Habitat design is very important when planning a sanctuary for a number of reasons. The highest priority is to ensure the safety of all the animals in your care. No animal should ever be injured due to poor design or construction. Many facilities attempt to cut corners in construction costs by crowding wolfdogs in small pens side by side. This may cut down on initial expenses however; eventually they pay dearly in emergency veterinary costs or worse.
Many dog breeds and a variety of animal species are very territorial and if their cage or habitat is attached to an adjacent cage this can lead to aggressive displays in dominance or full blown fence fighting. Fence fighting can be dangerous. Regardless of the size or strength of the fencing materials animals can get body parts through the fence and it can lead to major injuries or death. Ears, noses and paws can slip through the smallest chainlink; teeth can get caught in chainlink as the animal attempts to bite the fencing. Fences constructed with game fencing or wire panels have much larger spacing than chainlink and can allow for even more damage. Some believe installing a panel of sheet metal will provide an adequate barrier. This only adds to the risk of injury.
Here are just three examples of what can happen to an animal who fence fights.