Meet Our Newest Sanctuary Residents

A New Girlfriend for Gandalf

june2019newsletter-3.jpg

The search is over and we have found the perfect fox friend for Gandalf, our resident Arctic fox. Her name is Kitty, but we are relying on our supporters to provide for her ongoing care, and thereby garner naming rights. We transferred this adorable kit fox from another sanctuary where she was living alone. As with all new arrivals, we create a physical barrier between her and Gandalf to monitor and watch behavior. From the moment that Gandalf laid eyes on her, he wanted to be close. After a few days, we let them visit under our watchful eye and realized that they will be happy together. She is still getting used to her large enclosure and the sounds and smells of all of her neighbors.

All of the veterans at LARC are happy to see Gandalf playing with his new friend.


Wildlife Waystation and LARC's COO

IMG_3917.jpeg

LARC's COO and co-founder, Matthew Simmons, once again is spearheading a rescue - this one of a different sort. In order to provide care for the over 475 animals at the Wildlife Waystation, Matthew has taken a position within the organization as the COO, in partnership with Dave Bruyette, President of the Board of the Wildlife Waystation, to facilitate animal care, new enclosures, and ongoing financial support to this struggling organization.


To all our supporters, it is a good thing to know that Wildlife Waystation is nearby and Matthew will continue his duties at LARC and that his and Dr. Lindner's brainchild, Wolves and Warriors, will continue to thrive without a hitch. Many of the veterans enrolled in our program will take on a stronger leadership role and will help to fill the hours at LARC when Matthew is at the Wildlife Waystation.


Matching Gift is Doubled Again!

june2019newsletter-6.jpg

Much to our absolute delight, the very generous donor who had pledged to match gifts up to $25,000 has announced that she will double her gift to match up to $50,000! All of these funds will be used to care for the senior animals at LARC - for all of the additional medical care and comfort they need to live out their golden years.

With your help, we can reach our goal of $100,000 to ensure the best care for these gentle creatures, many who have been rescued from cases of abuse and neglect - wolves and wolfdogs like Blade and Lavannah, pictured above. Blade, who we estimate is between the ages of 15-20 is our elder statesman. In his younger years, he was an "actor" and you many have seen him in Sean Penn's Into the Wild. When LARC rescued him, we found him chained to a pole at a roadside attraction in Alaska with 28 other wolves and wolfdogs. Since his rescue eight years ago, Blade has had a happy life at LARC and adores his partner Lavannah, an Arctic wolf.

Our Spring Matching Gift Campaign is now extended to July 31, but please don't wait to get your gift in to help twice as many animals!


Give Dad a Gift that Will Help Animals for Father's Day

No matter what gift you plan to give this year, when you shop with Amazon Smile, a portion of the proceeds from your purchase can be donated to LARC to support our programs for veterans and rescued animals. Click the image below and use this link for all of your Father's Day shopping. Also, save the link and use anytime you shop on Amazon to make every purchase one that supports veterans and animals!

FATHERSDAY_banner for newsletter.png

Say Hello to Our Youngest Member of the Pack!

june2019newsletter-8.jpg

Another new arrival to LARC is this young coyote, cuddled by LARC co-founders. We thank our wildlife rehabber friends who brought him to us from Lake Arrowhead because CA Fish and Wildlife would have required that he be put down once he reached six months of age as he could not be released back into the wild. We hope that Lichen and Katie Coy, our two other coyote rescues from the same conscientious rehabbers, will take to him when he is a bit older as they are very accommodating to other animals.


Clockwork Saves The Day

june2019newsletter-5.jpg

Our supporter, code name "Clockwork," has decided to make it her vision that Matthew Simmons and all of the veterans at LARC have all the tools necessary to complete welding jobs and make repairs to the sanctuary. This amazing gear will streamline our processes and also allow us to make more custom crates, enclosures and transport tools to ensure that rescue operations go more smoothly. Support from people like Clockwork make all of the difference to our projects and staff. Our COO Matthew Simmons wants to personally acknowledge her for the fantastic welders and welding gear. The photo above shows us getting ready for the new equipment.


How Parrots End Up In Sanctuary

june2019newsletter-1.jpg

This sweet bird is affectionate and quite brilliant. Unfortunately, that is the reason why so many people want to own an African grey parrot which has caused this species to practically go extinct in the wild. Their ability to use human speech also makes them appealing, but they can also imitate just about any sound. This beautiful parrot does the microwave ding over and over and was a major reason why she was relinquished to our sanctuary. We always encourage people to adopt a parrot rather than buy.

