I never expected to find wolves in Florida, but it was the most humbling and heartwarming experience! I recommend it to anyone who is in the Naples area. Call or email them to schedule a visit. You can't drop by unexpected. It is not a zoo, it is a private residence with a group of dedicated and passionate volunteers who like to educate you about animal behavior and their work at the sanctuary. Scheduled visits are from 9.00am to 11.30ish and a max. of 15 visitors is allowed per day. You are divided into two groups, so the animals are not exposed to too many visitors at once. Make sure to bring a camera and wear clothes that may get a bit dirty. Be prepared to sit in the sand in the wolf enclosures.
You get to see plenty of wolves, wolfdogs, foxes, coyotes (they are soo lovely), prairie dogs and several big cats. The most animal interaction will be with wolves and wolfdogs. If they want to come up to the humans they do and then you can pet and play with them. They might even lick you:). If they are too shy, they just watch you from a distance. They seem genuinely fond of the volunteers and each other. The animals look very healthy and happy even though they are often rescued from horrible situations.
The sanctuary has little means, but no expenses are spared when it comes to the animals. They don't push for donations, but they are dependent of it. You can leave a donation, buy a shirt or sponsor your favorite animal. The animals are very lucky to have found such a great home with such loving and caring people looking after them. We were vey happy to find this place and visited twice! We will definitely go again on our next visit to Florida.
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