Saying Farewell to a Hero

Farewell James "Lil Man" Thompson, a LARC Hero

On Sunday, we joined family and friends to lay Army veteran James Gabriel Thompson to rest in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Words cannot describe the pain in our hearts that we feel. We will never forget Thompson's smile, positive attitude, and dedication to all animals. Though he was taken from us far too soon, we are forever grateful for the time we had with him.

Thompson's tombstone has an angel on his right and a wolf on his left because, as his mother told us, "he was always my angel and he loved the wolves."

Thank you so very much to all of the generous supporters who contributed to his funeral fund. Through this wellspring of compassion, all of the funeral expenses were paid. His family is so grateful for your kindness, as are all of us at LARC.


Curious Lichen

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Lichen is one of the many of us at LARC who is likely to miss Thompson, but thankfully his coyote companions Katie Coy and Normandy have been keeping him company and very active (as coyotes often are). He also has been curious about our new animal behaviorist, Joey, who is just as curious about Lichen (pictured above)!

We will be giving Lichen extra TLC and keeping a close eye on him in the coming weeks to ensure that he has everything he needs.


Lil Man - The Newest Member of the Pack

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Meet our newest pack member! He was named Ryder, but we have renamed him Lil Man, in honor of our dear friend Thompson who was affectionately called "Lil Man" by his friends and family. This beautiful boy came to us from another sanctuary where he was living on his own. When he arrived at LARC, we put him in the enclosure next to Luna and we noticed that they were instantly intrigued with each other. We tried the introduction and it was like love at first sight. Young, playful Luna adores her Lil Man and follows him everywhere he goes, in their one-acre enclosure. In turn, Lil Man is delighted to finally have a companion. You can see the beautiful pair above - Lil Man (left) and Luna (right).


For Sadira, No One Compares to Apache

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We have tried pairing Sadira with some potential companions, but she has rejected each one. It will take a very special wolf to keep her company after she has lost Apache. We will continue the search for her. In the meantime, our caregivers are keeping her busy with toys and lots of love. We are so grateful to have our newly donated ice machine which provides Sadira and all the other wolves with floating ice enrichment in their swimming troughs.


Thank You to Our Wishlist Supporters

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Thank you so much to all of our incredible supporters for helping us purchase items from our Amazon Wishlist and more! We really couldn't do it without your generosity. It makes a huge difference to our nonprofit organization to receive this type of ingenious and invaluable assistance. Thank you TL for the truck that enables us to haul absolutely anything now, JM for the cell phone boosters that allow us to make calls even when there is poor cell coverage here in the mountains, and JR for the industrial ice maker for ice toys for the wolves in the summer and all the great parrot and dog toys and treats. In addition, we have an amazing supporter, ML, who is going to speak at his local Rotary Club about LARC veterans and animals, helping to raise awareness and funding.

Thank you so much to each and everyone one of our outstanding supporters, we are so appreciative of you!


UPDATES

Wolves and Warriors Show

At the beginning of this year, we were hopeful that Netflix would pick up Wolves and Warriors and film a second season, but we are disappointed to report that this will not likely happen. We know you are all eager to see more from the veterans and animals at LARC, but for now there are no plans for renewing the show. You can still stay updated by following us on social media (links below) to see videos and photos from our sanctuary. Thank you all for requesting another season of Wolves and Warriors, we will keep fighting to try to make this happen!

In the meantime, Animal Planet is still re-airing episodes in some regions and you can always watch it on Animal Planet GO and Amazon Prime.


Wildlife Waystation

LARC's Matthew Simmons is no longer with the Wildlife Waystation. Unfortunately, the Wildlife Waystation has had a history of keeping animals in small enclosures and on concrete while also not being in compliance with many state agencies. Under the management of Mr. Simmons, huge strides were made with those state agencies and he was finding permanent placement in appropriate sanctuaries for the big cats and primates. Late last month, Mr. Simmons' vision for success was intentionally aborted by the Board when they let him go and are continuing with the same poor practices that previously existed at the Waystation. It has been difficult to step away, but we want to let everyone know that we are at the ready to help place all of the animals from the Waystation at any time that the state agencies deem it necessary.

Last chance for your gift to be matched

Samson and Harmony are both senior wolves and make such a happy pair!

Samson and Harmony are both senior wolves and make such a happy pair!

Last chance to double your gift!

A generous donor is matching all donations 100% until July 31st.