FurEver Wild Wolves Update

Checking in with the Fur-Ever Wild Wolves After Rescue

This is Fur Ever Wild. The first sign reads "No retail sales except for furs, tails, feet, claws, pelts. Call us with your order." (right) Wolves in a pen at Fur-Ever Wild. The sign says "Feed the wolves hot dogs 2pks/$5.00"

This is Fur Ever Wild. The first sign reads "No retail sales except for furs, tails, feet, claws, pelts. Call us with your order." (right) Wolves in a pen at Fur-Ever Wild. The sign says "Feed the wolves hot dogs 2pks/$5.00"

Last spring, the Wolves and Warriors Team rescued 26 wolves that came from Fur-Ever Wild, a pet n' play roadside attraction in Minnesota that was selling pelts and body parts of wolves and other animals. The dramatic rescue, which was viewed across the country on Animal Planet's docu-series Wolves and Warriors, showed sedated animals being discreetly removed from the Fur-Ever Wild property just hours before our team was legally allowed to enter the property to rescue and bring them to safety. However, our mission did not end there! We found one of the wolves, George, being taken across state lines. He was the first that we were able to rescue. A few weeks later, we located 25 of the other wolves at a roadside zoo in Oklahoma. Working with the zoo operators, we were able to rescue all 25 and bring them back to California.

We are saddened to know that there were about 40 other wolves that our Wolves and Warriors team was supposed to have rescued from Fur-Ever Wild. These innocent animals went missing before we were legally allowed to enter the property and their whereabouts are still unknown.

After undergoing veterinary examinations, cross-country transportation, and behavioral evaluations, many of the wolves were placed with our rescue partners. The wolves that we kept at our sanctuary required additional care, and we would like to share updates on a few of them and their progress.


Big Boy, just after his rescue.

Big Boy, just after his rescue.

Big Boy now, healthy and happy!

Big Boy now, healthy and happy!

BIG BOY

As you can see in the before and after pictures above, Big Boy is looking great now! He came to us underweight and timid. He also had a chronic and severe mite infection in his ear, which almost ruptured his eardrum. With proper medical attention, it is under control now and almost completely healed. Big Boy was very shy when he first arrived at LARC, but is starting to come out of his shell. He feels more comfortable around our female staff, who he seems to have a never-ending supply of wolfy kisses for and loves to roll over for belly rubs! We are so happy to have Big Boy at LARC!


Twiggy, when she first arrived at LARC.

Twiggy, when she first arrived at LARC.

Twiggy now, healthy and active!

Twiggy now, healthy and active!

TWIGGY

Twiggy was very malnourished when she arrived at LARC. We put her on a special diet and temporarily separated her from her pack to make sure that her food was not getting taken from her. After she began gaining weight, we reunited her with Big Boy, who she absolutely adores. Because of their similar coloring, we believe the two might be related. Twiggy is now at a healthy weight and has a beautiful shiny coat. She is curious and loves to play with toys, which she gets from our generous donors via our Amazon Wishlist.


Rolling in the snow in her new home!

Rolling in the snow in her new home!

Texas Red, now called Ember, with her new friend Ahote at W.O.L.F. Sanctuary in Colorado.

Texas Red, now called Ember, with her new friend Ahote at W.O.L.F. Sanctuary in Colorado.

TEXAS RED

We believe that Texas Red was bred for profit at Fur-Ever Wild and has given birth to many litters of pups in her lifetime. She also came to LARC severely undernourished. Like Twiggy, she was put on a special diet and temporarily separated to ensure she was able to heal and gain some weight. Once she was healthy again, we made several different attempts to partner her with other wolves in our sanctuary, but none of the pairings worked out. Recently, we heard from our friends at W.O.L.F. Sanctuary in Colorado, who had a male wolf that had lost his partner. Though we loved having Texas Red at LARC, ultimately, we must always do what is best for the animal. A couple weeks ago, W.O.L.F. Sanctuary came to pick up Texas Red and bring her to Colorado to see if the match will be a good one. Texas Red, now called Ember, is loving her new home and we are in close contact with W.O.L.F. Sanctuary to monitor her progress.


George with Clay, the veteran who cared for him. The two had a close bond.

George with Clay, the veteran who cared for him. The two had a close bond.

GEORGE

When George was rescued, we discovered health problems in his initial veterinary visit. He had chronic infections, most serious in his mouth and jaw. We believe that this is due to a lifetime of poor nutrition. We immediately began a treatment program to help him heal. At times he would appear to be getting better, but the infections would always return. Our veterinary team decided that the best way to treat George would be to surgically remove the infection in his jaw. As he underwent all of the pre-operative tests prior to surgery, however, our team discovered a very aggressive form of cancer that had attacked his entire jaw and possibly spread to his brain. We were devastated to learn that the cancer was terminal. We decided not to undergo any more frightening and painful procedures and made George as comfortable as possible, with medication and round the clock care, to live out the rest of his days free of pain with lots of love and belly rubs from our team of veterans. George recently crossed the rainbow bridge and our veterans are mourning his loss. Soon, a beautiful plaque dedicated to George will be hanging in our memorial garden, so our veterans can visit it and remember his beautiful spirit whenever they'd like.


