What We Do

Saint Francis Wolf Sanctuary is a non-profit facility that provides rescued wolves and wolfdogs with a loving home and a second chance at life. Since 2002 we have sustained our business on a small acreage in Texas, where we have opened our doors to thousands of guests each year, seeking to inspire them about the animals that we love and care for.

This year, we hope to begin a grand new chapter in our legacy! We are currently looking to relocate to a brand new property, and to strengthen our mission by saving even more lives! Additional information about our relocation can be found here.


SFWS rescues wolves and wolfdogs in need from around the country — from shelters, animal control agencies, and private owners. All of our residents are rescues, and most are animals that someone tried unsuccessfully to keep as a pet. Many have come from situations of horrible neglect or abuse, but have grown to heal – physically, mentally, and emotionally – due to the patience and love that we are able to provide. Since they were born in captivity and habituated to humans from an early age, they can’t be released into the wild.

ThenNow(Photo of Mystery in 2002 when she was first rescued, and several years later. Mystery lived to be 18 years old and passed away in April, 2017.)


We love all of our residents as family, and do  everything we can to make this a true sanctuary for them. We provide them with quality, nutritious, species-appropriate meals; exceptional veterinary care; safe and comfortable sources of shelter; daily enrichment; and canine companionship.

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All enclosures have houses, wooden platforms to lounge on, large water tubs to wade in, and trees and other sources of shade. During the hot summer months there is a misting system to bring down the temperature, and during the winter we provide our animals with straw to keep warm.

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All of our animals are spayed/neutered and we do not buy, sell, or breed any of them. We do not advocate for the breeding of wolves and wolfdogs in captivity, unless for legitimate conservation purposes by facilities participating in Species Survival Programs.


We also work to educate the public about issues involving exotic canines, and dispell the many myths that surround these frequently misunderstood creatures. Through guided on-site tours, off-site presentations, and other outreach avenues, we seek to provide accurate, engaging information about the animals we love so dearly – both in the wild and in captivity. Finally, we seek to educate guests about the hardships associated with owning a wolf or wolfdog.