As part of our obligation as a sanctuary, Wolf Haven commits to treating all wolves or wolfdogs who find refuge here with compassion, respect, and dignity from the day they arrive until their end of days. There is even a cemetery onsite for residents who have passed on. We encourage guests to visit the memorial cemetery when they are visiting Wolf Haven and share a requiem for a friend.
Although he wasn’t on the public route, we often joked that Bart was the most photographed wolf at Wolf Haven. He liked to stand on the top of a hill in his enclosure and survey the world below. Often, Bart was the first wolf a visitor would see on his or her way to the sanctuary. Bart left us at the age of 15 in late April.
A couple of the auction items this year include paintings done by wolves in the sanctuary. Animal care staff place paint on a canvas and the wolves walk across to make a painting. One of the pieces was completed by three different wolves.
At Wolf Haven International, a wolf sanctuary in Tenino, Thurston County, staff members have already modified the wolves’ schedule this summer, mainly because of hot weather. Staff members feed them late at night,…
Wolf Haven Bat Box Occupied by Maternity Colony
In 2012, a dozen bat boxes were erected at Wolf Haven International to enhance habitat for our 10 species of native bats. Since their installation, bats have readily taken up residence.
The wolves all have splash tubs to cool off in and they receive a fresh bucket of water daily. The enclosures have shady trees and shrubs plus a shelter for an optional “get-away”. But you might be surprised at some of the other creative ways that our animal care team find to give them a bit of respite from the heat.
Generally speaking, human confrontations with wolves are pretty rare in an urban environment because wolves live in forested habitats and retain a fear of humans, whereas coyotes have learned to survive close to humans because we provide them with a food source – whether intentionally or unintentionally.
Kim Young, Director of Communications with Wolf Haven International near Tenino talks about wolves with Dick Pust, on “It’s Your Community.” KXXO MIXX96.1.