About Your Sanctuary Visit

Sanctuary Visits temporarily suspended.

With regard for the health and well-being of our visitors, volunteers and staff, Wolf Haven will remain closed until further notice. No sanctuary visits will be offered during this time, but you can contact our administrative office by emailing info@wolfhaven.org or calling 360.264.4695 x220.

Wolf Haven is a Sanctuary

Welcome to Wolf Haven International. See some wolves while enjoying a 50-minute guided walking visit of our sanctuary.* Due to COVID-19, our sanctuary is closed to the public until further notice. Visits are by reservation only. MAKE YOUR RESERVATION NOW.  (360.264.4695 x220)

What is Sanctuary?

A sanctuary exists solely for its residents, and as such, their welfare should be its highest priority. A sanctuary commits to the highest level of care, and every action or procedure is examined to ensure that it best serves the animals living there. A true sanctuary does not cater to the needs and desires of people; it follows an animal-centric rather than a human-centered approach.

There is no question that all animals, both wild and domestic, “feel” their lives. They are unique, living, breathing beings with a full complement of emotions, so how we treat them matters greatly.  A sanctuary provides a safe, lifetime home where its residents are free to express themselves and be appreciated for who and what they are. For those who have suffered at the hands of humans, a sanctuary helps to restore their sense of self – for that is the nature of a true sanctuary.

More Than a Safe Haven

A sanctuary is more than just a safe haven. It is a philosophy and a guiding principle that considers all aspects of an animal’s well-being and ensures that they are treated with compassion, respect and dignity from the day they arrive until their end of days.

Wolf Haven is a hands-off sanctuary, which means that our animal care staff do not socialize with the wolves and there is absolutely no physical contact between visitors and the wolves under any circumstances. The sanctuary is home for the wolves.

*Animals may or may not be seen during your visit. Enclosures in the public visit route may also be restricted from view, without notice, at the discretion of animal care personnel and for the well-being of our residents.

What Wolf Haven visitors can expect

  • A 50-minute guided walking visit through the public portion of the wolf sanctuary.
  • Learn about wolves, both in captivity and in the wild. (Please note: This visit may not be suitable for children ages six and under due to its slow pace and informative nature.)
  • Potentially see up to 10 sanctuary residents.
  • A beautiful, natural and serene atmosphere.
  • An optional self-guided trail walk through restored, mounded prairie (during hours when sanctuary visits are scheduled).
  • A wheelchair is available upon request.
  • Bicycle racks are onsite.

Sanctuary Etiquette

You are a guest in the wolves’ home. Wolves are wild animals and highly sensitive to their environment. In order to enhance your visit and respect their nature, we ask that you…

  • Stay together as a group (or pack).
  • Speak quietly and step softly.
  • Mute your cell phone.
  • Enjoy snacks outside of the sanctuary.
  • Dress for inclement weather; wear comfortable shoes.
  • Leave your pets at home.
  • Please step off of the property to smoke.
  • Cameras (no tripods) and bottled water inside the sanctuary are fine.