Hello, my name is Tayha. I am a shy female timber wolf. I have learned so much since being here at the sanctuary. I don’t remember much about my past, I still get a little bit stressed sometimes if I think about it too much and I start to pace. I’ve been able to move past that though since I’ve been in my new forest home with my brother Sakima. We have so much space and there are so many fun places to hide. I’ve grown to trust people too, especially the ones that bring us juicy treats and raw meat for dinner.
Tayha looking good for the camera
Sakima saying hello
Hey, I’m Sakima and I am a timber wolf. I was rescued and brought to the sanctuary with my sister Tayha. She was a little bit nervous in the beginning but she’s gotten much better since we’ve been in our forest home. I was shy at first too but I’ve been warming up- everyone here is really nice! And they never say anything about my underbite—they say I am just as handsome as can be.
I am Cinderella and I was born here at the sanctuary. I love to dig dens. I especially love to take naps down in them when it gets very hot outside! I am very gentle when the volunteers feed me treats, and take them like a true lady.
I hear them on the tours telling people that I was named after a very brave strong alpha female wolf named Cinderella who lived in the wild in a place they call Yellowstone. You’ll have to ask the volunteers the whole story when you visit, but all I know is that Cinderella rose up to challenge a very mean alpha who was threatening her pups. She survived and raised fifteen pups all in one den! Would you believe it? I always like to hear her story and I am honored to carry on her name.
It must be fun to be in the wild, but I am so happy to live safely here in my forest home at the sanctuary with my brothers and sister. Come visit me soon!
I’m Solo. They call me the golden girl, because of my beautiful coloring. I am very active, and sometimes can’t stop bouncing. I eat first along with my brother Dusty, and make the others wait their turn. I love raw meat!
I am Swayze. I tend to be shy, like my brother Friday, but I still love to get treats at the fence during tours. I am named after the actor who plays the main character in the movie Ghost, so I am almost famous! I’m also told that I am a very handsome wolf.
Dusty and Solo
I am Dusty. I am a male, and am the alpha of my pack. I am always aware of my surroundings, and what is going on around me. I keep a lookout and I am always the first to alert my pack to anything unusual. I especially make sure they know when it’s time for dinner. I am a bit smaller than my brothers but I am a very strong leader for my pack. When you come see me, look for the dusty colored wolf-that’s me!
I am Friday. I am very shy, and tend to stay in the back of the pack. I am the largest in my pack. I will catch treats, but I will not come up to the fence for them.
I am Levi. I am the largest of the brothers. You can tell me apart because my nose has a bit more gray in it. I like to hang out with my brother Lincoln, so some of the volunteers say I seem to be something like a Beta wolf. All I know is, I am a strong wolf and I like to make the others submit to me. I can jump higher than anyone for treats, wait until you see me!
I am Lenape. I am the smallest of the four brothers in the big pack, so it’s easy to tell me apart. I don’t like when the other wolves touch me, I would rather they just kept their distance. I’m a lower ranked member in the pack and sometimes I become a little bit too rowdy and get picked on by my brother Levi. He’s not the boss of me! I love raw meat, of course, and I try my very best to get the tour guides to sneak around to the back of my enclosure and bring me secret treats while the rest of my pack isn’t looking! It doesn’t always work, but sometimes I find a nice juicy piece of meat that I can enjoy all to myself.
I am Lincoln. I love showing off! When you see me on the tour, you will see me sticking my paw through the fence to try and grab food from the volunteers. I like when people talk about me! I look a lot like my brothers but you can tell who I am when you visit because my tail is a bit shorter than theirs. Some of the volunteers call me an Alpha because I am the first to eat in my pack. I don’t always show all of the dominant traits, though, sometimes I let my brother Levi or our relative Frodo show dominance instead. Come see for yourself and tell me what you think!
I’m Sarge. Trinity is my sister. Sometimes I try to compete with her for the Alpha position in the pack, especially during breeding season. By the spring it becomes clear again that she is in charge, though. I am a little bit smaller in size, but I can be just as strong. I love when people come to visit for tours because sometimes I get treats! When I howl with my pack I make as much noise as possible to make it sound like there are dozens of us when really there are only 10.
I am Chomp. I was named for my partially missing ear. I lost the tip in a scuffle with one of my pack mates. It happens, what can I say. I am the Omega female in my pack. I love when people come to visit, it means I will be getting treats. The volunteers hand me a hot dog and I can chomp it right in half quick as a flash! Maybe that’s also how I got my name. I was born into the big pack and there is always something going on and I love to be a part of the action. Sometimes it gets me in trouble and I have to remember my place as the omega. We all have a role to play!
