The gorgeous animal pictured above was killed on July 15th at a shelter in California. He was labeled as a “wolfdog” but was, in reality, a northern-breed domestic dog.
Why did this happen?
Simple: Shelters in the USA cannot legally adopt-out wolfdogs to the general public. If wolfdog-specific rescues don’t step in, these dogs are put to sleep. The problem is that wolfdog rescue is, in itself, very strenuous work. Many such rescues are forced to focus their efforts solely on animals that bear legitimate wolf content as a result.
Wolfy-looking dogs, like the one above, have no place to go then, and are put to sleep instead.
The solution to this problem is pretty simple: People need to stop labeling their domestic dogs as “wolfdogs”. It gives others the wrong impression about how real wolfdogs look and act, resulting in widespread confusion about the breed. Many people assume that huskies, malamutes, German shepherds, and their mixes are wolfdogs, or even mistake them for actual wolves, simply because they don’t look like a purebred this-or-that.
Please feel free to read more about the dangers of wolfdogs misrepresentation HERE.