Wolfdogs were long known as Wolf Hybrids until recently when wolf biologists made it clear that wolves and dogs are the same species. As a result, the term “hybrid” is not really appropriate.
Lately, we have found that more and more people are breeding wolfdogs to other dogs (rarely are wolves actually bred to dogs), while at the same time more people are relinquishing these animals to shelters once they realize that these animals do not always make the best “pets.”
Often people do not realize the kind of fencing that is required to keep an animal with any amount of wolf content in its’ blood from jumping out of an enclosure and which is unfortunately the reason wolfdogs are often kept in chains for life!
Other “owners” will sometimes actually release them into forested areas thinking s/he will revert “to the wild.” None of these are good options for the wolf who is quite often not allowed to be either with other dogs (kept segregated in the house with their human companions) or with other wolves (allowed to roam freely, eat raw meat, and be part of a pack). This is commonly when LARC gets a phone call to come get a dog that looks like a wolf out of a shelter. If we do not come right away very often the innocent wolf is destroyed.
We are thankful to Wolfdog Rescue Resources for having established a relationship with many shelters so that we are called before an animal is unnecessarily killed. If you would like to be part of our rescue efforts so that we can expand our range and be able to go to more shelters when they call, please donate to our Shelter Outreach and Rescue Fund – you will make all the difference in the world to some lucky woofer!
All donations are tax deductible. To learn more about the various ways to distinguish between what are known as Low Content, Mid Content, and High Content Wolfdogs (and all the varieties in between) we like the following website: Know Wolves. Know Wolfdogs. Know wolf-like dog breeds.Wolfdog Education