Loki Clan Rescue
Loki Clan Wolf Refuge was in a tough situation when LARC came out to evaluate it. Disgruntled old supporters and board members had made things very difficult. Food supplies and donations had been cut off, financial records were missing, staff was overworked, enclosures were in need of repair, and the animals needed to be cared for in the upcoming winter months.
We looked at the situation and knew shutting the facility down would put a terrible strain on the national wolf and wolf-dog rescue groups, undue strain on the older animals, and almost certainly result in loss of life, so this was not a solution.
After consulting with some of the national groups called in to assist Loki Clan, we took an almost unheard of approachand decided to save the sanctuary by continue to house the wolves and wolf-dogs by forming a new sanctuary to house the wolves and wolf-dogs, calling it the New England Wolf Advocacy and Rescue Center (NEWARC).
By forming NEWARC, all of the older animals could stay in their enclosures, sick animals could be given prolonged medical treatment, and the wolves and wolf-dogs from the second facility could be transferred to the first. With funds from GFAS, ASPCA, and private donors, LARC officially opened NEWARC, sending out 4 trained staff members and started building state- of-the-art enclosures. NEWARC was the solution: no strain put on the wolf and wolf-dog network, no animals had to be left behind, and a new resource was born for the wolf and wolf-dog community.
Dancing Brooke Rescue
The New England Wolf Advocacy and Rescue Center (NEWARC), LARC’s East Coast branch, rescued 26 wolves and wolf-dogs from a remote Mountain Top in New Hampshire. The wolves and wolf-dogs trapped on this mountain were living in small enclosures without a source of fresh water. All of the wolves were in real trouble; none of the animals were in good health, they were fed low quality kibble, and we are still unsure how often they were given “clean” water. The only access to the tent site with enclosures was to travel up a wash littered with huge boulders and rocks. This rescue needed a partner and UVHS stepped in to help NEWARC.
NEWARC worked with the local shelter to transport the animals down a mile-long wash to the bottom of a mountain. Once the wolves and wolf-dogs got off the mountain, the difficult task began. The wolves and wolf-dogs were then transported to NEWARC. Some NEWARC staff constructed a medical wing while other staff tended to the arriving wolves and wolf-dogs: blood was drawn, medical evaluations performed, spay/neuters given as needed, vaccinations given, and behavior monitored. The incoming animals had urinary tract infections, lacerations, swollen and/or ruptured testicles, cancer growths on their bodies, and were severely underweight. After triaging the sick, finishing small alterations on the medical wing, the animals were released to their new homes: large habitats at our NEWARC facility.