Catori joined the U.S. Wolf Refuge pack on March 9, 2012 via the Stockton California Animal Shelter. One of our volunteers, Cindy Ott-Bales, was at the shelter March 1, 2012 rescuing dogs for another animal rescue that she also works with and was immediately shown this girl since the shelter volunteer knew that Cindy also volunteers for us. Phone calls and pictures were exchanged and we committed to picking up Catori the following Friday March 9th, the day after the shelter graciously spayed her for us.

The shelter told us that this girl had been abandoned near a ranch in the Stockton area and lucky for her the people who owned that ranch made sure that she had plenty of food and water to be shared with their own dog. She constantly stayed at a distance but remained close by because of dog and his food. Many attempts were made to get close to her but she was scared and would just run off. After many weeks they finally resorted to setting out a large HUMANE animal trap. She was finally captured and turned over to the shelter. It was more than obvious that this is a wolf/wolf-dog so although we don’t know the circumstances of her ending up in this situation, it is unfortunately fairly common for uneducated people to turn their animals out like this with the thoughts that they will revert back to being a wild wolf….SO VERY UNTRUE! Without these wonderful peoples’ compassion and relentless attempts to catch her, she would have likely starved to death. At the time of her rescue she was about 20 lbs. underweight.

Bill Chamberlain personally drove from Nevada to pick her up and then spent the remainder of the weekend at (very lucky) Staff/Volunteer Christine Mikulice’s home nearby where they spent the entire weekend getting to know this wonderful animal. Chris did her research and suggested that she receive her new name of “CATORI” which is Hopi Indian for “Spirit”. Quite fitting as this girl has a wonderful Spirit! To this day, although great strides have been made by Bill and some of the staff to gain Catori’s trust, she remains very shy and is extremely timid when you first meet her. We list her as a “permanent resident” but would consider allowing her to be adopted under the perfect circumstances with the perfect adopter.

Catori's Statistics

Spay or Neutered
Available for adoption:
Sept. 2010
70 lbs.
No, Permanent Resident

The US Wolf Refuge "Adopt-a-Wolf" Program

Adopt a Wolf package

Your $30.00 donation will be a one-year sponsorship for Catori. You or the person of your choice will be sent a "Certificate of Adoption" with their name on it, a brief profile sheet for Catori, and a frameable 5 x 7 photo nicely organized in a folder.

Visit the Adopt-a-Wolf page and select Catori for sponsorship.

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