Big Oak Wolf Sanctuary is a Faith Based Wolf Rescue and Sanctuary for captive born and owned wolves that were either neglected/abused by their owners, or given up by people who were no longer able to care for them.
The Bible actually has much to say regarding animals and animal abuse and we take it very seriously. First of all, we believe what The Bible says regarding creation (Genesis 1:25);
We also believe that God created the earth and all the creatures on it to be cared for by us. (Genesis 1:26).
And regarding neglecting and abusing animals (Proverbs 12:10).
So according to these three scriptures, God made the animals, said it was good and then gave us the responsibility of keeping it that way. He quite literally entrusted us with caring for these incredible animals and we believe He expects us to develop a keen sensitivity to their needs. Therefore, neglecting and/or abusing them is not only evil, but shows disrespect for God and indifference to His instruction regarding our treatment of animals.
So our primary focus here is obviously on caring for the rescued wolves as we believe God intended, and in doing so raise the "accepted standard of care" to a whole new level. But as an organization founded on Biblical Principles, we also hope to in some way demonstrate God's Love for all, through our dedication to the awesome animals He created and our enthusiasm in meeting their needs here in captivity.
Regarding Faith, Hebrews 11:1
All of the wolves we've rescued here involved a decision based on Faith. If we believed in our hearts that God was moving us to rescue a particular wolf, then regardless of our financial circumstances, as long as our hearts were pure and our motivation was to help the animal (not make money on it), we knew He would provide the necessary resources.
Nearly every rescue here required us to step out on Faith (because there was no money) and then trust God to meet our needs to care for them. After six years and over 100 rescues, not once has He failed to honor our decisions of Faith, rather He always sufficiently met each need!
Also, every aspect of the facility and all of the wolves' accommodations here are the result of seeking God's Wisdom and His direction through prayer. Since our hearts were pure and our motivation was truly to help these animals and provide the best possible life for them, we believe that God showed us some of the deeper needs of these animals, thereby allowing us to create a unique and innovative facility for them. So while we do in fact know that the wolf accommodations here are extremely innovative and acknowledge that we're extremely proud of them, we also give the credit to God, as it is in fact He who showed us what the wolves needed here and directed us in the design and construction processes.
Who we aren't:
Big Oak Wolf Sanctuary is not a wolf preserve with hundreds of acres. We believe every "legitimate" wolf sanctuary dreams of having a thousand acres for the rescued wolves to live out the remainder of their lives as God originally intended; no one would love that more than we. But we have to work with the property and resources God has trusted us with thus far and do our best with that.
Our objective is to give the wolves we rescue a nice home where they can "comfortably and happily" live out the remainder of their lives. Considering the conditions the majority of these animals were in before they arrived here, we believe that we're accomplishing that. We are extremely hard on ourselves about providing the best possible environment for the wolves here and they are definitely receiving our best efforts. With the enclosure sizes ranging from 3600 square ft. (the smallest) to over 20,000 square ft. and an average of only 2.7 wolves/wolf dogs per enclosure, these awesome animals are not living in overcrowded kennels, but are all in large enclosures, are able to enjoy running at full speed any time they choose and get plenty of daily exercise in their new permanent homes here.
Big Oak Wolf Sanctuary is not a wolf education facility. While we acknowledge that education is important, we also have to stay focused on what God has placed in our hearts to do here and leave the educational efforts to those called to educate. If in the future however, God directs us to include education as a part of our mission here, then we'll be all over it! If and when that happens, we'll educate with the same enthusiasm and innovation involved in our current mission; that's a promise!
Big Oak Wolf Sanctuary is not "directly" involved in fighting the "senseless" slaughter of wolves by hunters and authorities. We are however indirectly (and subtly) involved in this fight. Our specific role in this fight is here at the sanctuary rescuing wolves, providing the best life possible for them and including the developmentally disabled in the rescued wolves' lives. By doing what we do here to the best of our ability, we hope to show "who and what" wolves really are and just how wrong it is for people to kill them for fun, or any other reason for that matter. This inhumane killing of wolves is always on our minds. Considering what our organization is capable of revealing about wolves; a revelation that could help bring this senseless slaughter to a halt, we take our role very seriously.