This past Saturday, Shy Wolf Sanctuary Community Education Coordinator Debbie LoVerde joined us on episode #197 to tell us all about the expansion plans at the facility in Naples. Unfortunately, on Sunday, the sanctuary lost their silver fox Gracie.
Saturday morning volunteers found Gracie unresponsive and silver fox George not doing well. It was obvious something bad was happening to them so they were rushed to the emergency vet. On the way, CPR was being performed on Gracie.
Gracie was in and out of consciousness and the doctors and nurses at EPH (Emergency Pet Hospital) tried everything they could but unfortunately Gracie’s heart stopped and they couldn’t bring her back.
They were able to stabilize George and he stayed overnight to be monitored.
George made it through the night and was then transported to the sanctuary’s primary vet for continuing care.
Nothing was found in their blood, X-rays, and ultrasounds. A necropsy was performed on Gracie and nothing obvious stood out so the staff is now waiting for results from her pathology report.
It’s unclear what happened but the staff plans to keep the community up to date on the sanctuary Facebook page, where the wrote about losing their silver fox. “We are incredibly heart broken for the loss of Gracie. She was 4 years old and was the sweetest fox. Gracie enjoyed playing with her brother George and their enclosure mate, Milo. She loved toys, boxes, food, and loved getting scratches and giving kisses. She was very verbal and would do her cute fox cackle when she was excited or chasing her brother around their enclosure. Gracie was loved by everyone who met her and she had a very special bond with several volunteers and staff members.”