Juno joined the Big Pack in the Sky in March of 2023.
She was assisted at 15 years old due to mobility/quality of life.
Juno was born in August of 2007, and arrived at Wild Spirit in December of 2010. Beautiful Juno was one of five siblings who was taken to a shelter in Louisiana when she was only 7-weeks-old. They were suspected to be wolfdogs, but due to the unreliability of genetic tests in 2007, it couldn’t be confirmed if they were or not. Because of this, it was almost impossible to adopt them out. Juno, her sisters Azteca, Katrina, and Goldie, 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. Despite our uncertainty of their content level, we couldn’t stand to see them spend the rest of their lives there, and made arrangements to accept them at Wild Spirit. They soon became known as our NOLA Pack, in reference to their origins in New Orleans.
The Nola’s were very sweet rescues, who eventually came out of their shells to show us all the love they could offer. Their rough upbringing resulted in multiple health issues over the years that required intensive care, including knee surgeries for Saint, Azteca, Katrina, and 14 weeks of physical therapy after each surgery. In spite of this, they each lived fulfilling lives, well into their senior years. Each one had a special place in our hearts, and will never be forgotten.
Juno was one of the shyer members of her family, but is was wonderful to see her become braver each year. She would play-bow to caretakers and race around her habitat, trying to get them to join the fun. When she got to know her caretakers, she would come up to lick their hands, and sometimes their faces.
Juno was originally part of a larger group affectionately called our NOLA Pack, which consisted of Juno and her siblings, Saint, Azteca, Katrina and Goldie. Over the years her other 4 siblings have passed away, and she spent the last year of her life with Lazar Wolf, a mid-content male wolfdog.
Likes & Dislikes
Juno loved to play. She also enjoyd getting stuffed toys which she would carry around her enclosure to show off to her companion and neighbors.
Juno did not like too much attention. She preferred only one or two people in her enclosure at a time, and liked to approach on her own terms.