Welcome to Wolfdog Rescue Network!
*This page is updated as new animals become available, and others find their forever homes. Please be sure to check back often to receive the most up to date information*
First and foremost, welcome to Wolfdog Rescue Network! We want to applaud you for making the decision to rescue, and thank you for allowing us to be a part of that process with you! Rescuing an animal in need is an incredibly rewarding commitment, and one that we know you won't regret. At Wolfdog Rescue Network, we will work hard to find you the animal best suited for your lifestyle and your family. Whether you're an experienced wolfdog owner or just curious about them, there is always something to learn and ways to expand on our experience and knowledge. We encourage you to do your part to prepare yourself for the lifetime commitment and responsibility of wolfdog ownership.
Education & Experience
The best way to gain knowledge and experience is always in person, hands-on; We recommend that you contact sanctuaries in your area and make an effort to volunteer, or at the very least, go for a visit. If you’re unable to go to a sanctuary, locate private wolfdog owners in your state and ask to come for a visit! Most wolfdog owners understand the responsibility they have to provide education to others; Many will welcome you into their homes where you will get to see first-hand what day to day life with these animals is like. If you prefer online resources, there is an abundance of publications and literature accessible to you, as well as social media support groups which aim to educate while also providing a sense of community and togetherness. Organizations such as National Lupine Association (www.nationallupine.org) are also a great way to get involved and get educated, while staying abreast of current issues plaguing wolfdogs and wolfdog owners around the country. While there is simply no substitute for hands-on experience, we strongly encourage you to seek out knowledge wherever and whenever you can.
Wolfdog Rescue Network is a volunteer-based organization for rescues and sanctuaries to network their available animals, for private owners needing placement facilitation for their pets, and those interested in adopting an animal in need. All animals are thoroughly screened for adoption potential prior to placement in a home, however there is no way to accurately evaluate any animal in every possible situation it may encounter. Behavior and temperament vary from animal to animal, and in each given situation, however we strive to learn as much about each animal as possible during our in-depth screening process.
Our dedicated volunteers frequently collaborate with seasoned rescuers around the country; we often rely on their knowledge and expertise when performing evaluations on animals when we are unable to do so, primarily due to the location of the animal. In addition, these trusted colleagues also provide support by assisting with other facets of the application process. Anyone interested in adopting an animal from us must submit an application and go through a similar screening process as well, which typically includes vet checks, personal references, and home visits. Using all of the information we gather during the screening process, we then try to place the right animal in the home best suited for them.
Some wolfdogs are sofa dogs while others are totally hands off. There is absolutely no behavior displayed by wolfdogs that cannot be seen in domestic dogs. We strongly recommend you VOLUNTEER at a sanctuary or VISIT a wolfdog owner, READ about living with them (Nicole Wilde has several good books out), subscribe to WOLFDOGS MAGAZINE to learn more, join ONLINE lists (Yahoo and FaceBook have several), and become a member of groups like Florida Lupine Association (www.floridalupine.org) or Wolfdog Rescue Resources. LEARN about any breed of dog (or other pet) prior to bringing it home and YOU will be part of the solution to the problem...
AN EDUCATED & RESPONSIBLE OWNER!
All animals adopted will be up to date on appropriate vaccines and spayed or neutered prior to placement: NO EXCEPTIONS! Rescue animals will not be put in a position of possibly contributing to the rescue problem. If you are seeking a wolfdog to breed you will need to find a breeder and purchase one. We would strongly recommend you do your research first, whether adopting or buying, and ask lots of questions. Make sure you can work with that person and that they will be there to assist you long-term in caring for your wolfdog or in resolving any challenges. Rescuers and breeders alike should stand behind the animal they place with you and be willing, when necessary, to take that animal back to their facility.
NOTE: We do not recommend specific rescues or breeders but encourage you to find one who is responsible and to do your homework.
FIRST YOU NEED TO MAKE SURE WOLFDOGS ARE LEGAL TO OWN IN YOUR STATE, COUNTY & CITY!
(There are many ways to do this by going to state statutes, Florida Lupine Association links, your local animal control agency or www.municode.com)
1) Read through the bios and figure out what type of companion you are seeking to adopt;
2) Complete the ADOPTION APPLICATION as this will help US when recommending an animal - or to identify if you are or are not a candidate for any given animal;
3) We will call your references (personal and vet) and follow up with you on other questions;
4) A home visit will be arranged by us but may entail another rescue or person coming to do the visit as wolfdog rescuers are spread far and thin (we enlist assistance from other large breed rescue contacts in most situations or from wolfdog owners that may live nearby);
5) Depending on the dog and the distance from you, it may be possible to meet the dog in person at any stage of this process...however, dogs are spread all across the country and it is not always possible to do this. We have a high success rate in placing animals due to our screening process...you may decide adopting a child would be easier! We do NOT want to have to take the dog back (though we will) so we make every effort to ensure a GREAT PAIRING.
6) There may or may not be an adoption fee or other expenses (vet care & transport being the main ones we encounter) - it will depend on the dog and if it is in a rescue already or not;
7) There is no fund or resource for most of the animals to cover vet care and transport costs so we encourage you to seek animals closer to you geographically whenever possible. Long distance transports can be difficult and dangerous, whether because of the animal & stress levels or just the hazards of the road.
STILL CONSIDERING ADOPTION? PLEASE HEAD TO OUR ANIMALS IN NEED TO CHECK THEM OUT!