Thank you to all of our wonderful supporters who have followed the progress of the Fur-Ever Wild wolves that we rescued last year. We are so grateful for all of your generous gifts and words of encouragement. We will never stop fighting to save wolves across the country!

Yoli and Virginia reunited, update on WolfGuard, plus the newest member of our flock

Yoli and Virginia Happy to Be Reunited

IG_010919-25.jpg
jannews-3.jpg

This week, we had to bring Virginia to the vet to have an urgent procedure on her eye. We noticed she was having some difficulty with her eye, and upon further investigation by our veterinarian we discovered that she had a blocked tear-duct. The blockage was removed and she is already showing a great deal of improvement.

Meanwhile, Yoli was back at the sanctuary, anxious for Virginia's return. Dr. Lindner spent time playing with him in his enclosure to help calm his nerves.

When Virginia returned from the vet later that day, the two were delighted to be reunited (see above)!


Thank you Amazon Wishlist supporters! We love our new gear!

Wow! We are so grateful to all of our generous supporters. You are all so amazing! Thanks to you, all of the veterans on our Wolfguard team, as well as those who care for the animals at LARC, will be prepared for the cold winter. Your thoughtful gifts of boots, gloves, snow pants, goggles, hats, flashlights and more will get a lot of good use and keep us all warm and illuminated!

In addition, you sent us so many fun treats for the animals! The birds have been enjoying all of the tasty nuts and toys you've sent. Meanwhile, the wolves and wolfdogs have been entertained with all of the kongs and toys they've received.

There are always new items on our Amazon Wishlist, so please check in as often as you'd like. We are so appreciative of everyone who has purchased a gift.


Montana WolfGuard Campaign Update

It was a successful trip on two fronts for our team of indomitable WolfGuard veterans who also went to the border of Yellowstone because of the death of the alpha female there, named Spitfire. We were fearful that her pups, now yearlings, would suffer a similar fate so WolfGuard intervened against poachers outside of the park. It was there that they found the site where Spitfire was likely killed and we wanted to be sure her pups were not lured out of the park like we believe Spitfire was despite being radio collared and a national icon and treasure. We were assisted, as always, by the great folks from Wolves of the Rockies and Trapfree Montana.

The WolfGuard Team also went back to the Bitterroot Valley because of on the ground intel we received from a vigilant supporter who also bought us a FLIR camera to help monitor poaching areas. The Team returned home in time for the holidays and is preparing to go back out now that the new year has begun.

Thank you to all of you who are helping to fund this life-saving mission for wild wolves and providing gear for the red hot WolfGuard Team.



Meet the Newest Member of our Flock

IMG_8767-2.jpg

Say hello to Archie! This sweet guy is the newest member of the Serenity Park flock.

Dr. Lindner knew Archie back in the 1980s when he was sent from a breeder to a pet store in Los Angeles because he killed two of the breeding hens with whom he was placed.

IMG_1215-2.jpg

Archie has a long history. He was caught in the wild over 50 years ago and in the process he was "pinioned" meaning his wings were cut so short he was never able to fly again. He has been through a great deal, but lucky for him he was adopted 20 years ago by Lorrie Mitchell, a teacher, renowned parrot lover and dear friend. Before her death, she willed Archie to Dr. Lindner who is so grateful to be able to love him in Lorrie's absence. Being 75 years old now, Archie gets to live in the house with Dr. Lindner, Matt and the rest of the furry family and he is the king of his roost.

Dr. Lindner puts her love into the freshly cooked hot food for Archie and all of the birds at Serenity Park: couscous with chick peas and veggies.


WolfGuard Veteran Juan Returns to LARC

Juan is a specially trained Army veteran and was part of our first WolfGuard campaign, living in harsh conditions and under the threat of hunters throughout the winter season in Montana. One time hunters shot at his vehicle and another time they put sugar in the gas tank effectively disabling him. But Juan’s intense military training made him very resourceful and that was one of our most successful campaigns, essentially reducing the number of illegally trapped animals by over 300%.


Art By Our Supporters

dannyboy-1.jpg
IMG_8701.jpg

Not only is Marilyn Robinson one of our most dedicated supporters, but she is also a talented artist who loves to paint beautiful portraits of our four-legged residents. Here is her latest of Danny Boy, one of our rescues from Alaska. The resemblance is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your art with us, Marilyn!

signs-1.jpg

Another wonderful supporter, Joe Norton, created custom name plaques for all of the wolves and parrots in our sanctuary. Each sign is unique! We are so grateful for these name signs that hang in front of the enclosures, they are just gorgeous. Twiggy seems to like them, too!

