Alice joined the Big Pack in the Sky on November 10th, 2021.
She was assisted at 15 years old due to incontinence/old age.
Alice was born on May 3rd, 2006 and arrived at Wild Spirit May 22nd that very same year. Alice and her siblings were born to captive-bred parents, Yukon and Sierra, at a breeding facility. The story we heard was that Yukon and Sierra were born to wolves who were taken from the wild. The breeder who owned the pair had been selling their pups to select private owners, or for exhibits like zoos, for eight years.
One year, the breeder who owned Yukon and Sierra offered to donate two puppies from the litter they were expecting to the sanctuary. We accepted, happy to give the pups a safe, secure life. Sierra had a litter of six puppies including Alice, Thunder, Sabine, Sugar, Storm and Powder. Unexpectedly, none of the puppies were sold, and the breeder was left with six pups who needed to be bottle-fed and cleaned every two hours, as well as constantly in the presence of people to maintain socialization.
With an army of staff and volunteers eager to help, we agreed to take all six puppies (and eventually went back to rescue Sierra, Yukon, and a grown pup from a previous litter, Axel, too). Even with a full staff and many volunteers, raising wolf puppies is exhausting work. Despite being surrounded by people and hand-raised by humans, only two of the six puppies grew up to be comfortable meeting the public – Storm and Sabine.
Wild Spirit has grown a great deal since we became an official non-profit back in 1993. We realize we are always evolving, and we work hard to improve and change along the way to ensure we reach our mission statement goals of Rescue, Sanctuary and Education. In order to ensure that our true message is heard and those most in need are offered help, we have decided not to seek out wolf puppies to socialize in the future. If there is a puppy in need of rescue and we can offer them sanctuary, of course, we will. However, we know that the animals most in need are often older, already poorly socialized, and suffering from serious misunderstanding and mistreatment, so those are the ones that we will pursue most diligently.
Our Arctic puppies were introduced to a litter of Arctic/timber wolf-dogs in June of 2006. The Arctic/timbers were the same age as our Arctic litter, and although they were supposed to be at WSWS temporarily, their re-homing plans fell through. Since the puppies were all so young, they were raised together as one large pack and naturally divided into pairs or smaller packs of their own choosing as they aged.
Alice was a very sweet and playful girl, but she was cautious around new caretakers, especially women. However, Alice was very loving with staff members she knew well and former caretakers who came to visit her.
Alice was a member of Forest Pack, which included her brother, Thunder, and male high-content wolfdog, Forest, both of which passed away in 2020. After losing the two boys, she moved in with Forest’s brother, Dakota, until his passing in early 2021. In the last leg of her life, she lived with Flurry, and the two made a really good pair.