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Female Wolf
Sabine joined the Big Pack in the Sky on September 21st, 2015.
She was assisted at 9 years old due to an unknown illness/quality of life.

Sabine was an Arctic wolf born on May 3rd, 2006 and arrived at Wild Spirit May 22nd that very same year. The story of Sabine and her family (The Arctics) and why they lived at Wild Spirit is a long one, but we feel it is important to share it. Sabine 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 Yukon and Sierra had been selling their pups to select private owners or for exhibits like zoos. Very sadly, in order for wolves to be socialized to humans at all, they must be taken from their parents before they open their eyes. Even then, they may not be comfortable around people. For eight years, Yukon and Sierra had each of their newborn litters taken and sold.

The breeder who owned Yukon and Sierra offered to donate two puppies from the litter they were expecting. In our view, we would be giving these pups a safe, secure life, where they would not end up chained or euthanized like so many wolves and wolfdogs. 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 puppies who needed to be bottle-fed and cleaned every two hours, constantly with people to maintain socialization and continually exposed to many different situations. We had volunteers eager to help, so we agreed to take all six puppies (and eventually went back to rescue Sierra, Yukon, and 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 wolfdogs 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.

Tragically, we don’t always get answers as to what caused a decline in an animal’s health, which was the case with Sabine. When she began to develop a fever and lost her appetite, we immediately took her to the vet. Following a blood sample, x-rays, and so many more tests, all that could be concluded was that she had an enlarged liver. Despite medications and treatments, her condition only worsened, until we made the difficult decision to help her along. We take comfort in knowing that Sabine lived a life full of joy, surrounded by the people and canines she loved.



Sabine was our little adventurer! She always wanted to see new places, meet new people and venture far into the world. This made her a wonderful Ambassador, who would often be the one dragging us to outreach programs! Despite her enthusiastic nature, she also had a tendency to be easily startled, and retreat if anything unexpected happened. However, this never stopped her from putting on a brave face, and marching forward.


When our Arctics and Arctic-Timbers were old enough to form their own groups, Sabine chose to follow her brother, Powder, and sister, Sugar, as well as their life-long friend, Dakota. In time, Sabine was kicked out of the group, and needed to find a new home. Thankfully, it just so happened that she showed interest in a single male who was also an Ambassador, Zoerro! Following some fence-meets, intros and walks together, the two got along tremendously well!

Likes & Dislikes

Sabine liked exploring new places, walks with her companion, Zoerro, and posing majestically in her habitat!

Sabine disliked confrontation of any kind. She was a lover, not a fighter.

Fun Facts

Sabine and Zoerro were our first and only Ambassador companion pair! While sharing a habitat, they insisted on going to every outreach event together.

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