Out-of-State and International Volunteers at W.O.L.F.
W.O.L.F. relies heavily on volunteer help for running day-to-day life at the Sanctuary and therefore we need volunteers 365 days a year. While W.O.L.F. prefers people that can dedicate long periods of time to volunteering at the Sanctuary, we do recognize that this is not reasonable for individuals who live outside of Colorado. For those individuals, we do have the option for participating in a short-term volunteer experience.
Short-term volunteer experiences are a minimum of 4 weeks and we ask that participants spend at least 4 days a week at the Sanctuary. Volunteering at the Sanctuary is often very labor intensive and volunteers will be asked to complete a wide range of activities based on the needs of any given day. Day to day Sanctuary chores include poop scooping, processing and sorting raw meat, feeding, cleaning, and washing food bowls. Volunteers also help with property maintenance, outreach programs, and anything else we might need help with. It is recommended that volunteers come prepared to work outdoors in a mountainous environment in all manner of weather conditions.
W.O.L.F. does not provide living accommodations for our volunteers. Out-of-town volunteers are responsible for finding their own lodging for the duration of their stay. Fort Collins, Colorado is the closest city with available camping or short-term rental accommodations. Below are a few housing resources.
- KOA Lakeside – https://koa.com/campgrounds/fort-collins-lakeside/
- Airbnb – https://www.airbnb.com/
- Couchsurfing – https://www.couchsurfing.com/about/how-it-works/
- Fernweh Inn & Hostel – http://www.fortcollinshostel.com/
- Solarium International Inn – http://www.solariumcolorado.com/
- You can also research online for short-term rentals or sublets in Fort Collins.
DIA is the closest international airport to the Sanctuary. There are rental car facilities at the airport as well as numerous buses and shuttles that run from DIA to Fort Collins and back. Fort Collins also has a public transportation system and has many bicycle paths. In addition, Fort Collins has transportation through apps like Uber and Lyft for rides.
We strongly recommend that volunteers arrange to have their own means of transportation during their stay, although W.O.L.F. can help facilitate transport from Laporte, Colorado to the Sanctuary and back each morning and afternoon.
Becoming a Volunteer
If you live out-of-state or across the globe and wish to participate in a short-term volunteer opportunity at W.O.L.F. you need to submit an out-of-state volunteer application along with 2 references (please include the name, phone number, email, and relationship of each reference). If you are accepted you will receive an attend onsite training at the Sanctuary and pay the annual W.O.L.F. volunteer membership dues. To sign up for an orientation, email in your application (see link below) and the volunteer coordinator will inform you of orientation availabilities.
W.O.L.F. maintains a high level of standards and accountability for volunteers. To be accepted, you must be able to comply with the following requirements.
- Must be 18 or older
- Must be able to speak English
- Must be able to commit a minimum of 4 days a week for 4 weeks
- Must have some animal care experience
- Must respect the animals in W.O.L.F.’s care
- Must be willing to participate in all aspects of Sanctuary work
- Must be able and willing to work outside in varying weather conditions in challenging terrain
Volunteering at the Sanctuary is often very labor intensive and volunteers will be asked to complete a wide range of activities based on the needs of any given day. It is recommended that volunteers come prepared to work outdoors in a mountainous environment in all manner of weather conditions.
Volunteers are responsible for maintaining the highest standards of conduct at all times when involved in activities associated with W.O.L.F. Volunteers may assist with public relations and community activities as prescribed by W.O.L.F. staff.
Volunteers provide most maintenance duties at W.O.L.F. including cleaning enclosures and grounds, making repairs as needed, building enclosures and structures as needed, and maintaining the meat preparation area.
Volunteers may handle wolves and wolf dogs only after they have successfully completed the prescribed training program.
Volunteers will at all times follow the prescribed rehabilitation procedures specified by W.O.L.F. staff and the program veterinarian.
Volunteers may be asked to assist in fundraising activities, educational programs, and/or tabling events under the direction of W.O.L.F. staff.
No animals, supplies, equipment, etc. may be removed from the facility without permission from the directors or staff.
Volunteers must be available to volunteer for a minimum of 4 weeks, volunteering at W.O.L.F. at least 4 days a week. All visits must be scheduled in advance. A typical work session at the Sanctuary runs about 6-8 hours per day.
Volunteers and work groups may not smoke on W.O.L.F. property.
Volunteers must take the training course and pay annual membership dues to be considered active members in good standing and be allowed access to the facility.
It is highly recommended that volunteers are current with their tetanus vaccinations.
The use or possession of illegal or controlled substances on W.O.L.F. property is strictly forbidden. This includes all drugs and alcohol, including marijuana. Use of any of these substances will result immediate termination of the volunteer.
Termination from the program may result if a volunteer fails to adhere to any of the policies of the W.O.L.F. program.