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.
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!
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.
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!”
Let’s all welcome Wa-Pi which means ‘LUCK’ in Lakota. Yes, he is certainly ‘Mr. Happy-Go-Lucky’. Wa-Pi is a 120 lb pup who is now about 2 years old & is worth his weight in gold. This boy doesn’t know a stranger & has licked every single vet., vet. tech & everyone he meets! He was transported from Wichita, Kansas on August 21st, 2020 & It is illegal to have wolf-dogs in Wichita. Everyone at the Shelter treated him like royalty & the Officer that found him treated him with such love & respect. I am so grateful to have Wa-Pi as the new friend for Shadow since Shunka, her Daddy, recently passed away.
Howls of Joy to you, Wa-Pi!!
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.