Shy Wolf Sanctuary
By Faye Roland
Some people bring home stray cats and dogs, but almost 30 years ago, Nancy Smith brought home a black leopard. Moondance, the young 3-legged leopard, became the first inhabitant of what is known as Shy Wolf Sanctuary in Collier County. Tucked back on a dead-end road in Golden Gate Estates, the sanctuary is a haven for rescued, abandoned, and unwanted exotic animals. Nancy and Kent Smith, now in their 70s, share their home and the few acres surrounding it with up to 60 animal residents and a daily rotation of dedicated volunteers.