Kenai arrived to the sanctuary in June of 2020 when he was two-years old. Traveling from Ohio state, Kenai was an owner-surrender when the woman who cared for him fell very ill and had to re-home all of her cherished pets.
Aloof with new caregivers, Kenai is nevertheless a kind guy. Curiously, he watches his primary caregiver provide lots of love to his companion, Savannah, and has questioned whether he may too very much enjoy the attention. Assertive and a show-off for Savannah when other rescues visit the One Acre, an enrichment habitat bordering their own, Kenai always listens intently to the wants and needs of miss Savannah.
Kenai currently lives with senior high-content wolf-dog Savannah. Mature and confident in her abilities to get along with her companions, we are hoping Savannah can teach a thing or two to youngster Kenai!
Having grown up with an Alaskan husky companion, Kenai learned his tail-language from miss Luna. As a result, Kenai can be spotted habitually attempting to curl his tail like a husky’s when communicating with other rescues at Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary. Unbeknownst to him, Kenai’s tail looks more like a sagging question mark than the proud, strong curl iconic of malamutes and huskies. We have not the heart to tell him how ridiculously adorable he looks!
Likes & Dislikes
Like many of our rescues, Kenai has taken to greatly enjoying his weekly provided enrichment bone of bison, elk, or deer. It did not take him long to begin to greedily snag and consume his frozen Carnivore Diet loaf either, which many of the rescues love, as well.
For whatever reason, Kenai has decided he does not particularly like caregiver, Jared, especially whenever he walks by in the morning. Kenai loudly announces when Jared is near his habitat by alarm howling at him with a puffed chest and raised tail. Poor Jared, sometimes being a guy proves a disadvantage with some of our rescues.
Low-content wolf-dog Kenai was rescued in June of 2020 from Ohio when he was only two-years old. Due to sudden illness, Kenai’s owner was forced to seek sanctuary for handsome “Stinky,” as he was affectionately called by her. Prior to living with this owner, Kenai was cared for by a male relative who proved incapable of providing for Kenai’s specific needs as a wolf-dog and not a domestic dog pet. Luckily, the woman noticed the need to intervene and took Kenai home to care for him more properly until his relocation to Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary was required.
Unfortunately, wolf-dogs are not suited to most homes, and Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary does not recommend wolf-dog ownership. In cases similar to Kenai’s, when a new home is needed to be found, the process is difficult. Many shelters and humane societies throughout the United States will not accept nor adopt out wolf-dogs. The frequent action taken upon receiving wolf-dogs at a shelter is to euthanize them. An increasing trend within the rescue community, as well, is to only accept high-content wolf-dogs if wolf-dogs are to be accepted at all. This leaves the lower content wolf-dogs and misidentified domestic dogs at higher risk for euthanasia, making it more urgent to stop supporting the exotic pet trade.
Fortunately for Kenai, we had a single female in need of companionship, and he was just the guy for her! Stay tuned for more updates as their relationship continues to develop and as Kenai settles further into his new sanctuary life.