A Place for Safety
Did you know there is a place where rescued animals and combat veterans can live and thrive together?!
The Lockwood Animal Rescue Center (LARC) is a special place that offers a therapeutic work environment for returning combat veterans and a forever home to wolves, wolfdogs, coyotes, horses, parrots and other animals.
Co-Founded by husband and wife team, Matt Simmons and Dr. Lorin Linder, LARC is situated on a 20-acre facility with a 3,000-acre buffer, so the rescued animals and veterans will have every opportunity to heal and thrive in a ‘back-to-nature’ setting.
Using a holistic approach, the LARC Wolves and Warriors Project rescues wolves and wolfdogs in need of permanent placement and provides them a forever home in their sanctuary.
One of LARC’s main missions is to fight against breeding of high-content wolfdogs which are then sold to owners who have no clue what they’re getting into when owning a part-wild animal. They also take action against the slaughter of wolves in the wild.
Wolves & Warriors Project
The Wolves and Warriors Project is pretty special. In the program, veterans care for the wolves and wolfdogs in the sanctuary, and the relationships that develop often lead to healing from any respective traumas. The war heroes are able to get back to work and save animals at the same time. But the real healing happens through animal-bondings and pack acceptance.
Wolves and Warriors uses this pack mentality to heal – when one wolf in the enclosure accepts a veteran, then the whole pack allows them in. Read more about the Wolves and Warriors project here. Check out Animal Planet to watch the ‘Wolves and Warriors’ documentary!
Within the LARC grounds is Serenity Park, a sanctuary for parrots who have been relinquished by their humans or rescued from cases of neglect. Like the wolf program, Serenity Park is run by veterans who mutually benefit from the relationship with their feathered friends. Read more about Dr. Linder and her Birds of a Feather project here.
In our Winter 2019 box, we partnered with LARC to not only raise awareness for such a special place, but to help give back so these wonderful animals and heroic war veterans could thrive. If you’d like to help support LARC and all of its inhabitants click through to their donation page here.
Wolves & Warriors on Animal Planet
Read Cam’s earlier article to learn how we found out about LARC.