Marketing The Availability Of Your Wolf
An effective method of doing this is to place notices wherever a large number of animal oriented people might see it (i.e. newspapers, public bulletin boards at pet shops, pet supply stores, feed stores, animal shelters, animal training facilities, dog shows, pet related publications, veterinarian offices, etc.) This notice should give a complete description of the animal, both physically and behaviorally, and the type of home you are looking for. Do not identify the animal as a wolf or wolf-hybrid unless you are absolutely positive that it is, or if it has a distinctive wolf-like appearance. Do not state any wolf-content percentages. It is recommended that this notice contain only your phone number. (animal thievery is growing rapidly)
Responding To Inquiries Wolf in the forestWhen interested parties start to call, be prepared with a variety of questions whose answers will give you the indication that they and their home might be a potential candidate for adopting your wolf. The UNITED STATES WOLF REFUGE Adoption Questionnaire contains questions that you can use to determine whether the caller has what you want for your wolf. Do not hesitate to ask any other questions that you feel will help make this determination. You will find that you will ask many more questions of the caller than they ask you about your wolf. Give out your address (or the location of the animal) only if you are able to discern that the caller is more than a reasonable candidate. Also be prepared for a number of calls from those who know little or nothing about wolves and wolf behavior, and they just want to have one because it is a "wolf' (or a multitude of other irrational reasons) Be polite but firm! Let these people know that they wanting this kind of animal for the wrong reasons and that they do not have the knowledge, dedication, and/or home that is required. Bill@USWolfRefuge.org
Showing These People Your Wolf
Only those people who you have determined as viable potential candidates for adopting your wolf should be invited to come to see him. Remember, because of his instincts, your wolf knows exactly why all these strangers are coming to see him. So keep the number of strangers that he is exposed to limited. When these people are interacting with your wolf, pay more attention to the animal's reaction to these new people than the people's reaction to the animal. You already know what your animal's behavior and temperament is, and your conversations with these potential adopters should have given you a good idea of who they are and what they are like. Look for behavior in your wolf that is different or unusual. Take note of your wolf's level of comfort or anxiety with these people. If there is even the slightest amount of unusual anxiety on the part of your wolf, do not consider these people as a potential adopter. It is always best to err on the side of caution. Remember, this animal has been your friend and partner. Think of how both of you will feel if you sentence him to a life in a home where he doesn't have the same close relationship that he had with you.
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Wolf & Wolf-Hybrid Placement
Wolves and Wolf-hybrids are magnificent animals that many see as a status symbol. Before you consider getting one, read Bill Chamberlain's Placement Guide. It will give you some great insight and guidance.