In December 2016, Outlaw tore both ACLs and must undergo TPLO surgery on both legs in order to repair the damage so he can walk normally again. Because of the type of surgery needed, Outlaw will require a minimum of 2-3 months restricted mobility for recovery on each leg and for best results we can only correct one leg at a time. This has put a large and unexpected burden on the Sanctuary’s time and resources and we are asking for your help. If you are able to donate, even just $5 dollars, toward helping Outlaw once again be able to walk and run pain free we are very grateful!
The total cost of Outlaw’s TPLO surgery for his right leg and overnight stay at 4 Seasons Veterinary Specialists.
The estimated cost of Outlaw’s TPLO surgery for his left leg and overnight stay at 4 Seasons Veterinary Specialists.
The cost of Outlaw’s custom-made Hero Brace for his left leg to provide support while his right leg recovers.
The estimated cost of Outlaw’s physical therapy to aid in the recovery of full function in both legs.
The estimated cost of building an enclosure at the Sanctuary capable of limiting Outlaw’s mobility for the 2-3 month recovery period required for each leg to heal.
The estimated cost of supplies (beds, harnesses to aid in walking, toys, treats, etc.) to help keep Outlaw entertained and comfortable during his recovery.
In July the Sanctuary welcomed our youngest resident, Outlaw. Picked up as a stray and taken in by an animal shelter in Utah, shelter staff listed him as a 1½ year old Siberian Husky/Shepherd mix, not knowing that he was really a wolf dog. This actually worked in his favor for two reasons: 1) he most likely would have been deemed unsuitable for adoption and euthanized; 2) he was adopted by an incredible, kind, loving woman who did everything in her power to provide for his every need. She is his champion and gave him the name Outlaw’s Spirit, a.k.a. Outlaw.
Outlaw lived with his champion and her family for a little over 3 months. During this time, he became increasingly more willful, destructive and difficult to handle, even after obedience training. He was overly protective and possessive of his champion, refusing to allow other canines and some people near her. He pinned her and other family members against walls, doors and counters with his body, mouthed faces and heads of people and cats. He didn’t like being confined, at all, and began to dig under the suburban back yard fence or tried to go through windows if he was inside. The entire family became concerned about their safety, as well as his.
The commitment of his champion is amazing. She wasn’t fully aware that Outlaw was a wolf dog when she adopted him and she consulted and employed professional trainers to work with them. Some told her not to bother trying and that euthanasia would be best. But she’d made a promise to Outlaw to love and care for him for the rest of his life, and she meant a long life.
One trainer had worked with several wolf dogs before. His recommendation for Outlaw was sanctuary, describing him as “generally good natured, pleasant, a loving young wolf, but exceedingly willful”, though he “did not see any behavior that [he] would term aggressive.” It was heartbreaking for her to let him go, but she kept her promise to him by ensuring he’d have a secure environment that best suits his nature.
We met Outlaw and his family in western Colorado. His champion made the four plus-hour trip in the back of the vehicle so she could be next to him. She had every document pertaining to Outlaw since adoption and some photos in a folder, all of his toys, food, treats, and his pillow ready to send with him. He was on leash and greeted us with wagging tail and toothy kisses. He walked into our travel kennel with no resistance, and slept peacefully nearly the entire trip to the Sanctuary.
He likes human companionship and his larger space, but still misses his family. He cries for a bit when he’s left alone, then quiets down and watches everything. We’re working on acclimating him to others of his kind and hope to find a suitable companion for him to live and play with soon.