2016-11-30 / Top News

Shy Wolf Sanctuary makes room for Jena, a new wolf dog resident


Jena the wolf dog is most likely a timber wolf/shepherd mix. 
COURTESY PHOTOS Jena the wolf dog is most likely a timber wolf/shepherd mix. COURTESY PHOTOS Shy Wolf Sanctuary has a new resident, Jena, who appears to be a timber wolf and shepherd mix wolf dog. She was running loose for at least six weeks in Sumter County (Bushnell and The Villages).

Kim Kapes of In Harmony with Nature Animal Haven in Apopka received the initial call from the Sumter County officials seeking help in capturing the stray animal. A group from In Harmony With Nature eventually was able to capture the very thin stray, but the sanctuary had no room to keep her. Since In Harmony With Nature partners with Shy Wolf Sanctuary on rescues, the call was made and Jena was transported to the Naples sanctuary.

“Jena is very shy at first but does warm up to people with her sweet disposition,” says Deanna Deppen, president of Shy Wolf Sanctuary. “She was introduced to a male wolf dog, Lakota, and a female wolf, Julie, and they have welcomed her into their pack.”

Shy Wolf Sanctuary and In Harmony With Nature each rescue wolf dogs in Florida and across the country, many of which never come to reside at either sanctuary. Instead, the rescue teams work with a network of trusted organizations, rescuers and volunteers to place animals in foster homes for eventual adoption. For more information, visit www.wolfdogrescue.net.

About In Harmony with Nature

In Harmony With Nature Animal Haven originally began as a bird and reptile refuge but now opens its doors to any animal it has the ability to care for. Although they are able to find permanent homes for some animals, the haven often cares for its animals through their lifetime.

Shy Wolf Sanctuary, Education and Experience Center, Inc. is a 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization which provides a life-long home to more than 60 rescued exotic animals, with most of them coming from abusive or neglectful situations and many of them labeled “unadoptable” by other shelters. For more information, call (855) 749-9653 or visit www.shywolfsanctuary.com. ¦

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