protect-the-wanders asked: It infuriates me is when people think that wolfdog hybrids are safer than wolves. Wolfdog hybrids are just as or sometimes more dangerous than wolves because people have the misconception to believe that are just as predictable as dogs. I was at a wolf preserve in PA once and they had wolfdog hybrids and wolves there as well. I heard countless stories about how owners bought these hybrids and crammed them into apartments or small suburbs homes. Thankfully they are now getting good care. *sighs*
Wolf Haven International in Washington has a few wolfdogs, and they’ve all got similar backgrounds - people wanted them for pets, found out quickly that they weren’t domestic dogs, and immediately wanted to get rid of them.
On more than one occasion, employees at Wolf Haven have showed up to work in the mornings to find wolfdogs (and even a few purebred but poorly-behaved Nordic dogs) chained to their front gates by irresponsible owners.
The worst case I saw was a wolfdog (there was a chance she was pure wolf, but most of us weren’t convinced and it was hard to tell with her injuries) that was beaten so severely “for obedience” that her jaw became set incorrectly, she had cigarette burn scars all over her body, her canines were worn down from being kept in a crate without proper training, and she had a permanently crippled elbow from jumping off the apartment balcony. Luckily someone in an obedience class with the wolfdog noticed the injuries each time and called someone about it and she was placed at the sanctuary. The saddest thing? This animal freaking loved humans. It put tears to my eyes thinking about her story every time she was curled up next to me, or someone else, or was losing her mind with excitement when we’d enter her enclosure. I always wondered, “How can you even look at a human with joy after what you’ve been through?”
Reblogging this because I volunteered at the rescue that this particular rescue with this particular animal (named Akyra) and I just loved her so goddamn much and I miss her badly. =( She was the sweetest creature, she loved people SO MUCH and was so gentle and cuddly.