NAVASOTA, TX — The Saint Francis Wolf Sanctuary, a wolf and wolf-dog rescue that's been in operation for nearly 20 years, relocated from Montgomery to Grimes County just a few months ago. Its resident wolves, now live on a property with 15 acres of forest, where sanctuary donors can visit to observe the animals from a safe distance.
"We are a 501(c) nonprofit, and our mission is to provide exceptional love and care to wolves and wolf dogs, and to educate the community about them,” said Nicole Rogers, executive director of the sanctuary.
In order to fund raise for the lifelong care of more than a dozen animals at one time, the sanctuary often hosts special ticketed events for the public. One such event will take place on the Saturday of Valentine’s weekend.
For a minimum $50 donation [per person] to the sanctuary, couples can sit out under the stars near the wolf enclosure, roasting marshmallows and hot dogs, and listening to a chorus of howls from the pack. Each visitor will be able to write a Valentine's card to one of the wolves.
"They’ll have the option of filling out a Valentine card that they then put in their favorite wolf’s box, which we will then add scents to that the animals really like," Rogers said. "And that’s a form of enrichment.”
For a larger donation, couples can even spend the night camping on site, and wake up to a breakfast that’s to howl for. The sanctuary is located on Pavlock Road, near High Point Elementary in the Stoneham community.