Finding Sanctuary spotlights: Angel and Zoe

Finding Sanctuary is a website devoted to connecting animal sanctuaries with volunteers, assistance and community. Goat, pig, horse, farm animals, wildlife and other types of animal sanctuaries are listed and highlighted on this site. Wolf Haven was invited to share the story of two of our most recent rescues for this month’s Finding Sanctuary blog.

Read More about Angel and Zoe here.

Angel before rescue

Angel before rescue

Time to Bring Your Pack to Wolf Haven – ParentMap

Right before the gates rolled open, several wolves howled their welcome. My son could hardly contain himself; those doors couldn’t open soon enough.  Read More

Fabulous Fungi

It may be spring (or even summer) weather in other parts of the country, but in western Washington, the rains continue unabated. Rather than fight it, Wolf Haven is reprinting an article which originally ran in the winter issue of our members-benefit magazine, Wolf Tracks. Just for fun, we’ve added some more pictures of mushrooms that can be found on our prairie.

By Anne Schuster, Prairie Specialist, Wolf Haven

The rainy season of the Pacific Northwest is also the season of mushrooms. Mushrooms are the reproductive parts of underground fungi, sort of like the flower version of a fungus. Most parts of a fungus are microscopic, living in and among plants and soil. Fungi make up 90% of the living material in forest soil. There are estimated to be up to 5 million species of fungus, but less than 10% of those species are known to science. Fungi, which are more closely related to animals than plants, are amazingly important for humans. The antibiotic penicillin, yeast for baking bread and brewing alcoholic beverages, and delicious truffles are all types of fungi. Fungi were the first living organisms to colonize land; they might stimulate clouds to rain with their spores; and are a huge reason earth is not covered in dead plants and toxic materials. Fungi are one of the few things that can decompose the cellulose from dead trees, but there are also species of fungi that can metabolize dangerous metals, bacteria, and even nuclear waste into safer products.

Next time you are out at Wolf Haven, keep an eye out for some of these mushrooms on our prairie, and also give thanks for their role in our world.

Little mushrooms

Little mushrooms

Turkey Tail fungi on logs

Turkey Tail fungi on logs



Mushrooms among moss

Mushrooms among moss

Witch's butter

Witch’s Butter

Huge mushrooms and author

Huge mushrooms and author

Pretty little mushrooms

March 2017 World of Wolves – A Midsummer’s Night tickets on sale March 15

Five years ago, Wolf Haven International launched a new summer overnight event, which we named A Midsummer’s Night. This unique evening is hosted only a few nights each summer for small groups of people.

Sheridan PR blog: “There’s No ‘I’ in Bart”

Andrew Munday is a student in the Public Relations-Corporate Communications class at Sheridan College in Ontario, Canada. Check out his most recent blog post on @SheridanPRblog, about Wolf Haven.  He describes a really creative way to talk about nonprofit public relations – through symbolic wolf adoption!

There’s no ‘I’ in Bart: Sheridan PRCC Comes Together to Adopt a Wolf and Learn About Non-Profit PR

Coexistence: A Wolf Panel discussion – Feb. 23, 2017

Wolf-Panel flyer

Join Wolf Haven International on Thursday, February 23 as the complexities of wolf recovery in WA State are discussed by the following panelists:

Dr. Aaron Wirsing – University of Washington

Linda Saunders – Director of Conservation, Wolf Haven International

Donny Martorello – Wolf Policy Lead, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Dr. Mike Paros, The Evergreen State College (TESC)

Where:  The Evergreen State College (TESC),
Lecture Hall 3, Purce Hall
Cost: Free with student ID, $3 advance at Greener Bookstore, $5 at the door.
Information: EvergreenPaws 



The Origin of Wolves

Author's sketch of prehistoric wolf skull.

Author’s sketch of prehistoric wolf skull.

by Chris Montero, Outreach Coordinator, Wolf Haven International

This article was originally printed in the winter issue of Wolf Tracks magazine, published by Wolf Haven International. All sketches in the article are original works by the author. Wolf Tracks is written and produced quarterly by Wolf Haven staff members and is a benefit of membership. If you would like to start receiving Wolf Tracks in print or electronic format, become a Wolf Haven International Member here.

