Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary has just pulled off its largest rescue to date.
14 new wolfdogs (and one new coydog) now call the sanctuary home thanks to the project dubbed “The Warmland Wolfdog Rescue”.
“Back in November, we were contacted by this longtime breeder on Vancouver Island,” explains Alyx Harris, Operations Manager of the Sanctuary. “He had some health problems and concluded that he wanted to shut down his operation. He reached out to us and there was a whole lot of logistical planning on how we were going to take that many animals.”
“We were able to get our fencing company, Austech Fencing, to come and set up the new pens and that was from our Canid Christmas campaign, all the funds that we raised went directly towards our rescue recovery pens. We were able to raise about $62,000 from the campaign.”
“Those pens allowed us to rescue these wolfdogs because otherwise we just wouldn't have the space to put them all.”
With the space ready, the sanctuary travelled more than four thousand kilometres and spent $3,800 on travel expenses and $12,000 for veterinary care to bring the animals back to the Cochrane area.
After a successful rescue, the sanctuary is now home to 58 wolfdogs.
“It’s been a wild ride, to say the least,” laughs Harris.
The entire rescue has been detailed by the founder of Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary, Georgina HERE.
Of the 15 rescued animals, one of them is actually not a wolfdog, but a coydog; half dog, half coyote.
“We don't see coydogs that often. He definitely has more petite features like much bigger ears and a really slender muzzle.
“He's at the moment, still very shy and everything but I'm hoping he’ll come out of his shell and we'll get to educate a little bit more about coydogs as well as wolfdogs.”