I am Frodo. I am a large silvery male wolf in the big pack. Many people love to take my picture as I am so majestic! I love to play and run with the younger wolves in my pack, especially Lincoln, Levi, and Lucas. Come visit us soon!
I am Geronimo, and I am the Omega in the big pack. I am very shy during tour time, and won’t come down to the fence. Since my pack won’t always let me eat right away, I watch where they hide their food. Then, when they are sleeping, I sneak and sniff around to find it and have myself a delicious meal! I am very smart!
I am Hudson. My head may look like a bear, but I assure you that I am a wolf! I watch out over the pack, and alert them when certain people are around. When the caretaker comes near, I always give a warning bark to let my pack know he is near. I am an elder in my pack and many of the younger wolves still look to me to get the pack excited and start the howl.
I thought there was a tour today
I am Trinity, and I am the Alpha female of the pack. You can usually find me running with my tail held high. I always like to see what is going on. Some volunteers have even called me a thief because I steal their scrub brushes when they are scrubbing out buckets. But hey, if you stick your things in my house, that makes them mine! For example, one time, one of our volunteers came in to take some pictures with his new camera and he sat it down on the ground while fiddling around with a smaller device and I snuck up and snatched that Nikon right away! Ha! I finally did let him have it back, an hour later. What fun that was. What a laugh and a half.
I am Lucas. I am very mischievous! I do not like cameras, well unless they are in my mouth, of course! Sometimes you can even see me pawing the ground like a bull. I have really awesome eyes, well, I think so, anyway! Sometimes I am just a clown.
Ginny enjoying herself
Hi! I am Ginny. I came from New York City. Can you imagine me there? It was very scary for me. I now live in a big forest home with my friend Dozer. I have since learned to warm up to the humans. I am also a very good jumper! Sometimes I like to run and hide to escape Dozer when we play. You can tell who I am by my beautiful heart shaped markings on my face.
I’m Dozer. I love, love, love to jump! I can jump up straight off the ground and I would probably reach right over the heads of my human caretakers. I grew up in a very small place and I don’t remember much about it but I am much happier here in my forest home with Ginny. We are both feisty and we love to play. Come see us on a private tour!
Dozer close up
I am Yellowfeather, and I am the Alpha female in our little pack. I was also rescued from Elizabethtown, but I am definitely ready to explore my surroundings and see what is going on! I love being looked at, but I am still a little cautious, just being smart, I call it!
Dakota and Yellow Feather - High 5
I am Dakota! What took you so long to find me??? I am the Alpha male in my pack. I was rescued from Pittsburgh, and I love, love, love humans! Sometimes I act just like a big puppy, unless you try to mess with my food, of course! Some people call me a player, but I think I am just wonderful!
I am Hope. I am the Alpha female of my pack. I love attention! I am also a strong leader and make sure my brother Aries and my friend Lazarus are kept in line. The three of us love to play together and we like when the volunteers visit too. Come see us on a private tour soon!
I am Aries! I love to play! Hope is my sister. Sometimes I pick on her, just like a brother. I love all kinds of food, especially deer meat! If it is really hot outside in the summertime I love to dunk my front paws straight into my fresh water buckets when the volunteers come to clean them and fill them with cool water. Then they have to fill them again—it’s the most fun game!
I am Lazarus. My mom’s name was Lucky and I was born in the same litter as Lincoln, Lucas, Levi, and Lenape. When I was really little I got very sick with a respiratory infection and I had to be taken to the doctor. While I was recovering, I met Hope and Aries and we got along just great to become our very own pack! I am the Omega in our pack. I love attention and food, but I always have to remember to wait till Hope is finished, otherwise she can get very cross with me. She is in charge of our pack! I love jumping for treats, especially deer meat!
Hope - A song by any other name
I am Tioga! I am a very big timber wolf! I was rescued from Shamokin, PA with my alpha dad Merlin, my alpha mom Niksa, and my aunt Keisha. They have all passed on now and I miss them but I have my own pack now with another beautiful timber wolf named Little Girl. We have lots of fun playing together. And I love to play. I also love treats! For the record, I hate fish! But I love raw meat, of course. I have a really great personality, which you will definitely see when you come visit me!
Tioga & Little Girl building a relationship
My name is Little Girl but I am not really sure why—I’m a big strong female timber wolf! I came to the Sanctuary from Missouri with my friend Booboo but he got very sick and passed away. I miss him very much but now I live with another timber wolf named Tioga. He is big and strong too and we love to howl together. He’s a little bit older than me but we still have fun! Come on a tour and see us!
