At an animal sanctuary in California, veterans and wolves are helping each other heal.
According to Sky News, wolves living at the Lockwood Rescue Animal Rescue Center are being paired with veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
“These guys really don’t judge you, they really don’t care what you did before, they just care who you are and it is a really special bond, a special relationship,” Jim Minick told Sky News.
But the veterans aren’t the only ones benefitting from this special relationship.
Many wolves at the animal sanctuary were rescued from horrible conditions, some of them were saved from being chained up in Alaska while others were bought as pets.
By matching a returning soldier with a wild animal, the therapeutic program fosters a relationship that rehabilitates both man and beast. Many veterans who have participated in the therapeutic program say it is better than conventional therapy.
“For me, it means a little more that this is an animal that’s not normally friendly with humans, they are very shy, they stay away from humans at all costs and here he is, I can walk down the side of the fence and call him and he comes running,” Minick said.