Saint Francis Wolf Sanctuary

Together We Thrive!

Mission

To rescue and provide a loving, exceptional home to non-releasable wolves and wolfdogs, and to educate the public about these animals.

Ruling year info

2004

Executive Director

Nicole Rogers

Main address

6731 Pavlock Rd

Navasota, TX 77868 USA

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Formerly known as

Saint Francis Animal Sanctuary

EIN

54-2077914

NTEE code info

Wildlife Sanctuary/Refuge (D34)

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Our programs

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Animal Care

Provide a stable, loving, stimulating, and humane home to resident animals. All SFWS's animals are provided with shelter; water; balanced, nutritious, species-appropriate meals; exceptional veterinary care; daily enrichment; and canine companionship.

Population(s) Served

Through guided on-site tours and off-site presentations, educate the public about wolves, wolfdogs, conservation issues, and the problem of exotic pets

Population(s) Served

Rescue wolves and wolfdogs in need from Animal Control agencies, other sanctuaries, and abusive or ill-equipped owners

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

SFWS aims to rescue as many captive wolves and wolfdogs as possible, and provide them with a permanent, loving home. Many of our rescues have suffered much and deserve a true sanctuary -- with balanced, species-appropriate meals, exceptional veterinary care, companionship, and loving attention and care.

We also aim to educate the public about wolves and wolfdogs, teaching people that wolves are not vicious monsters, but rather shy, intelligent, caring animals. We want people to see the complexity of wolves and why -- although their needs may occasionally conflict with ours -- we should cherish and protect them.

However, we also aim to teach people about why wolves and wolfdogs, like other wild animals, do not make good pets! Through education, we hope that captive wolf and wolfdog breeding ultimately becomes a thing of the past, and that wolves are found only in the wild. Finally, we aim to educate the public on the differences between wolves and dogs, and end the dangerous misrepresentation (usually by breeders) of dogs as "wolves," resulting in their deaths at shelters.

When there is space in the sanctuary, we rescue appropriate wolves/wolfdogs (based on their needs, and their compatibility with their potential new companion). This can involve the owner transporting the animal to us, or more often driving to pick it up (often hundreds of miles away), or arranging transport by air. When space is not available, we direct intake requests to other sanctuaries and rescues.

All our animals are provided with everything they need to live happily and comfortably: space, shelter, water, appropriate meals, enrichment, medications, vet care, and canine companionship.

In order to change perception of wolves, end captive breeding and ownership of wolves and wolfdogs, and end misrepresentation of dogs as "wolves," we educate the public through guided tours, multiple special tours, field trips, special events, off-site expos, and other off-site presentations to schools, animal control agencies, and other organizations.

Our animals receive space, shelter, water, appropriate meals, enrichment, medications, vet care, and canine companionship, and human companionship and interaction when the animal desires it. Our animals are cared for by an exceptional and talented local veterinarian. We have contacts with a large national network of wolf/dog rescue organizations, to which we can direct intake requests when we are unable to help.

SFWS's volunteers and staff have a great amount of combined experience in wolf and wolfdog rescue and care. Public donations are sufficient to cover operational expenses including enrichment, water, facility upkeep, food, etc. The sanctuary currently has 7 enclosures capable of housing up to 15 animals. Once the sanctuary is relocated to new property, we will be able to expand enclosure size, features, and number. New features will include running water features, artificial dens, and more.

SFWS's tours and other educational programs reach thousands of people each year from all over the world. In 2015, we welcomed nearly 6,500 visitors, and reached thousands more individuals through our social media pages and website.

Over our 13-year history, SFWS has directly rescued 32 animals, and has indirectly saved many more through our collaboration with other rescues, shelters, and owners, and through our education on proper labeling of dogs. Our current residents are all in good health, happy, and certainly in the best home they have ever had.

While public support for wolf conservation has improved significantly in the last 5 decades, a tremendous amount of work remains to be done in education. Captive wolf/wolfdog breeding and breed misrepresentation remain major problems. Our education and outreach programs have reached tens of thousands of individuals, both local and from around the world. We are proud to have played a small role in teaching some people the truth about these animals, but much remains to be done!

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Saint Francis Wolf Sanctuary

Board of directors
as of 08/24/2020
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Board chair

Julie Wright

The Studio Zoom

Term: 2020 - 2022

Julie Wright

The Studio Zoom

Jane Besser

Ellard Insurance Agency

Melissa Felty

Texas Parks and WIldlife

Stephen Levert

Current Student at Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine

Alisa Bailey

Bailey Imagery, LLC

Board leadership practices

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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? Yes
  • 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