Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary is an animal sanctuary in Candy Kitchen, New Mexico dedicated to rescuing and providing sanctuary for captive-bred wolves and wolf-dogs. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Visitors can take guided tours of the sanctuary to see the animals. Tours range in length from 45 minutes to about 90 minutes. They start on the patio of the main log cabin and are about 1/4 miles round trip. The sanctuary also offers tours specifically for photography, where visitors are allowed inside an average of four of the enclosures (with a guide) over a period of 1-2 hours.Private group tours are also available. You can shop for unique gifts in the gift shop and eat at the Howling Wolf Grill (Grill closed in winter)
Across the road from the sanctuary is a campground also run by the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary. Visitors who stay at the campground on the weekend can help feed the animals, joining volunteers as they give the wolves breakfast.
- To operate and manage a lifetime sanctuary for displaced, unwanted, and un-releasable captive-bred wolves, wolf-dogs, and other related species, utilizing such resources as may be available from local, city, state, and private entities or individuals;
- To educate the general public about wolves, wolf-dogs, and other related species and our environmental and ecological issues related to wildlife;
- To generate self-supporting, sustainable revenue resources to assist in the financial support of the sanctuary.
Nearly 60 years after Candy Kitchen, New Mexico, was founded, artist Jacque Evans purchased the abandoned ranch to be her home. Jacque had a great love for wolves and wolf-dogs and became aware of the increasing number of unwanted animals and their special needs. She realized her land could become a refuge and opened her life and home to the animals. In 1991, Jacque founded "The Candy Kitchen Wolf and Wolf-dog Rescue Ranch" and supported animal rescues by selling her artwork. News of Jacque's devotion to the animals quickly spread, and soon, the rescue ranch began to expand.
Barbara Berge was rescuing wolf-dogs in Albuquerque and met Jacque through a rescued animal named Sable in June of 1992. Realizing a common dream, Barbara moved to Candy Kitchen in 1993 to help Jacque transform her rescue ranch into a non-profit organization.
In October 2003, Candy Kitchen Rescue went through reorganization and became Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary. At this time, Leyton Cougar took over the position of Executive Director.