The crisis for exotic animals in the United States is real and life-threatening for thousands of animals. Because the wild animal trade is a lucrative, multi-billion-dollar industry, it is not going to be extinguished any time soon.
Captive born wolves and wolf dogs are a part of this crisis. Many people who purchase these animals believe that owning a wolf or a wolf dog is the same as owning a domestic dog. It is not. In fact, most people are totally unprepared to own these animals due to a lack of knowledge regarding wolf dog behavior, secure containment, socialization, diet, and medical care.
This lack of education and understanding of captive born wolves and wolf dogs often leads to the mistreatment and/or death for many of these animals. In the United States, there are an estimated 250,000 to 500,000 wolves and wolf dogs owned as pets. The mistreatment of these animals is extremely high, with many wolves and wolf dogs facing some sort of abuse. In fact, up to 95% of pet wolves and wolf dogs are euthanized by the age of two.
A key component of W.O.L.F.’s mission is to rescue captive born wolves and wolf dogs in need. Because the Sanctuary is only licensed to provide thirty animals with a forever home at W.O.L.F., W.O.L.F.’s Rescue Coordinator administers a nationwide, electronic rescue network of wolf dog rescues, sanctuaries and qualified private placements. There are not nearly enough sanctuary placements across the country to meet the demand for safe placements of wolves and wolf dogs in need. And not every wolf dog needs a sanctuary placement. Many of these animals can thrive in qualified homes with experienced owners.
W.O.L.F. regularly receives inquiries from all over the United States and internationally about wolves and wolf dogs in need of rescue. If W.O.L.F. is unable to accept an animal at the Sanctuary, we work with our network of rescue organizations and individuals across the country to try to find safe placements that meet the individual needs of each animal.
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“When animals bark, howl, purr, whimper, grunt, laugh or squeal, it means something to them, and what they’re saying should also mean something to us, for their feelings matter.”
– Mark Bekoff, The Emotional Lives of Animals.