LARC | LOCKWOOD ANIMAL RESCUE CENTER
Luck of the Irish Edition
St Patrick’s Day is known and celebrated by society for the patron of Ireland who it is believed brought chemistry to the Island in 461 AD.
So it is fitting at LARC that we celebrate the holiday and extol the phrase “Luck of the Irish” when it comes to Tara who was rescued from a Premarin factory farm and brought to LARC.
The experiments and chemistry performed on her is over now thanks to LARC. Tara now enjoys the large pastures at LARC with her baby, Tye Dye, at her side instead of the cramped stall at a factory farm.
Tara could be one of the luckiest animals at LARC: she was “downed”, pregnant, and LARC came to her rescue.
All of that is behind her now Tara enjoys long walks in the pasture(s), 3 wonderful meals a day, and the appropriate supplements to help overcome her physical ailments caused by early breeding, animal experimentation, and being used to produce
Premarin most commonly known as conjugated equine estrogen or CEE. At LARC Tara’s only requirement is to choose which shade tree to stand under or which pasture to wander and roam and just like all the animals at LARC she is afforded the freedom of choice.
Lily and Samson - The Unspoken Truth
We know animals are sentient beings, we know they have emotions, and we know they form relationships what is interesting at LARC is the cross-species communication between a Veteran with Trauma and an animal who has suffered Trauma. Often times the animal who has suffered trauma picks a human caregiver who has suffered a similar trauma. This unspoken communication between sentient beings demonstrates a universal truth that all animals (human or another species) suffering trauma are looking to heal through a partnership (or in wolf terms, a 'pack").
LARC’s New Love… a Boy Named Nikki
Willow, some women just run the place, and willow is one of them not an aggressive partner to Vigil but a firm one. She simply has boundaries and Virgil must be mindful of those boundaries. Willow also loves the attention of her human caregivers at LARC and oftentimes tries to pick their pockets and grab a cleaning brush or a treat from their treat bag. Willow is a thinker and a problem solver so it is vital to keep her busy in her outdoor habitat with new enrichment items. Willow also loves the bathing water tubs and can be found muzzle deep smiling and playing throughout the afternoon at LARC.”
Huey aka “Houston” (below) is the court jester of his pack…always trying to be goofy. He often makes a sound like a whale and is a contortionist when it comes to elaborate body positions. Huey decided while getting a rub to stare into the camera and do his best “Yoda” interpretation. So much for looking like a tough wolf, Huey spends most of his days at LARC with Wiley, CinCin, and Kihei and this pack at LARC is always on the move whether it is greeting the caregivers as they clean the habitat or playing a game of tag they are exhausted by the end of the day.
Bronco Billy (below) rescued from Alaska peers off into thedistance at LARC. Bronco Billy favorite activity at LARC is wrestling with his feeding bowl on kibble days. Bronco Billy and his partner Ebony also love to play in the water tub in their enclosure in fact Ebony does a great imitation of a seal as she plops herself into the water tub to make a huge splash.
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NEWARC | NEW ENGLAND WOLF ADVOCACY & RESCUE CENTER
Cochese Winter Dance
We catch a glimpse of Cochese (below) as he dances for the staff on a relatively warm winter day at NEWARC. Cochese loves the snow and the colder temperatures at NEWARC. His partner, Spruce, is the most talkative of the two and loves to call out to the staff and other animals at the sanctuary. Cochese loves treat day which includes bones and kibble rolled in ground beef.
Nikki (below)a recent arrival to NEWARC has started opening up to the staff. The shy girl who didn’t want anyone to touch her now enjoys belly rubs in the snow. Thanks to all of our partners who helped make it possible to giving Nikki a lifetime home at NEWARC, especially Stuart and our partners in law enforcement.
Wolfdogs are illegal and Nikki would have lost her life if NEWARC could not have offered her a lifetime home at our sanctuary. With the growing number of wolfdogs there is a greater need than ever before for a sanctuary like NEWARC and with your support and help we can build new enclosures for incoming wolfdogs like Nikki.
Moon (below), strikes a standing tall pose in an outdoor habitat at NEWARC. Moon is coming out his shell… the wolfdog that once hid behind the trees when photographed is now coming up to the caregivers and showing all kinds of facial and body expressions. Moon loves the new hay in the wolfdog house and spends most of the afternoon re distributing it around the outdoor habitat.