My name is Sky and I was born in August 2012. I love to run, eat and generally bug this big boy they roomed me with. His name is Jasper Iron Jaw Houdini. How did he get that name? That is another story! He is adorable! I love to run with him and play and jump and roll around. Oh and I love love love water. I am happy to be here and out of that little box that mean man kept me in for most of my early puppy life. This place is so big I’m still amazed by it! I was so excited when I got to come down and see the other wolves. Now I live up on a big hill and Jasper and I have a friend named Rogue who lives with us too! It’s great!
I came here because my human companion could no longer keep me. He was moving into a small apartment and just knew I would not be happy there. I need lots of room to run. When I came here they put me in a home that had this funny stuff I had to walk on. I finally had to ask the wolves next door what it was! They call it dirt and grass. I had never walked on such stuff, but I must admit it feels better on my paws.
I am very quiet, so when you come by my enclosure look hard cause I am here, you just won’t hear me. I love to playfully bounce at the fence. Oh and I am told I have sexy grey eyes.
I just love living here! I also love attention and I am very smart. When I first got here I was very lonely. I wanted to be with other wolves or at least with one of these new humans but they said that for a little while I had to stay in a place called quarantine until I was ready to move. I decided I didn’t want to wait any longer so I chewed a hole in the door and they came and fixed it. Then I squiggled through the fence panel and the ceiling. They came and fixed that too. Then I found another weak spot and they even fixed that! Then I thought I will just chew a hole in the roof, and of course they fixed it. After awhile they put a new roof on and I was stuck. Arg!
Little did I know I would not be in quarantine for very long. Before I knew it I was in a new enclosure with wolf friends and you know what? I never tried to escape again. One of my friends is THE cutest little girl. She is smaller than me and a little greedy when it comes to food but oh well I can look past that. Company at last! Her name is Sky and we live with our other friend Rogue. Come see us on a private tour!
Hi, my name’s Mika. I came from Virginia. I was so scared when I got to the sanctuary. I did not want anyone to touch me. They would come every day and sit in my house with me. No one forced me to do anything, they just sat with me. After awhile I got the idea that I would sneak behind them and push them and run away. They did nothing but sit, no yelling at me or anything! I started feeling like I was safe, and that maybe I was going to like it here. And you know what? Now I love it here, and I love to run over and say hello and get my belly rubbed by the volunteers. Always on my own terms, and that is how I like it. I love treats on tours and I just love raw meat dinners—especially deer meat! I live with my best friend Spirit in a large territory that we have all to ourselves. I have a big fluffy white coat that keeps me toasty in the winter and by summertime I shed it all right off as if I had a brand new haircut! That way I don’t get too hot on sunny summer days. I love to play and goof around. Come see me and maybe you’ll catch me and Spirit goofing around together!
Hey, I’m Spirit. I live up on a big hill with my best friend Mika. Mika and I love to chase each other through the tunnels in our territory and we play all day long. We love to catch treats in the air during tours. I am very friendly because I used to live in Maryland with a very nice family, and sometimes they still come to volunteer or come for a tour to visit me. I’ve been told I have the most beautiful wolf eyes. Isn’t that just the nicest thing!
Spirit and Mika
I am Achilles. I was just under a year when I arrived. Battered but not broken. My will and my spirit remained intact. I lived with a man who had no respect for any other, and I was in constant fear. I dreamed of a day when I would run free and wished to see my brothers and sisters again. My hope draining slowly as the days turned into months, then one day while I was hiding in a corner unable to open my mouth. There was some kind of contraption on it. I learned that thing on my face was a muzzle. Anyway I digress, I was listening intently to what my captors were saying. Something about having to hide me. Someone was coming to check the den and I could not be there when they arrived. Early in the morning the mate of the evil human wrapped me up and took me out of the den and into another. There was noise outside and suddenly I was being brought back to that horrible place. But no, there were other humans in uniforms and someone else with the gentlest eyes and they were trained on me. I did not get to go with him at first. I was loaded in the back of a truck and spirited away. I was terrified. I already knew what horrors awaited be at my home, but what NOW! Where was I going and what was to become of me?
I didn't know it then but I had just started my new life.
I arrived at a place where they poked and prodded me, but ever so gently. My fear slipped away. Here I could tell everyone around me just wanted to heal me. I laid on the table still and quiet. I think I was in a bit of shock, maybe. They fixed my neck. I had a big hole in it where infection had set in. I had been beaten a lot at my home, and I ached all over. But the hands that touched me now meant no harm. I could feel the difference, and those gentle eyes were there to tell me it was all going to be okay. I was going home, a new home.
I went to sleep, and when I woke up, well there was lots of fuss over me. I would not let anyone touch me at first. But they kept after me. Sitting in the same room with me, but not making me do anything I did not want to do. Slowly I thought I would take that bit of food offered. Why not? I could hear off in the distance a familiar sound. A calling, but I was not sure. I did not want to get my hopes up.
