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October 27th

The World of Wolves

From 6:00pm to 7:15pm at the
Ruby Sisson Library
811 San Juan, Pagosa Springs, CO

Living with wolves is both incredibly challenging and rewarding. You will learn all about wolves and the work that goes into rescuing them. We will discuss their life in the wild, how they communicate, the similarities and differences from dogs, and their interactions with the humans in their lives. You will hear some of their stories and learn about rescue work.

Paula has been rescuing animals for almost 30 years. She has a background in education and moved to Pagosa Springs in 1996 where she founded WolfWood, a state and federally licensed refuge for wolves and wolf dogs. She moved the rescue to La Plata County in 2002, where she has lived ever since.

(This event is part of the Life Long Learning series hosted by the Ruby Sission Library in Pagosa Springs)

WolfWood recently had to say goodbye to the oldest member of our pack. Siku's age finally caught up to her as she passed not long after the loss of her latest pen mate, Jill. She was 17.

To read the rest of her story Click Here.

Meet Gypsy

Gypsy is adjusting well to life at WolfWood. She has been upgraded to the outdoor, slightly larger hospital pen. Soon she will be moved to a full iszed enclosure and hopefully in with a friend!!! She is wagging her tail, enjoying being petted, and loving the extra caleries she is getting to help her put on weight.

Meet Ramsey

Ramsey came from Oklahoma. He is a large, strong male who is in his prime at 4 yrs old.  He came from a private home. He is very social and really loves people. We want to make him an ambassador, IF we can stop him from jumping. Kisses from the top of the dog house help.

Ramsey was picked up on the same trip as Torin and Nina from North Carolina. They all came home together. Ramsey will get a large enclosure and hopefully, a pen- mate very soon. He is already a volunteer favorite.

Wile E's "Adventure"

Coyotes are pure kinetic energy. Ours is no exception. Wile E. is known for his attitude, his loud, dissident singing, and his constant motion. We have had Wile E. since he was 5 weeks old and our journey together over the past 5 years is the stuff of legends. Raising this bundle of energy was much more trouble than dealing with the wolves! 

All of that boundless enthusiasm has recently gotten Wile E. in trouble. When Elizabeth went in to see him one morning it was obvious he had seriously injured his back leg. While he did not utter a peep, we knew he was really hurt. We rushed him to the vet where xrays showed he had shattered his leg and there was no hope of repair. Our vet’s best guess is he caught it in the fence somehow during his usual antics. In a heartbreaking turn of events, Wile E had his leg amputated.

His recovery has been long and hard on all of us. His isolation in the hospital pen put him in a deep depression. Frost bite was a real concern. Finally, Joel built him a small enclosure in his old pen, fully tarped with lots of blankets. He could see his girls and at least touch noses with them. This greatly improved his mood, healing accelerated and he once again threw his head back and announced to the world, off- key and in full voice, he was going to be ok. 

Wile E. is now back in his big enclosure. He still faces some challenges, but running and getting petted and eating sardines and playing rough with his friends; these are not among them. He has returned to the crafty character we know and love. 

Anyone who would like to donate to Wile E’s extensive medical bills can contact:
Pagosa Veterinary Clinic
970 264- 2148

There are only a few left, get yours before they are gone.

Visit our SHOP page to order yours.

Our most popular item, now in Stock for 2022. Next year's Calendar features cover girl Xena along with Akula, Valkyria, Samoa, Nyx, Razi, Danu, Wile E, Ginger, Liri, Archie, Albion, Chica and a special remembrance page recognizing the special animals that left us this year and joined the Forever Pack..


Stella was a sweet andloving girl. She came to us in 2013 from a private party in NM. Stella was an active and happy animal and it was a shock to lose her to liver failure at the age of 10. Visitors often got kisses from Stella from the top of her dog house.

Her pen mate, Dante, is inconsolable. We will try to find him a new friend as soon as possible, however it is very clear that no one can take the place of Stella.


Druid was one of our older animals. He was almost 14 when he passed away from cancer. He has lived here at WolfWood since he was 6 weeks old. He lived with his mother, Vesta, and his brother TJ. 

Vesta and her puppies were rescued from Walsenburg where they were in a very bad situation. It took an emergency midnight run to rescue them. Vesta was so weak she could not even get in and out of the truck. It took a year of rehabilitation, but the small pack of 3 that called WolfWood home went on to live happy and healthy lives. 

Druid was the shy one of the pack and was very attached to his mom. We will miss his interactions and antics every day.

A warm and heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported WolfWood during Colorado Gives and Giving Tuesday this year. Without your generous support WolfWood would not be possible.

Meet Harlow

Harlow came to us from Cortez and makes an excellent companion animal for Aretha. She arrived the night of a huge storm that washed out part of the road to WolfWood. Harlow is sweet, playful and quite the water dog, enjoying her pool in season. She is practicing for co-guard dog duty with Gideon.

A WolfWood FIRST
Three events in one week!

Tuesday December 7th - Colorado Gives Day
Friday December10th - WolfWood's Annual Holiday Event
Saturday December 11th - Durango Farmers Holiday Market

Be a part of history -
Paricipate in all three!

(For more information on an event, click the link to visit our events page for more information)

Meet Etta

WolfWood welcomes another new member, the very sweet Etta. Etta came to us from a private party in Durango. They took good care of her but just could not keep her. She's energetic and a little shy. She already seems to be fitting in here at WolfWood!

Our heartfelt appreciation to Edward Aldrich, Sorrell Sky Gallery, Karen Littfin, and Bryce Pettit for making Wolfwood’s fundraiser a huge success. Even during these difficult times we are very fortunate the above mentioned team continues to support WolfWood and the money raised will help to sustain the refuge over the winter months.

Our second event at Sorrel Sky Galley was well attended by an equal mixture of refuge supporters and art lovers new to the mission of WolfWood. This was an excellent collaboration between Durango businesses, non-profits and the art community and an opportunity for WolfWood to attract new people to their cause of saving animals and education.  

WolfWood is now starting the infrastructure activities needed for the winter. New supplies are being stocked, vehicles and enclosures are getting extensive maintenance, and the animals are eating their fill of meat donated by processors to get ready for the winter. The Refuge is a busy place and we hope you will follow us on Facebook.

Thank you for your love and support.



Billy the Kid

One of the most difficult parts of rescue is dealing with the loss of the animals we love so deeply. Over a third of our animals are over 12 and we know we will continue to experience loss. As the animals and humans mourn we also celebrate the lives of the animals and the joy they had and were able to pass on to so many people. Without the compassion and generosity of so many people, many of the animals would not have been given the chance for such a good life.  Every animal we have lost leaves their tracks in our hearts.

Sadly we have lost yet another member of the Alaska nine pack.

Billy passed away from cancer. He and Ginger lived in their beautiful enclosure towards the back of the refuge. Billy was a big beautiful male and was one of the most photographed wolves at WolfWood. He and Ginger were famous for their very large den and their elusiveness. Billy loved his forest and took full advantage of the trees and terrain in his enclosure. He will be missed by everyone who was lucky enough to interact with him. 

For more of Billy's story as part of the Alaska 9 click here

In a few weeks we will attempt to put Kweo in with Ginger and see how they do.


Some moments are too precious not to share.
Xena and a new friend at the Durango Farmers market

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