If there is a market, someone will provide the product (at a price). Wolf-dog breeders provide that product.
But as Leighton, the director of Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, repeatedly states, there are two kinds of animals. Domestic and Wild.
They are not interchangeable. All too often, the purchaser comes to realize the canine is not a domestic dog! It’s more wolf than dog! It doesn’t act as expected. Next come efforts (often cruel) to make the creature behave.
Case in point. Shauntehey was kicked and beaten by her “owner” in Nevada. She was rescued by a woman from Utah who nursed her back to reasonable health. But the neighborhood children threw rocks at her to make her howl. Seeking help, the woman took the wolf-dog to the Seal Beach Animal Care Center in California. From there, Shauntehey was accepted by the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary. At last her life was safe and secure and she died peacefully in the company of her penmates Amadeus and Wapahnee.
Wolf-dogs are the main concern, but canines of all types are accepted by the sanctuary, including coyotes, dingo dogs, fox and singing New Guinea dogs. One of these canines, Angel by name, was brought to Indiana Coyote Rescue Center by a conservation officer. The coyote had been chained for five years in the backyard. As a pet. The collar was imbedded into her flesh. At the sanctuary, she regained herself and bonded with another rescued coyote. When he died, Angel mourned for nearly five months. And the stories of abuse and neglect, cruelty and compassion go on and on and on.
A quick check of the Internet shows wolf-dog breeders aplenty but only a few dedicated to rescue. I’ve kept track of the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary’s activities for about 15 years, and this season I finally made the trip to Ramah, N.M.
From the website, www.wildspiritwolfsanctuary, these are the three elements of its mission.
Rescue: Rescue displaced, unwanted and un-releasable captive-bred wolves, wolf-dogs, and other related species.
Sanctuary: Provide permanent, lifetime safe sanctuary for those that we rescue and provide the highest level of care, enrichment and habitat.
Education: Educate the public about wolves, wolf-dogs and other related species, our eco system and how we all play a part in it, and the excellent, ethical care and treatment of all animals domestic and wild.