The Beginning

From Sam Blake, himself, the Founder of NCWR&A~

Sam says, “People wake up one day and think how cool it would be to have a wolf! In a very short amount of time, they are kicking themselves for getting one. They are expecting the wolf to act like a dog…they don’t!  They think the best thing to do is to drive them into the hills of California and turn them loose. This is a death sentence for a wolf that has been born and raised in captivity! The more I know man, the better I like wolves.”

Sam is a native of Oklahoma who started and founded the organization Never Cry Wolf Rescue & Adoptions (NCWR&A) from his home in Sacramento back in 1996. His mission of rescuing wolves started about 30 years ago when Rambo, a large white wolf adopted him.

He relocated the rescue back in 2012 to Washington State and still owns and manages it from his home there.

He has been described as having “a little bit of Choctaw Indian and a little bit of stubbornness”  especially when he’s standing up for the underdogs, which these animals are.  He simply just has a natural, unabashed love for these animals, and this love is genuine and apparent when you see him with these animals. He has been compared to the Pied Piper since animals of all species, especially wolves, gravitate to him.

“Little Red Riding Hood Lied!  However, man still thinks he is a monster”, he says.

Sam provides Native American and Wolf Educational programs to local schools and public events. Sam says his goal is to prove that the bedtime fable, “Little Red Riding Hood”, lied—that the fable is just exactly that: Fiction.  Wolves are not the demons of the dark. On the contrary, wolves and Native Americans were America. They did more than just live side by side, they lived in brotherhood.

NCWR&A’s wolves and wolfdogs (wolf-hybrids as some still call them) arrive at us from all directions and of all ages. We may get a call from Defenders of Wildlife, the SPCA, Animal Control, or directly from people who have them in captivity who can no longer care for them.  Immediately coming into our care, we nurse them back to health, socialize them, and give them medical care.  In time, they become people-friendly.  Once their rehabilitation is complete, we then adopt them out to private homes that can care for them–finding them their new “forever family”.

“Releasing them back into the wild is no longer a viable option; they must live in captivity or die”, as per Sam.

He has established a similar modern-day brotherhood with his canine charges. And, the love and adoration that the wolves have for him is truly a sight to behold.