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!


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


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.