Wolves and/or wolf dogs are given a death sentence from their day of conception. It is simple; if you are a wild wolf and you cross an imaginary boundary or wander onto private land, you can be shot, trapped, or killed. If you are a wolf or high-content wolf-dog born into domestic life, as soon as you cross the imaginary boundary of your companion’s yard, escape your enclosure, or come in contact with a member of society, you will be captured and destroyed. No matter the intention, wolves and/or high-content wolf-dogs carry with them a death sentence. LARC offers a safe home for this misunderstood, majestic animal.
LARC also rescues Primurine horses, the only other animal we are aware of that, like the wolf, is given a death sentence from its birth. Primurine horses live on an assembly line where the females are bred repeatedly while their urine is siphoned off as pregnant mare urine for human consumption. The males that are born, if they can stand, are sold to France and Japan. The daughters that are born are placed in the veal-like crates next to their mothers to serve their life on the assembly line. LARC offers a forever home, huge outdoor pastures, and the comfort of a herd for these rescued Primurine horses at our sanctuary.
All of the containment and/or outdoor animal habitats at LARC are built with the animal in mind. That is to say, that they are not constructed for public viewing, but rather for animal enjoyment. LARC is not open to the public so that the Veterans, wolves, wolf-dogs, horses, and other residents at LARC are given the privacy they need to heal. Our back-to-nature eco-therapy approach allows for both the human and the animal to work from the inside out because with a good soul, we can combat anything.
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LARC has always devoted itself to our returning military men and women, and we understand that the price of freedom is not free. LARC understands that many returning combat Veterans feel displaced and disconnected upon their return. The Veterans enrolled in our program get a chance to heal in our back-to-nature eco-therapy approach. More specifically, each Veterans is paired with another Veterans who is further along in the process, and they work side by side caring for a similar sentient being (wolves, wolf-dogs, horses, etc.) who have suffered a similar trauma. More often than not, a returning infantryman who wrestles with the nightmares of being a hunter overseas can find solace in the eyes of the wolf he now shares his life with. At LARC we are aware that there is no cure for PTSD, Survivors Guilt, or combat related trauma, and that these experiences stay with a Veterans for their entire life. What we offer at LARC is a safe place, supported by our staff to explore these events and to understand that healing is possible.
About Lockwood ARC
The Lockwood Animal Rescue Center (LARC) offers lifetime homes to its residents. In addition to caring for the animals at our sanctuary, LARC strongly supports returning combat Veterans. Many of our facility caregivers, office staff, and board members were at one point active military personnel. Since we provide lifetime care, it is crucial to provide ongoing enrichment, huge outdoor enclosures, and animal-to-animal interaction at our sanctuary. LARC started on a 20-acre facility but recently purchased the adjoining 3,000 acres to create a buffer for rescued animals and a private serene setting for the Veterans who come here to heal.
LARC and its roots come from a place where all animals are respected and therefore feeding carnivores causes quite a quandary. But like all problems in life, if you look hard enough, a solution can be found. LARC does NOT kill any animal to sustain our rescued carnivores. All our animals are fed meat that would otherwise end up in a landfill, thereby removing us from supply and demand. This allows LARC to offer an eco-friendly solution to the environment while also standing true to our beliefs… that all sentient beings are sacred.
The same methodology is true when it comes to construction at LARC. All of our enclosures are constructed with materials that have been collected and reused to protect the environment. A quick example of this: LARC works with distributors in the area to collect galvanized metal and chain link, which is brought back to LARC, inspected, and reused to build some of the sprawling 3 acre habitats that house our rescued sentient beings.