As I sit down to write this, I can’t help but wonder “Where has 2017 gone?”… This has been an incredible year where we have faced two natural disasters in different ways. We evacuated over 70 animals in one day when the wildfires became a direct threat to the sanctuary last April. Then in September we hunkered down and walked the fence lines throughout Hurricane Irma. It feels like the year has flown past and “THANK YOU” isn’t enough to say to all who stepped up to assist us in person or by donating.
Shy Wolf Sanctuary has come a long way since Irma barrelled through, but there is still much to do. The coyote pen and bobcat enclosure have been repaired. Debris has been removed. But there are still many enclosures still needing attention, particularly the one housing Nikita and Hopa. The whole back fence line needs to be replaced as it is old and leaning. Mostly. we need help from people with knowledge of installing chain link and the physical ability to do so. Our regular fencing company has always been busy and difficult to schedule but you can imagine with the hurricane that will be even more challenging. So if anyone out there has the ability to help on this project, please contact us at email@example.com .
Even with all of this, rescue must go on and in the last month alone we’ve taken in a number of new souls and helped rehome others. Sierra was a 9 year old husky mix whose person died of cancer and we found her a new home with one of our former adopters. Caleb was the most recent wolfdog in need because he’d spent the last five years on a chain to keep him from jumping a 4’ fence. He is being fostered by people who adopted from us locally and we’re hoping that turns into a permanent home. We also took in two skunks, Mork and Mindy, abandoned at a vet after Irma as well as two foxes, George and Gracie, who were posted on social media. Our founder Nancy Smith rehabbed an Irma squirrel baby and successfully released Sir Squeaks-a-Lot to the oak tree out front (one of the few undamaged by the storm) and we just transferred two orphaned raccoon babies to The Conservancy for rehab and ultimate release.