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