A wolfdog was abandoned at a ‘kill shelter’ in America after its owners found it too difficult to look after.
Thankfully, the animal – named Yuki – was rescued by the Shy Wolf Sanctuary, and is now thriving in their care.
Yuki was dropped at the shelter when he was just eight months old, with his owner saying he’d already grown too big to handle.
Wolfdogs, unsurprisingly, are a mixture of wolf and dog, and the ‘content’ of each animal can vary and affect their size and behaviour. When staff from the wolf sanctuary came to pick him up, they immediately realised Yuki was ‘higher wolf content’ than initially expected.
The sanctuary took Yuki in, and discovered that he was one of the highest content wolfdogs they’d ever had, with his DNA test coming back as 87.5 per cent Gray Wolf, 8.6 per cent Siberian Husky, and 3.9 per cent German Shepherd.
Brittany Allen, a volunteer at the Shy Wolf Sanctuary, told Bored Panda:
We rescued him from a failed house pet situation. Someone purchased him from a breeder and realized he was too much to handle. They dumped him at a kill shelter at 8 months old. We stepped in and provided a home for him and he has been with us ever since.
Thankfully, after a rocky settling period, Yuki adapted to life at the sanctuary well, with one volunteer saying ‘Yuki loves women, showing off to visitors, and being super goofy’.
While another volunteer, Judy, said:
Yuki is one of those animals that he lets you know if he wants you in his enclosure or not. He has a very small group of women that he allows in his enclosure called his ‘harem’.
The Shy Wolf Sanctuary was founded in 2001 by Nancy Smith. It provides rehabilitation for wild and captive bred wolves and other large animals who, for one reason for another, were removed from their natural habitat – by people wanting them as pets, for example.
Wolfdogs are considerable ‘unadoptable’ as pets by animal services, but once taken out of the wild cannot go back, so the sanctuary becomes their home.
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The face we make when people say Yuki's picture is Photoshopped… It's just his fat angle guys. We all have one. 🙄 #wolfdogsofinstagram #yuki #shywolfsanctuary #rescue #love #bekindtoanimals If you feel generous and want to help us with Yuki's vet bills, please feel free the check out the link in bio.
They definitely are creatures that demand respect. It would be a much different encounter in the wild than what I do with these guys. The animals I work with have never been in the wild and never will be, so they are more socialized.
We show off their adorable moments in the hope of helping people identify with them at least and maybe change their fear response into a healthy respect through education. And also giving an animal a chance at a decent life when otherwise they would be euthanized.
Wolfdogs can have a very unpredictable temperament, but thanks to the sanctuary the animals who would’ve been put down are getting a second chance in life. You can visit the Shy Wolf Sanctuary website here.
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Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.