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Veterans “Warriors and Wolves”
The Lockwood Animal Rescue Center (LARC), the New England Wolf Advocacy and Rescue Center (NEWARC), and Serenity Park applaud our Veterans for their service and we understand that the road back home can be difficult to maneuver alone.
As an organization we have a map that includes: animal companionship in a back to nature setting, military brother/sisterhood, emotional support, outsourced clinical solutions, and job skills that apply to employment in a competitive job market. As a supporter if you would like to support our Veteran Initiatives click the link below.
SERENITY PARK PARROT SANCTUARY
Bacardi & Birds of a Feather Program
Bacardi poses for a shot with our Veteran staff doing his famous “big wings” pose. Bacardi looks a lot like a blue and gold but upon closer examination he is a hybrid and much like the wolfdogs at LARC brings that “crossed” animal behavior into his daily life.
Unlike a blue and gold, Bacardi’s tells or behavioral traits get a little mixed up when he is excited. For example Bacardi will walk towards our staff on a perch with his eyes pinned normally when a parrot pins its eye it is a sign of fear and they back away but with Bacardi he shows both fear (eyes pinned) and fearlessness (walking towards you) at the same time. Bacardi enjoys the forage tray and systematically goes through each vegetable and fruit in the tray taking a small bite to taste the selection and throw what he doesn’t like onto the floor below one could say he is a very selective eater.
How Orphaned Parrots Help Troubled Vets and Vice Versa
The "Feathered Friends" therapy program at the VA Medical Center in West L.A. offers veterans a chance to work through their psychological issues by caring for orphaned exotic birds.
Some troubled Los Angeles veterans are getting help through an unlikely source: orphaned parrots.
The West L.A. campus of the Department of Veterans Affairs has an exotic-bird rescue facility on its sprawling 387-acre campus. It houses 21 aviaries with nearly 40 parrots that are part of a unique animal-assisted therapy program for veterans coping with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, alcoholism and other ailments.
Click below to read the rest of this great article by LA Times reporter Sarah Hashim-Waris (and watch the video).
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Veterans Day Picnic at Serenity Park
Matthew and Lorin are all smiles at last year’s Veterans Day Picnic at Serenity Park. The picnic was a huge success over 1200 Veterans and their families received a great meal, music, and fun. Serenity Park also gave out gift boxes with the help of OperationGratitude last year and bags of groceries for hungry Veterans and their families from the Westside FoodBank. We are of course asking for volunteer to help prepare the food, assist the disabled veterans, help serve the food, give away gifts, and prepare a couple side dishes. If you want to help the event in any way please fill out the contact form below and in the notes field mention your specific skillset.
VOLUNTEERS AT THE PICNIC
Vanzant (in the cowboy hat, below), Howard (purple shirt), Jeffrey (in the plaid shirt), Frank (sunglasses and black shirt), Lynette (in the green shirt), Natatlie (in the white shirt), and Matthew (in the grey shirt off to the left) make last minute preparations before the big event in 2014. The picnic was a huge hit and Veterans have already started to inquire about this year’s event.
DOAN'S BAKERY has promised amazing desserts to the Veteran’s at this years event but we will still need help with pies, cookies, and side dishes.
Doan’s Bakery is located at
22526 Ventura Blvd.
Woodland Hills CA
91364 (818) 591-9236.
Wolf Facts: Wolf Reproduction and Maturation
Wolves are highly social animals that live in packs. A pack is an extended family group comprised of a breeding (alpha) male andfemale and their subordinate offspring from one or more years.The alpha wolves decide when the pack will travel and hunt, and normally are the first to eat at a kill.
Generally, only the male and female alphas of the pack will mate. Wolf packs typically have one litter of pups per year unless the younger females also breed. Mating typically occurs between January and March.
Wolves begin breeding between 2 and 3 years of age and are believed to mate for life. Once sexually mature, most wolves leave their birth pack to search for a new territory or to join an existing pack. Dispersing wolves roam 40 to 70 miles on average, and sometimes more than 100 miles, depending on gender, available habitat, and presence of other packs.
Wolf pups are born blind and deaf in an underground den after a 63-day gestation period. Litter size averages 4 to 6 pups. During the first 3 weeks, pups nurse every 4 to 6 hours and need help regulating their body temperatures. The mother usually stays with her young in the den, eating food brought to her by other members of the pack.
Read the rest of this interesting article at Western Wildlife Coalition.