Honey is a spayed female low-content wolf-dog. We rescued her in February 2017 when she was between 1 and 2 years old.
We still don’t know Honey too well, and she is still extremely fearful of people. She’s not yet comfortable enough for anyone to touch her and she would prefer to be left alone rather than have visitors. We’re not entirely certain how she feels about other animals, but so far she seems to prefer their company to humans.
Unfortunately, Honey is quite an escape artist, so she lived in a smaller enclosure with a roof until we could upgrade one of our large habitats. We were so thrilled to watch her joy when she moved into her new space, with a new friend, Crow!
Adding to her already impressive escape-artist resume, Honey has figured out how to open gates! We’ve found the inner-door to her habitat ajar several times, even though the safety clip is still securely in place. She’s a talented little girl!
Little is known about Honey before she came to Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary. All we know is that she was running loose for roughly 10 months in the New Mexico wilderness, just outside the small town of Las Vegas. When she was finally caught by Animal Control, she was brought to an overcrowded shelter where no animal could hope to be happy, let alone a wolf-dog.
We heard about Honey through a friend of the sanctuary. Our friend, part of the wolf-dog rescue network, desperately wanted to save Honey but she wasn’t sure yet where she could find permanent sanctuary. Leyton agreed to help by going to pull Honey from the shelter and bringing her to Wild Spirit until a permanent home became available. He and Crystal drove to Las Vegas and met the shelter staff who had been caring for Honey. Countless dogs filled the kennels and cages at the shelter, barking and begging for homes. In the midst of it all, poor Honey was terrified. Although she was not social, a few staff members could handle Honey when necessary and with their help, she was loaded into the van and brought to Wild Spirit.
Upon arriving at Wild Spirit, Honey was placed in a temporary habitat complete with a roof. Good thing that roof was there! Within minutes she was looking for an escape route, even hanging from the ceiling by her nails and teeth. Our hearts filled with sympathy and we knew we would only maker her more nervous if we tried to comfort her. We left her in peace to settle in.
Since Honey’s arrival, it’s become clear to the Wild Spirit staff that the best thing for this poor girl is consistency, gentle care, and a safe, permanent home where she can grow into herself and eventually relax. Although our initial plans were to be a temporary home for Honey, we’ve decided she is with us to stay, because we are confident we can provide the things she needs to live a happy, full life.