Riot is a spayed female high-content wolf-dog. We rescued her in the summer of 2008 when she was around two years old.
Riot lives with Cinder now, but she has had a few different companions in her years at Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary. She first lived with Ashlar, and then Axel.
Riot’s touching romance with Cinder caught the attention of The Dodo, a site that promotes animal rights and welfare through online publishing. They wrote an article about our happy couple!
Likes & Dislikes
Riot loves belly-rubs, stuffed animals (with all the plastic parts removed, of course!), and showing off her enrichment treats to make her neighbors jealous!
Riot hates the flies and gnats that attack her during our summer months. She also doesn’t like when she’s getting belly-rubs and Cinder shows up to see if he can get some attention, too.
Riot was born to a breeder in California who was calling the animals she sold “wolves.” She was selling puppies who were so young, they still needed to be bottle-fed by their new owners. In order for wolves to be social to humans at all, they need to be taken from their mothers before their eyes open. It is one of the many reasons we feel wolves and high-content wolf-dogs should not be pets.
Although Riot was sold as a full Arctic wolf, we have reclassified her as a high-content wolf-dog. That means she looks and acts like a wolf, but most likely has a bit of dog in her history. Riot’s owner bottle-fed her, loved her, and gave her good care. Over the next two years, Riot became social enough to be around people, as long as they crouched down. Like most wolves and high-content wolf-dogs, Riot couldn’t be contained in a typical backyard and didn’t do well inside the house. Which is why when her owner called us, Riot was living alone in a 10 x 10-foot cage. Her owner really loved her and knew Riot deserved better than she was able to provide.
When Riot’s owner called, we had several single male rescues in need of a companion. After many conversations, we felt that we could offer Riot a better life at Wild Spirit and improve another rescue’s life at the same time. One of our oldest rescues, Doc, had lost his life-long companion, Whitney. We had tried 3 separate times to match him with one our single females, and each time poor Doc had been beaten up. We were very hopeful that a young, submissive female may be his best bet. Unfortunately, after his bad experiences with the other females, Doc was not feeling very open to making friends. He was immediately aggressive with Riot, and it was clear it was not a good match. We decided to try Riot with Axel, a 3-year old Arctic wolf who had just lost his older companion. Axel and Riot were a closer age and energy level, and both seemed very happy with the pairing. Over time, the two developed an extremely strong bond and lived peacefully together until Axel joined the Big Pack in the Sky on August 25th, 2015.
High-content wolf-dog Cinder had arrived a few months prior to Axel’s passing and was in desperate need of some companionship. He was just about 2-years old and still adjusting to his new life. We moved Riot into his habitat after some introductions and for Cinder, it was love at first sight! He seemed overwhelmed to have a friend and couldn’t stop “love biting” her head. His enthusiasm was a bit annoying to Riot at first, but after she told him off a few times, Cinder managed to calm down a bit. The new couple got along well, but we noticed that Riot was not able to fully settle down in this new habitat. We thought it best to move them both back to Riot’s old habitat, next to the neighbors she had known for over 10 years. Cinder saw that Riot was comfortable being leashed to go for a walk, and he allowed us to leash him, too, for the first time! The two walked nicely back to their new home and have been doing well ever since!