For some general information about the characteristics of wolfdogs & whether they are suitable for you please see the ‘About Wolfdogs’ page on this site and the ‘Adoption Process’ page for information on the procedure of adopting one of our rescue dogs.
We have a facebook page Wolfdog Rescue which is dedicated to the latest rescue news, dogs in need and fund raising but we also have another facebook group ‘Wolfdog interest, pictures and info‘ where you can you ask for help and advice on any issues with your wolfdog, the group has a wide variety of members many of whom have extensive experience of owning wolfdogs.
If you need to find a new home for your wolfdog then please go to RE-HOME YOUR WOLFDOG
If you would like some help and advice in private please contact us. We have a superb network of people who can help who understand the complexities of the breed – please do not struggle on your own, we are here to help.
There is a standard Adoption Fee of £250. This may vary at our discretion for example for pairs of dogs or those with special needs.
Once the adoption fee is paid, the animal will be put ‘on reserve’ for you while they are still in our care.
The adoption fee includes neutering, microchipping, first vaccination, flea and worm treatment, full vet check and behaviour assessment.
Wolfdog Rescue is solely funded by the generosity of the general public and on average spends much more than the re-homing fee for each dog that comes in for re-homing. Our expenses include veterinary treatment and care, food and accommodation. Some animals are very lucky and are only with us for a short time, whilst others stay in our care for many months and require extensive veterinary care.
We have many requests for people who want to meet the dogs but the dogs often do not do well in kennels and we generally try to put new dogs directly into foster homes who have the necessary experience to asses the dog in a home environment. Our foster carers spend loads of time and care looking after and rehabilitating our dogs and so viewings are therefore only arranged for people who have passed the home checks and we are reasonably confident that we have a good match for adoption.
If you are considering adopting or fostering a dog then please complete our on-line application form.
Unfortunately it is not possible to meet the dogs without first completing the application form, thank you.
Please read through all the information that we have on this site especially the ‘About Wolfdogs‘ section. Also we have a facebook group ‘UK Wolfdog interest, pictures & Info’ for general sharing of info about wolfdogs. The group includes many experienced owners so feel free to ask questions or see if there are some group walks in your area that you could go along to and meet some dogs or even ask if there are some owners who live nearby you who would be willing to let you join them for a walk. Most wolfdog owners are more than happy to talk about their dogs!
We are only a small rescue based in the UK and we do not have the facilities to arrange transport dogs abroad and we feel that in order to ensure that our dogs have a safety net they need to stay in the UK.
All of the people who adopt our dogs have a mindset that it will be for life but there are so many unforeseen events that happen in peoples lives that you can never be sure. Our main concern is that if anything happened when one of our dogs was living abroad it would cause quite a few problems. We try our very best to find the most suitable home possible for every dog but we still need to ensure that there is a safety net available if it does not work out.
We can highly recommend Isla Fishburn who is a dog behaviourist who specialises in wolfdogs. She runs informative courses through her company Kachina Canine Communication.
If it is a more general question then please join our facebook group ‘UK Wolfdog interest, pictures & Info’ which includes many experienced owners who might be able to offer some general help and advice.
Otherwise contact us and let us know your location and what you need help with and we will see if we know anyone in your local area who might be able to help.
As a rescue we cannot allow any of our dogs to be bred from it would be in breach of the adoption contract & all of the rescue dogs we re-home are spayed / neutered or adopted on contract to spay / neuter. We feel there are enough unwanted dogs already looking for homes.
VetsMediCover and Exotic Direct are the only 2 companies who offer insurance for Wolfdogs. When you take out or renew your policy please help support Wolfdog Rescue by mentioning the affiliate codes below ‐ it will not affect the cost of your policy but the insurance company will make a donation to Wolfdog Rescue.
It is law to have at least third party liability insurance. If you join Dogs Trust and become a member (currently £25 per year) it covers you and all your dogs in the house for 3rd party liability only.
Wolfdogs generally have very high exercise requirements and should receive a minimum of an hour of vigorous physical activity (more than a slow walk) every day, and would preferably receive much more. They love an opportunity to run around freely in a safely enclosed area and many like being outdoors for most of the day.
It should be noted that wolfdogs often have a tendency to roam and many are dedicated escape artists. These dogs are intelligent and physically capable enough to find a way out of enclosures that most breeds could never hope to and require a very carefully secured garden.
We are only a small rescue run by volunteers who live in different parts of the country and although we do have some kennels in the majority of cases we try to put dogs directly into foster homes where they have the necessary experience to asses the dog in a home environment
As much as we appreciate offers of help there is not really much opportunity for additional short term volunteer work.
What would help us greatly is if you could read through the section ‘How you can help‘ section and possibly help with a donation, transport or fund raising – our FREE fundraising explains how you can donate to WdR without costing you anything – just an extra click when you shop on-line can help us.
It is possible that you can adopt a dog if you have young children as each application is looked at on an individual basis. It must be noted that wolfdogs are a large and boisterous breed so suitable previous experience and suitable living accommodation is required. The dog must be assessed as suitable to live with children and parents must ensure that the dog is supervised and that they teach the children how to treat the dog with respect.
It does depend on the individual character of the dog and your lifestyle but it is possible that you can adopt a dog if you do not have a garden as each application is looked at on an individual basis. It must be noted that wolfdogs are a large and boisterous breed and they need space where they can safely run and play.
We are happy to re-home a dog to people who work but the maximum time we advise a dog to be left alone without a break on a regular basis is 4 hours. Wolfdogs are prone to separation anxiety so if you think that you might potentially end up working long hours in the future then a wolfdog might not be the best breed for you. Think about this carefully as an adoption decision could affect the next 10+ years of your life.
You must be over 18 years of age to adopt a dog.