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A Rescue to Howl About. By Jim Baker – Animal Sheltering.org
Wolfdogs get a second chance at California sanctuary. In the wild, wolf packs often roam territories of hundreds of miles. At Wolf Country USA, 29 wolfdogs roamed a few feet behind fencing —for years, the only space their short chains would allow them. On a half-acre lot at 81-year-old Werner Schuster’s roadside attraction near Anchorage, Alaska, tourists paid $5 to “adopt a wolfdog for a day”—the facility’s way of skirting U.S.Department of Agriculture rules that govern the exhibition of animals for money. The fee gave visitors the chance to walk among the animals, and feed them cookies.

Veterans Tame Wolfdogs at a California Rescue Center – Associated Press
It’s been three months since a California animal rescue center retrieved 29 wolfdogs from an Alaska tourist attraction that had fought the state over owning, breeding and selling the wolf-hybrids. Chains were so deeply embedded in the necks of two of the animals that they had to be surgically removed. Many developed limps because they’d never used the pads of their feet.

Palmer Wolfdogs Find a New Home at California Center – LA Times
Chained to posts on a half-acre lot, the 29 wolfdogs languished for years behind stockade fencing at a roadside attraction outside Palmer. The wolf hybrids were unable to touch one another except when they were bred through chain-link fences. Several had sore backs and legs because they had never been able to move more than a few yards at a time.

“Going to the Dogs… Wolfdogs that is!” – Dr. Carole’s Couch
Audio Interview by Dr. Carole Liberman, with Lorin Lindner and Matthew Simmon of LARC. When the world seems as if it’s going to the dogs, you can always find a bright spot to warm your heart. Today’s guests will do just that with their inspirational story of how they are changing the world – at least the animal world. Dr. Lorin Lindner and Matthew Simmons fell in love with each other, and decided to share their love with animals who need rescuing.

A New Life for 29 Rescued Wolfdogs - LA Times
The wolfdogs were seized by authorities as evidence in an ongoing criminal investigation and scheduled for destruction before the Lockwood Valley Animal Rescue Center intervened.

Lockwood Valley Wolfdog Sanctuary Gets 29 Animals from Alaska – VC Star
Some have the long muzzle, yellow eyes and tawny coat of their wild ancestors but lick strangers’ hands with the aw-shucks disposition of their domesticated relatives. Others look like overgrown German shepherds but eye people warily from a distance as they pace among the pine trees and seem to be ever on the hunt.