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The U.S. Wolf Refuge Presents Comanche

For only $20 (Normally $30) you can "Adopt" Comanche DURING THE ENTIRE MONTH OF November.

What a fantastic gift for one of your children or grandchildren to introduce them to the world of wolves & wolf-dogs.

Thank you for helping with my care and feeding Comanche. Click to learn more.


Another Wondrous Meeting with Our Dear Friend Jane Goodall

Wildlife Conservation Network partners
Wildlife Conservation Network partners

Each October we travel to San Francisco to attend the Wildlife Conservation Network Expo (WCN Expo). This year I was accompanied by our long time veterinarian and friend Dr. Maureen Adams – the vet for the U.S. Wolf Refuge. This event is where we get to meet with some of the finest and most renowned wildlife conservationists in the world. Every other year I get to spend some quality time with my dear friend Dr. Jane Goodall. This year was quite different. This year Dr. Goodall had a scheduling conflict and was not able to attend the Expo but was scheduled to speak at a SF venue the Wednesday before. This turned out to be a blessing. The U.S. Wolf Refuge was scheduled for a 2-day fund raising event in the Portland, OR area the day of the Expo. So we were able to attend Jane's presentation the Wednesday before.

Wildlife Conservation Network partners
Dr. Maureen Adams & Dr. Jane Goodall

Her presentation was somewhat different from her normal one. Instead of telling of her observations of animal behaviors and relating them to human behaviors, she spoke about how things are around the world and what she has been able to accomplish. She also spoke eloquently and compassionately about all that needs to be done. As always she was extremely passionate and very inspiring.

Dr. Maureen Adams & Merlin vanLawick
Dr. Maureen Adams & Merlin vanLawick

During her introduction the founder of the WCN Charlie Knowles introduced all the WCN Expo partners. During this introduction he mentioned that Jane's son Grub was in the audience. Merlin, Jane's grandson, has been up to the Refuge several times to meet with the wolves and to do some volunteer work. i told him then that I wanted to meet his dad Grub. Merlin is a exceptional 24 year-old man who lives in Tanzania. He seems to be following in his grandmother's footsteps. He talked about his wildlife/nature conservation group he has started. When we heard this both Maureen and I looked at each and said, “We've got to go to Tanzania.” Jane promised me that if I can ever get to Gombe Preserve in Tanzania (where her chimp research began) we would walk together down this path where the wild chimps live that still know and remember her.

the group
Dr. Maureen Adams, Jane, me, Merlin, Grub

After Jane's presentation Merlin and I made eye contact across the crowd and excitedly pushed through it to be together. The next thing I know is that Merlin is leading both Maureen and I back-stage where we met with Jane and we got to meet Grub. This family makes me feel like I'm as much a part of it as any blood member. Maureen was thrilled to meet Jane. It didn't take Jane long to make Maureen feel most comfortable while she was in the presence her life-long icon.

The most unfortunate aspect of this wondrous evening is that my dear friend Dawnie Kennedy was unable to join us. This remarkable woman lives in the Sonoma area where many of the California wildfires were burning. Her home was spared from the fire, but she opened it up to at least five families who had lost theirs. She was also the communication liaison for many of the government agencies and the media where she was connecting family members who got separated and finding the owners of many of the animals that were now running loose.

Dawie is one of the most remarkable human beings I've ever met. Her willingness to give of herself for the enrichment of others is greater than anyone else I know. Jane often says the most successful members of any species are those who had a close and nurturing relations with their mothers. Dawnie's mother lives on the same parcel as Dawnie and her husband Dave. Dawnie's mother is just like Dawnie – giving, empathetic and insightful. They strongly reinforce my belief in genetics. For her to sacrifice the meeting of one of her life-long idols for the benefit of those she has never met and are in desperate need is one of most remarkable gestures I ever known.


