Wolves Are Helping Veterans Suffering From Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Heal

Written by RYOT News

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.

Wolves — they’re man’s new best friend.

This post originally appeared on RYOT

169 comments

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus5 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

Kathryn Irby
Past Member 8 months ago

Love this sweet story. Thanks

Grace Adams
Grace Adams8 months ago

From just headline, I was wondering what wolves get out of the deal. From article I see wolves get rescued from cruel humans who treat them worse than any dog should be treated.

Kathryn Irby
Past Member 8 months ago

Such a Sweet (True!) Story! Thanks for sharing.

Lone W.
Lone W.8 months ago

Wonderful story and project. However, I am not surprised since wolves are really just big wild dogs. They will react to love the same way dogs do. It might just take longer.

Janis K.
Janis K.8 months ago

Thanks for sharing

Antony M.
Antony M.8 months ago

touching

Cynthia Brickner
Cindy Brickner8 months ago

Touching and poignant. It's interesting to know that each wolf bonds with only one of the veterans. Glad to see this is such a successful program for both man and beast!

Cela V.
Cela V.8 months ago

tyfs

Vinita P.
Vinita P.8 months ago

Thank you RYOT News :o) This is beautiful!