Waya came to us April 2015 when he was just 3 months old. He is now 95 pounds! He was rescued from the tornado-stricken area in Oklahoma and was to be killed because they assumed he had wolf in him. Waya, in the Cherokee language, means ‘wolf’ though there is no wolf in him at all. When his DNA came back to me it stated he was White German Shepherd and other canines mixed in… no wolf at all. 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 high content Arctic wolf-dog. His former owner had always taken great care of him. He is fixed, chipped, loves children and LOVES playing with other K9’s! Angel will live proudly in Liberty’s pen and sleep in my bed (no room for mom!).
Jyoti, nicknamed ‘the Valentine Girl’, because she arrived here on Feb. 15th 2015. She is one loving girl. She adores going on walks and traveling in the SUV. 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 Dog, Shadow is a gray wolf dog mix. Her coloring reflects her gray wolf heritage. She is slightly smaller than her father. Both she and her father like to announce when visitors arrive at the refuge. Shadow is very affectionate towards Stephanie. She 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 Dog, 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 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.
Dadyoe – Ganesha
Dadyoe’s name came from an Iroquois story of a wolf that traveled around the Earth. He is a Wolf x German Shepherd Dog that Stephanie adopted from a shelter in Albuquerque. Dadyoe was initially adopted by a family who were unable to manage his exuberant behavior. Even though he was born in 2008 he still has puppy-like qualities. His tenderness and gentle nature win over everyone’s hearts.
O-tai-oni is a high-content wolf-dog and arrived to the rescue on August 31, 2012. Originally named “Trinity,” O-tai-oni immediately told Stephanie her new name, which means “wolf” in the Seneca language. Stephanie and Hozho, who has since passed, drove all day to Flagstaff, AZ to meet with O-tai-oni’s foster mom, who drove from Nevada to deliver the precious cargo. She has adjusted well to her new environment and is learning to trust Stephanie and others more and more… 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 WWFR after Stephanie was contacted by the Humane Society in Gallup, NM. 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’s name in Lakota means “pretty woman”… and she certainly lives up to her name. She is not only gorgeous in appearance, but also demeanor. She is highly socialized and very friendly to visitors at WWFR as was her brother Kola, who passed January 1st 2015. Beware… she will flirt with you and win your heart!
SHANTI Howls from Shanti, a predominantly coyote mix. This happy, playful petite girlie-girl came to WWFR on March 3rd, 2017. Stephanie met the lovely people from the Shelter in Pueblo, CO. They drove from Nebraska where Shanti was found running & surviving in an Industrial Park. The pack has welcomed her in. She may possibly become a new Ambassador! Welcome Shanti! (means ‘Peaceful’ in Sanskrit)
Tehya came to WWFR from Virginia at the age of 4 on November 9, 2016. Her name in Navajo/Dine’ means “Precious Crown”. Within 2 hours of her arrival she was taking treats from Stephanie’s hand. The pack has welcomed her in. Tehya, Jyoti and Wihopa have their pens next to each other. It will be known as “the K9 Sorority House!”
Lucky & Marisol
Brother & Sister duo, Lucky & Marisol, are the newest members & the last & final pack members that I will be rescuing. They will be 2 years old on August 25th, 2021 & are healthy, happy & strong…VERY strong! LOL!
After Wihopa passed onward, many volunteers helped clean up & reconfigure the carport & den. Lucky & Marisol LOVE their new home & are learning manners quite quickly. They are certainly smart cookies! Even though Lucky has 3 legs & 1 ear, NOTHING slows this boy down. He & Marisol play constantly & run like the wind!
Many Blessings to these 2 wonderful beings.