All dogs are descended from wolves, and the two species share many characteristics. In fact, dogs and wolves can mate, giving rise to hybrid “wolfdogs.”
However, ownership of wolf-dog hybrids has long been a contentious issue in the United States, with numerous laws and regulations in place.
That’s the problem for Zeus, a dog who is thought to be one-third wolf and is now looking for a home somewhere where it’s legal.
Zeus, a dog at the Potter League For Animals in Rhode Island, is thought to be one-third German Shepherd, one-third Husky, and one-third wolf.
While the shelter awaits the results of DNA tests, a previous owner and breeder confirmed that he is a third wolf. Looking at his face, it’s easy to notice the distinct wolf-like features.
Despite being a “wild animal,” Zeus is said to be a wonderful dog.
“Zeus is about as fine a canine specimen as you can possibly imagine,” wrote the shelter. “Watching him walk is a magical experience. His movements are mesmerizing, and he appears to have just walked out of a Twilight scene.”
All Zeus wants, like all dogs, is a place to call his own — but his wolf DNA complicates matters. Many states outlaw or restrict the ownership of wolf hybrids. Rhode Island, like neighboring states Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and New York, prohibits wolfdogs.
However, wolfdogs are legal in other states, and the shelter is hoping that someone in one of those states will adopt Zeus. Vermont and New Jersey are the closest states that allow ownership, but owners from other states are welcome to apply as well.
According to the shelter, Zeus has a medical condition that makes him prone to seizures, but he takes medication to manage it. He has spent the majority of his life as an indoor dog, living with other dogs, cats, and children.
Hopefully, there is a suitable owner out there who can provide this sweet dog with a wonderful (and legal) home. “He is incredibly affectionate and silly, and he adores being petted, snuggled, and loved on,” Potter League wrote.
If you are interested in adopting Zeus and live in a state that allows wolf-dog hybrids (be sure to check your local laws) you can reach out to Potter League For Animals.