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Ways to Help Big Run Wolf Ranch

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Help Big Run Grow!

Big Run depends upon public donations to continue its work. You can help! Making a donation through our secure server is fast and easy, and when we receive your donation, we will send you an acknowledgement in the mail for tax purposes. Click the button below to make a donation. Thank you for your support!

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(We are currently NOT accepting applications for caretaking and cleaning volunteers, but you may still send your resume if you would like to be added to our list for the future). Volunteers must commit to work from 9:00-4:00 every week, although sometimes it’s shorter. You must be able to lift up to 35 lbs and work outside in all types of weather and on holidays. Please email your resume to

From April through November, you can apply to volunteer at our monthly Family Days/Open Houses (8:30-4:30). Please attend an open house before completing an application. 

Community Service:

We do offer opportunities for community service. High School students can earn community service hours by working at our open houses from 8:30 – 4:30 from April through November. There are a limited number of positions available at each open house so please contact us well in advance at 815-588-0044.

Help Us Help Animals!

Click on the button below to support Big Run Wolf Ranch through our charity donation page.

Donate to Big Run Wolf Ranch!​

We Accept Donations of These Items:

  • Wet cat food / Dry cat food
  • Clumping cat litter
  • Disposable Rubber Gloves M,L,XL, 2XL
  • String cheese and liver sausage
  • Rescue Disposable Big Bag Fly Traps
  • Vinegar
  • Chicken feed, Senior horse sweet feed, cracked corn
  • New or used dog, cat, or small plush toys
  • Heavy duty dog toys for the wolves
  • Opossum Complete Food (Exotic Nutrition)
  • Mealworms
  • HP 62 black and color ink
  • Copy paper
  • Paper towels / Hand Soap
  • New or used towels
  • New or used fleece blankets
  • Aldi gift card / Menards gift card