Happy New Year! We hope that 2019 started out well for you.

WolfGuard protects wild wolves, new LARC apparel and more

WolfGuard Campaign in Montana Begins!

WolfGuard Team.jpg

Wolves, our national treasures, are being illegally slaughtered by poachers who continue to kill outside the bounds of legislated legal practices. Traps and snares are set with bait - which is illegal - and oftentimes they are placed on public lands without any oversight.

The WolfGuard campaign says "enough is enough." We are setting out this year, thanks to the help of our supporters, with more specialized cameras and digital gear than ever before. The WolfGuard Team, made up of combat veterans, will be at the illegal sites and entry points throughout the national forest to document poachers and try to bring them to justice. They will brave the bitter cold during this wolf protection campaign, thereby continuing to serve their country in a new way.

With your support, we plan on putting more veterans on the ground and having more active patrols in the high-kill areas.

Dental Team Provides Care for the Wolves at LARC

dental surgery-1.jpg

At LARC, we have an aging wolf and wolfdog population. Their mouth - a part of their body that they use for socialization, feeding and grooming - often takes the brunt of years of use. So this past weekend, with the help of one of our major supporters, Malka, we were able to fly in a veterinary dental specialist and work on the teeth of four of our wolfdogs.

dental surgery-3.jpg

The LARC staff, along with a medical team from Oaks Veterinary Urgent Care and Dr. Barron Hall from Vienna Veterinary Hospital in Virginia, spent a long day doing oral surgery on some of our residents.

Apache, one of the stars of Wolves and Warriors, who had a broken tooth at his rescue, was showing signs that something else might be bothering his jaw. Upon further evaluation, Apache required two root canals to save his damaged canine teeth.

Of course, large habitats and a great diet have helped these wolves and wolfdogs to live long lives. With the support of the dental team, we hope to make those years more comfortable for our residents.

A video showing the team working on Apache is available on our Vimeo channel.


The Parrots Welcome Veteran Jeffrey Back to Serenity Park

DSC_0293.JPG

Jeffrey first arrived at Serenity Park in 2011 and completed our program in 2012. There were a few bumps in the road for Jeffrey, which included a deterioration in his overall health. While at a recent medical appointment, Jeffrey ran into our co-founder Matthew Simmons at the VA. A decision was made to bring Jeffrey to LARC and to have him help care for the parrots of Serenity Park North. The birds clamored for Jeffrey upon his return.

Jeffrey has shared with our staff how much this return has helped with his healing. Today Jeffrey, Tango, and Jester share moments like these together while Jeffrey hangs toys and branches for the indoor/outdoor enclosures. Everything inside our aviaries is chewable for the parrots. So perches, bird boxes and toys end up shredded on the floor for the birds’ enrichment and enjoyment. They are rebuilt and replaced by the veterans as needed (many of these toys can be gifted to us on our Amazon Wishlist).

NEWARC Wolves Happy at LARC

IG_112818-23.jpg

Brought from New Hampshire due to the icy cold winters, Dukon and Creek still get to enjoy the snow, but at least it doesn't last all season long here at LARC. This pair has been going strong for years now, and they adore each other's company.

All of the animals from NEWARC who were brought to LARC in 2016 continue to receive the very best care from our veterans. In the photo to the left, you see a fire hose bed which provides cushiony support for this increasingly aging population.

Senseless Killing of Yellowstone Wolf

Spitfire, aka Wolf 926F, was killed recently by a trophy hunter just outside of Yellowstone National Park. Even with Endangered Species Act (ESA) protection, a national treasure and a well known survivor like Spitfire was killed by a bullet because she roamed outside of the park. Wolves do not adhere to park or state boundaries or other imaginary boundaries.Things will only get worse if they lose ESA protection. At a time when trophy hunters skirt the law to put a pelt on the wall, we need to look closely at their actions. Please contact your senators to tell them that they must preserve ESA protections for wild wolves.

This is why the WolfGuard campaign is so vital - to bring to light illegal poaching and unnecessary killing of beloved wolves like Spitfire. It is with a heavy heart that we acknowledge this loss, but with a firm fist that we head out into the wilds of North America to prevent this from happening to other wolves. Please choose to support this campaign that will provide accountability for those who choose to kill our national treasures.

Photo by Marc Cooke, Wolves of the Rockies

New Apparel, Just in Time for the Holidays!

We have some great new designs, just in time for the holidays! Choose from a variety of t-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts and long sleeve shirts for your favorite wolf lover! Visit our online store today to get your gifts in time for the holidays.

We Love the Big Bad Wolf

Much has happened at LARC since our last Newsletter. LARC has finally found the right person to manage our e-newsletter, social media, and online presence. So you will be hearing from us more often! During the last few months, LARC has been in a battle over the lives of a hundred privately owned wolves in Minnesotta.