Read The Origin of Wolves.


February 2017 World of Wolves – Breeding season

Breeding recommendations for critically endangered wolves: We have two pair of wolves recommended for breeding this year!

Tributes to those we lost in December

December is usually a time of celebration as we celebrate the varied end-of-year holidays and festivities that take place. This year, however, Wolf Haven experienced a string of losses in the sanctuary that made it a very bittersweet time for us. Occasionally, as in this case, several animals pass away in a short time frame. It may seem unusual, but when you have a fairly geriatric wolf population, as we do at Wolf Haven, these deaths are not out-of-the ordinary – but this doesn’t make them any less difficult to witness. In the wild, wolves typically live 4-6 years, whereas due to the safe, secure environment and medical attention that we are able to provide at Wolf Haven, many of our residents live into their teens. The four animals that we pay tribute to here passed away at the ages of 15-1/2, 12-1/2, and nearly 17, respectively.

Brothers AKI & HOPA



On December 11 and 12, we lost the brothers and littermates Hopa and Aki. The brothers had grown up together at a wolf facility in Washington State and were moved to Wolf Haven in 2014 after the facility decided to close its doors.

For most of their lives, the brothers lived apart. They had separate enclosures, separate female companions and separate lives. When they came to Wolf Haven, Aki and Hopa came as bachelors and each was initially paired with single females here at the sanctuary. Both ended up outliving their female companions and were once again living alone.

A few months ago, we moved Hopa into the enclosure next door to his brother Aki and though there was a fence between them, they seemed to enjoy each other’s company (we often saw them spending time at the communal fence they shared). Hopa passed away on December 11 due to suspected kidney failure, and his brother Aki died the next day from complications due to advancing age. They were 15 ½ years old.

Sweet Klondike



Klondike passed away from large, aggressive hemagiosarcoma (blood tumor) on December 14. He was a handsome wolfdog with a grizzled brown and gray coat, beautiful eyes, and one of the sweetest faces in the sanctuary.

Klondike spent most of his life before coming to Wolf Haven in squalor, tethered to an eight-foot drag chain at a roadside attraction in Alaska. He was finally rescued in 2011 when the site was investigated by the state and shut down. At Wolf Haven, he shared an enclosure with gray wolf Mehina for several years until her passing, and then lived with female wolf Shali. Klondike was known for his very mellow personality and could often be seen lying down and observing ravens flying overhead or wolves playing in surrounding enclosures.

Sometimes he suddenly took off at full speed and ran “laps” around his enclosure, eventually coming to a stop near the caretakers – especially if they had food.He loved to sing and rarely missed the opportunity to join in a collective howl with the others in the sanctuary.


At almost 17 years of age, Lady was the oldest female in the sanctuary and for the most part, she enjoyed excellent health. In fact, she gave her much younger companion, Caedus, a run for his money at every turn. However, last April Ladyhawk started having periodic seizures, which is not uncommon in older canids. Initially, Ladyhawk’s seizures were relatively infrequent and short in duration and she rebounded quickly.  As we moved into autumn, her seizures were still infrequent, but lasted longer and recovery was slower.



Three days before Christmas, animal care staff found Ladyhawk in her deckpen lying unresponsive and with labored breathing. Thinking that perhaps she had just had a seizure, we were hoping that she might rebound, as she had in the past. Sadly, she did not and it was apparent that she was in discomfort. After sending video footage and consulting on the phone with our attending veterinarian, it was decided that the kindest thing we could do for Lady was to help her pass on. Ladyhawk was humanely euthanized in her enclosure, surrounded by her caretakers as Caedus kept vigil from a distance. It was a very peaceful passing.

Ladyhawk was one of the most well-known wolves at the sanctuary, partly because of her beautiful, expressive face that graced many an article, story or video of the sanctuary and partly for her mischievous personality.

Good bye Friends

Although it is always very sad to lose a beloved resident of the sanctuary, we can all gather some comfort in knowing that at least while they were living at Wolf Haven, each animal was treated with care, compassion and respect.  We are honored that we had an opportunity to provide a home where each could flourish in his or her own way. We wish to give a very special thank and heartfelt condolences to those of you who honored their lives through symbolic sponsorship and adoption.

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