– “Changes are underway as Wolf Haven International seeks global accreditation”
“Many South Sound residents are familiar with Wolf Haven International, the wolf sanctuary near Offut Lake.
About 14,000 people visit the sanctuary each year, including 3,000 schoolchildren. But starting in June, Wolf Haven will change the way it accepts visitors.
Those who want to visit the animals will need to make an appointment — a change that will add stability to the wolves’ lives, said Wendy Spencer, director of animal care.
‘The best thing we can do for them is let them be, just let them be wolves,’ Spencer said.
The change in visitation policy comes as Wolf Haven moves toward becoming a globally accredited sanctuary through the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. Wolf Haven is already one of two wolf sanctuaries accredited by the American Sanctuary Association,” by Amelia Dickson.
– “Wolf Haven character is evolving”
“Consider it a sign of Wolf Haven International’s success that the wolf sanctuary near Tenino’s Offut Lake is restricting visits by the public starting this month, requiring appointments.
The move is meant to improve the setting for wolves as the organization seeks global accreditation from the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.
We trust staffers that the site’s 50 wolves will benefit and that visitors will also find the better-planned experience more enjoyable,” quoting The Olympian.