The gentle eyes came to visit me every day. I learned that this man was to be my care taker. He has always been very gentle with me. He reunited me with three of my siblings. I still recall the first day I saw them. WOW my heart soared. I was put in a small area right beside them and when the gentle eyes thought all was safe he opened the gate. He and his mate stood there with their breath held, as I bolted into my family’s home! I ran and ran -- the wind could not even catch me. I had never run before and what a feeling. My family in my wake. Of course there have been tense moments as we got reacquainted. What family doesn't?
I live with just two of my siblings now since our other sister lives in a different territory with her mate. I love my pack and we laugh and play and run and fight. We are a pack. We are proud and fierce and invincible! We are Wolf! I learned that is now my home, and I truly feel safe here. Oh and the gentle eyes still come to visit me, not as much as they used to. But then I have my family now, and there are new wolves to rescue and heal aren't there? Please help in our journey. Help the gentle eyes. Thank you for caring.
Running Bear among the trees
I am Running Bear. I was rescued from Elizabethtown. I am really quite shy, but I am trying to warm up. I am very timid, but I will come over to the fence when there is food involved! People say I have the most beautiful markings on my face!
Watonie in the woods
I am Watonie. I am a female and the most timid of my pack. I like to sit in the back and watch. I love raw meat! I live with my two brothers, Running Bear and Achilles. Achilles was not rescued at the same time as us, and he doesn’t like to talk much about the time before he got to come to the sanctuary. I am so happy he is finally with us again! The three of us have the best time together. I am very shy around people, but I like it when they drop off meat for us to eat and then leave so I can eat it quietly. I will be watching you even if you don't see me. If you look closely, you might see me peering around a tree, but my markings help me blend in perfectly.
We are family reunited!
Hi, I’m Loci. Like Thor, I am also blind. But that doesn’t stop me from anything. I was blind since birth. I definitely know my surroundings! I was rescued from Virginia. Now I live in my very own territory with my friend Cheyenne and she told me she was rescued too! I also have a GREAT sense of hearing and smell! I love when the volunteers come to give tours because they bring me treats and I listen very carefully when they toss me some meat so that when it hits the ground I know right where it is and I bolt over to it and scarf it right up! I also have a big pool that I like to splash and play in on hot days. Recently, I’ve been gaining a bit of my eyesight back—it’s not perfect yet but I’ve never seen a wolf wear glasses—have you? I get by perfectly fine with my nose and my ears. Come on a tour and see how I am doing!
Hi there, my name’s Cheyenne. I came from a place called New York. I used to have a lot of puppies back then but I never got to see any of them grow up, the humans would always take them away. I liked my humans well enough but I didn’t know what it was like to be free. Once I was rescued and brought to the sanctuary everything changed. Now I have my very own territory that I share with my friend Loci and we are free to do anything we like! I love treats and attention so tours are my favorite! Come visit us up on our beautiful hill!
Cheyenne and those golden eyes
Galahad close up
Hi I’m Galahad and I am a lone wolf at the moment. I am not very shy and love I love love love attention, but usually on my own terms. What do you expect I am wolf, hear me howl! Oh and I also love raw meat. When you stop by my enclosure I may show off my wiggle and pounce at the fence to get a treat!
I’m Thor, and in case you didn’t notice, I am blind. It is because of cataracts. But don’t worry, it doesn’t bother me at all! My sense of smell and hearing are extra great to make up for it and I’ve made lots of trails for myself all over my forest territory. I can even sometimes sneak up on the volunteers without them knowing it! Imagine that—a blind wolf sneaking up on you! I love running along the fence! Oh, and of course I love treats! I lived with my mate Lucky for awhile but she passed on. I miss her very much and sometimes I howl for her. I like tours a lot because the visitors and volunteers keep me company—plus they give me lots of treats! Come for a tour and spend some time with me!
I am Sophie, and I came from New York City with my friend Ginny. Ginny and I parted ways a few years back and I live with a handsome male wolf named Jerico now. I like the female volunteers a bit more than the males. I just feel better around them. I love food! I usually try to hoard all of it to save for later. I am a good runner, you should see me running around grabbing meat for myself!
Jerico looking buff
My name is Jerico and I can’t tell you how happy I am to live in my forest territory with Sophie. I grew up and lived my life at a place far away from here where I could smell lots of other animals and I didn’t like it very much. I had a very small area for most of my life and when I got to the sanctuary I had to see the doctor a few times because I had lumps and bumps and other problems that needed to be taken care of. I got better quickly and I still remember the first day the people here brought me to my new territory to live with a female named Sophie. We have a whole forest all to ourselves would you believe it! I wouldn’t have it any other way. Sophie is the most beautiful wolf I’ve ever seen. Come visit us on a private tour and see for yourself!