By. Ran

Have you ever thought of petting a wolf? Heart Sanctuary lets you have a 2-hour Wolf Encounter Experience, making your dreams come true. This amazing place is located in Anacortes in the state of Washington near Seattle and right next to Vancouver past the Canadian border.

Scroll down to see the interview about wolves with Clive Wynne, Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University and author of Dog is Love: Why and How Your Dog Loves You.

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#1. These wolves are super friendly and have colors only when posing for pictures. Image credits: hi_imcole

#2. The animal rescue and preservation sanctuary only keeps animals that “find themselves without a place to live out their lives”. Image credits: lanabana007

#3.  Most wolves do not usually act as friendly as those at the sanctuary in Washington, said professor Wynne from Arizona State University.  However, “a wild animal can, with skill and patience, be raised to be willing to react in a friendly way towards humans.”

“People should always do some due diligence before taking a sanctuary’s word for it that their animals are harmless,” the professor pointed out. Image credits: asiasiasia

#4. When asked about the global wolf population, he said: “wolves do OK in parts of the world where the human population is very sparse: places like Canada, Alaska, and Siberia.”

“But in most parts of the globe with a significant human population, wolves are in a difficult situation and will need continuous protection from and by people.” Image credits: rachjoys

#5. This is where the sanctuary is at. Image credits: Google Maps

#6. If you are planning on visiting, you have to first book a guided tour with the wolves through Airbnb for around 200 US dollars per person. You can check the dates and the prices right here. Usually, there are 2 tours a day, 6 days a week. And also, there is a waiting list.  Image credits: Predators of the Heart

#7. The sanctuary is also home for foxes, cougars, reptiles, and birds of prey. Image credits: predatorsoftheheart 

#8. You should also know that petting wolves is a strictly 18+ activity. There are no exceptions to the rule. Image credits: rachjoys

#9. They are magnificent, aren’t they? Image credits: predatorsoftheheart

#10. This sure looks like something worth trying. Image credits: predatorsoftheheart 

#11. This nonprofit organization has highly strict standards in terms of taking care of the animals it protects.  Image credits: nina.tiziani 

#12. The Sanctuary first opened in 1998 and it has 10 acres. Image credits: urfavhalfrican 

#13. The sanctuary has had a couple of safety incidents a long time ago. Once, hiker’s dog lost its life when it went onto the sanctuary’s private property. In another incident, a wolf escaped its enclosure and went onto a neighbor’s property. Image credits: r.kirk.y 

#14. “Our goal is to educate children about wildlife, not only to teach the facts about the animals but to use an approach that leads to an appreciation, affection, compassion and respect for these living creatures—to make it clear that an animal’s value is not determined by its similarity or services to humans,” the sanctuary explained it’s a mission. Image credits: kataliciousdef 

#15. “Our purpose is to develop caring and concern for the animals. Our aim is to help open the eyes of their hearts to see that nature is interconnected and realize that apart from it we cannot survive. We also serve as a sanctuary for animals that cannot be reintroduced to the wild and need a safe and healthy environment to live out the remainder of their lives.” Image credits: hevan84 

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#18. Image credits: predatorsoftheheart

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#20. There are other animals too. Image credits: willworkfortreats 

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