Jess grew up in Oklahoma before moving to New York to become a writer. She has a cat named Agnes.
When you think of Los Angeles, your mind probably drums up images of movie stars and other celebs walking around to their glamorous showbiz brunches and auditions. You’re not wrong, of course, but if you venture just about an hour and a half north of all those glitzy folks, you might feel like you’ve crossed into a completely different world.
That’s where you’ll find the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center, a 20-acre sanctuary that is home to “feathered, furry, and fetlocked” animals in need of a forever home. You’ll also find an incredible program, known as Warriors and Wolves, where veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can find therapeutic comfort in caring for the fluffy wolves and wolf-dog hybrids. It not only gives the vets a sense of purpose, but also acceptance when they earn the trust of one of the fierce pack animals.
Founded in 2011 by Matt Simmons and Lorin Linder, countless military men and women have found comfort in the mutually beneficial relationship with these canines, as you’ll see below.
Like the soldiers who find it difficult to resume a “normal” life once out of the line of combat, the veterans’ humane approach to the rescued wolves allows them to develop and rehabilitate as members of society.