NOTE from Wiley a “rescued” Wolfdog
Wiley (below) was rescued by LARC in 2008 from certain death at a shelter. When our staff arrived Wiley was strapped to a table in the back of the shelter, his front legs speckled with blood, his body covered in urine and feces, muzzled, and shaking as we entered the back of the building. The staff at the shelter insisted that Wiley wasn’t there but we had been told by a “friend” that he was there so we kept looking only to find him in the rear of the building being prepared for euthanasia.
LARC immediately removed Wiley from his restraints, transported him to the front of the shelter, turned in his registration card at the counter, and then paid the “adoption” fee. Wiley has been a spokesperson for Wolfdogs ever since his rescue.
Wolves in the NEWS
As wolf supporters the fight to protect the North American gray wolf is long from over. Top predators are always challenged as long as they compete with hunters and ranchers. We must find a way for all of us top predators to share this planet – or what will be left of it for future generations?
Please watch the video below “How Wolves Change Rivers” – critical!
Feeding Carnivores WITHOUT buying MEAT
LARC set about securing a permanent solution to feeding our wolves and wolfdogs which required buying a refrigerator/freezer combo walk-in unit. LARC applied to a Landfill Diversion Program (LDP) operated with various grocery stores and asked for the support of Ady Gil for this refrigerator/freezer purchase.
The Landfill Diversion Program removes the meat from circulation at each store by the “sell-by-date” which LARC then picks up and stores in this freezer. In addition, if there are any temperature fluctuations at any one of the stores the meat is marked as “not sellable” and LARC gets notified to pick up this meat as well. The Landfill Diversion Program provides over 10,000-20,000 pounds of usable meat a week to LARC. Meat that would otherwise go to a landfill; therefore, LARC unlike most sanctuaries with carnivores, does NOT purchase meat and more importantly is NOT part of the Supply and Demand equation that justifies animal abuse in feedlots and slaughterhouses.
With the help of Ady Gil, LARC has found a way to feed carnivores and protect the environment in one fell swoop.
Since being enrolled in this program, LARC has provided meat not only to the carnivores at LARC but also to many other non-profit sanctuaries in California. LARC also collects produce and stores it in the refrigeration section of the walk-in. We are able to store berries for the coyotes, apples and carrots for the horses, and a huge selection of produce for our parrots. All of the meat and produce would otherwise fill a dumpster and be sent to a landfill. Important to note is that we are saving the environment by bypassing landfills and we are able to feed the highest quality meat at the lowest cost - saving donor dollars that would have gone for meat purchases. The wonderful news is that now NEWARC is enrolled in the LDP, too- thanks to everyone who thought up this extremely helpful program!
Serenity Park - Parrot Sanctuary Memorial Day Barbeque!
As we head fully into Spring – and happy holidays to everyone this month – we are already preparing for our big Memorial Day Barbeque on May 26th at the West Los Angeles VA Hospital from 12 to 4pm. We will also have plenty of veggie burgers and vegetarian food so don’t let the term “barbeque” turn you away. Last Memorial Day we fed 500 veterans – let’s make it even more this year with your support. We thank the volunteers who signed up already to help serve and prepare the food and we can still use more of you! We will be feeding two birds with the same food by having the barbeque at Serenity Park Parrot Sanctuary since everyone can also visit with the parrots and feed them some treats as well.
Serenity Park - Veteran of the Month - Lillian Love
We couldn’t believe our luck when Lilly came to volunteer at the Parrot Sanctuarywhen it first opened in 2005. She had a special way with the parrots…and today…all these years later she still is one of our most reliable and caring volunteers (and employee) who steps in whenever there is a need – like doing a food run, a rush to a vet hospital, or picking up donated bird toys from the generous birdie toy manufacturer, Planet Pleasures.
Lilly also accompanied LARC on our Alaska rescue of 29 wolves/wolfdogs – the first time she was back after serving in the Coast Guard up there. We cannot express our gratitude enough for discovering this person who has it all – heart, soul, brains, and courage.
LARC Visits Patagonia in Ventura and Reno
In April LARC will do a presentation at the Ventura, CA Patagonia retail store and in May LARC will be at their Reno, NV warehouse for their monthly "Brainfood" talk. In every picture you see of LARC and NEWARC veterans, employees and volunteers you also see them decked out in Patagonia gear from head to toe - because without that cold weather gear LARC and NEWARC would not be able to work in the harsh conditions of New Hampshire and even the mountains of California.
Like we always say...can't do it without you, Patagonia!! For those of you who live in those areas and want to attend the LARC presentations please email us for time, date and location: email@example.com.