New Mexico's Pet Resource SUMMER 2006



Mission of the group:

Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary provides life-time sanctuary for over 50 abused and abandoned captive-bred wolves and wolf-dogs. It is our mission to educate the public on wolves, both in the wild and in captivity, the complexities of wolf-dog ownership, and the epidemic proportions of abandoned wolves and wolf-dogs.

Brief history of the group:

Jacque Evans began the rescue efforts of the Sanctuary in the 1980ís. We became a nonprofit organization in the early 1990ís, at which point we were known as Candy Kitchen Rescue Ranch. Then the name was changed to Candy Kitchen Wolf Hybrid Rescue Ranch. In 2003, Leyton Cougar took over as the Executive Director and the name was changed again to Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary to better reflect our mission.

How many animals do you take in every year?

Because of the epidemic proportions of the wolf-dog problems in the United States, we receive one to seven calls and emails each day from people asking us to accept an animal. Since we do provide life-time sanctuary to each animal accepted, we maintain our population at 55 animals. At this time we are completely full, so animals are rarely accepted.

How many animals do you adopt out each year?

Because the animals we deal with should never be pets we rarely have opportunities to adopt animals to different homes. However, before we began specializing in the high-content wolf-dogs and pure wolves, a few low-content wolf-dogs arrived at our Sanctuary. (See an explanation of high-content and low-content wolf-dogs in the Spring 2006 issue of PETroglyphs, page 6, or on the Petroglyphs web site at At this time, we have few animals who would thrive in a home environment. After they have been placed, no adoptions will occur unless under extremely special circumstances. As adoptions are not common, any inquiries about these possibilities are dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

What is your policy concerning euthanasia?

We accept the responsibility for providing each animal accepted with the utmost care for their entire natural life. Euthanasia is rarely used. The only case when euthanasia is used is when an animalís quality of life is so greatly depleted that it is the only humane alternative.

How is the group financed?

Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary currently receives no government funding and is completely supported by tours, private donations and the profit from our outreach programs.

What do you need in terms of volunteers, goods, services, etc.?

We are always in need of dedicated, long-term, live-in volunteers to help care for the animals as well as work on various projects around the Sanctuary. We also appreciate any individuals willing to volunteer on a one-time-only or occasional basis with projects and outreach events. It costs us $6.99 per animal per day simply to feed the animals, which does not include medications or any other expenses. We are always in need of donations of meat and other supplies. A specific wish list can be found on our web site at, or by calling us at 505-775-3304. Monetary donations also are extremely useful for the care of our animals and maintenance of the Sanctuary.

PETroglyphs thanks Angel Bennett, Educational Outreach Coordinator, Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary for providing this information. If you would like to volunteer for or donate to this group, you may contact them at: Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, HC61, Box 28, Ramah, NM 87321, (505) 775-3304, on the web at:, or by e-mail at:

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