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Remaining Events for 2017:

  • September 7th, 5PM - 8PM: Wine for the Wolves at Four Leaves Winery, Lake Durango, CO - Our September 7th kicks off Wolfwood's annual fundraising month at Four Leaves Winery from 5-8pm. Select vintages have been chosen featuring our special wolves on the labels along with the artist talents of Kelly Black. Sample wine while listening to the music of Chuck Blaser. Four Leaves also makes a very generous donation to Wolfwood for each bottle sold.

    In addition, the art being offered at Wolfwood's 6th Annual Art Auction on September 23rd at the Grange @ the train station, will be on display at the winery starting September 7th.  The money raised during these September events sustains the refuge over the winter months. This year Wolfwood's medical costs for 61 animals has doubled and funds are needed more than ever. Therefore, we will be offering a chance to win Kelly Black's original wolf painting with a donation of $20. All money raised from the painting will be earmarked for Trinity's medication. Trinity has been Wolfwood's main ambassador animal for several years. She has visited most schools and groups in the area, worked with the handicap and elderly. Currently, her medication providing her some comfort is $20 per pill. Tickets to support Trinity will go on sale at the winery and will continue until September 23rd when the winner is drawn.

    Some of the award-winning artists that are supporting Wolfwood's event include: Edward Aldrich, Kelly Black, Hannah Shook, Lori Pedolsky, Rhonda Polsfut, Mimi Bonkowske, Rebecca Koeppen, Roni Alexandar, Monique Holiday, along with the gallery works of Fritz Scholder, Charles Bragg, Mark McDowell, Harrison Begay, Paul Forester, Bill Schenk and many more. The above is just a sample.

    This is by far the largest collection of art that Wolfwood has ever received combined with generous support from UltraSteam, Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, CJ Gravel and BP. Ambassador wolves are sure to visit both events.

  • September 23rd ,5PM - 9PM: Annual Wolfwood Art Auction.  - Wolfwood's 6th Annual Art Auction will be held on September 23rd at the Grange @ the train station in Durango.  Tickets are $25 at the door.



    Next to saving the lives of animals, our educational programs are our number one priority. We believe that exposing the public to these special animals and bringing understanding about wolves will make a positive difference. It is extremely rewarding to hear a child who started off the tour saying "I'm afraid they will eat me" change to "This was the best field trip ever!"  Tours happen weekly and we already have programs booked for 2017.  Here are some of the programs Wolfwood has done in the last six months:

    SCHOOL ASSEMBLIES: When we visit schools, we take animals with us. We do an hour long educational talk and show the wolves on stage. Occasionally there is time for petting if the program is for a smaller audience. Sometimes we do two assemblies and see an entire school in one afternoon! We are often asked back because the kids love the presentations.

    TOURS AND FIELD TRIPS: Schools and different organizations come to the refuge for service projects or days with the wolves. This is an opportunity for a first hand look at rescue work, gets participants outside in nature and teaches a lot about wolves and wolf/dogs. We have seen The Ft. Lewis Girls Volleyball Team, Summit Program, Bayfield Family Center, and Farmington Home Schools.

    COMMUNITY EVENTS: We also get involved with community groups. We went to see the Ignacio Boys and Girls Club as part of their mentoring program. The Girl Scouts came for their annual weekend camp. Last year we had almost 170 people! The girls earned their service badges and had a weekend of classes and wolf interaction. We again went to Hermit Park in Estes. This has always been an incredibly successful event with more visitors each year. We did four presentations and talked with hundreds of people. An elk even came by to investigate the wolves! This is a wonderful example of a great partnership and we appreciate all the time and effort the staff and rangers put into this event. I am so proud of the work we do with youth. The wolves do not belong to us, they are in our care and we never charge anyone for the learning and growing experience of interacting with them. I hope you, as our friends and supporters, realize what a difference you are making in the lives of animals and humans alike.


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