Storm joined the Big Pack in the Sky on March 4th, 2018.
He passed at 12 years old due to Cushing’s Disease.
Storm was an Arctic wolf born on May 3rd, 2006, and arrived at Wild Spirit on May 22nd that very same year. The story of Storm and his family (The Arctics) and why they lived at Wild Spirit is a long one, but we feel it is important to share it. Storm and his 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.
Storm was a social boy in his youth, but as he got older, he much preferred the company of familiar faces. He stopped showing an interest in Ambassador work, and eventually took far more interest in relaxing at the comfort of home. He still greatly enjoyed strutting around and posing for tour guests as they came to see him.
Storm spent the majority of his life with a member of our Arctic-Timber pack, Savannah. Savannah eventually kicked Storm out of her enclosure in 2015, and Storm never did find a new companion he wanted to share space with.
Likes & Dislikes
Storm liked our former Assistant Director, Crystal! The two had an unbreakable relationship, founded on love, trust and understanding.