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It is with great joy that we share with you the news of our recent accreditation through the American Sanctuary Association (ASA). Wolf Haven is now one of only two wolf sanctuaries in the country that has earned ASA endorsement (the other being W.O.L.F. in Colorado). In addition to an onsite inspection of our animal care procedures and facilities, the rigorous application process included a review of all aspects of our organization including financial stability, board oversight, educational materials, veterinary references, permits and licenses. We continually strive to give our resident animals the best care possible, and we are honored to merit ASA endorsement. In this issue of WOLF TRACKS our director of animal care, Wendy Spencer, shares her perspective of what it means to be a sanctuary.
We had a remarkable summer at the Haven. Midsummer Night campouts filled our beautiful August weekends as we bid a fond farewell to our past Howl-In events. Midsummer Night guests were immersed in the peace, beauty and culture of caring at the Haven in a way that delighted our visiting humans while demonstrating respect for our resident animals. Calm relaxed wolves, sold-out events and positive evaluations ensure a repeat of the popular campouts next summer.
Our education staff launched the first Wolf Haven SKYPE for Educators classes, enabling students all over the world access to greater science literacy. Inmates at local prisons appreciated the opportunity to learn about wolves, and our incredible volunteers informed hundreds of visitors on our public tours. We continue to work to protect and conserve wolves in the wild through a variety of activities: our participation in wolf coalitions, providing training for biologists working in the field, and as an appointed member of our local Wolf Advisory Group. Red wolf and Mexican wolf Species Survival Plan (SSP) annual meetings resulted in recommendations for breeding some of our endangered resident animals. The highlight of the summer was welcoming a new wolf– Samantha – to her forever home at Wolf Haven.
Your support enables us to care for the Haven’s wolves with compassion and respect as we also strive to foster knowledge, empathy and understanding through our education and outreach programs. Our passion for our work and the impact that we have grows daily. We are deeply appreciative of the opportunity to make a difference, and as always, I welcome hearing from you.
Diane Gallegos, November 2013