I remember the first time I was introduced to these beautiful, noble creatures. My husband at the time, had taken me to visit Liz when we lived in Georgia. He took me as a birthday gift…so that I could meet the wolves. I have always been in love with them. It was a dream come true to actually touch and stroke the fur of a wolf. I had become good friends with Liz and her pack and it was not long after my first magical visit, that wolves became illegal to keep in the state of Georgia. She asked me if I would like to move to North Carolina with them to be a part of the sanctuary she was starting. I jumped at the chance!
I was even more enthused when I discovered we would be living in the mountains. For as long as I can remember, my family and I had come up to this area for vacations. We also went to the beach, but to me, mountain vacations were the best. So, I jumped at the chance to not only live in the mountains, but to be able to help the wolves as well. I knew I would not be much good physically(because of my RA), but I wanted to lend my internet expertise to the cause along with anything else I could do. So, in 2002, I moved my son Brandon and myself to a little town called Bakersville. The Sanctum is situated on 39 mountain acres. You have to drive up a long, gravel, switch-back driveway to get here. Things here are very different than that of a big city and took some getting used to. I grew to love this little town and our sanctuary very much. I could never move back to the city.
Over the years here…I have helped with our website and fund-raising for the wolves. Recently, I helped to open our new online gift shop which will help support The Sanctum wolves. If you have not yet visited our website and our online gift shop, please do so. On our website, you will meet the denizens of the Sanctum. Our little pack has thinned over the years… alas, like it is with all living creatures…death is inevitable. We miss the ones who have passed on and we even dedicate a page on our website to our departed friends. Our site also gives information on sponsorships, volunteering and information about our area.
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Right now, the Sanctum is open to the general public on Saturdays from 12pm to 6pm (weather permitting) through the first week or so of November. All other tours must be arranged by the director, Liz Mahaffey. All info is on our website.