Common Questions & Concerns

Where do your wolves come from?


Our animals come from all over the United States. We rescue wolves and wolf dogs who do not have any place to go because they cannot live successfully in a private home as pets. Many of our animals come from abuse or neglect situations and it is our mission to provide them with medical care, life long sanctuary in a natural mountain habitat, a high quality diet and abundant enrichment activities.

Do you release the wolves you rescue back into the wild?


No. The animals we take in have all been born in captivity and do not have the knowledge they would need to survive in the wild. Also it would be ecologically inappropriate to release wolf dogs into wild wolf populations.

How long do wolves and wolf dogs live?


In the wild, the average lifespan of a wolf is between 6 – 8 years. However, many wolves die younger than that. In captivity the average lifespan is 12 – 15 years. At W.O.L.F., our animals generally live into their mid to late teens. Our oldest animal was Mucqua who passed away in 2013 at the age of 21!

How big are the wolf enclosures and do they live in packs?


Our animals live in packs of twos and threes. The enclosures range from 1/4 of an acre to 1 acre and they are built up the side of a mountain in a wooded, natural setting. The animals have plenty of room to run, play and hide, if they are shy and do not want to have much human contact.

How many animals do you have?


W.O.L.F. is permitted to have 30 animals. We usually are at capacity or near-capacity.

What do you feed the animals?


We feed our animals a diet of raw meat and dry dog food. Kibble is fed every day and each wolf gets approximately two pounds of assorted meats six days a week and one day for bones. We also provide fresh water, dietary supplements, treats, and medications as prescribed by our Veterinary Team.

Where do you get the food?


All of the food we feed is donated from local stores, supermarkets, and hunters who have extra game meat or scrap. If you have meat you are interested in donating to the wolves please call (970) 416-9531.

How do these animals survive in the wintertime?


Wintertime is the season of the wolf and they are designed by nature to thrive in cold environments. We provide dog houses for protection from the elements for each pack. However, many of our animals choose to dig their own dens and they love the cold, often curling up in the snow to sleep. Our wolves and wolf dogs are very active in the winter.

Does the Sanctuary have a full time vet on staff?


No. W.O.L.F. has a team of veterinarians who donate their time to help us with routine medical care and specialized medical treatment. The Vets come to the Sanctuary to perform routine exams. When an animal needs specialized care or in an emergency, we transport them to one of the local veterinary clinics in the Ft. Collins/Loveland/Wellington area.

Who takes care of the animals at night?


W.O.L.F. has staff on the premises 24 hours a day.

How can I find out more about W.O.L.F.’s animals?


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