Loki Clan Wolf Refuge

Loki Clan Wolf Refuge was founded in 1993 and encompasses 70 acres, straddling the Maine/New Hampshire border.  It houses approximately 90 wolves and wolfdogs, divided into 25 packs.

If you can not give me a place to live, at least give me a place to die

- Chief Joseph

At the refuge, the animals are given what founder Fred Keating calls “as close to a natural
life as possible.” Each pack runs free on an acre of land. Every animal is placed in a pack
and homed at the refuge permanently. None of the rescues are adopted out or surrendered.

Since there are almost no parks or wildlife reserves in the United States where wolves are
protected, the refuge provides an indispensable place of shelter. This is why one of Keating's favorite quotes is “if you can not give me a place to live, at least give me a place to die” (Chief Joseph). Keating is also dedicated to seeing that no wolf, outside of the refuge, is ever euthanized or left without a home. Because of Keating’s work, wolves that are not placed with Loki Clan are often transported and taken to other refuges.

Loki Clan has a relentless goal to give wolves and wolfdogs a safe, natural existence. One
should note “safety” is hard to ensure. Just as there are people who want to support and
protect wolves, there are unfortunately many more who believe the myths about wolf behavior.
They pose a continued threat to these animals.

This is why the aim of the refuge is not only caring for its animals but also fair legislation and
education. As wolfdogs are illegal in many states, causing them often to be seized and
euthanized, the refuge is concerned with and active in seeking ways to protect them through
outreach and education. In the end, Loki Clan tries to ensure that wolves and wolfdogs are never
persecuted, furthermore that they are understood as gentle, intelligent and sensitive animals
who ultimately deserve a place in the world.

For More Information

The Christian Science Monitor

Wolfdogs Find Haven in New Hampshire Sanctuary

Wolf Brother


Fred Keating (Founder)

Keating’s interest in wolves began nearly 40 years ago when he was “looking for something to believe in.” Born deaf and with a cleft palate, he had a difficult childhood. His physical problems were later, perfectly surgically corrected. However, this experience left him with
a deep understanding and compassion for the marginalized and unaccepted. It also led him to look for something more out of life.

Keating came to understand the intelligence, strength and capacity of these animals to form deep bonds.

Initially Keating was drawn to study religion. It was not until his exploration of Native American culture that he was struck deeply by the simplicity and beauty of its ethics regarding nature. The culture holds the belief one must accept and honor all things placed
on this earth. There is no such thing as the unaccepted and marginalized, and all have a refuge in nature. Keating also discovered that what is sacred to all tribes, the teacher and
guardian, is the wolf.

As Keating continued his explorations, he realized how uninformed he was about wolf behavior. He found the commonly accepted myths about wolves patently wrong and misleading. Over
time Keating came to understand the intelligence, strength, and capacity of these animals to
form deep bonds. He had found his calling.

Fred Keating adopted his first wolf in the late 1970’s, Loki, for whom the refuge was later named.He then bred Loki to give him a companion. When placing the pups he again noticed how people suffered a deep misunderstanding about wolf behavior. They wanted an “aggressive” animal or a showpiece. Hoping to correct such misunderstanding, Keating began educating and urging people to stop breeding and adopting wolves as pets. As word spread about his interest in wolves, people started giving surrendered and abandoned animals to him.

In 1983, the first refuge was born in Keating’s backyard and quickly expanded. The refuge soon outgrew its location, and Keating moved to accommodate the increasing number of rescues. Then in 1993, he moved to the Maine/New Hampshire border and founded Loki Clan Wolf Refuge.

Keating’s work at Loki Clan has spanned almost two decades.  There is rarely a day that Keating leaves the site, and every animal is socialized by him.  It is not just the care and protection of the animals that he ensures, but their deep bonds with people.  It goes without question that wolves and wolfdogs are his lifelong dedication, and their bonds to people are often owed to him.


For More Information


The Refuge for Unwanted Wolves and Wolfdogs in Chatham


For those interested in learning about, protecting, and supporting the conservation of
wolves and wildlife worldwide, the following links have been provided.  

WOLF INFORMATIONNational Geographic
Wolf General Info

Wolf Dunn
Info on Hybrid Wolves/Wolfdogs

International Wolf Center
Wolfdog Info and Myths

Reintroduction Wolves Yellowstone

Widlife News
Slaughter Yellowstone Wolves

Defenders of Wildlife
Conservation Wolves Alaska

Defenders of Wildlife
Aerial Hunting Wolves Alaska

The Humane Society of the United States
Aerial Hunting Wolves Alaska


Asian Elephant Art Conservation Project

Association for Parrot C.A.R.E

Big Life Foundation

Defenders of Wildlife

The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee

Heavenly Huskies

In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue

Lions Tigers & Bears

Lockwood Animal Rescue Center

Lupine® Collars and Leads

RedGate Farm Rescue

Save Japan Dolphins

Soar Private Air

The Wild Animal Sanctuary

Wolf Sanctuary:  Wolf and Wolfdog Rescue

Thanks to the following organizations who have donated their time and work to make this website available and support wildlife conservation.

Art Director

Dean Chamberlain
Producer / Production Art

Project Manager/Copywriter/Photographer

Drew Frankel

Kick-Off Developers

Rebecca Chamian Ribaudo
Copy Editor

Josh Mead
Website Maintenance

Special thanks to Jim Alberty, Scott Badger, Myrtle Clapp, Dan, Andrzej Polakiewicz (NBC), and VisionCourse



Please click on the following links to download .pdfs of past issues of the Loki Clan newsletter. To receive the newsletter, please register on the home page.

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On the 2nd Saturday of every month, from June through October, there will be a
fence party. This is an opportunity to volunteer at the refuge, building enclosures
and also helping with work. Please come any time after 9am and in the event of
rain, the fence party may be rescheduled to the following Sunday. The new dates
will be posted to the website and may also be obtained by emailing the refuge

The following are the dates for the 2013 fence parties. Please call 603-662-5818 or email lokiclan@gmail.com with further questions:

June 8th
July 13th
August 10th
September 14th
October 12th


We would like to express our sincere appreciation to Fox23's Your Hometown for the Loki Clan segment. Our special thanks to General Manager Tom Mac Arthur, Production Manager Barry Dodd, Producer/Editor Derek Kimball and Producer/Editor and Host Amie E. Marzen.

Loki Clan Wolf Refuge PSA (YouTube link)

Loki Clan Wolf Refuge Your Hometown Segment (YouTube link)

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