Shy Wolf Sanctuary highlights community outreach at weekend events


NAPLES, Fla. (Oct. 23, 2012) – Volunteers from Shy Wolf Sanctuary Education and Experience Center will step up their efforts this weekend to educate the public about their mission and vision to care for animals in need of rescue and refuge.

On Oct. 27 in Naples, Mercato’s first annual Brew-Ha-Ha Craft Beer Festival takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. with 100 percent of the proceeds donated to Shy Wolf Sanctuary.

The event is sponsored by Sabadell Bank & Trust. Advance ticket holders save $5 off the gate price and may enter at noon without waiting on line. Tickets may be purchased in advance tickets at

And in Fort Myers on Oct. 27, the organization will participate in Bell Tower Shops’ Howl-O-Ween from 5 to 7 p.m. where guests will have an opportunity to meet Promise, a wolfdog, and learn more about the facility. Promise plans to come in costume and will oversee the costume contest and pumpkin patch, both benefiting the Sanctuary’s efforts.

Home to more than 50 animals including wolves, wolfdogs, Florida panthers, foxes, prairie dogs and tortoises, Shy Wolf Sanctuary was forced to close their 2.5 acre Golden Gate Estates location to the public in July 2012, severely limiting the organization’s ability to raise funds. Event proceeds and donations will bring them closer to relocating to their new 20-acre facility in North Belle Meade where they can reopen to the public and continue to care for and feed the animals.

Nancy Smith, president of Shy Wolf Sanctuary, said about $5 million is needed to build the new education and experience center.

In the meantime, the sanctuary is allowed to continue to care for the animals at the Golden Gate Estates site and display them off-site, such as at schools and community events. Shy Wolf Sanctuary, a non-profit 501-C-3 organization, is 100 percent volunteer and donor supported.

To learn more, visit or call 239-455-1698.