BIO ~ Tia is a spayed female New Guinea singing dog. We rescued her in the summer of 2015 when she was around 8 years old.

PERSONALITY ~ Tia is a sweet and social senior. She likes to meet new caretakers and crawl into their laps as soon as she feels comfortable with them. She’ll even let her caretakers pick her up and carry her around!  She is very close to Juan but she doesn’t seem to like most other animals.

RELATIONSHIP ~  Tia lives with her former breeding partner, Juan. Their habitat is among the smallest at our sanctuary, but our Singers are comfortable going out for long walks, which means they get plenty of opportunities to stretch their legs.

LIKES ~ Tia loves butt scratches and snuggling with caretakers. She also loves the warmer weather and singing along with the other animals in the morning.

DISLIKES ~ Tia does not like to try new foods. Loud noises scare her and she does not like the cold, winter months!

FUN FACTS ~ Tia and Juan are built for the warm climate of their native Papua, New Guinea, and before arriving at WSWS, they lived in Mexico. Our winters here can be pretty cold, especially for these two who are not at all used to it! Before they had their nice, extra-warm house built for them, they spent the coldest nights in our Animal Care office.

WISH LIST ~ Tia would love donations to help us continue to improve her habitat! We are constantly trying to make life even better for our rescues, and every little bit helps. Thanks for your support!  

TIA’S HISTORY ~  Some consider the rare and wild New Guinea singing dogs to be most like dingoes, but others report that they have completely unique DNA. They get their name from their equally unique howl which is nearly impossible to describe. Some say it sounds like a barbershop quartet, and others describe it as an ethereal trill. When we rescued our first group of singing dogs, Bono, Bowie, Foxy, Princess, and Reba, we heard there were less than 200 New Guinea singing dogs in captivity, and that they may already be extinct on their native island of Papua New Guinea. We read that on the island, Singers were seen more in pairs than in packs. Just recently, New Guinea singing dogs have been spotted in the wild again. For 30 years or so, no one in their native country had seen them at all, although they reported hearing them sing.

New Guinea Singing Dogs are currently among the rarest wild canines. There are reputable conservation organizations, like The New Guinea Singing Dog Conservation Society, but breeders have begun selling the small dogs for pets. Despite their size and how cute they are, these animals are not domesticated and cannot enjoy life as a pet. Unfortunately, Tia and her mate, Juanwere held for over 6 years by a breeder in Tijuana, Mexico. Those who saw where they lived said there was nothing natural for them to enjoy, not even a tree. The sweet couple was getting older and no longer able to breed, so they were going to be destroyed. A rescue team quickly came together to save their lives.

Many caring folks from different groups between OR, CA and NM all worked together to get this precious pair to Wild Spirit. We howl our thanks to Fran, Kathleen, Laura, Joan, and the New Guinea Singing Dog Conservation Society and everyone else who didn’t look away and worked hard to save Tia and Juan. They first went to a private foster home for two months where they got their first taste of real meat. They have settled in nicely at WSWS and are living the pampered lives they deserve.