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Photos: WOLF Sanctuary Facebook Page Hacked Via NSFW Posts

UPDATE: WOLF Sanctuary has filed for bankruptcy. In a message, the organization's executive director, Shelley Coldiron, assured supporters that the sanctuary would not go out of business or have to give up its animals.

"I ask our many supporters and followers to continue their loyalty to our cause and our animals," wrote Coldiron. "We will always put the needs of our animals first. The bankruptcy proceeding is a business transaction that will strengthen W.O.L.F. going forward and create a bright future for our wolves."

Nonprofit organizations must work long and hard to create sizable Facebook followings. So imagine the distress of the folks at Colorado's WOLF Sanctuary when they discovered that their page, which earned more than 277,000 likes, had been hacked via risque photos that seemed to have been placed by the organization itself. The NSFW images and details below.

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The image above -- the banner on the original WOLF Sanctuary Facebook page -- is more typical of the pics shared by the Rist Canyon-based organization, which describes itself as "a nonprofit sanctuary dedicated to improving the quality of life for captive born wolves & wolf dogs through rescue, sanctuary and education." So imagine the surprise of the folks administering the page when three unwanted images suddenly popped up in the last day or so. Here are screen captures of the first one.... ...and the second.... ...and the third: Don't expect gratification if you try to access these posts, however. We clicked on the most recent and were taken to this spammy commercial site: The timing of the hack couldn't be worse, since WOLF Sanctuary is in the midst of a fundraising campaign. Here's the pitch on its Booster.com site:
The WOLF Sanctuary needs to relocate to a safer location. Over the past few years, we've suffered wild fires, flooding, and our access roads have been washed out. For the safety of our wolves and wolf dogs we need to move our facility to reduce the stress on the animals.
After the hack, WOLF Sanctuary reps quickly put out messages noting that the page had been taken over. And as the Fort Collins Coloradoan reports, they could do little about it, since staff members' access was blocked by the individuals who stole control.

This left WOLF Sanctuary with little option other than to create a new Facebook page: Check it out here. The fresh destination has collected more than 700 likes in a little over a day -- a far cry from 277,000, but a few cyber-steps in the right direction.

The organization is selling T-shirts to help fund its relocation. In order to learn more, click here.

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