Most people would think that anyone who would even consider taking in a WOLF that has been physically and emotionally abused is crazy but that's what we did. Even crazier was the fact that we would be working with a higher content Wolf-Dog that had little to no trust of people who could easily kill any one of us if he wished. We had a long road ahead of us learning about each other to hopefully reach common ground.

Comanche (as he was later named) was an extremely underweight, large boy who had endured unthinkable torture and pain by his previous owner. He was found by San Jose California Animal Control officers locked inside a van, abandoned with not one but TWO embedded chains in his neck. Frightened and fearful of anyone approaching him, the animal was brought into protective custody at their shelter. If this shelter had not had in-house veterinarians this animal would not have stood a chance and would have been immediately euthanized. Luckily for him (and for us) that they felt a deep connection to him and wanted to help. Comanche underwent immediate surgery to remove both of the chains from his neck. Surely the procedure must have been very traumatic for him, but in the same breath the removal of those tight, imbedded, painful chains from his neck must have been a huge relief.

One of the veterinarians took an interest in him and began to work to gain his trust. If Comanche had stood on his hind legs he would have been towered over her and at his normal weight most likely would have out weighed her as well. She felt a closeness to him, and no fear of him whatsoever. Now their dilemma was what to do with this him after his physical wounds healed.


Shortly after the surgery the veterinarian, along with another staff person from the shelter, attended a very popular yearly event, the Stanford Powwow. The United States Wolf Refuge was attending this event for their second year striving to educate the public about these exact animals. After asking questions she introduced herself and asked for our help. They needed to find a new home for Comanche, somewhere that he could live safely for the rest of his life. That day was a life changing day for Comanche and for everyone that was allowed to come into direct contact with him.

Comanche's Statistics

Spay or Neutered
Available for adoption:
90 lbs.
N0. Permanent

Shellie Robertson with Comanche
Shellie Robertson with Comanche

We expected nothing from Comanche. We just hoped that over time he would learn that he could trust us and that we would never ever hurt him, no matter what he did. No matter how this played out, we would give him a safe place too live for the rest of his life. He deserved that.

Over the years we definitely have had our ups and downs learning what Comanche liked and didn’t like, all thru trial and error. He now trusts each of us, looks forward to seeing us, as well as ambushes us all with face licks and big wolf paws up in the face or on our shoulders – all his ways of showing us affection, sincere love and trust. He greats us with a howling-hello and follows us along the fence line so that he can lean into the fence for a good scratch on his back. We’ve learned to read each other and to this day if you watch Comanche’s eyes you can tell when he doesn’t like a spot where you’re touching him, maybe bringing up a deeply buried bad memory, but those “looks” are fewer and farther between now.

Comanche is the epitome of why we do what we do for these animals.

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

Adopt a Wolf package

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

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

Click here to get your Adopt-a-Wolf package