After being injured in a bad accident and then abandoned by his human family, wolfdog Sarge was adopted by a Californian rescue shelter. Read on to discover how Apex Protection Project helps to save the lives of countless wolfdogs and wolves.
By, 4 Aug 2019
Paula Ficara and Steve Wastell created Apex in 2009 after volunteering at a wolf and wolfdog rescue shelter in Los Angeles County. Since then they have helped to care for dozens of animals.
The mission of Apex is spelt out on the organisation's website: “To continue the quest of protecting wolves and wolfdogs through educational experiences, rescue, and advocacy with the dream of living in a world where the wolf and all species are highly valued, protected and respected for the balance they bring to the ecosystem and for the gifts they offer to humanity.”
Although the shelter was already full when Ms Ficara heard about Sarge, she had an overwhelming desire to look after him. Having already injured himself playing on a child’s climbing frame, Sarge also had to endure the messy divorce of his human parents.
Apex brought Sarge into their care this year. Ficara and Wastell were able to afford treatment for Sarge’s leg and he was nursed back to health with the help of project volunteers. A video of Sarge’s “re-birth” was posted by The Dodo on Facebook.
Wolfdogs are a hybrid animal born of the union of a wolf and a dog. They are becoming increasingly popular as pets due to people wanting wolf-like dogs, similar to the ones seen in popular TV shows or movies such as Game of Thrones and Twilight. Sadly, these hybrids do not make good pets, and often end up getting relinquished and spending the rest of their lives in rescue centres (if they're lucky).
More rarely, wolfdogs are popping up around the world due to the spread of conurbations into forested regions. In Russia a rise in the number of wolfdogs raises environmental concerns due to the effect it has on the indigenous population of wolves.
If you would like to know more about the work of Apex Protection Project or make a donation to the cause please visit the website here.