Lakota arrived in 2003 from a caring woman who had rescued from a "high kill" agency. The workers at the agency were afraid of Lakota because he was a wolf, and so refused to go in and clean his enclosure. The woman received an email from the "high-kill" shelter asking for help in placing many of their animals. When investigated, Lakota was found living in horrible conditions - he was covered in urine, feces, and weighed about 40 pounds. The woman decided to accept Lakota, restore him to good health, and then transport him to a wolf rescue. The woman took excellent care of Lakota, and over the next month, Lakota was able to build a relationship with the woman and her 16-year-old daughter. The woman then contacted Wild Spirit and we were able to offer a forever home to our shy Lakota.

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It takes approximately seventeen sponsors (paw prints) to provide the basic care for each of our wolves and wolf-dogs for an entire year. This does not include the cost of medication, vet visits, enclosures repairs, or enrichment treats.

Quarterly Enrichment
Every three months we give each of our animals an exciting enrichment treat. Not only does it help to mentally and physically stimulate the wolves and wolf-dogs, but it also goes to support them for the rest of the quarter.


Bio: Lakota is a low-content wolf-dog.
Living Arrangements: I live alone now, after my last relationship with wolf-dog Nymeria seemed like it might lead to fighting.
Right now, I live next to the animal care office because of my advanced age. I might come out to say hello, but I am very shy. "
Personality: Although he was able to establish a relationship at his previous home, Lakota has always been one of the shyest animals living at the Sanctuary. He mainly keeps to himself and always moves to the back of his enclosure when new or scary volunteers walk by. Lakota is learning to cope without his former companion, Sassy. Although he is still untouchable, Lakota appears to be seeking more interaction with his caretaker now that he is alone.
Likes: Stuffed animals and other toys, following his caretaker around the enclosure, and stealing objects.
Dislikes:Strangers and unusual sanctuary activity around his habitat.
Fun Fact: When Lakota lived with a female wolf named Natasha, he went through a short-lived period of bravery. It was during this time that his caretaker learned his love of stealing objects. Lakota was particularly mean to Natasha when he stole her favorite stuffed animal and buried it. His caretaker had to keep digging it up to give back to his girlfriend.
My Wishlist: "I would love a donation for vet care. As I get older, I may need some medications to make me more comfortable."