Julie Avila – Wolf Connection Assistant
While working as a receptionist for a veterinary ophthalmologist, Wolf Connection brought one of the animals in to see the doctor for a scratch he had gotten on his eye. Living up to his nature, Malo attempted to escape from the exam room as I entered and ended up in my lap. He seemed very curious about me and I was interested in him! While the doctor was doing the exam, I asked one of the staff members to tell me about the organization. By the time I had heard about the wolf dog rescues and the programs Wolf Connection offers to people, I had my hands over my face and was crying. I knew I had to be involved. So I emailed the volunteer coordinator that evening and within a couple weeks, I had gone on my first community hike, and applied to volunteer. Being a part of Wolf Connection has brought me an immense amount of awareness about myself and the world. Fusing wolf dog and human rehabilitation is the cherry on top of my already sweet life.
Jennifer Thompson – Corporate Development Liaison
My animal rescue work in Los Angeles, spanning over 15 years, included meeting a dear soul (and rescued wolfdog) named Arrow. After personally knowing a wolfdog and learning about the fate of most wolfdogs in the United States, I was led to the gates of Wolf Connection. Each wolfdog has so much to teach our guests and our volunteers. There is a sacred space that only animals (especially the wolf) can find within humans. I am honored to experience and witness this life changing exchange. When not at Wolf Connection, I spend my time working with organizations around the globe, helping them to reach their goals through their most valuable asset- their people. I am thrilled that I get to take the lessons of our pack into the corporate world!
Anita Wischhusen – Program Assistant
As a child, Anita had always made a connection with animals. Growing up summering on her grandparents farm, she would go out amongst the chickens, cows, pigs and a variety of animals native to South Dakota. The wolves and bison of the Black Hills seemed to call to her and, throughout her life, working with animals became her passion. She graduated from the Exotic Animal Training and Management program at Moorpark College in 2005, and from there has worked with a wide variety of exotic animals. She brings her knowledge and passion to Wolf Connection where she is helping to expand the positive experiences of the wolves and guests, allowing the healing of both the mind and spirit.
My husband Dave and I have been wolf advocates in Alaska for years so when we arrived in Acton and heard the distant howling of a wolf-pack we knew we had to find them. After searching, we found Wolf Connection and have been there ever since.
Not a day goes by that we don’t count our blessings for being able to work with these amazing animals, care for them and learn from them.
It is wonderful to be a part of the pack (both human and wolf!)
A medically retired Marine. I came to Wolf Connection for my love of animals, especially wolves. Being at Wolf Connection gives me the opportunity to help both the animals I work with as well as the clients we serve. I am also lucky enough to get to help educate people about both wolves and wolf dogs.
After receiving an intriguing email from Wolf Creek Restaurant to come meet and take photos with some wolves I just had to go. I met Teo with his “Wolf Truck” and then met Maya, Rocky and Zimba: three stunning wolf dogs who changed my life forever. I began going on the monthly community hikes and eventually became a volunteer a few years ago. I am so honored to be a part of Wolf Connection. It is a place where you can hear wolves howl, hear a Raven’s wings brush the air, and listen to the wind through the trees.
It is a place where you learn many things and meet people from all walks of life. You can hike by a stream, discover your wild spirit or watch the wolves just be. It is a place of challenges and of healing. I love this place.
I found Wolf Connection through a friend that was already volunteering. When I first saw a picture of her with one of the pack I believe my exact words were “Where is this and why am I not there?” I love animals and helping people so as I learned more about Wolf Connection’s mission I was hooked. You can now find me there almost every weekend spending time with our amazing wolf and human pack. When I’m not there I’m typically working, hanging with friends or explaining to someone why hanging with wolves isn’t crazy but is one of the most incredible experiences you’ll find in life.
I had been looking at rescues and shelters to volunteer with, but none of them seemed to be right. In the summer of 2010, a news story came on about a fire that had broken out and mentioned that the wolves were okay. Since I had been a wolf lover for years, I immediately went to the Wolf Connection website to check them out and found they had a volunteer program. I went to the next training and knew this was the right place to be. Taking care of the pack in their forever home makes me happy.
I consider myself to be an artist, poet, and healer. I came to Wolf Connection somewhat on a whim, but it has since become a big part of my life. I cannot describe how beautiful and healing it is to be a part of this organization and to connect with these amazing animals. I love all of it, every aspect- the programs, my co-workers, but most of all the wolves themselves, the amazing teachers and healers they’ve proven themselves to be. Every moment spent here offers me such great peace, I’m not sure I will ever be able to leave! It truly is the highlight of my week.
Ever since I can remember, I have been fascinated by the wolf’s intelligence, power, spirit and magnificent presence. I found out about Wolf Connection through a friend who told me about the community hikes. I was intrigued to be able to walk alongside these incredible animals in such a setting. My first hike was in May 2015 and the experience left a distinct impression upon me on many levels. Stories of what the wolves had been through also touched my heart and soul. Feeling that there was more that I could to do to help them, I applied to volunteer. The rest as they say is history. Along with my love for wolves, I also work with a German Shepherd rescue and have extensive years of experience with this breed. Coming to Wolf Connection gives me an opportunity to give back to the community, learn and share knowledge and awareness about the wolf and now learn more about myself through them.