My husband and I just returned from a wonderful trip out west to Colorado. I plan to post about a few of the wonderful places we visited on our trip but I first wanted to share our experiences at a special place called Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation in Guffey, CO. This place is a unique sanctuary for captive born wolves and wolf-dog hybrids that have been injured, abused and or neglected. After meeting the founder, Mark Johnson, one can tell that he pours his heart and soul into caring for these canines.
RMWF started with a wolf named Cheyenne. Johnson acquired her from another sanctuary when she was 4 1/2 weeks old. He and his wife raised her and it soon became apparent that Cheyenne was very special. Cheyenne had a gift. She was able to tell when a person needed her either emotionally or physically. She was gifted with the ability to heal people.
Unfortunately, Cheyenne passed away in 2009, but the sanctuary goes on.
We were greeted by Mark when we arrived and were given a short presentation about the sanctuary and the story of Cheyenne. After the orientation, it was time to interact with the wolves!
Even wolves love belly rubs. Dan rubs Zoya’s belly.
RMWF charges no entrance fee for your visit and operates on donations. When you visit, it is just you and your group. It was only my husband and I at our visit. Before visiting, you make an appointment. They have several 2 hour appointments daily. You will interact with the sanctuary residents with your group only.
Mark gives very specific instructions for each wolf you interact with. He knows each wolf like his own child. Some are too shy for guest interactions but we were able to personally visit with seven wolves/ wolf hybrids (I think).
Thor was another that loved to give kisses and get belly rubs.
Baby even gave us a howl!
Poor Kiska came from a shelter in Texas. She is a wolf hybrid. They are working on getting her weight up. She is such a love!
A few more shots from the visit…
If you every find yourself in the Colorado Springs area, I highly recommend a side trip to Guffey to visit this special place. RMWF is about 1 .5 hours from Colorado Springs. Visit their website Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation for information. Appointments are necessary and all ages are welcome! They are a 501-c3 non-profit organization.
No pictures, but Guffey is a tiny town about 2 streets wide. Visit the Rolling Thunder Cloud Cafe! Wonderful owners and great food! We stopped in after our wolf visit for lunch and had some excellent chili and conversation!