On June 29, 2013 we witnessed one of the quickest adaptations to the Sanctuary we have ever seen when Bella Roux, our constantly smiling and vocal new resident, arrived from Oklahoma. Her comfort in her new surroundings was immediate. This made little sense in one respect, and total sense in another.
Bella Roux’s life began in Alaska, and her first year and a half of life was spent virtually 24/7 in a small kennel, being let out (and physically beaten to keep her under control) once a day. Neighbors took her from this environment and turned her over to the local humane society. Her new adopted family moved to Oklahoma from Alaska and next four years was a far cry from the old environment but it did not last. What unfolded was an unsafe home experiencing domestic violence and her human Mom called the Sanctuary for help.
It appeared she might be a good match for Rajan, who recently lost his companion Kiki. Arrangements were made to bring Bella Roux from Oklahoma City to Kansas, where staff picked her up and brought her home to W.O.L.F.
Her introduction to Rajan and her new enclosure was swift and heart-warming. Rajan quickly went from king of his castle to her majesty’s attentive companion. Bella Roux has blossomed in spite of her hard life. She became an ambassador and joined Rajan on educational programs in the community. She and Rajan became one of the Sanctuary’s super couples. Bella can always be counted on to welcome staff and volunteers to her enclosure. She is amazingly happy and stable.
When Rajan passed away in 2018, Bella was bereft. W.O.L.F. gave her the time she needed to grieve, and then introduced her to a young pup named Zakai. Bella was not interested in Zakai and immediately rejected him. She made it clear that she did not want to raise a pup. Staff and volunteers were beyond surprised at her choice but honored the wishes of the beautiful Bella. Instead, she was placed with Castiel as a companion. Bella and Castiel took some time to adjust. Castiel was far more interested than Bella who remained aloof for a time. However, over the weeks the gentle and quiet Castiel won the affection of the outgoing Bella. They are now good companions and enjoying life together. Bella is still very social with her human visitors and enjoys their company. Castiel is shy and chooses to watch Bella, from a distance but with great interest, as she greets her many human friends.