Wolfdog Rescue is run on an entirely voluntary basis by a small, dedicated group of wolfdog owners. We take no salary for our work and the time committed for the dogs we help is done around our normal daily work and family commitments. We rely entirely on the generosity of the public and are grateful for all donations, no matter how small. The funds help go towards transportation around the country, vets fees, food & other basic costs.
To the best of our ability we will help any wolfdogs that find themselves in difficult circumstances. We arrange transport, foster homes and forever homes and ensure that care is taken to ensure that there is a good match between the dog, its new owner and the new home environment in which it will be living.
As much as we would love to help all dogs we are only a small rescue dedicated to specifically helping wolfdogs – as in the wolfdog breeds such as the Czechoslovakian wolfdog or Saarloos wolfdog. We do not have the facilities to care for “wolf lookalike” breeds such as a Northern Inuit, Utonagan or Tamaskan.
If you know of a wolf dog who is urgently in need of a new home please contact us so that we can try to help.
If you need to re-home your wolf dog then please contact us and we will help you find a suitable new home for your dog.
For Breeders looking to re-home older wolf dogs we will be happy to advertise your dogs on the WDR in return for a donation to the WDR fund. Please note that any dogs being re-homed from a breeder will be identified as such with the breeders information included in the advert.
Please note that Wolfdog Rescue will only deal with legal wolfdogs (F3 or lower).
Who We Are
WdR is a UK based breed specific rescue for wolfdogs and wolfdog crosses that need re-homing and/or fostering from their current living areas. Wolfdog Rescue was first established as a not for profit rescue in the UK and being the only rescue specific for this breed, has grown rapidly. We are run entirely by volunteers.
United Kingdom, Ireland and where the need arises mainland Europe.
Wolfdog Rescue has four primary missions to help the breed of dog that is known as the wolfdog. Being of a delicate breed and nature, as well as being considered more “exotic” than standard breeds, there is an increasing rise of both inexperienced breeders and owners of wolfdogs. Wolfdog Rescue serves to help these dogs that have been abandoned, mis-sold or are unable to be kept by their current family and where the breeder refuses to take the dog back in to their care.
The four primary missions are:
(a) Rehome & Welfare. WdR was originally established to help wolfdogs that are in need of new homes as a result of refusal from the original breeder to take the dog back or because the owner is unable to keep the dog any longer. As such, WdR is focused on providing such wolfdogs with improved welfare and safety needs so that the dog in question is re-homed or fostered to a suitable environment that is best for that wolfdog, or it remains in the care of WdR until a suitable environment is found.
Re-homing continues to be the main focus of WdR and focuses on providing the animal with improved welfare and safety needs. It was founded by an experienced handler of this breed and is supported by a small yet knowledgeable team of members who are located in various parts of the UK to offer their assistance in re-homing and transporting wolfdogs from their current homes.
(b) Advice. To own a wolfdog can be no easy feat and many owners of this breed often require help and advice concerning their wolfdog. WdR has established a members forum, telephone and email contact to provide general advice for:
(i) People considering getting a wolf dog and require further information about the breed, its welfare and upkeep;
(ii) People who already have a wolfdog and need training &/or behaviour support; Please note that WdR admin are not qualified to give professional advice on matters of training and canine behaviour, but will be able to recommend professionals who would be able to help.
(iii) People who already have a wolfdog and require general advice, tips and support to help them with the welfare of their wolfdog;
(iv) People who know of a wolfdog in need (i.e. needs re-homing) and can use WdR as point of contact to help re-home, foster or collect the wolfdog where it will be carefully and effectively assessed and subsequently advertised by WdR. Anyone wishing to re-home a wolfdog has to complete a questionnaire as well as have a home check.
(c) Educate. Since its beginning, WdR has grown from being more than a re-homing facility for wolfdogs. WdR provides educational talks, seminars and workshops for wolfdog owners and people interested in learning more about this breed. WdR also arranges shows and events where wolfdog owners can meet and allow their wolfdogs to interact with other wolfdogs and to provide WdR supporters as well as the general public a chance to meet a variety of wolfdogs in a safe and controlled environment. WdR also supports raising awareness about positive dog-child interactions and this is an integral part to WdRs mission.
(d) Co-ordinate with other rescues. There is a plethora of rescue and re-homing centres in the UK, all of which play their part in helping improve the welfare of a dog. In general, most wolfdogs require specialist attention and do not do well in typical rescue environments (e.g. kennels). In addition, many people who work in such rescues do not have full understanding of the needs of a wolfdog and are hesitant when one appears in their care. WdR has developed a good relationship with various rescue kennels across the UK. It has been agreed with these kennels if and when a wolfdog appears in their care, they will contact WdR so that the most suitable action for that wolfdog and its welfare can be arranged.