Wolf Sanctuary of PA

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Wolf Sanctuary of PA
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Wolf Sanctuary of PA is dedicated to providing as near a natural life home to the wolves and wolf hybrids that live here. We hope to share educational information with our visitors and introduce you to the world of the wolf.
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Jamie E
2 contributions
May 2021
My fiancé and I took a trip to the Wolf Sanctuary of PA as my belated Valentine's Day gift. My fiancé also got me a symbolic adoption of one of the wolves to go along with the trip. Our tour guide Russ was very knowledgeable and was great at answering any questions that anyone had on the tour. It was great to learn so much about wolf behavior and hear the stories about how the sanctuary came into possession of the wolves.

After the main tour had ended, my fiancé and I approached Russ and inquired about Shawnee, the wolf dog that I had the adoption for. Without hesitation, Russ took us over to the gift shop and we spoke to another worker (I did not get her name), but she was very nice and contacted another worker. Within minutes Russ took us to see Shawnee. Russ also told us about the other wolves they had along the way to meet Shawnee. Russ even went above and beyond to cover the extra $5 for the cost of my fiancé to see Shawnee. This was a very generous action on Russ' part. Apparently the main person on the adoption is covered and any extra guests are $5 each.

Even though it was a cold rainy day, Russ did not seem to want to hurry any part of the tour along and spoke to us with respect and was very down to earth.

The sanctuary does have a small gift shop as well and lastly what I found to be a stunning tribute was inside that gift shop. The names, photos and a small amount of fur of each deceased wolf are displayed in custom photo frames.

Overall this was a very good experience even though the weather did not cooperate too well, I would definitely go back for another visit.
Written May 31, 2021
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CanyonUpdate
Philadelphia, PA7 contributions
Dec 2020
The best part of the tour was when the wolves all howled in unison after our fabulous tour guide, Melinda, prompted them! Do not miss a chance to visit this wolf sanctuary and help preserve these majestic creatures. It was absolutely a wonderful and informative experience. I recommend going in colder weather as the trees are bare so it is easier to see these beauties and they are more active when it is colder. Our tour guide, Melinda, was fantastic - full of good information and has truly developed a love and rapport with the wolves. Her enthusiasm was contagious. Would love to go again, especially for the full moon experience. Please go and help support this worthy organization!
Written December 18, 2020
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DaneDog311
Pocono Mountains Region, PA30 contributions
Sep 2021
We took a public tour with volunteer Melinda. The group consisted of approx 23 people. We got to see a decent area of the sanctuary and learned the back stories of several wolves and wolf-dogs. With the exception of 2 wolves all of the animals are rescue wolves in search of homes to live their best life. Melinda was an excellent tour guide and you can tell that all of the volunteers here are absolutely passoniate and dedicated to the wolves. We also took a private tour the following day with Melinda again and met more of the wolf packs in the sanctuary. I honestly recommend either tours to visitors, or you can do like we did and enjoy BOTH!

You will need to book in advance as covid-19 protocols are limiting the number of visitors at a given time. Hopefully this lifts soon as the sanctuary is a non-profit and relies on tours and donations to support these wolves.