U.S. Wolf Refuge Visits Wolf Haven, International

Wolf Haven, International
Wolf Haven, International

Earlier this month Dr. Maureen Adams and I traveled to one of the premier wolf sanctuaries in the country - Wolf Haven, International in Tenio, WA. We were treated like royalty. We got a private tour through the entire facility led by Diane Gallegos - the executive director.

Our visit was way too short. We tried to exchange as many ideas as possible. We talked about where the wolf controversy is going and what might work to bring it to a reasonable settlement. We saw how their enclosures were constructed and how they are interconnected with each other. They have several of the rare Mexican wolves which requires them to meet the standards of the SSP (Species Survival Program) which are higher and more stringent than that of the typical Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) standards. They also shared with us some of the natural features of their location. It was an experience I will cherish forever. If you love wolves this should be one of the places you visit.

The Apple Team Volunteers at The U.S. Wolf Refuge

 Molina, Johnny, Courtney Cummings  and Bill

Our most heart-felt thanks go out to the volunteers from the Apple Corp. Various members of this giving group have been out to the Refuge several times. They were all hard working and energetic. Though the tasks they performed were not glorious, they were most excited when they got the opportunity to be with the animals. Their energy and enthusiasm was truly appreciated. The Apple volunteer program also includes a financial donation to the groups where they volunteer.

 Molina, Johnny, Courtney Cummings  and Bill

Pack Member of the Month

Comanche

Comanche

Comanche's story is one that gives all that we do meaning and purpose. The passion and dedication to Comanche by our entire staff for the past 9 years is beyond words. It was what saved this remarkable animal's life. Comanche is the epitome of why we do what we do for these animals.

Comanche came to us in 2008 from the Animal Control facility in San Jose, CA. They had found him chained inside of a van. He was in fair condition but his attitude was quite hostile. The two chains that were embedded in his neck took over 3 hours of surgery to remove - link by link.

Comanche is a big boy. He is about 30" tall with a powerful physique. Transporting him from San Jose to the Nevada was done with extreme caution. He was young, very strong and not happy. During his first years at the Refuge he was quite an angry beast. His adjustment to living here was quite tumultuous. When something wasn't going as he thought it should he often would lash out by biting whoever was close by. Although he was bigger than many of the other animals here at the time, he did not exude his physical power over them. In his life here he has experienced several incidents where other animals who he had peacefully coexisted with for months showed him he wasn't as tough as he thought. These incidents resulted in significant vet expenses to repair his combat wounds.

Kasa and Comanche
Kasa and Comanche

All the anxiety and persistence by all the volunteers that were allowed to deal with him has turned this abused, mistreated creature into one of the most affectionate and loving animals I've ever known. It is thought that he was born in 2006. So as of this writing he may be as much as 12 years old. He is showing signs of his age. He is experiencing problems with his hind quarters and hind paws. We are treating these conditions daily with medications and a diet that is intended to make him as comfortable as possible. He has his good days and bad days. Sometimes he will come running up to you for love and attention. Other times he appears to struggle just to get up. His hearing and his sight are certainly not what they used to be. But he is still able to know when you want to love on him.

Comanche
Comanche

It's really awkward for him to be indoors. When his pen-mates - Cheyanne, Arrow and Kasa - get to come in the house, he eagerly wants to come in to be with them. But once indoors his anxiety is quite apparent. He paces constantly until I let him back outdoors. He then lays down somewhere in complete contentment.

Comanche
Comanche

Winter is approaching and we are hoping that he is able to withstand the cold temperatures at the Refuge. He interacts with just about everyone now and we are all keeping a close eye on his condition. We want every minute of the life he has left to be as happy and as pleasant as possible. When we all agree it is time to “let him go” it will be a very sad day for us all. Until then we will cherish every loving minute he shares with us.

To celebrate Comanche, our Adopt-a-Wolf packet is on special the entire month of August. Your $20.00 donation will be for a one year sponsorship of Comanche. You or the person of your choice will be sent a "Certificate of Adoption" with their name on it, a brief profile sheet of that animal, and a frameable 5 x 7 photo nicely organized in a folder.

Help care for Comanche by making this $20.00 donation today.


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