W lf Run
Rescue Rehabilitation Release Lifelong Sanctuary
Welcome To The Longest Running Wildlife Sanctuary In Kentucky.
Wolf Run is a 501 C 3 Non Profit Charity and a U.S.D.A. Licensed Facility
"For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack." - Rudyard Kipling
Meet the animal care staff of Wolf Run. These remarkable people are volunteers!
Mrs. Mary Kindred
CEO/Founder Wildlife Rehabilitator
Mr. David R. Fuller
President/Captive Cervid Licensee
Ms. Kara Baird
President /Animal Care
Mrs. Debra Kelly
Mr. Daron Lockard
Animal Care Director
Mr. Robert Ruddy
Ms. Amber Devine
Wildlife Rehabilitator/Intern 2020
Volunteers are always needed.
No disrespect to Lynda Carter, but there are a lot of Wonder Women out there — particularly in the realm of animal rescue.
Countless women across the globe have dedicated themselves to animal heroics, all in the name of those who can’t speak for themselves.
Many of the world’s most wonderful sanctuaries are helmed by such women, all of whom are doing incredible work (often with no pay)
— fueled entirely by their devotion to animals in need.
By Hannah Sentenac
Transformations From Abuse Past And Present
Mission To Provide
A Happy Home
Please register your Kroger card! It's free and easy and helps the animals at Wolf Run!
It's true! It's simple and fast. Just click the link below. Have your Kroger card handy. You'll need the numbers off of it. When opted, either search or choose Wolf Run Wildlife Refuge. For every purchase you make in Krogers, Wolf Run will receive a donation from your total. It costs you nothing and regardless of where you live, as long as you are shopping in Krogers, a percentage of your purchase is donated to the animals! You can register your card now.
Did You Find A Fawn?
From Kentucky Department
of Fish and Wildlife
If you find a fawn please walk away. We know we are asking a lot from you and we know it's difficult but it's for the best. Here's why.
Fawns are born with little to no scent during their first several weeks of life. During this time the doe will take advantage of this and leave her young tucked in tall grasses or thickets. She uses this time to forage and replenish her body with extra nutrition in order to raise her young. This is usually when fawns are taken by people who find them alone and think they are saving them. The doe always comes back for her baby unless she senses humans in the area or she has been killed.
Do not think you can hide and watch for the doe. She will know you are there and will not show herself. Leave the area and check back in several days. If the fawn is braying and up walking then its possible he or she has been abandoned. Please refer to this list of licensed wildlife rehabilitators in Kentucky for help. Never attempt to feed a fawn! Their systems are to delicate to endure the sudden change of switching from their mothers milk to cow's milk, cream or baby formula.
Did You Find A Baby Bunny?
Usually it happens when you are doing your yardwork. And sometimes your pet will carry a baby bunny into the house. If the bunny is injured you will need to contact a rehabilitator. If the baby is simply out exploring and nibbling on grasses, leave it alone. Should you come across a nest, do not disturb it. The mother rabbit only feeds her young once in 24 hours. She will not lay with them as most mammals but stand over them while they nurse. She will return again in 24 hours. Contact a wildlife rehabilitator nearest you for help with any injured wildlife.
The Sad Truth
In a gray world, the wolf dog lingers between the wild and domestic. They yearn for human interaction yet possess a deep desire for a pack, forests and freedom.
The outcome for many of these wolf dogs is sad. They are abandoned by their owners at dog shelters where they are considered unadoptable and euthanized. Unable to understand, they remain there until the vets arrive to inject them with the solutions that stop their hearts. Fearful and confused, they die on a concrete floor surrounded by strangers.
Wolf Run is home to many of these animals. If a shelter contacts us and we have openings, we will accept the animals sight unseen to keep the innocents from suffering a horrific fate. Many of these animals are not wolf dogs. Disreputable breeders will say anything for money. Including mislabeling a husky mix puppy as a wolf dog. It is a constant battle as we attempt to educate the public on the differences between a dog, wolf , wolf-dog, and coyote.
Since wolves are no longer found wild in Kentucky and these animals have been captive raised and cannot care for themselves in the wild, they are not candidates for release. What this means is that animal becomes Wolf Run's responsibility for the remainder of its life.
When the Wolf Run phone rings, saying "Yes" to helping an animal in a death risk situation in a shelter is easy! It's the best feeling. But then what? There's only so much room in a habitat before another needs to be built. And if that is not the case, the rescue is no rescue at all. It's a life sentence for that animal living in a dog kennel.
The goal is to provide them all with habitats. And that's another reason we need your help. It cost a fortune to put up new fencing. It must be tall, sturdy, secured with dig wire and encompassed in another fence called the perimeter fence.
The struggle to be a replacement for the" wild" is constant. We always need your support and the needs are very real.
Without Further Ado...Meet the animals of Wolf Run.
The Hybrids Of Wolf Run
Wolf Run's Coydogs
Wolf Run's Bobcats Indigenous
Wolf Run's Pigs
Exotics Birds Of Wolf Run
Wolf Run's Equines
With Your Free Pocket Guide To Kentucky Wildlife Tracks!
Looking for something to do on a rainy day? After a rain is the best time to head outdoors to do some tracking! The best places to go are muddy areas near water. All kinds of animals go to ponds, rivers and streams to drink. The shore is full of mystery but you can identify your findings with the free Pocket Guide! Take a photo with your phone or print it to take along!
Bee A Hero
Seven bee species were added to the endangered species list. All yellow faced bees native to Hawaii. The honey bee is not an endangered bee. But at the rate of decline many predict it will happen. Climate change, habitat destruction, pesticides, all play a huge part in the loss of bees. Bee's are one of the most important beings on earth. We don't want to lose them! Here are some fun things your family can do to help our little pollinators thrive.
Create a Bee Bath.
A fun activity that can also help save the bees is creating a bee bath. Fill a shallow bird bath or a small dish or bowl with clean water, and arrange pebbles and stones inside so that they poke out of the water. Bees will land on the stones and pebbles to drink the water as they take a break from foraging and pollinating.
Build homes for native bees.
Did you know that, with the exception of honey bees, most bees are solitary creatures? 70% of bees live underground, while 30% live in holes inside of trees or hollow stems. Since many solitary and bumble bees build their nests in undisturbed land, why not keep an untouched plot of land for them in your garden? “Bee condos” allow solitary bees like mason bees to take up residence and pollinate your garden, and are widely available for sale online. You can also learn how to build your own bee condo and create a better space for solitary bees.
Plant A Bee Garden!
Bees love hydrangeas, foxgloves, larkspur, roses, clematis, butterfly bush, salvia, sweet William, zinnias, marigolds, alyssum, nasturtium, daisy varieties and just about any type of flower that has blue shades of blooms.
Herbs such as lavender, dill, basil, bee balm, thyme, evening primrose, poppy and goldenrod are favorites of honey bees.