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Male Mid-Content Wolfdog
Nimoy joined the Big Pack in the Sky on August 21st, 2020.
He passed at 14 years old due to old age.

Nimoy was born in May of 2006, and he arrived at Wild Spirit in April of 2007. He was rescued by a loving couple, David and Loretta, who never gave up on him. Remarkably, the couple had been both Nimoy’s second and fifth home! While little is known about Nimoy’s early history, we believe he was purchased by his first owners from a breeder in Oregon. When his first home did not work out, David and Loretta rescued him and attempted to place him in what they thought would be a good home.

Apparently, Nimoy escaped his new home the first day he was there. The poor pup then survived alone on the streets for the next three months! When David and Loretta learned of Nimoy’s fate they once again stepped up to rescue him. A concerned woman in the neighborhood was finally able to lure little Nimoy into her home, after which Loretta picked him up and took him right to the vet. She had him micro-chipped, neutered, and fully vaccinated. David was in the middle of a transfer to Colorado for work, and the couple had never planned on adding a wolfdog to their family. Although they loved Nimoy, they knew the best thing they could do for him was find him a safe and permanent place to grow up.

They called Wild Spirit, and we were able to accept Nimoy. Because canines are extremely social animals, it’s important for our rescues to live with others of their own kind. When Nimoy first arrived at Wild Spirit, we introduced him to Powder Pack, a pack made up of Powder, Sugar, Sabine, and Dakota, all of whom were just about the same age as Nimoy.



Nimoy was one of our most out-going rescues! He loved getting attention from his caretakers and usually greeted people right at the door to his habitat. He would sometimes get a little carried away in his excitement, so it was important not to get him too wound up! He was extremely playful and loved to run around and wrestle with his companion, Rain.


When Nimoy first arrived at Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, we introduced him to Powder Pack, which included Powder, Sugar, Sabine, and Dakota. Unfortunately, less than a year later, Nimoy was kicked out of the pack. Luckily, he joined  Rain soon after, and the two were a match made in heaven until she joined the Big Pack in the Sky in March of 2019. Nimoy next lived with fellow senior, Goldie, before she died in July, 2020.

Likes & Dislikes

Nimoy loved going out on walks and showing off in front of all the other rescues. He really liked new scents, and if his caretaker had anything unusual on their clothes or in their bucket, he’d explore that new scent for as long as he was allowed.

Nimoy did not like when Rain was actually interested in sharing their caretakers’ attention, and he would push her out of the way. He also did not like most men – he was definitely a ladies man!

Fun Facts

When Nimoy first came to Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, his name was “Lakota”. But we already had a Lakota, a Dakota, and a Nakota! For the sake of our sanity, and because Nimoy was so young, we opted to rename him. During his awkward preteen state, we joked that his ears reminded us of Spock from Star Trek. So he was dubbed “Nimoy”, after Leonard Nimoy, the actor who plays Spock.

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