Our Mission and Values
Mission: Wolf connects people with nature using hands-on experiential education. Through volunteer internships and national traveling education programs, we inspire individuals to become stewards of the earth. While providing a home for rescued wolves and horses, we create opportunities for growth through community service and personal interactions with animals. We value education, sustainability, and improving relationships between people, animals, and the world around them.
Experiential education is at the heart of what we do; no lecture can replace hands-on experience. Experiences with Mission: Wolf are real and have lasting impact. Visitors here don’t forget helping build something, riding out a hail storm in a tipi, or meeting a wolf face-to-face.
Living within your means financially means you will have something left for tomorrow. To live sustainably is to do the same with our natural resources. Mission: Wolf's 3-acre village is designed to be an inspiring example of what sustainable living can look like.
Our vibrant community of volunteers gives Mission: Wolf an unmistakable character. Though we come from different backgrounds, passion for the work we do ties us together. We strive to create a joyful atmosphere at Mission: Wolf where your attitude is the most important thing. We learn from each other every day and cultivate humility, a cooperative spirit, and a sense of humor.
Respect for Animals
Humans have tremendous conflict with wild animals and even our own pets. At Mission: Wolf, we teach basic body language and animal behavior in an effort to help improve human-animal relationships. Developing an understanding of how to interact with animals is key to our peaceful coexistence.
A strong environmental ethic permeates everything we do at Mission: Wolf. Whether it’s a mountain wilderness or a city park, people benefit from connection with nature. We develop connections between people and their Earth and inspire future stewards of our environment. We believe that when you care about the Earth on a personal level, you will work to protect it.
Wildness in nature and in the human world is fast disappearing. Our modern society is afraid of what we cannot control, as demonstrated by the extermination of wild predators. Wild places, extraordinary events, and strong-willed people are what we tell stories about. Wildness shapes our society. Mission: Wolf’s history is filled with wild animals, wild stories, and wild people, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Who We Are
Mission: Wolf is a peaceful sanctuary for captive wolves and wolf-dog crosses. At present, we care for 32 wolves and wolf-dog crosses. All of the animals living at Mission: Wolf share a common trait – they were all born in a cage. Right now in the US, there are about a quarter of a million wolves in captivity and fewer than 10,000 wolves in the wild. Most of the captive wolves born each year do not survive to see their first birthday, as they are commonly destroyed or neglected.
We figure that if you have a wolf in a cage, it’s good for one thing: to teach people not to put wolves in cages. Every year we travel the country with our ambassador wolves to teach people about the value of wild wolves and the drawbacks of trying to keep a wild animal as a pet. Our goal is to put ourselves out of business. When we educate enough people that there are no longer captive wolves in need of rescue, we can tear down our fences, turn the wolf sanctuary into a nature center, and listen to the wolves howling in the wild.