Don't miss out on your chance to help twice as many animals!


Dear Friend,

Samson and Harmony were both part of the pack of 29 wolves and wolfdogs that we rescued from an unbearable fate in Alaska in 2011. The State was determined to destroy them and when we found them chained up outside in the snow, they looked up at us with solemn eyes as if to say "please help us" and we knew we could not let them down.

Now, eight years since their rescue, this gorgeous pair is thriving at the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center (LARC). Harmony had once been used as a breeding female, raising numerous litters. We think that Samson could quite possibly be related to her. At LARC, they are free to run and explore, and their veteran caregivers tend to them with love. They are both in their golden years and will hopefully live well beyond what their life expectancy would have been if they remained in Alaska.

About 80% percent of the wolves and wolfdogs at LARC are over the age of eight and 50% percent are over the age of twelve. Due to their age, and the fact that the majority were rescued from cases involving abuse or neglect, many of them require a little extra dental and veterinary care.

Your generous support means that innocent animals like Samson and Harmony will only know love and safety and never suffer again. What’s more, with a thoughtful gift to LARC today, your gift will be DOUBLED to go twice as far!

A generous donor has pledged to match all donations made by July 31st. This means that your gift will have a positive impact on twice as many animals. Please don't wait - donate today to make sure you take advantage of the incredible opportunity to spread compassion.

We are so grateful to have amazing supporters like you, who show us time and time again how much they care about the animals at LARC. We could not do it without you!

With gratitude,


Lorin Lindner, PhD, MPH and Matthew Simmons, US Navy veteran
Co-Founders

P.S. Please donate before July 31st to ensure that your gift is matched 100%. Thank you so much for caring about animals!

A Win for the Wolves

Fur-Ever Wild Case Leads to Court Ruling to Protect Wolves

Pictured above: Twiggy and Big Boy, rescued from Fur Ever Wild, with Dr. Lindner

Pictured above: Twiggy and Big Boy, rescued from Fur Ever Wild, with Dr. Lindner

After years of trying to do what's right for wolves, we are very happy to announce that, along with the support of our partners at the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), we have won a court ruling that protects gray wolves with some dog DNA under the Endangered Species Act. This is in response to our 2017 lawsuit filed against Fur-Ever Wild - a fur farm and petting zoo in Minnesota. To read more about the lawsuit, please click this link.

This is a huge win for wolves and wolfdogs! However, the battle isn't over yet. We still need to go to trial to prove that Fur-Ever Wild violated the Endangered Species Act. Please click the link below to donate today so we can continue to fight against inhumane acts against animals.


Keep Your Companion Animals Safe on Independence Day

Happy Fourth of July! We hope you have an extra fun holiday. As you may know, Independence Day can be especially stressful on our companion animals, with all of the firecrackers and other loud noises. We encourage you to stay home with your furry friends to make sure they are safe and monitor their stress levels. Being around their human companions helps them to feel more secure.


Water Enrichment for the Wolves Keeps them Cool in the Heat

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With the summer heat, it is important that we find innovative ways to help the wolves with their thermal regulation. One way we have found is using ice. Ice chips in the water buckets for them to play with, ice blocks in their dens for them to lay on, and frozen meat treats.

As the temperatures continue to rise, we need your help to buy a commercial grade ice maker, to keep our 45 canids cool every day. Thank you so much for helping to make the animals comfortable!


Summer Fun for the Parrots

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The parrots have all moved to their extended summer vacation homes, i.e. their outdoor aviaries. They delight in their panoramic views of the valley, the warmer weather and the gentle breezes. In addition, they are loving all of the new toys and nuts (if you want to give a special gift to the birds, the almonds in the shell are their favorites!) that have been sent to them from generous supporters, purchased from our Amazon Wishlist.


The problem with cockatoos like Ditto (pictured above with veteran Bill) is that they would like to be surgically attached to your shoulder if they had the choice. Bill would never be able to get any work done if we left it up to her! This is one of the reasons cockatoos are the most relinquished parrots to sanctuaries around the country. Through no fault of their own, they are extremely flock-oriented and will scream until they are in the comforting arms of a flock mate. With so many requests to take these highly social and demanding birds, our sanctuary is sadly full for cockatoos.

Meet Our Newest Sanctuary Residents

A New Girlfriend for Gandalf

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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

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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!

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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!

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Say Hello to Our Youngest Member of the Pack!

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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

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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

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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.

