This week I’m featuring a photo of a beautiful wolfdog from the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary taken by Philip Turnbull and Thea Wingert from the Zentravellers Blog.
Philip and Thea are two thirty-somethings from Calgary, Alberta.
They love adventure travel – as well as nature and wildlife. They are currently on a 14-month trip to see as much of this beautiful world as we can!
Photo Story: Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary
Often passed by on the way to the Rocky Mountains, the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary is one of the lesser known gems in Alberta.
It is less than an hour west of Calgary and certainly worth spending the time to visit as it is a treat to visit these creatures and it is very informative.
The fees that you spend on entrance and a tour all go towards conservation efforts and maintaining a home for these wolfdogs.
The sanctuary offers three levels of tours, and the highest level, the interactive tour is well worth the money as it allows you to get up close and personal with the high content wolfdogs.
They test each wolfdog they accept to the shelter and these are the ones that have the most wolf running through their veins!
One of the wolfdogs at the sanctuary, Nova, is even the cousin of Ghost in Game of Thrones!
The sanctuary ends up accepting wolfdogs from owners that are surrendering them as they make terrible pets.
They don’t like being enclosed in a house, are bothered by the sounds of the city, and even though they are smart and understand, only listen to their owners when they feel like it.
They spend a lot of the tour educating visitors on the pitfalls of owning these creatures so that fewer end up being given up.
Indeed, many pet shelters will euthanize any dog surrendered to their shelter that they suspect to be a wolfdog because they re so difficult to manage.
The Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary provides these animals with a home and a sanctuary visit helps to support their cause.
Next time you’re in Calgary, swing by on your way to the Rocky Mountains for an unforgettable experience. You won’t regret it!
Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary is a non-profit organization that promotes responsible wolfdog ownership by providing educational programs.
As the popularity of wolfdogs as pets became more popular in Canada, Georgina De Caigny and Andi Scheibenstock identified a need for a knowledgeable and experienced rescue organization that would make the rehabilitation and rehoming of displaced wolfdogs a priority.
The Sanctuary opened its doors in June of 2011, not only as one of the largest sanctuaries within Canada, but as one of the only sanctuaries to balance educational programs with a highly successful adoption program too.
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