SHY WOLF SANCTUARY EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE CENTER INC.

From the Heart - For the Animals

aka Shy Wolf Sanctuary   |   Naples, FL   |  www.shywolfsanctuary.org

Mission

To heal hearts and minds through rescue, sanctuary, and education.

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Ms. Deanna L. Deppen

Main address

POB 3032

Naples, FL 34106 USA

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EIN

59-3691867

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (C19)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Shy Wolf Sanctuary Education and Experience Center fills a void between wildlife rehabilitation and zoos for captive-bred exotics or unreleasable wildlife. We provide permanent sanctuary for these exotics and share their stories through our educational programs and efforts. There are more requests for animals in need than we have room to help.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Educational Programs & Healing Hearts Visits

Shy Wolf Sanctuary rescues, rehabilitates, and provides sanctuary to exotic animals who have been abandoned, neglected, or abused.  Most are captive bred, but a few are un-releasable wild born, like the tortoises and coyotes.  The animals share their stories and lessons with those they encounter on and off premise.  We have partnered with many other NPOs to provide healing encounters with our rescued resident and ambassador animals.   Our Healing Hearts program for children and adults who have had similar life trauma experiences allows an educational animal encounter and participation in art and other projects at the sanctuary. Current partnerships include programs that service foster children, domestic violence, human trafficked individuals, grief-assistance programs, veterans, addiction and substance abuse, mental health services, and differently-abled persons.  We have launched a new program with The League Club for Girls entitled Strength Within The Pack, focusing on team work and leadership skills. Two new part-time educators, both retired teachers, with psychology and advanced educational degrees are working together, while each focusing on building specific programs. A comprehensive Character Traits program is being launched as a partnership with the schools this year. Our educators are creating fun lessons incorporating the STEAM criteria, featuring our resident animals.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
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Parents
Veterans

Shy Wolf Sanctuary, Education and Experience Center presents educational programs on exotic animals in captivity and the wild. We relate the animals to people through the rescue stories, share lessons learned, and the importance of animals in the wild to the ecosystem. Our professional educators and staff do many community presentations on Living with Wildlife, Protecting Wildlife, DNA and Behavioral Challenges, Responsible Pet Ownership, New Guinea Singing Dogs and Dingoes, and Coyotes. If you can come up with a topic relating to wildlife, we can offer a professional presentation.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Health

We rescue captive-bred exotic and un-releasable wild animals with nowhere else to go. Shy Wolf fills a niche or void left between domestic animal shelters, zoos, and wildlife rehabilitators. These animals would be euthanized and are typically deemed unadoptable by shelters. In February 2021, we rescued nine New Guinea Singing Dogs from a single situation in Illinois, where the animals were outside in sub-zero temperatures. These canines are primitive and still found in the wild only in Papua New Guinea. Our ability to coordinate a large scale rescue, veterinary care, and rehoming of so many unique canines is a testament to the staff and volunteers.

Population(s) Served
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Social and economic status
Work status and occupations
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Where we work

Accreditations

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FWC Class 1 & 2 License 2022

FWC Class 3 License 2022

USDA License 2022

Collier County Domestic Animal Services 2022

Awards

Number of free participants on field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Adolescents, Children, Preteens

Related Program

Educational Programs & Healing Hearts Visits

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Visits to the sanctuary stay pretty consistent due to the limited availability and group size. In 2020 we shut down from March through August due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Number of animals rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

These are the animals brought to the sanctuary or adopted through us. We network many other animals across the state and country.

Number of animals in collection

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, At-risk youth

Related Program

Environmental Education

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

We've rescued more animals, placed and adopted more animals, but several of our residents have not accepted a new companion when one has passed.

Number of animals provided with long term care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Educational Programs & Healing Hearts Visits

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

These animals stay at the sanctuary or with fosters and the numbers stay relatively consistent from year to year.

Number of clients participating in educational programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Educational Programs & Healing Hearts Visits

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020 Pandemic greatly impacted our educational program outreach, despite going online with presentations.

Number of clients reporting increased knowledge after educational programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Educational Programs & Healing Hearts Visits

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All visitors are asked to relay at least one thing they learned new at the end of the visit. We have 100% participation in this mini-quiz exercise.