Springtime Fun with the Wolves and Wolfdogs at LARC

It's Springtime at LARC!

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Springtime brings warmer weather to our sanctuary in the Ventura County mountains, and the animals are ready for it! Many of our wolves and wolfdogs are blowing their coats. This means that they are quickly shedding their warm, winter coats. The fur sometimes comes out in thick clumps, like you can see on Sadira above, and at the end of the process they might look a little slimmer, as the coat they are shedding is thick and heavy. Even our Arctic Fox, Gandalf, is shedding his coat! He is a white fluff ball in the winter, and you can see what looks like little snowballs all over his enclosure. As we get further along into the warmer season his coat will turn grey, too.

While wild wolves rely on brush and branches to snag their shedding coat, our sanctuary residents love to get help from Dr. Lindner and our veterans!

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Donate Now and Your Gift Will Be Doubled!

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Help twice as many animals when you donate now! A very generous donor have offered to match gifts made to our Spring Campaign by 100%. This means that your support will be multiplied to help twice as many animals. Not only will you have twice the impact, but your support will specifically be used to help the senior animals at LARC. Many of these sweet creatures need a little extra medical care and TLC as they get into their golden years.


Right now, your gift will make a big difference. Please give today and help us reach our goal of $25,000 which will be matched 100% to be a total of $50,000 for senior animal care. Don't wait - gifts will only be matched until June 30th!


Mother's Day Gifts for Animal Lovers

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For all the mothers who are animal lovers, LARC and Wolves and Warriors apparel make great gifts! Choose from t-shirts, hoodies and our signature long-sleeve staff t-shirts. Shop our store for last minute gifts.

You can also make a gift that supports LARC animals and veterans by shopping Amazon Smile for Mother's Day. Click the banner below and a portion of your purchase on Amazon will be donated directly to LARC. Be sure to use this link for all of your Amazon shopping anytime!

Happy Mother's Day to all of the amazing Moms out there!

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Apache Crosses the Rainbow Bridge

It is with a heavy heart that we share this news. Apache was a big part of our lives and with the help of our supporters he received the best care imaginable. For many of the veterans here at LARC, this was a huge emotional blow to the team. We fought and fought but the cancer won.⁣

We will be memorializing Apache thanks to one of our great supporters and erecting a plaque for him on our memorial wall. Life just isn't the same without him here.⁣

We know his pain is gone but he has left us and many of the veterans with a wounded heart. We will heal but Apache was an amazing animal and part of the LARC family. We miss him dearly.⁣


Birds of a Feather

It has been almost one year since the parrots of Serenity Park at the West Los Angeles VA moved to Serenity Park North and it has been a wonderful transition. The veterans caring for the parrots no longer have the long commute to Los Angeles and can spend more quality time with the parrots. Dr. Lindner, whose first love was a parrot, long before she fell in love with wolves, now concocts her specialty hot meals for them every day, hand feeding many of them, including Archie, the newly arrived 75-year-old Moluccan cockatoo she inherited from a dear friend.

Dr. Lindner is offering a copy of her book, Birds of a Feather: A True Story of Hope and the Healing Power of Animals either in book form or in Audible to anyone donating a plaque to honor a female veteran for Mother's Day. It was two female veterans who helped Dr. Lindner as her very first volunteers, Lilly and Judy, and she is forever grateful to them. Lilly, whose true story of Search and Rescue in the frigid waters of Alaska, is featured in Dr. Lindner's book and she continues to volunteer and love up the parrots.

Even if you are not ordering a plaque today, please consider buying Birds of a Featherand learn about how Dr. Lindner met Matthew Simmons and started the sanctuary known as LARC.


Hilary Swank is a Friend to the Wolves (and Parrots!)

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Wiley the wolfdog, the original rescue that started the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center, got a chance to meet another amazing animal advocate by the name of Hilary Swank.

The synergy of this meeting was unbelievable. Hilary loves parrots and rescues dogs while using the same amazing veterinary staff at Oaks Urgent Veterinary Center, where this picture was taken.

Hilary is scheduled to shoot a PSA to support the wolves and parrots that call this sanctuary home. The little hat in the back is our co-founder, Matthew Simmons who was upstaged by both Wiley and Hilary in this photo.


