Shy Wolf Sanctuary | Charitable Organization in Naples
Shy Wolf Sanctuary Education and Experience Center is a non-profit organization in Naples, FL. that connects people and animals through education. Learn More!
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About Us

To connect people and animals through education.

Our Beginning

Nancy and Kent Smith have been offering a sanctuary and home to exotic, stray, and injured animals since 1993. The expense of caring for these animals had been carried by them privately for many years. Michael “Wolf” Kloman read about Nancy and her wolves in a local paper in November 1999 and it wasn’t long before he was mentioning “Shy Wolf Sanctuary”.

Many dedicated volunteers have built enclosures, cleaned and maintained the facility, and lovingly cared for the animals – all while sharing their love and knowledge of these animals with surrounding Southwest Florida communities through outreach and educational programs.

We wholeheartedly thank the businesses, communities, and individuals that have supported us through the years and made it possible to continue our mission!

Our Future

Shy Wolf is currently located in Nancy and Kent’s backyard…literally!  We are on 2.5 acres, of which about 1.5 is available for our use.  No one who visits would ever imagine what we’ve been able to accomplish in such a small space!

Since 1998, Kent and Michael have built 15 new enclosures  with the largest encompassing 2,400 square feet.  We have used up every inch of space available and want to build a much larger facility benefiting our residents and guests alike.  It will incorporate all of the best aspects of our current location while improving on habitats and features thanks to all we’ve learned in this journey.

To help sustain our cause and care for the animals, our goal is to move to a new facility with more than enough acreage for our animals. For more information on our move and how YOU can help the cause, email us at or donate today!

Board Members

Board of Directors

Deanna Deppen


Nancy J. Smith

Vice President & Founder

Lois DelGrosso


Shane Biltz


Jaime Hewitt, ESQ

Property Development Director

Beth Swiderski

Board Member

Advisory Board

Michael Kloman

Linda Baker

Randy Willard

Emily Willard

Randy Eisel


Sarah Lewis Mitchem


Ginnie Hanco