The Social Impact Underway at LARCWolves represent our first quarter Animals cause. These are big shoes to fill, even for 5 inch paws. I have always been in awe of wolves; they are majestic and mysterious animals who are often misunderstood and feared. Our social impact box spreads awareness on issues that we have the power to change together, and one example of that change is underway in Frazier Park, CA. I first learned of Lockwood Animal Rescue Center (LARC) during their “Wolves & Warriors” series on Animal Planet. LARC provides a permanent sanctuary to rescued wolves, wolfdogs, coyotes and other animals. The team at LARC is formed primarily of military veterans. In this relationship, wolf and veteran both are there to help each other heal, making it a win-win.
Threats Facing WolvesWolves play a vital role in keeping ecosystems healthy and it is in our interests to protect each other. In the 1600s, the North American wolf population was over 2 million. Today, that number is approximately 65,000. Over time, wolves became the most widely hunted animal in American history. While they did earn protected status under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, they are now under threat once again due to Congress recently relaxing regulations. Those threats come by way of fur farms, traps, and imminent euthanasia, according to LARC. Each “Wolves & Warriors” episode begins with this message:
A wolf and a warrior can help each other survive; so we put them together.The show goes on to describe this unique relationship as therapeutic to both parties, and after the first episode, it is immediately clear why. For veterans returning home, caring for the animals gives them purpose and helps them heal. Animals rescued by LARC receive proper care in a suitable habitat where they are safe.
Wolves & WarriorsLARC has this to say about their “Wolves & Warriors” program:
The Wolves and Warriors puts our war heroes back to work and saves animals at the same time. But healing also happens through animal-bonding and pack acceptance. Most veterans served in a group and when one soldier was lost, the entire group suffered – so “pack” awareness was born through military service. Wolves and Warriors uses the pack mentality to heal – when one wolf living in an enclosure accepts a veteran, then the whole pack allows him/her in. A very special experience for the veteran.In today’s article, I laid out true social impact for the betterment of the community, whether on two legs or four. Life is not a zero-sum game. LARC proves that for either wolves or man to win, the other doesn’t have to lose. This is a message that will resonate in the stories shared through Crate of Good. We’ll soon be taking an even deeper dive into LARC. For those that want to learn more about the amazing work they are doing, I encourage you to visit their website. Be sure to check out their popular series on Animal Planet, “Wolves & Warriors.” And now I will leave you with some interesting facts about wolves:
- Wolves have about 200 million scent cells, compared to humans that have only about 5 million.
- The earliest drawings of wolves are found in caves in southern Europe and date back to 20,000 B.C.
- Alpha female and male wolves of a pack usually mate for life.
- Wolves are the national animal of Italy.
- Wolves are the largest member of the dog (Canidae) family.