Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary launched a mission to save, relocate and build new enclosures for seven wolfdogs from northern Alberta.
“We were contacted by an acquaintance of the people that own these animals. It was a situation where the owner has fallen on hard times in terms of financially but as well, just health-wise” explains Georgina De Caigny, Executive Director of Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary.
“The owner actually had to move away from the property and these animals were basically living on this property completely unsupervised. Only being sporadically fed and watered.”
“We knew it was a pretty urgent situation and we felt that we had no choice but to get up there as soon as possible to make sure that these animals were safe and taken care of.”
The Sanctuary quickly gathered a team, headed north, and rescued all seven wolfdogs. That was only step-one of what is now being dubbed The Lucky Seven Rescue.
“After pulling off this big rescue bringing in these seven new wolfdogs from northern Alberta, we're faced with the task of actually figuring everything out to permanently place these animals here at the sanctuary.”
“This entails getting new enclosures built for them, which includes having to clean out all the land and the forest that we are planning to build those enclosures in. A big aspect of it is the fundraising side of things because, at the end of the day, this was a very unplanned rescue.”
A fundraising campaign has been put into action to assist in covering the numerous costs of making the sanctuary home for the seven. $90,000 is the goal amount which entails the costs of two new permanent enclosures, $33,000 for the first and $52,000 for the second. $6,300 is needed to cover veterinary costs and $800 in travel costs.
“Construction on the first new enclosure actually begins in two weeks. which is pretty exciting. But it also adds the sense of urgency that we need to get this area prepared and we also really need to bring in funds to be able to afford to build this new enclosure.”
In addition to the fundraising campaign, Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary is hosting a volunteer day Saturday, June 25 from 1 p.m to 4:30 p.m.to help prepare the area for the new enclosures.
“One of the other really wonderful things about this whole scenario is that the seven wolfdogs, who basically are family members, get to stay together, they're not being split up.”