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Female High-Content Wolfdog
Tehya joined the Big Pack in the Sky on June 7th, 2022.
She was assisted at 3 years old due to Canine Granulomatous Meningoencephaliti (GME).

Tehya was born in May of 2019, and arrived at Wild Spirit in February of 2021. In January of that year, we received an email from a fellow wolfdog rescuer stating that there was an animal in urgent need of placement as a result of controversy between the animal’s owner and her neighbors. In the days to follow, we made contact with Tehya’s owner who was able to provide us with some of her history.

We learned that as a puppy, Tehya was purchased by a person who, soon after, abandoned her at a doggy day care in San Diego… From there, she went to a second home where she spent most of her days in a crate for approximately six weeks before being re-homed once more in August of 2019 — all this by the time she was just three months old.

Fortunately, Tehya lived out roughly the next year and a half in a loving home where she grew into a sweet and social girl. However, as time went on, her presence began to make the neighbors uneasy, and the resulting conflicts forced her owner to begin looking for a new home immediately.

That is when Wild Spirit received word of Tehya, and we set out for California just five days later to retrieve her. Upon arrival, Tehya was experiencing a high amount of stress as a result of unfamiliar people at work on the property. As such, she was not able to be leashed and loaded into the rescue van as originally planned. Thankfully, we were able to coax her into a fenced-in corner of the property that created the perfect space to gently guide her into a crate. From there, she was loaded into the van and given free rein of the holding area where she could move around and stretch her legs.

During the drive home Tehya was calm and quiet and even allowed staff to give her gentle pets and remove her collar. Once at the sanctuary, she was released into her temporary pen where she immediately went to visit with her neighbors, Quinn and Lyca on one side, and Flurry on the other!



Tehya was a shy, but goofy gal. When it came to humans, she preferred to keep her distance, but was slowly warming up to her caretakers. Her companion, Cinder, on the other paw, was someone she greatly enjoyed the company of. She looked to him for cues often, but since Cinder was also a bit of a shy fellow, he rarely gave her the confidence to approach new people.


Tehya spent her time at Wild Spirit with a high-content wolfdog named Cinder. The two were a wonderful match, and could be seen resting, singing and playing together.

Likes & Dislikes

Tehya liked playing with her neighbor, Kaya, and spending time with her companion, Cinder.

Tehya disliked her bounardies being pushed. She liked to do things in her own time, and at her own pace (which we were happy to accomodate).

Fun Facts

Tehya loved to sing! Any time there was a group howl, she was quick to join, and often was eager to start a group howl of her own. We think she just wanted to show off how beautiful her voice was.

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