BIO ~ Juno is a spayed female domestic dog, most likely a malamute and German Shepherd mix. She was born in 2007 and mislabeled as a wolf-dog.
PERSONALITY ~ Juno is one of the shyer members of her family, but she gets braver each year. She will play-bow to caretakers and race around her habitat trying to get them to join the fun. When she gets to know her caretakers, she’ll come up to lick their hands and sometimes their faces. Juno tends to pick on her sister, Goldie, whenever Goldie is nervous but will also run away herself if things look intimidating.
LIKES ~ Juno loves to play. She will pester her siblings until they give in and chase after her. When she sees her caretaker coming with breakfast, she likes to express her excitement by jumping on and chewing on Goldie.
DISLIKES ~ Juno does not like too much attention. She prefers only one or two people in her enclosure at a time and likes to approach on her own terms. She does not like to greet tour guests and will hang back while her siblings rush to the fence for treats.
FUN FACTS ~ Juno is the easiest to tell apart in her litter. Her coat is much darker than any of her siblings, she also has a nick in her ear. Juno was originally spelled “Juneau,” but it was shortened to “Juno” when she and her siblings arrived at WSWS in 2009.
WISH LIST ~ Living with four siblings, Juno would love it if we could find some extra donations to add a separate space to their habitat. Some of her siblings get a little too crazy around food, and she’d love to enjoy her meal peacefully, and at her own pace.
JUNO’S HISTORY ~ Beautiful Juno was one of five domestic dogs who was taken to a shelter in Louisiana when she was only 7-weeks-old. They were mistaken as wolf-dogs. Like many dogs sold as wolf-dogs, we think they are most likely a mix of malamute, German shepherd, and husky. Because they were labeled as wolf-dogs, it was almost impossible to adopt them out. Juno, her sisters Azteca, Goldie, and Katrina, and her brother, Saint, were all placed together in a 10 x 10-foot cage with a concrete floor and became completely unsocialized.
While at the shelter, someone would occasionally try to adopt one of the dogs, but they were always returned. The shelter called Wild Spirit in August of 2009. One of our staff members was on vacation in the area so she stopped by to see them. They were kept clean and fed but had spent two years together in that awful 10 x 10 cage, which caused permanent damage to their knees. They had learned to all move together as a pack in their tiny space. We couldn’t stand to see them spend the rest of their lives there. We made arrangements to accept them at Wild Spirit and they became our Nola Pack.
Despite still being shy, our Nolas are very sweet and loving dogs. For the sake of keeping the closely-knit family together, we decided against adopting them out. We have given them the best possible care, including knee surgeries for Saint, Azteca, Katrina and 14 weeks of physical therapy after each surgery. This precious family does a great job helping us educate folks on our tours. Their story is the perfect example of the fact that many of the canines sold as wolf-dogs are just domestic dogs. Incorrectly labeling a domestic dog as a wolf-dog, or even worse, a wolf, is a horrible disservice to both dogs and wolves. People get the impression that wolves and wolf-dogs are just like domestic dogs and will act accordingly. Sadly, most people who actually buy a wolf-dog or wolf very quickly realize they are not at all like domestic dogs. Sanctuary and rescue spaces are very limited. Most shelters will not adopt out wolf-dogs so they end up being euthanized. Juno and her family help us demonstrate how the wolf and wolf-dog breeding industry hurts everyone, even those who are not truly part of it.