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 endeavor, 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. There are many publications available to provide you with insight into day to day life with these animals, and while nothing takes the place of hands-on experience, we encourage you to seek out knowledge wherever you can. No two animals are alike and there is no "breed standard" in looks or behavior!
If you are considering adopting, we applaud you! Animals are screened to the best of the Rescuer's ability for adoptability prior to placement but there is no way to evaluate any animal in every possible situation it may encounter. Rescuers may rely on other animal experienced contacts to perform some or all of this evaluation due to location of the animals in need. Most of the time we do know what types of homes will suit them best: inside or outside, kids or no kids, other dogs or single pet, pet quality or canine companion only, etc.
For this reason, you should read the bios carefully. When the information on the animal is available it will be posted in the bio. If we say "no kids" we mean NO KIDS! If we say "experienced owner needed" we mean a really EXPERIENCED owner, though having owned or worked with other large dog breeds may qualify you for that animal (e.g., huskies, shepherds, and malamutes exemplify many of the traits and challenges that wolfdogs do - largely because those are the main breeds crossed in wolfdogs).
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!