Ok so to kick things off here, a few facts, all dogs are of course good boys, and that too includes Yuki, a huge doggie that made the major news!
He is 5-foot and 4 inches and weighs in at around 120 pounds, he really is a human sized dog who is just like a direwolf from none other than ‘Game of Thrones’.
Back in 2008, the not so little pup landed at Shy Wolf, it’s an animal sanctuary completely geared up and in tune to rescuing wolf-dogs in Naples and Florida, so we are told!
Jeremy Albrecht, one of the sanctuary’s directors, said:
“Yuki came to the sanctuary in very typical fashion …He became too much for his owner and was dropped off at a high kill shelter.”
“The shelter called us and gave us a chance to evaluate. Yuki was very obviously a high content wolf-dog so we were able to pull him and give him a home in our sanctuary.”
So despite this resemblance, this beautiful animal isn’t really a ‘Game of Thrones’ creature at all, he told us, and yes we are sorry to disappoint!!
He went on to say:
“He is what we refer to as a wolf-dog… and is 87.5% Gray Wolf, 8.6% Siberian Husky, and 3.9% German Shepherd.”
Wow that is some incredible genetics there!
Righ now you may well be thinking to yourself, how is it that a 12-year-old wolf-dog spends his days in a sanctuary, well you’re not the only one!
Albrecht describes the situation, he said that Yuki takes a lot of time with a female wolf-dog, of course, who is called Bella.
He also goes on to say that their relationship is like this….
“Yuki is much larger than her, [but Bella] is by far the dominant one.”
All in all though it really sounds like there is a lot of love in the air!
Yuki also spends a lot of his time with volunteers, eating, of course, and barking too just like every wolf-dog should do.
Yuki in this last year has sadly been surviving with blood cancer…
“We just are continuing business as usual and spending as much time with him as we can”
This lovely bod dog has seen this kind of cancer before…
“Ever since the sanctuary opened its doors back in 1993, it has been committed to taking on animals that were previously owned as exotic pets”
…that is no small feat for sure
At present, the shelter has between 20 and 100 wolf-dogs at one moment, but it’s looking to move to a much bigger space to accommodate even more of these beautiful creatures.
“There are a lot more Yuki out there that we would like to rescue”
“That is why our biggest initiative is to build a much larger facility, and we are in the middle of a strong fundraising push to do that, but we can’t do it alone we need help from Yuki’s new friends all over the world.”
The Sanctuary has its own GoFundMe page, they ask for donations to help them do what they do, and to keep doing it.
Right now they have raised over $500 of its $100,000 goal…
We just love their passion and hope that they can keep going and keep doing what they are doing year on year.