Wolf Run is closed to the public for the benefit of the animals.
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
Home Sweet Home
This is a young wolfdog that was tied to a tree in Kentucky. He was surrendered by his owner to Wolf Run, and we commend him. It was the right thing to do.
Seeing this wolf dog for the first time broke our hearts. He was obviously miserable. His eyes were dull and lifeless. It seemed he may have given up hope.
That happens sometimes, when their spirits are broken.
We took him with us and his new future began with Wolf Run. We named him, Judge. He is barely over two years old. Just a puppy. And boy we had no idea what a wild ride we'd take with Judge! But one thing we all knew, Judge was home!
A Ray of Sunshine
This is Judge now! In just a few months, with vet care, quality foods, and a whole lot of love, Judge became the beautiful boy you see here!
He overcame his past. He is trusting, sweet and absolutely loves everyone! Something that made us doubt just how much wolf he actually had in him. It's unusual for a wolf dog to be so outgoing and loving. So we had a DNA test done. The results shocked us!
For those who have met Judge, they can all tell you what a lovely creature he is and he literally loves people.
He had become an Ambassador for Wolf Run's educational program as well as one of the favorites for our photography sessions!
Wolf Run staff member, Becca Senn, was called and was on site in 30 minutes. She gathered her up and carried her back to the truck for transport the the veterinary clinic.
Once at the clinic, she was xrayed, treated for wounds and given injectible antibiotics to keep the infection at bay. The growth plates were stretched out and would eventually heal.
It's been a long, hard road for this little girl. After the growth plates regenerated her ankle abscessed. We feared she wouldn't be releasable but after the swelling subsided she began using her hoof to walk. Lots of time went into this girl. Prayers too. And it worked! We will release her back on the farm that she came from so she can be reunited with her mother.
Trying to keep up with her mom.
She had just lost her spots. It was a beautiful day and a frisky doe easliy cleared the farm fence. Her baby did not. Unsure of how long she hung like this, the farm owners saw her and cut her down. She could not stand and was exhausted.
"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
Animal Care Director
Mrs. Debra Kelly
Animal Care Director
Mr. Daron Lockard
Animal Care Director
Miss Becca Senn
Animal Care Director/Wildlife Rehabilitator
Mr. Richard Hauer
Animal Care Director
Mrs Marguerite Rassums
Mrs. Stephanie Mann
Join The Pack! Volunteers Can Change The World!
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
Can you guess how many of these animals are wolf dogs?
2020 Never Cry Wolf
An Educational Program Like No Other And You Can Be Part Of The Action!
Why is this program so important?
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.
This includes thousands of innocent dogs that are thought to be wolf dogs and sadly, have no wolf genetics. Their only crime is an irresponsible owner. Wolf Run, along with K9 Trainer, David Duncan and Off Leash K9 Dog Training will help these animals through education and put an end to the suffering of mislabeled animals! Won't you please join us and give what you can? 100% of your support will go to the animals!
Wolf Run is:
A No Kill Facility
A 501 c 3 Non profit
Wolf Run Receives no state or gov't funding.
Transformations From Abuse Past And Present
Mission To Provide
A Happy Home
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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
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
Welcome to P.E.A.R.L.S.
Promising Every Animal Rescued Life Long Sanctuary
"A Senior Dog Program"
Poodles P.E.A.R.L.S. began in 2006 in memory of a tiny gray fluff ball we called "Poodle." This senior baby changed many peoples minds about adopting a senior or special needs pet. Poodle flew to heaven on Feb. 13th, 2006. This program is dedicated to her. We see her in the eyes of each dog we save.
This adorable little toy poodle was no longer wanted by her owners and left at the dog shelter. She was heart broken and did not understand what was happening to her. Her health began to fail, she became lethargic and nearly died. When we picked her up she spent three days at the vets on IV fluids. It was touch and go. She simply was not responding well. We made the decision to bring her home. Once she realized we loved her, slowly her little heart began to mend and she eventually healed. Even our vets said she had a broken heart. The P.E.A.R.L.S. program is for animals like this. We care for them for their lifetimes or until they are adopted. It's expensive. The senior dogs usually have health issues that require dentals, EKG's, ultrasounds and most are on heart medicines for the rest of their lives.
Poodle's P.E.A.R.L.S. Adoption Albums
Enjoy nature without leaving home!
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.
The Lights Are About To Go Out On Lightning Bugs!
Fireflies and lightning bugs are the same insect, and are actually beetles.
Fireflies are fun to watch because they light up. A combination of an enzyme called luciferase reacts with luciferin creating the glow on the abdomen of the firefly.
Build a firefly habitat in your yard!
Fireflies were as ubiquitous in the summer night sky as stars. Now the insects are facing extinction, and yes, humans are to blame. Of the nearly 2,000 species of fireflies across the world, 200 are found in the U.S. However, many of those that were once common have now disappeared.
Other ways to attract fireflies.
Gardeners often don’t realize gardens make for great firefly habitat, helping to replace lost natural habitat. The common firefly — the Big Dipper firefly (Photinus pyralis) — readily takes to an organic habitat. The trick is to make your garden as inviting as possible for fireflies to take up residence.
Gardens are meccas for food fireflies eat. If you have fought off snails, slugs, various insects, worms then fireflies can lend a hand by helping to control these pests.
Fireflies spend up to 95% of their lives in larval stages. They live in soil/mud/leaf litter and spend from 1-2 years growing until finally pupating to become adults. This entire time they eat anything they can find. As adults, they only live 2-4 weeks. Females that have mated successfully need a place to lay eggs. They will lay eggs in many spots, but gardens offer an oasis with a source of soil moisture good for larval development.
Assess your soil health.
If you have poor soil, introduce nutrients such as bag compost, leaves, and organic matter.
Till your soil or use a no-till technique such as using a broadfork to open soils. This is especially important if working in a native area to avoid disruption of habitat. Tilling or using a broadfork to loosen soil adds some aeration and prevents soil from compacting.
Avoid use of broad spectrum pesticides, especially lawn chemicals.
Turn off outside lights and advocate for local “Dark Skies” policies to control light pollution.
Buy land to protect species.
Let log and leaf litter accumulate. Segment an area of your land/yard to remain in a natural state.
Plant trees and native grasses. Grasses and forbs help retain soil moisture.
Don’t over-mow your lawn.
Number of Species
In North America, there are an estimated 170+ species. Worldwide there is estimated 2000+ species. These numbers are going up as new Lampyridae species are described by scientists.
The purpose of blinking is so that male fireflies can find potential mates. If you watch long enough you will be able to pick up on their unique flash pattern. Try to remember it so that next time you see a firefly flash you can identify it.
Wolf Run's Wildlife Photography
Wolf Run Photography
Gift Certificates Now Available
Interested in getting up close with creatures from the wild? Create that perfect, personal experience with a photo shoot! Treat yourself or give a photo shoot as a gift!
Put on your boots and grab your camera because Wolf Run will be hosting a morning photography opportunity! It's the perfect gift and so much fun! We will be hosting this event when the weather is warmer so watch for details!