We stayed at the Speedwell Forge B&B which is a neighboring property and we were allowed to visit some of these wolves daily. Enough to learn some of animals personalities. Love it here and can't wait to come back in the winter to see these guys in full coats in the snow!
Written September 14, 2021
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Lisa W
1 contribution
Jun 2021
The Wolf Sanctuary of PA is an absolute gem! We visited for a Saturday morning tour on a very warm and sticky day in June. I was so pleased to see that the heat didn't prevent the wolves from coming out of their dens. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. All around a fantastic experience. I already have several family members who saw my post on FB and want to go there should they come visit. I will definitely be back to see the majestic wolves!
Written June 30, 2021
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Sylvia S
Lititz, Pennsylvania, United States148 contributions
Sep 2020 • Friends
I would recommend going towards winter when all the leaves are off the trees and the vegetation has died from frost because then you will see the wolves plus they are more active in cooler weather .if you go in summer like we did the wolves lay under all the bushes to stay cool and you don't get to see as many . But I can't complain because we still had a wonderful time , and ask for michele she is amazing . So informative, such a great sense of humor and all around great tour guide .she got the wolves to howl which was awesome to hear . Im going back in the winter to do the private tour because the regular tour only shows you some of the wolves but the private more expensive tour you get to walk around to all of the wolves . You can tell the people who volunteer here love what they do !!
Written September 2, 2020
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Ariel6010
Amberg, Germany12 contributions
Apr 2021
I too felt it to be an uncomfortable visit... but because the place is not well maintained and falling apart. Although the volunteer was a bit knowledgable about the names of the wolves, she was unprofessional telling stories that were probably intended to be confidential and not meant to be repeated. If the grounds and animals had been in better condition and the building housing the gift shop ready for public view... then I would reconsider my review... but this was not the case. Sadly, my $95 for the tour was going to do little good for the operation much less the animals.
Written April 14, 2021
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We are sorry to hear that you felt uncomfortable during your visit. Please allow us to clarify a few of your concerns. We strive to ensure that our wolves receive the highest quality care and enrichment. Here at the sanctuary, the wolves always come first. Our residents receive regular veterinary check-ups and any health concerns are immediately addressed and treated. We have caretakers on the property 7 days per week keeping an eye on everyone to notice if there are any health or behavioral changes. This time of year, the wolves are shedding out their winter coats, so large tufts of fur might be seen along their sides or back or on the ground. We brush any animals who are comfortable with being touched, and if any matted fur or shedding issues arise on any of the animals that we are unable to touch, we are sure to brush them out during their veterinary exam. The wolves also receive regular vaccines, heartworm and tick preventatives, and we strive to prevent any pests using natural fly deterrents such as citronella spray and fly bags. We also ensure that all of our residents have at least one companion to live with and if any of them are alone, we work hard to find a suitable companion for them. Their enclosures are spacious ranging from 1-3 acres in size and the majority of our fencing is high quality steel welded fencing and any older fencing is replaced whenever needed. All of the enclosures are natural woodland habitat. The grounds are mowed and landscaped regularly and the terrain is nearly entirely natural aside from stone gravel areas where cars are parked. All tour funds as well as proceeds from our gift shop go directly towards helping the wolves. Our gift shop is currently open to visitors two at a time due to covid19 restrictions. I do apologize if this was not made clear during your visit. If you have specific questions or concerns about any of the animals in our care or about the grounds or about anything you heard from your guide during your visit we would appreciate your feedback and we encourage you to send us an email at wolfsanctuary@gmail.com.
Written April 27, 2021
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Tara
1 contribution
Jul 2021 • Couples
I went on the full moon tour with my husband. I had wanted to go to this event for awhile but it sells out quickly. The wolf sanctuary is overall a very nice place. The full moon tour is a very short tour (less than 40min) with a tour guide. We were only allowed up a small walkway near 3 wolf enclosures. We did see a few wolfs, 4 wolves came up close to the fence to view. This tour was not of the entire property. I felt a little deceived that it was not in the booking information that we would only be shown a very small portion of the property and have very limited chance to visualize the wolves. There were several other parties at the tour that felt the same. We were told we needed to book a private tour to be able to walk around and see all the enclosures. If your going to go and see the wolves you definitely want the private tour. The full moon tour was not much of an experience even though the idea seems neat.
Written July 25, 2021
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JE B
6 contributions
Jan 2021 • Family
Good people and cause. We knew a bit about wolves so since the tour was heavy on guide monologuing it was less interesting to us. Walking was light & we stopped by 4 enclosures overall. Since it’s winter we did see 8-10 wolves/wolf-dogs (wolf / domestic dog breeding) but summer foliage could certainly reduce that probability. This is a sanctuary or rescue , not a zoo or a natural environment. As such you won’t see wolves in large packs. Many of the animals are rescued from homes/private owners. They separate them mostly in pairs to reduce conflict and they do not allow breeding. If you are interested in wildlife or preservation you’ll connect with the mission and staff as they are respectful and passionate. The property and general area around Speedwell is worth a 1/2 day trip for sure.
Written January 15, 2021
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Kayla V
1 contribution
Jul 2021 • Friends
My group and I really enjoyed visiting the Wolf Sanctuary. Upon entering you are greeted by very friendly volunteer staff who help direct you to your parking. We lucked out with a relatively small group for the sanctuary and our guide Russ was so full of knowledge about the property, history of the area, and the wolves. He had a great personality and enjoyed giving his funny stories along with a lot of great information about wolves in general and the wolves in the sanctuary. I particularly enjoyed his enthusiasm and excitement when we would ask questions and the group would engage in the conversation. The sanctuary is fully run by donations and the tours, all staff are volunteers and the money you spend there on tours and gifts at the shop go 100% towards the conservation and preservation of the land and the animals. I cannot wait to go back again and do a private tour and I will for sure being asking for Russ, but all the volunteers were so nice, helpful and willing to answer questions. I particularly really enjoyed chatting with Michele as well!
Written July 30, 2021
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Sen89
Atlanta, GA4 contributions
Jan 2022
Had a wonderful private tour on Sunday with Melinda. She provided history of facility and extensive information about the wolves they have rescued. This was a perfect time of year to visit since the foliage is off the trees and vegetation allowing better visibility. The real treat was when one wolf started howling and the rest responded. This lasted about a minute and then abruptly stopped.
Written January 17, 2022
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