Show Your Love for Veterans this Memorial Day

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What better way to honor the veterans and fallen heroes in your life than with a beautiful custom plaque on our tribute wall. Each plaque has a dedicated message and military emblem, making it one-of-a-kind and personal. Our tribute wall stands at the entrance of the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center for all to see. In the photo above, you can see Dr. Lindner, Matt, the veterans, and our wonderful woodworker Trampas holding the new plaques that will soon be hung on our tribute wall.


End the War on Wolves

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The government is currently deciding whether or not to take away endangered species protections from wolves in the lower 48 states. If this does happen, the onslaught of trophy hunting would be devastating to wild wolves. America's most misunderstood apex predator needs your help right now! As we mentioned in our last newsletter, there are ways to voice your opposition. Follow this new link and please sign the Center for Biological Diversity's petition to tell the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife that wolf populations need protection.

How you can help twice as many animals

Blade and Lavannah are happy to enjoy their forever home together at LARC!

Blade and Lavannah are happy to enjoy their forever home together at LARC!

Spring match: double your gift!

For a limited time, a generous donor is matching all donations 100%

Donate today and help twice as many animals!


Dear Friend,

Blade, a handsome black wolf, was chained to a post when we first met him in Alaska eight years ago. Along with 28 other wolves and wolfdogs who had been confiscated by the State, their fate was uncertain. As he sat there in the snow, cold and hungry, we looked into his gorgeous dark eyes and knew that he and the others had just found their forever home at the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center (LARC).

At the time of his rescue, Blade was already considered a “senior.” Now, between 15-20 years old (and with a much greyer coat!), he is one of the most elderly canid residents at LARC. Regardless of his age, Blade is still a big flirt amongst the females. He looks like a young pup when he prances in front of them. Still, his one true love is Lavannah, an Arctic wolf with whom he shares his enclosure, and he has a hard time being away from her for any length of time.

About 80% percent of the wolves and wolfdogs at LARC are over the age of eight and 50% percent are over the age of twelve. Due to their age, and the fact that the majority were rescued from cases involving abuse or neglect, many of them require a little extra dental and veterinary care.

Thanks to kind and compassionate supporters like you, these beautiful creatures will never have to suffer again. What’s more, with a thoughtful gift to LARC today, your gift will be DOUBLED to go twice as far!

Last year, Blade was diagnosed with a malignant tumor on top of his head close to his right ear. Our veterinary team removed it and we have been keeping a close eye on it ever since to be ready for whatever possible treatment he might need in the future. In the meantime, Blade spends his days happily lounging and exploring his large enclosure with Lavannah.

As you know, caring for an elderly animal can be quite costly. Medication, surgical procedures, health supplements, specialized food, and comfortable bedding – these are just some of the additional costs that we must factor in for our senior residents. Your generous gift today will ensure that these precious beings live out their golden years in comfort and dignity.

Right now, your gift will have twice as much impact helping elderly wolves and wolfdogs like Blade. Thanks to an incredible gift from an anonymous donor, all gifts made to our Spring Campaign will be matched 100%*!

We are so grateful to have amazing supporters like you, who show us time and time again how much they care about the animals at LARC. We could not do it without you!


With gratitude,


Lorin Lindner and Matthew Simmons

Co-Founders

P.S. For a limited time, your gift will be doubled to help twice as many senior animals at LARC. Thank you so much for your compassion!

*A generous anonymous donor will match all gifts to the Spring Campaign, up to a cumulative $25,000.


Dr. Lindner spends some quality time with Blade, who can be a little shy at first, but really loves to have his back scratched!

Dr. Lindner spends some quality time with Blade, who can be a little shy at first, but really loves to have his back scratched!


Stand up for Wolves in the Wild

Join us for a Conversation with Dr. Lindner and Matthew Simmons

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Be a part of the conversation as we go live on the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center! Dr. Lindner and Matthew Simmons will take you into the sanctuary to get up close and personal with some of your favorite wolves.

Just visit us on Facebook on April 22 at 5pm PT to join the livestream with the opportunity to ask questions and get exclusive updates!


Keep Wolves on the Endangered Species List

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Wolf lovers across the country are outraged by the United States wildlife officials' plan to remove Federal Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves throughout the lower 48 states. This would result in "an all out war" against the wolf, who was once before brought to the brink of extermination. The proposal would allow for legal hunting and trapping of the wolf monitored by each state. Those states where wolves have already lost federal protections have been killing hundreds of these animals annually. This is an outrageous proposal that must be stopped. Gray wolves have not recovered like Fish & Wildlife officials are saying. From what we know about the loving, family-oriented nature of wolves, this truly breaks our hearts. Each wolf plays an important role in their pack and when one of them is killed it can create irreparable trauma for the entire pack.

