The luck of the wild

It’s easy to look at the animals at the Conservators Center—learn their stories, hear the struggles that some of them endured before they arrived—and talk about how lucky they are to have a safe, permanent home at the Center, surrounded by a small army of staff, volunteers, adopters, and guides who spare no effort for their wellbeing.

But, in honor of the luckiest month of the year, members of our community have expressed why they feel lucky to have the Conservators Center in their lives

Many of the voices dictated below have dedicated their time, effort, and lives to the animals and mission of the Conservators Center. We invite you to read their words and appreciate the immeasurable of gratitude radiating from the members of a vast and diverse community of animal-lovers, united under the banner of a remarkable cause.

There are a variety of ways to join this community, and we always welcome new members to our family.

MINDY STINNER

The Conservators Center is my home away from home! I am so lucky that I get to spend time with the most incredible individuals, both four-legged and two.
Rachel Cantlay, Staff

I’m lucky to have the Conservators Center because in addition to literally living a dream working with wolves, through it I have come to find my best friend and a family: a home.
Kevin Robinson, Tour Guide

I’m grateful for the Conservators Center because, for the first time in my life, I look forward to going to work! Most of the time it doesn’t even feel like work to me, and all of my coworkers are supportive and make me feel like family. I feel like this place chose me, and I wouldn’t rather be anywhere else.
Hollie Wiegand, Staff

I feel lucky to have the Conservators Center in my life because, even in the darkest times after I returned home from the Army, the Center and the animals have been there for me. The Conservators Center saved my life. Having Solida and Matthai‘s silent support is invaluable to me. 
Christy Frost, Lifetime Adopter

I feel lucky to have the Conservators Center in my life because it’s home to the friendliest, craziest, and most inspiring mammals I know. In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s all too easy to forget our real purpose. We spend our days and weeks making plans, paying bills, chasing deadlines, watching Netflix, and living a largely self-centered existence. My days at the Conservators Center push the reset button on all of that. Working with our wonderful critters—and with such incredible, selfless people —I become inspired to do more for the benefit of others, and this carries through to my life and work outside the Center.
Glenn Murphy, Tour Guide

KERRY VOLL

There are few words that can describe the incredible experience one has while being a part of the Conservators Center community. We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with these beautiful animals, get to know their personalities, and build a bond with them. Additionally, we are so lucky that we get to be a part of such a united, remarkable community that does whatever it takes to ensure the care and well-being of our beloved animals. Coming in almost four years ago as a volunteer and moving into a supervisory role has been my privilege, and I am so thankful I have found my family and my home.
—Taylor Hattori, Staff

I feel lucky to have the Conservators Center in my life because my little girl, Akai, is in the next best place other than being with me at home. I didn’t take the difficult task of placing her somewhere lightly at all. I am so lucky because after three years, as hard as it was, I know I made the right choice.
Cheri Foster, Lifetime Adopter

I feel lucky to have the Conservators Center in my life because it has given my wife and I another family that we like a lot more than our current family. 🙂  They allowed us to build incredible relationships with incredible animals that we love and adore tremendously. Lastly, they gave us the opportunity to love Lobo.
Derek Saluga, Lifetime Adopter

HELEN WRIGHT

I feel lucky to have the Conservators Center because I know that, regardless of how bad my week or day may have been, there is a place that I will always receive a warm, friendly welcome from the animals. And the people aren’t half bad either. 🙂
Ryen Ford, Staff

I’m lucky to have the Conservators Center because the Directors took me under their wing and trained me about the husbandry of big cats while I was working at another facility. I feel that, without them, the cats in my care wouldn’t be the healthy girls they are today. I’ve seen many facilities… and I’m so excited to now be working with the Centers awesome team!
—Michelle McKay, Staff

I feel lucky to have the Conservators Center because I have a special bond with Bobby Fargo and Doug. I travel far to see my Lifetime Adopted boys, and they are always grateful to see me. The Conservators Center is the place I go to feel at home.
Jodie Joseph, Lifetime Adopter

I feel lucky to have the Conservators Center because it has given me the opportunity to work with a competent, effective leadership team of supervisors and directors. I feel proud to work alongside people I can learn from every day.
—Megan McGrath, Staff

I feel lucky to have the Conservators Center because when I visit my adopted lovely Adeena, my heart is full.  I feel like my contributions to the center truly mean something important and I can now make a big check mark on my bucket list.
Katie Stephens, Lifetime Adopter

KIM EPTING

I feel lucky to have the Conservators Center because, for the rest of my life, I will NEVER have to wonder if I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing, where I’m supposed to be doing it. Finding the Conservators Center was like falling in love;
I just knew it was right.
Kasey Thornton, Staff

I feel lucky to have the Conservators Center because it is a welcoming, yet close-knit community, akin to family I’d say, with a deep-seeded passion and love for the incredible residents under our care and a firm belief in the well-being of animals everywhere. Words are not adequate to describe the connection I feel to this place, but I see it in Obi, and his brothers, and Willow, and Carson, and the wolf boys… and in my dear human friends. I want everyone who visits us to get a sense of that same connection.
Kim Barker, Volunteer

I’m lucky to have the Conservators Center because I am surrounded by the most personable animals, and people who are like-minded in their feelings towards these amazing critters.
Joy Courson, Staff

JULIA MATSON WAGNER 2

I’m lucky to have the Conservators Center because I get to spend every day with the best animals there are, spoil them rotten, and make their lives better!
—Alexandra Paschall, Staff

I feel lucky to have Conservators Center in my life because it has always been a dream of mine to have a personal relationship with a lion. I can’t see my baby Matthai very often, but I know that he and his fellow cats are being well cared for and loved every day.
—Melanie Hill, Lifetime Adopter

I feel lucky to have the Conservator’s Center because it provides a great home for these animals and gives me a place to work towards my passion of helping them. I feel lucky because I know I am making a difference.
Kori Johnson, Volunteer

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