The Yamnuska Wolf dog sanctuary not only educates and informs the public about wolf conservation but also rescues wolf dogs from neglect, abuse and euthanasia. Due to the wolf dogs requirement for large enclosures they are considered unsuitable for city living. They are also not like normal dogs and do not easily bond to humans – relationships take a long time form. These traits make it difficult for dog pounds and other dog rescue organizations to care for them, due to the limited resources these facilities have, via space and money.
The Yamnuska Wolf dog facility has approximately 14 wolf dogs. These animals were rescued from various abusive and neglectful situations. Sometimes though the organization helps responsible wolf dog owners with life transitions such as moves, and take in these animals in temporarily.
There are many reasons why people want to own a wolf hybrid, generally it is for the exotic physical appearance and the idea of owning something “wild”. In truth many owners are unequipped to deal with the requirements and needs of this wolf dog mix. Often people are mislead into believing they purchasing a wolf dog, instead they end up purchasing a dog breed that looks similar to the wild wolves.
Many dogs are euthanized each year, for example in the United States 1.6 millions dogs were euthanized in 2003 ( Bartlett, Bartlett, Walshaw, Halstead, 2005). In Canadian shelters 53000 dogs were rescued and of those approximately 48% were adopted in 2012 (Elmslie, 2013). Animals are euthanized because of illness, aggression, or space issues in rescue facilities. None the less these animals would not exist if we did not breed them, thus the responsibility is with humanity to solve this problem. Through the Yamnuska Wolf dog Sanctuary public education and rescue are the foundations to resolving this on going problem.
Bartlett, P., C., Bartlett, A., Walshaw, S., Halstead, S.(2005). Rates of euthanasia and adoption for dogs and cats in Michigan animal shelters. Journal of Applied Welfare Science, 8(2), 97-104.
Elmslie, K.(2013).Shelter animal statistics. Retrieved from www.cfhs.ca/shelter_animal_statistics