AT LARC, our veterans have formed lifelong bonds with the wolves here and are indebted to them for giving them the profound gift of their friendship and love. Wolves have so very much to teach us and we cannot go back to the barbaric practices of the past.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will accept public comments before a final decision is made and we must rally to support the wolf! Click here and voice your opposition to the premature delisting of gray wolves.

You can also send a letter voicing your opposition by mailing to:

Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R2-ES-2013-0056

Division of Policy and Directives Management

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042-PDM

Arlington, VA 22203


Veterans Find Comfort with Feathered Friends

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Serenity Park was our initial program that paired veterans suffering from trauma with rescued and abandoned parrots. Today, we continue to see the healing that happens when bonds begin to form between the veterans and their feathered counterparts.


Caring for the parrots is no easy task! The veterans have to learn which ones have special needs and require specific diets or housing. And of course, each parrot has his or her own distinctive personality - some are shy, some are jokers and others really are love birds, meaning they want constant attention. In the beginning, our veterans work to learn the daily routine and build trust with the parrots. After some time, bonds begin to develop with specific birds. As the veterans and parrots are all individuals, the relationships that form are always different. Yet one thing remains the same - the environment allows a safe and non-judgmental place for healing to happen.

Veteran Bill Seale (pictured above with Ditto) cares for the parrots at Serenity Park 3-4 days a week. After a few months, he is building bonds with parrots who initially would never come close to him. Ditto was wary at first, but now when Bill comes with the day's freshly cooked hot food she waits at the front of her aviary for scratches or a ride on Bill's shoulder.


Treatment Continues for Sweet Apache

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Apache has been continuing to recover from his surgery, as you can see in this picture of him with Dr. Lindner, to remove a cancerous growth on his hind left leg. However, our veterinarians are monitoring whether or not the cancer might come back. He is still one very active boy and loves his meals so that keeps all of us here at LARC optimistic about his prognosis. We will continue to provide him with whatever care and treatment he requires, as dictated by our supportive veterinary team, each of whom have fallen in love with him.

We are so grateful to all of Apache's friends across the globe that have contributed to his medical fund! We are all rooting for him!


A New Name for our Newest Resident

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You may remember that we rescued this lovely lady last month, with the help of dedicated local animal advocates in Rancho Park, CA and the Wolf Dog Rescue Network. After weeks of our fundraising contest to find her a new name, we have found a winner! This beauty will now be called Luna, but her nickname has already become "Princess" Luna because she is our little Princess.

As with most wolves and wolfdogs, Princess Luna was quite shy when she first arrived at LARC, but she is starting to come out of her shell. We started her off in one of our observation enclosures, which was next to one of our senior wolves, Alex. We soon discovered that the two - despite their age difference - were smitten with each other, and so we opened the gate that separated their enclosures. Sweet Luna loves to prance around Alex, with affectionate kisses. Alex, in turn, seems years younger under her influence. It's a win-win for them both.

Thank you to all of our supporters who participated in Luna's naming fundraiser and especially those who helped get this girl to sanctuary. Your donation today will help offset her initial veterinary exam and a future surgery which is recommended to mend her crooked leg. Luna is quickly integrating into the LARC pack.


A Network of Support Helps Even More Animals

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Thanks to our amazing friend Brad (center, top) from Operation Blankets of Love (OBOL) who stopped by to drop off some beds and igloos for our wolves and wolfdogs. OBOL has been a long time supporter of LARC, keeping our sanctuary residents comfortable over the years. In turn, we have shared donated dog food (that we receive free from a very generous distribution company) with OBOL's network of animal rescue organizations. This was especially true around the time of the tragic wildfires that spread throughout California. With our mutual love for all animals and mission for a more humane world, sharing resources with other animal welfare organizations is a big part of what we do.

Update on Apache's surgery

Apache Recovers from Surgery

Dr. Lindner plays with Apache shortly after he was rescued and brought to LARC.

Dr. Lindner plays with Apache shortly after he was rescued and brought to LARC.

Two weeks ago, the caregivers at LARC noticed that Apache had a limp in his back left leg. We closely monitored it and when we saw that it was getting progressively worse we transported Apache to a bone specialist for an evaluation. We found out that his bones were fine and that he had a growth on his hip, impeding his sciatic nerve. Removing this growth and not harming the nerve took the expert care of two surgical specialists.

