Checking in with the Fur-Ever Wild Wolves After Rescue
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.
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 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.
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.
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!