BIO ~ Jon Snow was a neutered male high-content wolf-dog which means he looked and acted like a wolf, but he had some dog in his ancestry. We don’t know exactly how old he was but we rescued him in 2012 when he was at least 4 years old. He joined the Big Pack in the sky on December 29th, 2018.
PERSONALITY ~ Jon Snow was the shyest of the Westeros Pack and would generally stay at the back of his habitat when caretakers entered. With time and patience, he showed his gentle personality and curious nature to his caretakers. However, when it cames to meaty bones he was not shy at all.
LIKES ~ Jon Snow loves receiving meaty bone enrichment treats! He also likes to hide from his caretaker while his habitat is being cleaned, but since he’s one of our bigger boys, he’s not very good at this game.
DISLIKES ~ Jon Snow is nervous around most people, and he does not like when caretakers walk directly toward him. He doesn’t like conflict and lets his habitat-mates take the lead.
FUN FACTS ~ Jon Snow was named for the well-loved character in George R. R. Martin’s award-winning book series! Mr. Martin and his lovely wife, Parris McBride-Martin, have supported WSWS for many years and named all of our Iowa Rescues. We could tell Jon Snow apart from his pack-mates by the visible pre-caudal spot on his tail!
JON SNOW’S HISTORY ~ Jon Snow was born into horrible conditions at a breeding facility in Iowa. The original owner/breeder had passed away after a lengthy illness, and her surviving family was having a difficult time caring for the 12 high-content wolf-dogs that she left behind. The breeder kept her wolf-dogs in 10′ x 20′ cages, some with up to three animals. The cages had either cement or plywood floors, were only 6 feet high and had wire ceilings. Sadly, this is the typical conditions for wolves or high-content wolf-dogs who can dig or climb out of normal fenced-in areas.
After the owner died, no one ever went into the cages, and the poor wolf-dogs never went outside their cages. They were cleaned by spraying them out with a water hose. Their waste was left on the side of their cages in a pile. No one remembered their names or how they were related. They were not spayed and neutered, so each year, puppies were born but none of them ever survived.
A family friend stepped in to try to help take care of the animals and began calling everyone he thought could help, but no one was willing or able. Thankfully, he didn’t give up and finally called Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary. Before WSWS made the first assessment trip to Iowa, one of the oldest males of the Iowa 12 had passed away.
During the assessment trip, the family generously offered all of their chain link fencing and hardware to help with the building of the Iowa Rescue habitats. And it was at this time that Cassie, the oldest female of the Iowa rescue, was loaded into the van and taken to Canyon Crossroad Vet Hospital, where she received an extensive exam. Afterward, she came home to rest at WSWS. She passed away in the winter of 2012.
In September of 2012, WSWS staff went back to Iowa to rescue the remaining ten wolf-dogs. At midnight, on September 17th, the Iowa 10 stepped foot onto the soil in their new habitats at WSWS. It was the first time they had felt the earth beneath their feet in at least three years! Vet visits revealed they were malnourished, heartworm positive, and had brittle bones and teeth. They were then spayed and neutered, given proper medication, and finally received the care they needed. After 3 years with no space to run, they all moved a bit oddly, but with time they’ve adjusted to their new life and home. They have all become much stronger and healthier, although they have had more drama due to shifting pack dynamics and further health issues.
In the summer of 2013, George R. R. Martin’s wife, Parris McBride-Martin, named all of the Iowa kids after GRRM’s characters from Game of Thrones. The Iowa 10 are now all known as The Westeros Pack. They have come to visit them and Mr. Martin loaned his star powers to a fund-raiser to build them a brand new habitat! With Mr. Martin’s help, we’ve raised $150,000 to build larger habitats for this deserving family.