Many of us wish to keep wolves as pets. But, no matter how much we wish this could happen, it’s just impossible because they are wild animals. While they are closely related to dogs, their instincts make it impossible for them to live in human homes. However, there’s a place where we can be friends with them: the Predators of the Heart Sanctuary.
The Predators of the Heart Sanctuary, a 10-acre wildlife preserve located in the forest areas of Fidalgo Island about 60 miles north of Seattle, aims to provide an appropriate environment for wolves while allowing people to visit and pet them. According to Bored Panda, a Lithuanian website that publishes articles about "lightweight and inoffensive topics,” the sanctuary only keeps animals that “find themselves without a place to live out their lives.”
The sanctuary also aims to know how well the global wolf population is thriving. Clive Wynne, professor of psychology at Arizona State University, stated that wolves do great in countries where the human population is sparse, including Canada, Alaska, and Siberia. Meanwhile, wolves face a difficult situation in many parts of the world with significant human population. Although wolves don’t usually act as friendly as those at the sanctuary, Wynne explained that “a wild animal can, with skill and patience, be raised to be willing to react in a friendly way towards humans.”
Also, the sanctuary aims to preserve the natural habitat of not just wolves but other wild animals as well. It is also home to cougars, lynx, hawks, owls, vultures, skunks, opossums, foxes, and a variety of exotic birds. “Our goal is to educate children about wildlife, not only to teach the facts about the animals but to use an approach that leads to an appreciation, affection, compassion and respect for these living creatures—to make it clear that an animal’s value is not determined by its similarity or services to humans,” the sanctuary explained.