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Meeting these wolves won’t cost you a dime (but you can donate, they’re expanding)

By: OutThere Colorado
Are you looking for a truly wild experience that involves letting a massive wolf lick your face? Look no further. The Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation will give you a tour of their facility for free, putting you up-close and personal with their animals. They do accept donations, and considering that similar experiences around the state can cost hundreds of dollars, a recommended donation of $50-75 is totally worth it.

Most of the wolves and wolf dogs here are very well-trained, but they are still wild animals. You'll have to sign a waiver to enter their space. While that might sound a little intimidating, the staff is accident-free when it comes to those participating in their tours.

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Once you sign a waiver, you've got to get accepted into the pack.

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Different wolves have different ways of doing it, which may involve a ton of slobbery kisses.

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After the wolves accept you, they're all about the pets.

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Each wolf has a different personality, so there are different rules you'll need to follow for each animal.

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The wolves at this facility are rescues.

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Many come from previous lives made rough by abuse and neglect.

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Now they get plenty of loving attention.

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If you visit, wear clothes you can get a little dirty. There's a good chance they'll be jumping at the chance to meet you.

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This is the Alpha of the pack. Initially he was growling but eventually, he calmed down and we were able to safely enter. After he greeted us, he was belly up for the man who runs the facility, just begging for pets.

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Be warned, the wolves will call you back for more pets if they're not finished with you. 

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They'll do this by waving their hands at you until they get more attention.

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Or simply wont let you walk away until they are satisfied.

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Once you give them what they want, they're all smiles.

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You'll leave the facility feeling like you're part of their family.

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Given the number of animals here and the story this organization has to tell, expect the tour to take an hour or more.

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If you want to visit the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation, tours are by appointment only. You can find information about how to contact them here.

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The foundation is currently in the process of trying to expand into a much larger space. As seen in this photo, the new space includes a creek. If you visit, please make a donation or purchase something from the gift shop. A little bit can go a long way.

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If you can't visit, still consider making a donation. You can do that here.

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Here's a few more slobbery wolf kiss pictures for you to enjoy.

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Here's a few more slobbery wolf kiss pictures for you to enjoy.

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Here's a few more slobbery wolf kiss pictures for you to enjoy.

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