Nearly every U.S. state forbids owning wolves or wolfdog hybrids. Texas is not one of those states. Hence, the nearly 15 years the St. Francis Wolf Sanctuary has spent taking in wolves and wolfdogs that couldn't be tamed by their owners, since these wild creatures—yes, even the wolfdog hybrids—resist domestication at nearly every level.
This is an unfortunate situation for the wolves, but fortunately there exist places like the Montgomery-based animal sanctuary that provides a home for these cast-off canines. In fact, the Saint Francis Wolf Sanctuary has taken in so many wolves over the years that they'll soon need to move to a larger acreage. At this year's 11th Annual Open Day, a yearly meet-the-pack event that lets members of the public visit the sanctuary, they're hoping to raise enough money through donations to do just that.
"For over a decade SFWS has been rescuing and providing sanctuary to wolves and wolfdogs in need," writes Jean LeFevre, who founded the 501(c)3 non-profit and continues to run the shelter today. "We love to share our beautiful animals with the people who come to visit, and hope they will be inspired to donate generously."
The open house takes place this Saturday, October 1 from noon to 4 p.m., and although it's free, the sanctuary is asking for suggested donations of $5 for children and $10 for adult visitors.
In exchange for your donation, you'll be able to observe the 14 animals who currently call the Saint Francis Wolf Sanctuary home: a dozen wolfdogs and two actual wolves. Educational programs will teach you all about the differences between the two and you'll even have the chance to get your picture taken with one of the sanctuary’s special ambassador wolfdogs.
In addition, look for face-painting, food vendors, a bake sale and silent auction, all of which will also help raise funds for a larger home for the Saint Francis wolves.
Can't make it out to the event this weekend? Saint Francis offers tours—by appointment only—and is always searching for qualified volunteers who aren't afraid to get giant paw prints on their clothes or wolf kisses on their faces.