Time for an update on rescue, Riot!
Recently, our wonderful veterinarian partner, Dr. Gonzales, ventured out to Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary to examine a few of our rescues, including 14-year-old Riot.
Our beloved spunky senior underwent sedation to receive a physical examination, blood draw, and the collection of a hair sample intended for HMA, and Riot did wonderfully! Although she rather despises medical treatments of any kind, Riot cooperated and the whole process was completed quickly to limit stress.
Physically, Riot is very healthy! Despite her fragility, Dr. Gonzalez stated that Riot looks amazing for her age. Her blood results were inconclusive, and the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary Team is currently gathering funds to complete the HMA, which costs $250.00. The hair and mineral analysis will provide information about Riot's chemistry, and if any toxicity is discovered we will be able to proceed with nutritional treatment.
To all of our wonderful followers, thank you so much for your support and helping the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary Team to provide our seniors, like Riot, with exceptional medical care. You can visit our website: www.wildspiritwolfsanctuary.org/donate if you would like to donate.
Beautiful rescue, Kaya 💕 we hope you all are having a wonderful day!
12 1,46728 May, 2020
Wonderful Howling Supporters, we wanted to provide an update on senior rescue, Argo.
Argo is a mid-content wolf-dog, and he is going to be 14-years old next month. A Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary resident for nearly 10 years, Argo has spent the majority of his life at the sanctuary and with his companion, Cheyenne. While the two face the aches and pains of age, Argo and Cheyenne remain in high spirits and both exude great enthusiasm when fence-fighting with neighbors, Cinder and Riot. For Argo in particular, his favorite activities include hoarding enrichment bones and splashing in his tub during the summer months.
Over the past 2 years, the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary Team has been monitoring the growth of a tumor on Argo's front right leg, which recently has become significantly larger. As Argo is strictly a hands-off animal for his well-being and the safety of the team, operating on the tumor is not an option. Not only would the procedure, including travel and sedation, be stressful on the elderly Argo, but the team would be unable to properly tend to Argo's leg during recovery. Subsequently, the likelihood of infection increases greatly, and Argo's quality of life would dwindle.
To avoid complications and unnecessary stress and discomfort, the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary Team is prepared to help Argo cross the rainbow bridge the moment the tumor becomes too large, threatening the wellness of our handsome rescue. Until then, we will continue to provide Argo with all the love and care he deserves.
If you are interested in offering additional support to Argo at this time, general monetary donations dedicated to Argo are an option and would aid in offsetting his medical expenses, costs for food, and obtaining supplies for enrichment activities. You can visit: wildspiritwolfsanctuary.org/donate to donate.
On behalf of the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary Team, and our magnificent Argo, thank you so much for your continued love and support!
Today is Endangered Species Day! To celebrate, the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary Team wanted to take some time to talk about wolves in North America.
There are many species and subspecies of wolves throughout the world, and many people in North America are familiar with Gray wolves (Canis lupus). While Gray wolves in the United States are still listed as protected under the Endangered Species Act in several states, some have just begun to recover. In certain areas they have been delisted "due to recovery," such as in Montana and Idaho, which is absolutely amazing! Other species of wolf are not as lucky. North America is home to two very rare and endangered species of wolf: The Mexican Gray wolf and the Red wolf.
The Mexican Gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi), a unique subspecies of the Gray wolf, and the Red wolf (Canis rufus), a separate wolf species, are two of the most endangered species of wolf in the world. Both were declared "endangered" back in the 1970s, and there have been efforts to protect and restore these populations to what they once were. Red wolf populations dwindled to just 35 or fewer wolves at one time and it's remarkable they are still around today.
While Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary does not care for any Mexican Gray wolves, our sanctuary is located in part of their original territory. Understandably, they are near and dear to our hearts.
Unfortunately, wolves in North America often come into conflict with humans, especially ranchers and farmers, which does not help their populations when they are actively being persecuted. This is why our mission of education is so crucial! We hope to help the public learn that these animals are not the "big bad wolf" so many make them out to be, but in fact they are vital predators that are needed to help balance our ecosystems. We hope one day that all wolves will be restored to their former glory in North America.
Happy Endangered Species Day from the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary Team! Join us in sending love and support to all efforts being made to promote education and understanding of wolves, reintroduction projects, and protection measures to preserve this crucial apex predator.
26 2,20015 May, 2020
Happy Friday howls from rescues, Luna and Jaeger! 🌙🐺🎶