Shadow is the daughter of the Shunka-Shadow duo. While her father is Canadian Tundra Wolf, Shadow, is a Canadian Tundra Wolf/gray wolf mix. Her coloring reflects her gray wolf heritage, and she is even slightly smaller than her father. Both she and her father like to announce when visitors arrive at the refuge, but Shadow is very affectionate towards Stephanie and eats from her hand every day. Stephanie has found that she must oversee Shadow to prevent Shunka from eating his daughter’s dinner. Shadow enjoys going for leash walks with her father, and allows volunteers to hold her leash.
Hokshila, whose name means “a young man who has proven himself” (in the Lakota language) truly lives up to his name. He is Wanagi’s premiere wolf ambassador, and as such, has particpated in all public events since his arrival at the refuge in 2003. Hokshila is a magnificent male timber wolf that stands more than six feet tall on his hind legs. Upon meeting Hokshila for the first time, the most commonly expressed sentiment from human observers is: “My gosh! He is so big!”
Shunka and his daughter Shadow are pen-mates that were rescued on December 26, 2010, Shunka is a beautiful white Canadian Tundra Wolf, and is rather diminutive in size (especially compared to Hokshila!), as is his daughter The father-daughter pair were rescued from Colorado when their human owner decided she could no longer care for them. Shunka is now approximately 7 years old and enjoys relaxing on the roof of the shelter on his enclosure. He also enjoys playing with stuffed toys and going for leash walks with Shadow. He and Hozho (the only pure dog at Wanagi) play well together.
Bindi is a 4-year-old gray wolf/coyote/Husky mix and serves as Wanagi’s wolf-dog ambassador. His name, in Sanskrit, means “the one-pointed energy of God.” Like Hokshila, Bindi participates in all of Wanagi’s public events and presentations. Long and lean, Bindi’s physical appearance bears witness to his bloodlines. Bindi is allowed to roam freely on the Wanagi grounds and sleeps at the foot of Stephanie’s bed at night. He is a favorite of many Wanagi volunteers and audience members, and often enjoys countless tummy-rubs during public outings.
Milagro, whose name means “miracle” in Spanish, was rescued just hours before he was to receive “the needle of death.” A canine/wolf mix, Milagro is fully socialized and, like Bindi, is allowed to roam about the Wanagi grounds (both outside and inside the house). He is possibly available for adoption to the right home.
Dadyoe name came from an Iroquois story of a the wolf that travels around the earth. He is a wolf–dog cross that Stephanie adopted from a shelter in Albuquerque. Prior to his coming to live at refuge. Dadyoe was initially adopted by a family who were unable to manage his exuberant behavior.
Kola, like Liberty, is Malamute/gray wolf mix. Kola, whose name means “the wise uncle” in Lakota, and his sister Wihopa were rescued by the Humane Society in Flagstaff, AZ, and a volunteer from this facility drove the two wolf-dogs to the refuage. The pair were so near starvation that Stephanie thought she was going to lose Kola. Both Kola and Wihopa are completely socialized and are currently available for adoption. However, Stephanie insists that they must be adopted as a pair, as their bond made even stronger due to their shared near-death experience.
Liberty is an alpha male Malamute/gray wolf that was born on Sept. 11, 2000. His “people” were repeat animal-abuse offenders who starved and beat him. Despite all his hardships, he is trusting, balanced and loving. Suffering from Lupus, Liberty receives daily doses of the B-vitamin Niacinamide, which has proven beneficial. Liberty is also a cancer survivor. Several years ago, Stephanie noticed a ping-pong ball sized nerve-sheath tumor on one of his front legs. The tumor was surgically removed and Liberty received chemotherapy. Today, he is cancer free.
O-tai-oni is a high-content wolf-dog and the most recent resident at Wanagi, having arrived on August 31, 2012. Originally named “Trinity,” O-tai-oni almost immediately told Stephanie her new name, which means “wolf” in the Seneca language. Stephanie and Hozho drove all day to near Flagstaff, AZ to meet with O-tai-oni’s foster mom, who drove from Nevada to deliver the precious cargo. O-tai-oni was originally intended to be Dadyoe’s pen-mate, but since Dadyoe kept eating O-tai-oni’s food, the two had to be separated. Wisely, Stephanie keeps a gate between the two enclosures, which are adjacent to each other, so that the two wolves can have access to one another on occasion. At approximately 2 ½ years of age, O-tai-oni is one of the youngest pack members. She is adjusting well to her new environment, and is learning to trust Stephanie . . . a crucial part of her socialization experience.
Prema, who is Hokshila’s “pen-mate,” is a young gray wolf/Husky mix. She came to reside at Wanagi Wolf Rescue after Stephanie was contacted by the Humane Society in Gallup. During her time at refuge, Prema has become a beautiful, healthy, robust wolf-dog and provides wonderful companionship for Hokshila. She’s becoming much more outgoing and friendly toward visitors. Her name means “love” in Sanskrit.
Wihopa is the female half of the brother-sister pair, and her name means“pretty woman” in Lakota. And she certainly lives up to her name. Not only is she gorgous in appearance, but in demeanor as well. She and her brother Kola are both highly socialized and are very friendly to visitors at Wanagi. Wihopa and Kola are available for adoption to someone who is willing and able to provide a good home to both animals, as they must be adopted together.