A Home for the 'Wolf of Battersea'

Majestic Loki is a loveable Northern Inuit cross, who found himself in the care of the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home London centre because his owner’s circumstances changed and they were no longer able to look after him. The five-year-old has a personality to match his size and stunning looks, and needs a home as soon as possible as he's used to the outdoors and has trouble adapting to the kennels.  

Battersea’s Rehoming and Welfare Manager Becky Fisher said, “We’re sure this stunning boy is going to attract a lot of attention, but Loki’s looking for a very particular type of home. He’ll need a house with a big garden where he can run around to his heart’s content. Ideally, we’d like to see him find a rural home away from the noise of the big city, as he finds the hustle and bustle of London kennels very stressful. Loki’s also going to need a home with people who are experienced with Husky, Akitas or Northern Inuit type breeds. But he’s a big softy - he loves people and could happily live with teenagers.”

Although Northern Inuits rarely come into Battersea, more and more ‘wolf-like’ dogs are finding themselves in rescues. Battersea has seen more than 70 ‘snow dogs’, such as Akitas, Alaskan Malamutes and Huskies, arrive at the centre in the past 12 months.

 Becky said, “These breeds have become very popular in recent years, thanks in part to the popularity of shows like Game of Thrones. But sadly, a lot of people buy these dogs because they’re beautiful looking, without doing enough research into the breed. These dogs can make wonderful pets but they’re a lot of work. They need space to run around and they’re very active, intelligent canines that need a lot of physical and mental stimulation.”

 These dogs take on average 50 per cent longer than other breeds to rehome and tend to struggle in a kennel environment, due to their size and high energy levels.

“We’re hoping someone with the space, time and experience will come forward to give Loki the home he deserves," Becky added. "He’s a beautiful natured, gentle dog and he’s going to make an amazing addition to the right family.”

If you think you can offer Battersea’s resident ‘wolf-dog’ the home he needs, please get in touch on 0843 509 4444 or email rehoming@battersea.org.uk.

Images by Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.