That last one is also on my old Youtube acount that I never really use anymore:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFzemqjePf8&feature=plcp
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Re: Saint Francis Wolf Sanctuary

Postby Splashstorm » Wed Oct 24, 2012 7:01 pm

It seems like you had a great experience there!
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Re: Saint Francis Wolf Sanctuary

Postby caninesrock » Wed Oct 24, 2012 9:02 pm

Splashstorm wrote:It seems like you had a great experience there!

Yes. I did. Thanks. ^^
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