Zoey and her sisters were kept in a tiny, dirty cage that didn't protect them from the elements, according to Susan Weidel of W.O.L.F. Sanctuary (W.O.L.F. stands for "wolves offered life and friendship") in Colorado, who assisted in Zoey's rescue. Their water bowls were constantly filthy, and their only food was kibble thrown onto the dirt floor.
Then, in 2015, the USDA didn't renew the fur farm's license, and Illinois wildlife officials were called in to relocate the animals while the USDA shut down the facility. Officials were able to find placement for the foxes, but they had trouble rehoming the wolves since wolves need to be placed with a licensed wolf sanctuary. It's actually illegal for anyone in Illinois to own wolves or wolf dogs (the fur farmers were breaking the law by keeping them), so the wolf dogs could not go to private placements in Illinois.
The Illinois officials contacted W.O.L.F., asking if they'd take the remaining eight wolf dogs. At the time, W.O.L.F. was nearly at full capacity, so they could only take one wolf dog - Zoey - but they worked with other sanctuaries and rescues, including The Grey Wolf in Wisconsin and Wolf Connection in California, to make sure the remaining seven wolf dogs found homes as well.