Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Wolfdog Sanctuary in Southern Alberta Trying to Save Hybrid Animals

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Wolfdog Sanctuary in Southern Alberta Trying to Save Hybrid Animals

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Wolfdog sanctuary trying to save hybrids

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COCHRANE, Alta. - Wolfdogs may bring to mind White Fang, the protagonist of the Jack London novel, but an Alberta sanctuary is raising awareness about how raising the hybrid differs from the fictional account of a loyal, loving companion.

The Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary in Cochrane, Alta., has launched an online auction to raise money to fund a new enclosure and save as many of the animals as it can from being euthanized.

The sanctuary was started five years ago as a response to the increased number of wolfdogs being abandoned by owners who found them aloof, territorial and hard to train.

"With domestic dogs, they want to please us humans. They want to be around us humans, all that kind of stuff," Georgina De Caigny, the sanctuary's executive director, tells CTV Calgary.

"The more wolf content that is in the wolfdog, the less they're going to be wanting to please you, the less that they're ever going to be a pet. …

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