Number of animal adoptions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Shy Wolf Sanctuary is looking to acquire at least 20 acres for a much needed new facility. SWS is currently located on private residential 2.5 acres with approximately 60 animals. The new facility will help us become a valuable resource for the community. With that new move, funding for a full time Executive Director position is essential to operating the new sanctuary. SWS will continue to grow and provide the best experience possible for visitors to be educated on the importance of nature and animals in our lives through a unique opportunity to interact with the animals directly. SWS will be handicap accessible and ADA compliant. 1. Emergency Hurricane Shelter - SWS will be able to provide shelter for the residents of Animal Services during times of catastrophic events. The new buildings at SWS will be certified to protect against hurricanes that register as a Category 5. The existing shelters for Animal Services are currently built to Category 3 standards and SWS will be able to temporarily accommodate these animals provided there is an event over a Category 3. 2. Emergency Wildfire Shelter - SWS can also assist in the sheltering of animals that may be stuck in the path of wildfires. 3. First Responders - Animals could also be sheltered for those who are first responders during disasters such as fires, floods, and storms when most others evacuate. 4. FWC Resource - The new facility could also be used as a temporary housing facility and can administer vet care for animals that have been seized by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. 5. Panther Conservation Program - SWS could provide a rehabilitation site for injured Panthers as part of the FWC Panther which are currently transported to Jacksonville, Tampa, or Miami. 6. Law Enforcement - SWS will have training and exercise opportunities for K-9 units including water features, agility course, buildings to “clear”, and community service opportunities for low risk offenders. 7. Tourist Destination - SWS is already a popular destination for the current residents of Florida as well as visitors worldwide. These guests will come to visit, eat and stay overnight. SWS will be a unique draw to local tourism and enhance many different kinds of businesses locally including other tourist activities. 8. Community Partnerships - Children of all ages will be encouraged to participate in the programs that are offered. SWS works hard to provide educational programs and field trip opportunities for elementary schools and extracurricular programs such as Boy & Girl Scouts, and camera clubs. These could be expanded to a camping experience. 9. Learning Center & Meeting Location - The Educational Center will be equipped with a classroom enabling larger groups to gather and learn. Other organizations could benefit from this as a meeting room as well. 10. Community Service & Education - SWS already works with high schools and colleges to provide community service opportunities to their students, student project opportunities for many different areas of study, and internship opportunities in several fields including Biology and Wildlife Management. SWS has a strong relationship with FGCU and UF and can only hope to build on that partnership through enhanced opportunities offered during and after the move in planning and research.

Shy Wolf Sanctuary will take advantage of the substantial growth of interest in the plight of exotic animals. We will capture the interest of those concerned with environmental issues and provide programs for public involvement. The growth of the SW Florida population brings new residents ready to learn about wildlife and to connect with animals in new ways. To achieve our objectives, SWS is seeking strong donor support. Start-up funds will be used to build the facilities, erect the habitats and enclosures, purchase related equipment, purchase additional fixed assets and supplies, and provide initial operating capital. Our objectives are: 1. To raise the estimated funds required to build a state of the art facility. This will be an ongoing process funding the planned development in phases. 2. To begin construction of new facilities by 4th quarter 2022 and be fully operational for wolf encounters by the 3rd quarter of 2024. 3. To become a premier educational facility and tourist destination. 4. To assist the local community’s economy in areas of education, conservation, leisure, tourism, and fun. 5. To rescue, rehabilitate and provide sanctuary to abused, neglected, and injured exotic animals.

Shy Wolf Sanctuary has added a full-time Operations Manager, two part-time professional educators, a Volunteer Supervisor and Volunteer Coordinator part-time staff positions. Filling these roles helps expand our fundraising, community volunteerism, events, and educational outreach programs in our local community and across the online world. We have also expanded our events and fundraising committees. With new foundations and existing foundations’ increased financial support, we are forming new programs with partners like The David Lawrence Center. Educational experiences and art programs form healing heart connections with those individuals who share life experiences similar to our rescued animals at the sanctuary. Our Executive Director graduated from Leadership Collier in 2021 with 41 other classmates, formed new strong bonds with a variety of community members, learned about additional ways we can impact and partner with our community, and recruited three new board members through the program.

Shy Wolf Sanctuary has made tremendous progress by attaining an agreement to purchase 17 acres zoned commercially for our future facility.  We have not yet achieved that facility but have identified useable land, gained community grass roots support, formed a partnership with the county in achieving our goal through the land acquisition process and commissioner support, and are in the process of getting the land rezoned for our use. The rezoning should be completed by October 2021 and we will close on the property by year-end. We will be launching a capital campaign in 2022 and are lining up professionals to assist in the planning and running of it.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    The community at large, other NPOs and the participants in their programs, people wishing to surrender their animals, governmental agencies (USDA & FWC), county animal regulatory agencies, and schools.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email, social media comments & suggestions, email feedback,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We identified a need within the schools for Character Traits lessons and developed a comprehensive program including lesson plans, videos, signs, posters, and trading cards based on our resident animals and their traits.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Asking for feedback allows the partners to have more ownership of the programs and input into the success. We can better tailor our programs to meet their needs.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

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SHY WOLF SANCTUARY EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE CENTER INC.

Board of directors
as of 8/29/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Beth Swiderski

Naples Team Sports

Term: 2020 - 2021

Shane Biltz

Treasurer

Deanna Deppen

Executive Director

Beth Swiderski

President

Chris Lombardo

Director

John Cardillo

Director

Leroy Christiansen

Director

Randy Eisel, DVM

Director

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/29/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/29/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.