What We Do
The Mission of the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center is to provide permanent sanctuary to rescued wolves, wolfdogs, coyotes, parrots, horses, and other animals, as well as employment for veterans who care for these animals where they learn valuable job skills for future permanent employment. The unique relationships that develop are therapeutic for all.
In addition, LARC provides a supportive environment for combat veterans through employment, job skill development, sobriety maintenance, and coordination of care. Most of LARC’s facility caregivers, office staff, and board members are former military personnel.
The well-being of our animals and veterans are taken into consideration in everything we do. We provide ongoing enrichment, huge outdoor enclosures, and pack groupings dictated by the animals. Animal habitats are built with the animal in mind. That is to say, that they are not constructed for public viewing, but rather for animal enjoyment. LARC is not open to the public so that the veterans and rescues at LARC are given the privacy they need to heal and thrive.
Wolves and/or wolfdogs are given a death sentence from the day of conception. It is simple: if you are a wild wolf and you cross an imaginary boundary outside of a National Park or wander onto private land, you can be shot, trapped, and killed. If you are a high-content wolfdog born into domestic life, as soon as you jump out of your yard or escape your enclosure, you will be captured and destroyed at the shelter which cannot adopt out wolfdogs. Fortunately, many shelter staff will reach out to wolfdog sanctuaries and ask them to rescue the animal before s/he is put to sleep. LARC has taken in many of these animals that people thought would make good pets but they did not account for the fact that they can jump or climb a ten-foot fence and dig six feet in the ground overnight. LARC offers a safe forever home for this misunderstood, majestic animal.
We spay, neuter, and microchip all of our sanctuary residents, and build packs from rescued animals across the country. There is no need to breed because they simply do not make appropriate pets despite the allure of owning a part-wolf / part-wild animal. They are destructive and have the potential to be dangerous when living in the confined quarters of a domestic setting.
LARC also rescues horses used for Premarin, the only other animal we are aware of, who like the wolf, is given a death sentence from birth. Horses used for Premarin live on assembly lines where the females are catheterized to collect their urine and they are kept perpetually pregnant. The female offspring are destined for the same fate and the male foals are sold for human consumption overseas. LARC offers a forever home at our sanctuary, huge outdoor pastures, and the comfort of a herd for these rescued horses. Recent research also points to Premarin causing significant health problems for the women who take it.
All of the animal habitats at LARC are built with the animal in mind. That is to say, that they are not constructed for public viewing, but rather for animal enjoyment. LARC is not open to the public so that the Veterans, wolves, wolfdogs, horses, and other residents at LARC are given the privacy they need to heal. in the privacy they need to heal.
LARC has always devoted itself to our returning military men and women, and we understand that the price of freedom is not free. LARC understands that many returning combat Veterans feel displaced and disconnected upon their return. The Veterans enrolled in our program get a chance to heal with our back-to-nature eco-therapy approach. More specifically, each veteran is paired with another Veterans who is further along in the process, and they work side by side caring for a similar sentient being (wolves, wolfdogs, horses, etc.) who has also suffered from trauma. More often than not, a returning infantryman who wrestles with being a killer or a father can find a compatible soul in the wolfdog who struggles with being a dog or a wolf. At LARC we are aware that there is no cure for PTSD and survivors’ guilt but what we offer is a safe place, supported by our staff to explore these events and to understand that healing is possible.