Ariel was rescued in Ohio after roaming the woods nearby her rescuer’s home with two other dogs. Clearly not like the other dogs, wolf dog Ariel was very shy and terrified of people and avoided all contact if possible. After the other two dogs were adopted, her rescuer tried to work with Ariel to take care of her including grooming, socialization and trips to the veterinarian. Although she did not show signs of aggression, she remained very frightened and instead of considering what was recommended, euthanasia, her rescuer adopted her and placed her in a boarding facility, where she would have the company of other dogs, with the hopes of finding sanctuary placement.
Months of efforts turned into years as sanctuaries were either full or Ariel was too low content or too high content, but her rescuer did not give up and continued to try socialization through frequent visits. As discouragement grew, things began to change. A friend offered to help and soon found out about W.O.L.F. Sanctuary. W.O.L.F. had space and Ariel would finally have a forever home at the Sanctuary. Ariel was driven from Ohio to Colorado in a non-stop trip that would get Ariel safely to the Sanctuary in less than 24 hours.
Ariel is still nervous and shy around people, but since her introduction to her new companion, Thor, she spends less time hiding and more time watching. As her caretakers search her enclosure for poop each morning, she will usually start by running in a nervous circle but as long as it looks like no one is headed her way she will slow her pacing and eventually stop. We have even seen her venturing a little closer to investigate where we have been and watch curiously as we socialize with Thor. She enjoys Thor’s company and when people leave she can be seen walking over to him to make sure he’s okay. They are often seen lying side by side or following each other around. When caretakers are passing out meat, Ariel approaches the front of her enclosure in anticipation. As Thor becomes more comfortable and social with humans, we’re hopeful it will rub off on Ariel.