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Veterans help 29 Alaska wolf-dogs overcome abuse, build new lives at Cal sanctuary

LOS ANGELES — It’s been three months since a California animal rescue center retrieved 29 wolf-dogs from an Alaska tourist attraction that had fought the state over owning, breeding and selling the wolf-hybrids. Chains were so deeply embedded in the necks of two of the animals that they had to be surgically removed. Many developed limps because they’d never used the pads of their feet. Now the task of taming the wolf-dogs has been given to three U.S. military veterans who say they can relate to the stress of trying to transition to a normal life. The program is called “Warriors and Wolves.”

“I get along with the wolves,” said one of the three, Stanley McDonald, a 10-year Navy vet who has been foreman of the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center in Frazier Park, about 75 miles northwest of Los Angeles, for 4½ years.

McDonald said he knows what it is like to be homeless, alone and lost. “They’ve been in a bad situation, which I’ve been in most of my life. Most of them are afraid, taken away from the only thing they knew,” he said…

Read the entire article on washingtonpost.com: Veterans help 29 Alaska wolf-dogs overcome abuse, build new lives at Cal sanctuary

Find out more about the Warriors and Wolves program at: http://www.warriorsandwolves.org

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