Shy Wolf Sanctuary goes semi-virtual for second annual WolfStock


Yuki the wolfdog has been a resident at Shy Wolf Sanctuary for 10 years, but he recently went viral thanks to an incredible photo.

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Shy Wolf Sanctuary Education and Experience Center hopes to replicate the success of its Wolfstock 2019 event — albeit in a different format.

The nonprofit, which shelters and rehabilitates unreleasable wild and captive-bred exotic animals and partners with other organizations like Homebase SWFL and Valerie’s House, will adopt a hybrid model for its Nov. 14 event: Wolfstock 2020.

“We were really looking forward to doing it again this year. Then the pandemic happened,” said executive director Deanna Deppen.

Veterans and their families have a therapeutic encounter with animals at the Shy Wolf Sanctuary on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019. (Photo: Wangyuxuan Xu/Naples Daily News USA TODAY NETWORK – FLORIDA)

The second iteration of the nonprofit’s fundraiser, which last year raised $28,000 for animal expenses, will limit in-person attendance to a group of 50 VIP sponsors and stream the rest online, Deppen said. Last year’s event was at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs and featured a number of food trucks and breweries.

During the summer, Deppen said she and her team realized replicating last year’s event was unlikely. Instead, they pivoted to the hybrid model planned for next month.

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Nawty Hogg and Tipsy Cow food trucks will feed VIP sponsors attending the limited in-person event at the sanctuary, which Deppen said will include social-distancing measures and other safety protocols. Physical and virtual Wolfstock-ers will have access to educational sessions and musical performances from Justin Ross and The Casey Weston Band.

“It will be pretty engaging, I think, for people to watch, to see who we are and what we do,” Deppen said. “Our goal is the same as last year. We hope to at least be as successful as last year.” 

While the nonprofit is still just over a month away from its event, Deppen said the sanctuary is still seeking auction items to add to the list of artwork and gift certificates already in the lineup. 

“There will be something for pretty much everyone,” Deppen said. 

The executive director said she is looking forward to “the opportunity to share what we do, not only for the animals, but for the programs we offer.” 

“We really depend on our supporters and our donors to help us do what we do,” she said. 


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What: WolfStock 2020

When: 3-6 p.m. Nov. 14

Details: To register and donate, visit shywolfsanctuary.org/wolfstock2020.

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