Post-surgery was a real challenge for a dominant male wolfdog like Apache. Because it was such a large mass in a sensitive area, it required 12 hours of sedation post-surgery where the veterans and veterinary staff had to monitor his vitals, rotate him to improve blood flow, and provide continuous medication and care. Then, for the next 12 hours it was around-the-clock care for Apache, who was awake but limited in mobility because of pain medication.

We are happy to announce that the mass has been removed and Apache is back at LARC, but he is not out of the woods yet. Apache requires injections every eight hours and constant monitoring by our veterans. We are waiting on biopsy results and a report from the oncologist to decide the next phase of Apache’s medical treatment.


Currently, Apache is in a large holding pen near his pack-mate Sadira, getting fresh shavings, reverse osmosis drinking water and hot stew from the veterans three times a day. Apache is eating, which is always a good sign, and we are watching his surgical wounds. We have a live feed camera for his veterinarians to monitor his care. Thank you to all of our supporters for your concern. As you know, veterinary care is quite expensive, but we will do everything we can for him. And we would sure appreciate your help with all of his ongoing medical care, you can click the link below, if you want to help LARC help Apache.

Matt waits for Apache to come out of his anesthesia after surgery.

Matt waits for Apache to come out of his anesthesia after surgery.


Welcome our Newest Member of the Pack!

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This beautiful and timid wolfdog was rescued February 28th when Matt and Lorin picked her up from the West Los Angeles Animal Services Facility where she had been held for three weeks. LARC was notified by the Wolfdog Rescue Network of her need for placement in a sanctuary because of her well developed escape tactics. Apparently, this one-year-old animal had already escaped three times from the people who bought her thinking that she made a great trophy pet, but were really unable to give her the proper environment to thrive. During her escapes, she was found wandering around parks and golf courses by a group of very concerned local animal advocates. These wonderful people, along with the Wolfdog Rescue Network, are helping to give a proper name to this lovely face. They are also helping to raise money for her medical care, since she is walking with a pronounced limp and will need to be evaluated. As it is, she suffered the loss of one of her ears during her last escape.

In this photo, she had just arrived at LARC and John, one of our veteran caregivers, has already begun to work on socialization with her and has taken on the task of working out some of her fears of humans by using his gentle approach.

Later this week, find our contest to give this girl a new name on our Facebook and Instagram pages!


An Inseparable Duo

One of our unusual love stories is between these two male cockatoos, Bobcat and Coco. We didn't expect them to bond so quickly and intensely as they have. Rarely more than inches apart, Bobcat and Coco can often be seen grooming each other or engaging in the usual humorous tactics of the Goffin's cockatoo. Coco's incessant feather plucking has been calmed considerably by the constant clamorous chatter of his cacophonous companion.

Each of the birds from Serenity Park have formed their own little flocks, but nothing compares to these two sweet cockatoos.

Recently, the Walmart Foundation has given grants to help the parrots, and they also provide tons (literally) of fresh produce for them every week for which we are most grateful! That's always in addition to their hot breakfast which they wait for each morning.


Wolves and Warriors Series Update

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We are disappointed to report that the Wolves and Warriors series was not renewed for another season on Animal Planet, despite the support from all of our fans. We are looking into other ways of sharing our story and our producers are currently in discussions with Netflix. As always, we are so grateful to everyone who enjoyed watching and we hope to find another way to continue the series soon. We will keep you posted! The work of the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center and all of our veterans will continue regardless of any media spotlight. We attracted Animal Planet because of what we do, and that is not going to change.

Happy Valentine's Day from LARC and Serenity Park

Happy Valentine's Day from all of us at LARC!

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On Valentine's Day, while many people may be thinking about chocolates and roses, we are here giving some extra affection to the wolves, wolf dogs and other animals at the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center! Consider doing something different this year and show your Valentine how much you care for animals with a gift to LARC.


Your donation on Valentine's Day will ensure a little extra love for each animal in the sanctuary. Whether that be a big chew toy for Leeloo (pictured, above), an extra comfy bed for one of our senior residents, crunchy nuts for our feathered friends, or vitamins for joint support - all of our animals will greatly appreciate your generosity!

Thank you for sharing the love this Valentine's Day! It means so much to us.

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

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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

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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.

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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

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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!

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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!

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.