Waya, the newest member of the Wanagi Pack was 50 pounds and 5 months old when he came to the rescue. He is now 1 and 1/2 and weighs around 95 pounds! He was rescued from the tornado-stricken area in Oklahoma. Waya, in the Cherokee language, means ‘wolf’. Great thanks to Leyton Cougar from Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary for driving out to Oklahoma to bring Waya to me.
Everyone – please welcome Angel.
He’s a higher content gorgeous, white wolf-dog. He has been well taken care of, is fixed, chipped, loves children & LOVES playing with other K9’s! Angel will live proudly in Liberty’s pen.
Jyoti, nicknamed ‘the Valentine Girl’, because she arrived here on Feb. 15th 2015. She is “Houdini’ in disguise…getting out of the pen–climbing out of her 8’6″ high pen. More volunteers came to our aid & put fencing over the top of her 16×32 pen. When I come home at night, she comes inside & sleeps with Milagro, Bindi & myself! She is one loving girl. Jyoti means ‘the bright flame’ and she certainly is!
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.
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 small in size, 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 11 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.
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’s 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.
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. She has adjusted well to her new environment, and is learning to trust Stephanie . . . a crucial part of her socialization experience.
Prema, who was 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 now she is in a mother/teacher role for young Waya. 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.