Adoption Requirements 

Wolves and Wolfdogs bond very strongly with their families. When their lives are disrupted, it may take a long time and lots of love and patience to form new bonds and rebuild their trust in humans. Please be aware that your new animal will probably need lots of extra time, strenuous exercise, behavior training, boundaries and limitations, and patience from you and everyone in your household. By adopting from Lake Tahoe Wolf Rescue, you are agreeing that you are willing to provide this.

Some or all of these requirements are needed, depending on the animal you adopt.

  • Stability - Wolfdogs are high maintenance due to their special needs. We prefer persons who have stability in their jobs and in their place of residence. It is preferred that you own your own home, and are over 30 years of age and not about to move within the next 6 months. We have found that persons who rent, or are under 30 years of age are more likely to move fairly often or change schedules. Ideally we look for adopters who work at home, retired, or have a spouse who is home to give the animal the special care and attention that it needs. These are not animals that should be left at home all day while you go to work. They need daily exercise, discipline, boundaries and lots of interaction. They can often become destructive if left home alone even for short periods of time.
  • Walks and Hiking - Walks need to be given often and daily. Depending on the age and physical health of the wolfdog, two walks - a minimum of 45 minutes each - twice daily are recommended. The longer the better, and strenuous hikes are  better for the young, strong wolfdogs. These animals have a lot of energy and need to get exercise or they will start having behavior problems. A tired dog is a well behaved dog! Older dogs don't need as much, but are more relaxed and happy if they can get out for a few short walks a day. Remember not to overwork your young pup. Pups under one year old are still growing and too much exertion at one time can cause injury. Senior dogs should not be overworked either as this can cause inflammation which leads to arthritis. More frequent and less strenuous walks are more beneficial in these cases.
  • Children  - Some dogs are exceptional with children and others are not, and we are always reluctant to place them in homes with small children and infants. Even some calm wolfdogs do not do good around children since children have a tenancy to want to hug them and give them too much of the wrong [excited] type of attention. Many northern-breed dogs do not like to have someone's face in their face and may react with a warning growl, nip or snap. This is not considered aggressive behavior - remember, dogs talk with their teeth! And they are trying to say "back off!"  
  • Small Dogs & Cats - Some wolfdogs are good around small dogs and cats - MOST are not. Most have high prey drives and chase small things that squeal! Chickens are out completely.
  • Diet - Wolfdogs require a highly-nutritious diet of mostly raw meat, some veggies, and some cooked meat. Many High-Content Wolfdogs and pure Wolves will not eat or tolerate kibble (which is mostly filler). My Turkey Recipe and Dog Foods links both contain lots of good information about their special dietary needs. Add vitamin supplements.
  • Behavior  - Some of our adoptable wolfdogs are well-behaved and trained, and others are not. Wolfdogs that have been abandoned, or abused may be very fearful or anxious, or have eating disorders. It does not mean they will always be this way, and many blossom into wonderful companions when placed with patientand experienced owners. We evaluate each animal to insure that the placement is suited to the adoptors' experience level. We need to be certain that wolfdogs with behavior issues, eating disorders, or other concerns will be rehabilitated by placing them with experienced adopters. Commitment for a trial period should be at least 6 weeks. 
  • Fencing - Note: All enclosures must provide sufficient shade, access to water at all times, and protection from the elements. A large dog house is recommended to protect from the elements as well as a roof or awning. Igloos are not always acceptable depending on the clime ... plastic is cold in the winter and hot in the summer (like a doggie sauna!). Here are the basics:

1. WOLF ESCAPE-PROOF ENCLOSURE means 9-gauge chain-link fencing 8' H, with overhang to prevent climbing and jumping; and dig guard to prevent tunneling out. With high-escape-risk dogs, high contents and pure Wolves - a double-gated entry is recommended. If other enclosures are adjacent, double fencing is needed to prevent "fence fighting."

2. ESCAPE-PROOF ENCLOSURE means 6" fencing with lean ins or 7' fencing, 9-gauge chain-link with overhang, or wall with "canine" hot wire - and dig guard for either. This is fine for the escape artist that is determined.

3. SECURE ENCLOSURE means 6' fencing with no outlets for escaping [i.e. holes in fence, loose boards, too much space between bottom of fence and ground]. This is sufficient for dogs that are not typically escape risks, such as too heavy or too old to jump or climb, and for most Domestic breeds used to this type of containment. Dig guards are recommended if the animal is a digger.

To get more detailed information on fencing

hardware cloth is good to put down as dig guard for those not too determined, and it's not too expensive. On a 3' roll usually and you can just roll it around the perimeter. Use the tightest weave ...they can't get through it, they just get a manicure .. make sure it's staked down at both ends with metal stakes.

here is a link to a product I think works really well to reinforce the bottom of chain-link fence to protect against digging under, its called dig defence. Its made from 4 gauge steel and is 15” height... you add to the bottom of the fence and it digs straight into the ground,,. its quite expensive but often you can find similar stuff at Home Depot. Good for ideas and food for thought! (we've used this too)

Remember folks! Wolfdogs are not your average canines! and to prevent losing your dog, purchase a Whistle Tracker!

When you purchases a Whistle Tracker from our link 

you receive $15 off the purchase price of $80. Lake Tahoe Wolf Rescue also gets a nice donation each time. I bought one for Muraco and I LOVE it. I always know whee he is no matter where I am. Wish I had one for my husband! Check it out!