Alberta wolf dog rescue seeks support for more space OCN News

A sanctuary and education center specifically for wolf-dog hybrids west of Cochrane says it needs help to thrive, after accepting seven other animals with nowhere to go.

Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary officials have launched a fundraiser with a goal of $90,000. This money will cover the cost of building two enclosures to accommodate the new arrivals. They say space is desperately needed.

“These wolfdogs are animals with so few places to go and who knows what would have happened to them if they couldn’t take them in,” said Alyx Harris, operations manager at Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary.

She received the new additions after their previous owner, who lives in northern Alberta, developed health issues and was unable to continue caring for them.

Harris adds that the animals were all in good health and were not abused.

Four of the new group are a family unit and have moved into a large enclosure on the central path of the sanctuary, moving other dogs to other parts of the grounds.

“Because we had to move some animals, we still have a lot to build these two (new) enclosures,” Harris said.

One speaker is estimated at $33,000, the second at $55,000.

Veterinary bills are estimated at $6,300, while animal transportation and rising food prices are also included in the fundraising goal.

Wolfdogs are fed raw meat, with each animal consuming about two to three pounds (0.9 to 1.3 kg) per day.

Now, with 40 wolfdogs to feed, Harris says it’s gotten a lot more expensive, especially when you factor in inflation.

“It’s getting very expensive (for us), especially with the way things have been lately, all the costs have definitely gone up.”

She adds that there are few places that can meet the specific needs of a wolfdog because the animals don’t make good pets in most cases.

Wolfdogs are not likely to wear a collar, walk on a leash, lounge on the couch, or act as a guard dog.

“They like to be in really big, open spaces,” Harris said.

Construction of the first enclosure is expected to begin in July.

Those who wish to help can donate to the campaign, but the group says the entrance fee for an educational tour also supports the initiative.

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