I really was not looking forward to this as I’m typically not a fan of zoos or aquariums, anywhere where an animal is living in captivity to be completely honest with you. I prefer to see an animal in their actual habitat and not enclosed in a space much smaller than they deserve. And while I know most animals who are in captivity and some zoos are only there because their past is terrible, it’s still a sad sight to see. My personal opinion.
When my mom told me about this and told me that she made reservations for my nieces, her, my grandmother and myself, I really didn’t want to go and was trying to be extra grumpy the morning of in hopes she would just tell me to stay home. That wasn’t the case.
Come to find out though, I really enjoyed myself there. I would have never thought that this town near my own in Texas would house such amazing animals. Not to mention they offer tours, FOR FREE! A donation is very appreciative, obviously, in which we did donate, but how awesome!?
So this place never really expected to draw nearly as much traffic as they have, and they are planning to relocate and provide their wolves with 3x the space that they currently have, which made my little heart so happy! But you could tell these animals were very well loved and taken care of. Of course, taken care of from afar because they are wild animals, but taken care of nonetheless.
Saint Francis Wolf Sanctuary is a non-profit facility that provides rescued wolves and wolfdogs with a loving home and a second chance at life. Since 2002 we have sustained our business on a small acreage in Texas, where we have opened our doors to thousands of guests each year, seeking to inspire them about the animals that we love and care for.
This year, we hope to begin a grand new chapter in our legacy! We are currently looking to relocate to a brand new property, and to strengthen our mission by saving even more lives! Additional information about our relocation can be found here.
SFWS rescues wolves and wolfdogs in need from around the country — from shelters, animal control agencies, and private owners. All of our residents are rescues, and most are animals that someone tried unsuccessfully to keep as a pet. Many have come from situations of horrible neglect or abuse, but have grown to heal – physically, mentally, and emotionally – due to the patience and love that we are able to provide. Since they were born in captivity and habituated to humans from an early age, they can’t be released into the wild.
We love all of our residents as family, and do everything we can to make this a true sanctuary for them. We provide them with quality, nutritious, species-appropriate meals; exceptional veterinary care; safe and comfortable sources of shelter; daily enrichment; and canine companionship.
All enclosures have houses, wooden platforms to lounge on, large water tubs to wade in, and trees and other sources of shade. During the hot summer months there is a misting system to bring down the temperature, and during the winter we provide our animals with straw to keep warm.
All of our animals are spayed/neutered and we do not buy, sell, or breed any of them. We do not advocate for the breeding of wolves and wolfdogs in captivity, unless for legitimate conservation purposes by facilities participating in Species Survival Programs.
We also work to educate the public about issues involving exotic canines, and dispell the many myths that surround these frequently misunderstood creatures. Through guided on-site tours, off-site presentations, and other outreach avenues, we seek to provide accurate, engaging information about the animals we love so dearly – both in the wild and in captivity. Finally, we seek to educate guests about the hardships associated with owning a wolf or wolfdog.
For someone like me, who had no knowledge of wolves or the hybrid of a wolf and a dog, I feel like I took away a lot from today and I’m HIGHLY encouraging if not all of you who read this, but at least one of you, to check out their website and learn some new things too!
The wolves/pups pictured from top to bottom are