Arrived at Mission: Wolf on October 29, 2008
Lives with Texx
McKinley was born in Wolf Country USA in Palmer, Alaska. She had been sold as a pet and was raised in a house in Colorado. She lived there with her owners for two years until they divorced and sold their home. McKinley was then found by the realtor, abandoned in the backyard of the house when the new owners arrived.
She was taken to a local dog shelter where she was mishandled and bit a dogcatcher out of fear. Most wild animals that bite a person are immediately destroyed and tested for rabies. Luckily, people from another wolf rescue stepped in to prevent her from being euthanized and had her transferred to another shelter where Mission: Wolf was then contacted. We agreed to rescue her, and she arrived at the refuge in the fall of 2008.
McKinley was timid at first and lived alone for a while until we introduced her to a handsome male wolf from Texas, aptly named Texx. The two of them made it clear they would rather have nothing to do with humans, so we decided to give them one of our largest enclosures in the most secluded part of the refuge. From there, they get to watch the humans move around the refuge if they wish, or avoid us entirely.
McKinley and Texx were both cautious of each other at first but quickly made friends. They have now been together for many years and are one of our favorite wolf couples. McKinley has begun to warm up to some of the staff over time and is now much more comfortable being around humans, even enjoying the occasional back scratch.