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In recent years, wolf-hybrids have gained popularity as a trend pet. While these hybrid animals are beautiful, they often require much more responsibility than a typical dog. Wolfdog parents end up overwhelmed and underprepared for the challenges that come along with caring for such active and cunning animals, which leads wolf-hybrids to be surrendered to sanctuaries, or worse … abandoned in the streets. The latter was the case when Hope For Paws received a call about an usual rescue. Rescuers were told that a wolf-hybrid had been spotted walking down the streets of South Central, Los Angeles, looking very sick and disoriented.

Upon hearing the desperate situation, the team raced into action. These amazing volunteers were not only able to rescue this abandoned pup, but also nurse her back to health. Now named Julia, she is well on her way to making an incredible transformation.

Julia was spotted walking along the streets, looking gravely ill.

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Julia had an old rope tied to her, which indicated that someone owned and neglected her. 

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The team offered Julia treats in the hope of earning her trust.Screen Shot 2016-02-01 at 9.42.52 AM

Skinny and starved, she gently accepted the food.

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Luckily, she allowed rescuers to put a leash on her. Shortly thereafter, she was whisked away to the vet.

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 Julia was covered with infected wounds and pus oozed from her skin. Though her coat was thick, Julia was only skin and bones.

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After a bath, Julia was thankful to be dry, resting in her rescuer’s arms.

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She got a full medical evaluation to assess her health.

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And most importantly, got a lot of rest.

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Though she is part wolf, Julia was always careful when taking treats and food from her handlers, grateful for their kindness.

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Soon she started to look like a new dog!

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And feel like one too.

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All this little one needed was care and a lot of love.

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Julia continues to show her appreciation with snuggles. 

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Julia is still in recovery, and it will likely be a while until she is able to be adopted into a loving home. There are many measures that need to be taken when caring for a wolf-hybrid. Many people make the mistake of thinking that wolf-hybrids can be treated just like any other dog, but in reality, there is no way to guarantee that a wolf-hybrid will be more or less like a domesticated animal. Wolfdogs also run the risk of contracting rabies since there is no approved vaccine for wolves or wolf-hybrids.

The good news is that Julia is in the experienced hands of the Hope for Paws team and we are sure she will get the special home she needs.

All image source: Eldad Hagar/Flickr

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37 comments on “Rescuers Spotted a Sick Wolf-Hybrid Wandering the Streets of LA and Then Did Something Amazing”

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Nancy McGinnis
8 Months Ago

Thank you Rescuers.

Caroline Quiara
8 Months Ago

That lucky leash!!! Hope for Paws does it again. God Bless them all <3

Rayner Schine
8 Months Ago

Awhh so sweet

Bailey Grahsee
8 Months Ago


Vickie Welsch
8 Months Ago

so glad she found help--thank you--wish i was closer id adopt her, we had a hybrid b4 & i miss her so much. they do require a lot of love and understanding but she was that special one for me

Elena Pierce
8 Months Ago

Nothing is as appealing in a human being as kindness

Alana Smith
8 Months Ago

Aww good thing they saved her ❤️❤️❤️❤️

María Gabriela Barrera
8 Months Ago


Alice Colombani
8 Months Ago

Soon happy Julia was rescued what a beautiful dog

Deen Braundhard
8 Months Ago

We had a wolf/husky cross as a companion for 17 years - while we all knew to not jump and scare it as kids, Thor was an awesome dog! He would howl when we sang, pull us up hills on the toboggan, find wine gums from anywhere in the house (and spit out only the black ones in the front entrance so we knew his displeasure), and was overall very clever and really empathetic. :) I miss him :3


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