Owning a wolf dog is legal in 38 states. Because of how easy it is to purchase a wolf dog from a breeder, many find themselves in the homes of people that expect them to act like a regular dog. This unrealistic expectation can result, in some cases, ending in abuse, as a bait dog for dog fighting or hunting training, or being dumped in the wild. Walking Wild is here to provide a sanctuary for these amazing animals where they can be just who they are and respected and loved for it.
Although owning a wolf dog is currently legal in 38 states, each state views a wolf dog differently. Some states view them no different than a regular dog while others require permits or have lethal laws in effect if one were to bite someone. The truth is that a wolf dogs are very different from regular domestic dogs. Even a low content wolf dog, less than 50% wolf, still acts like a wolf in some ways. Because of how different a wolf dog can be from a domestic dog, many find themselves no longer wanted by their family and in need of a safe place to call home.
It is estimated that over 150,000 wolf dogs are born in a year and around 80% of those dogs will be euthanized/pass away before the age of three due to people not being ready for the unique aspects of a wolf dog or not properly caring for them.
In shelters, wolf dogs are not quick to make friends. Due to the liability, various unknowns and their shy/fearful nature, most shelters will euthanize a wolf dog if it is surrendered. Because of this, we will be working very closely with shelters, as well as law enforcement to ensure that we are able to help these innocent animals rather than allowing them to be euthanized.
In addition to working with shelters and law enforcement, we will also provide a safe haven for wolf dogs whose owners are no longer able to take care of them or for those who are being neglected/abused. Many people that have purchased a wolf dog find that around six months their sweet snuggly puppy starts trying to figure out it’s place and can exhibit signs that are interpreted as aggression. Because of this, many people seek to re-home their pups starting at this age. Walking Wild will provide all of its wolf dogs a safe place to be as wolf like as they were intended to be.
It is common for someone to think they have a wolf dog when in reality it is a northern breed like a husky or malamute. This false labeling can be fatal. Because of this we will welcome any animal that is labeled as a wolf dog. To ensure that the correct label is given to a dog, we will be DNA testing all of the animals that come to us. If one is not a wolf dog, we will work with rescues across the country that will take the dog and find it the perfect forever home.
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Wolf dogs are generally very skittish and nervous around anyone that they don’t view as part of their family or pack. Becoming comfortable in an environment, for many wolf dogs, is a very long process requiring a great deal of patience. Because of this, re-homing a wolf dog can be very challenging. They are beautiful animals, but are also very large and powerful. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about our wolf dogs.
**Please note, until our facilities are complete we will not be accepting or adopting any wolf dogs. If you have any questions or this is an emergency, please contact us.