Wolfdogs

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

Wolfdogs Residing at LARC

Zion

A wolf-coyote-dog cross, rescued along with his brother by local law enforcement in Massachusetts, Zion has found a forever home at LARC. He shares his enclosure with Kiowa. Unlike his brother, Zion is a little more demanding and tends to be more vocal with both the...

Yoli

The boss of all bosses, the alpha of all the males, the last to speak and the first to be fed. Although we keep all of our wolves in small packs or pairs, it is understood amongst all the residents that Yoli is the leader at LARC. At night, the wolves call out to one...

Willow

Willow came to us from a rescuer in Reno, Nevada and little is known of her origins. However, if you look closely you can see some resemblance between Willow and Rainier – maybe they came from the same breeder. LARC takes a strong stand against breeding wolf-dogs...

Vigil

Vigil came to LARC from a man who thought it would be a good idea to keep a wolf (or an animal as close as you can get to a pure wolf) in his garage – until that animal chewed the tires off of his car! It may sound uncanny but it is one of many of the same type of...

Spirit

Spirit was rescued from the Hollywood Hills with the help of the West LA Animal Services Shelter and the support of both Susan and Stacy. Again, another high-content wolf-dog is found wandering one of the nicer neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Spirit is a living example...

Shiloh

Shiloh was one of three wolf-dogs rescued from a failing sanctuary in Texas. Shiloh, much like her partner Spirit, has given up on human interaction. She would much rather spend an afternoon in the enclosure with Spirit under the shade of a tree than with one of our...

Sheba

Sheba was rescued off of a chain in Alaska. At first she was very timid and fearful of human interaction, and LARC was unsure if she would ever come out of her shell. Sheba is now one of the most playful animals at LARC and she shares her wolf-life with Danny Boy in...

Sampson

Sampson was one of the wolves rescued from Alaska. He is a black-phase wolf, which means over his lifespan he will slowly gray. Although he is a big,strong boy, he is unsure of himself and therefore lives in an enclosure with his mother, Harmony. Sampson was the last...

May

May, like her sister, was rescued in Bakersfield California. Unlike her sister, she was much more pliable as a youngster and didn’t put up quite the same fight when it came to feeding. May is the eyes and ears of LARC. Her enclosure at the apex of the facility allows...

Magabee

Magabee was rescued from Texas along with her partner and brought to LARC in early 2009. Magabee is a black-phase wolf-dog, and much like Huey (who’s also from Texas), has a low, deep based howl that sounds like a sea lion. Ironically, Magabee’s favorite treats are...

Lucian

Lucian, along with her partner, came from a failed sanctuary in Texas. We were contacted by a veterinarian for the State of Texas who asked LARC to offer a lifetime home to Lucian and two other wolf-dogs left at a facility outside of Houston. The vet headed to Texas,...

Lavanah

Lavanah came to LARC from the San Diego Department of Animal Control. Can you believe this wolf-dog ended up in a shelter! Just from the photo we can all agree she shouldn’t be living in a backyard in LA-right? LARC works closely with shelters and government agencies...

Kona

Kona was labeled as a wolf and scheduled for destruction in Nebraska. We all know by looking at his photo that he’s not a wolf, but rather a wolf-dog. LARC had an ongoing dialogue with the Nebraska vet who insisted on notifying Fish and Game and making Kona’s rescue...

Kimmi

Kimmi (Cami) was brought to LARC by a long-time supporter and wolf lover. Kimmi was bred in captivity to be put on display at a zoo in Georgia. When the zoo realized she had cataracts and that she would more than likely go blind, they quickly wanted to dispose of her....

Harmony

Harmony was in the movie “Into the Wild” long before LARC rescued her from Alaska. Before being rescued, the Alaska State Troopers inadvertently shot her in the eye with a Ketamine dart when they were trying to “bring her into custody.” Believing she was about to...

Gato (AKA Princess)

Gato was first seen running the Hollywood Hills and many local news stations and residents claimed a wolf had moved into their neighborhood. Upon closer examination, it became known that Gato was a wolf-dog, and the search was on to shut down the breeder that had sold...

Bryce

This wolf-coyote-dog cross was seized by local law enforcement in Massachusetts in 2014. Both Bryce and his brother were transported to NEWARC where they began their rehabilitation and socialization under the care of our Veteran staff. In 2015, they were transferred...

Bronco Billy

Bronco Billy was part of the Alaska rescue, where he lived on a chain. Bronco Billy’s nickname at LARC is “Crazy Eyes.” Bronco Billy has piercing yellow eyes and a joker-like grin, and he often stares right at the staff as they approach his...

Blade

Blade was rescued from a roadside attraction in Alaska. Many years ago, Blade performed in a movie called “Into the Wild” with Sean Penn. But like most animal actors, when he wasn’t in a movie, he was of little use to his owner. Blade spent the next...

Wiley

Wiley is absolutely AMAZING! He is LARC’s ambassador that knows exactly how to approach every situation. Wiley is soft and submissive.   A true rescue who barely escaped death at the animal control facility in Bakersfield, Wiley has definitely found his forever...

Cincin

Cincin is a shining example yet again that you cannot judge a book by its cover. Although she looks very doggy, with long hair and a wide frame, Cincin is a dominant wolf-dog female. Cinny, as she is affectionately called, lives in one of the enclosures that abuts the...

Rainier

Rainier was found in Los Angeles by Animal Services. At the time of his capture, Rainier had worn his nails down to the quick, the pads of his feet were chewed up, and one of his front canines broken off. LARC can only surmise that Rainier had spent every minute of...

Nala

Nala is a high content wolf-dog donated by the WolfHeart Educational Program. She chooses to spend as much time as possible in her water bathing dish and enjoys running around with her partner...

Huey

Huey was found wandering the streets of Houston, Texas. Huey, like many of the animals at LARC, taught us a valuable wolf vs. dog lesson. Huey as a young pup looked like a smoky black German Shepherd, and he grew into an extra-large timber colored wolf-dog. The lesson...

Cloud

Cloud proved to be too much to handle, even for an LAPD detective. Her story is all too familiar. As a young pup, she was cute, and the LAPD detective thought she would make a great companion. After multiple escapes from the LAPD detectives yard, numerous complaints...