Willow
Female High-Content Wolfdog
Brittany McDonald?
She is roughly 12 years old and her birthday is around March, 2011.

She is NOT on the Tour Path.
In December of 2022, Wild Spirit was asked to make a miracle come true by taking in five high-content wolfdogs in need of urgent rescue after their owner passed away. At the time, we were beyond our maximum capacity, with not a single empty enclosure for new intakes. While we wanted nothing more than to save these animals’ lives, we weren’t sure it was possible with our limited resources…

Fortunately, we weren’t alone in wanting to see this rescue through, and in a matter of days an entire team of people from across the country had agreed to assist us in going to get the animals AND putting up five new enclosures once we got back home with them! Thanks to this massive show of support, we made plans to retrieve the animals, meeting up with half our team in Kansas while the other half stayed behind to work on constructing the new enclosures.

After arriving at the owner’s property and seeing the animals for the first time, it was clear they were all experiencing extremely high levels of stress following the loss of their owner, and as a result of our presence as well. As such, we quickly came up with a game plan for getting the animals out of their enclosures, vetted, and into the rescue van as quickly as possible. Thanks to the experience and teamwork of all involved, this process went off without a hitch, and within a matter of hours, all five wolfdogs had been seen by the vet and loaded for transport!

Before leaving the home, we learned of three additional high-content wolfdogs also living on-site (one who has since passed), surprising everyone in our group as they hadn’t been mentioned in previous conversations. We decided to ask the owner’s wife whether they needed placement as well. She said they did but she hadn’t thought to ask due to their age, assuming we wouldn’t want them. We advised that while we didn’t have any empty enclosures at the moment, we would be willing to come back for them as soon as possible if placement was needed. She agreed, and we made plans to return for them as soon as we were able.

Thankfully, around 5 months later, after the harsh winter weather allowed us to FINALLY finish building our 4 new enclosures, we were able to make the trip back to Kansas to retrieve the last of the wolfdog rescues: Willow and her lifelong companion, Chuppa. As with the first Kansas rescue, we met with local vet staff on-site at the owner’s home, allowing us to ensure both of our new seniors were happy, healthy, and fit for travel back to New Mexico!

Following their arrival, Willow and Chuppa were placed in an enclosure near many of the rest of our Kansas rescues, allowing their little “pack” to see and hear one another as they used to with their former family. We believe this helped them make a quick transition into life at the sanctuary. Willow is also settling in well, though at a slightly slower pace than her confident counterpart did. When Chuppa passed in summer 2023, we introduced Willow to mid-content wolfdog Zion, and the two have been perfect companions ever since!

We are so blessed that after many long months, we’re finally able to close the book on these animals’ old lives, allowing them all to start anew with their wild-spirited family!

Brittany McDonald?

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