You may have heard about the wolf-dog hybrids that were chained so they could not run from a tourist attraction in Alaska. They were seized by authorities and were supposed to be killed, but a California animal center intervened. They had the animals spayed and neutered and then relocated to their facility about 90 miles north of LA, at the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center.
The job of trying to tame the wolf-hybrids now living in California has been given to three veterans who say they can relate to their status of being in transition to living in a less stressful way.
It has taken three months for the wolf-dogs to start running without limping due to muscle atrophy they experienced while chained for years in Alaska. The animal center where they are being cared for built large pens on their twenty acre property. Meat is given to them every day and is acquired from grocery stores that otherwise throw away their products that did not sell and have expired.
One of the veterans said working with the animals taught him he could help himself and has improved his relationships with his son and ex-wife.
Adding the hybrids has increased the animal center’s bills considerably. The people who bred the hybrids did not seem to have any intention to care for them properly. It is believed that when wolfs and dogs are bred together, the hybrids may be potentially unsafe as pets and have behavioral issues. Many states either ban or restrict owning them. There are already plenty of animals in shelters that need adopting.
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