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Posted on: February 14, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Orange County update on wolfdogs at animal services

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Orange County Animal Services (OCAS) has found appropriate sanctuary placement for five of the wolfdogs housed at the shelter.

On Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022, two wolfdogs were successfully transferred to WolfWood Refuge in Colorado. On Friday, Feb. 11, three wolfdogs successfully left OCAS for their new Wisconsin sanctuary with Heroes and Hybrids. OCAS worked directly with both of these organizations, which culminated in these successful transfer opportunities.

“This has been a long journey and we are elated to find appropriate placement for these animals,” said Dr. Sandra Strong, Director of Animal Services. “These types of transfers take an enormous amount of effort from everyone involved. We are so grateful to these amazing organizations that were able to give these wolfdogs the type of safe environment and enrichment they require. After caring for them daily for many months and working so hard to find placement, it means everything for us to see them move on to a wonderful new chapter in their lives.”

Since these animals arrived at the shelter in July and August 2021, OCAS has worked diligently to find proper placement for them. A veterinarian board certified in zoo medicine assessed them and agreed with the placement plan for them. OCAS will not adopt the wolfdogs out to individuals because it would be a public danger to place these types of animals with anyone other than an experienced or licensed professional/sanctuary.

There are still three (3) wolfdogs being housed at the shelter. OCAS continues to work on finalizing placement plans for these remaining wolfdogs. 

Wolfdogs are not legal to own in Orange County and many other jurisdictions. There is no approved rabies vaccination for these animals, which reiterates the obligation for placement with appropriate professionals.

More information about Orange County Animal Services can be found at or by calling 919-942-7387.

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