During the assessment trip, we quickly saw how serious the situation was for the remaining 11 wolf-dogs. Wanting to help any way they could, the family generously offered all of their chain link fencing and hardware to help with the building of the new Iowa Rescue habitats.
Before leaving to return home, WSWS staff couldn’t bear to leave the elderly female, Cassie, behind to wait for the final rescue. We loaded her into the van and took her to Canyon Crossroad Vet Hospital in Albuquerque. She received an extensive exam and the immediate care she needed, and then she came home to rest in safety at WSWS. We were thrilled to pamper Cassie until she passed away in the winter of 2012.
At midnight, on September 17th, the Iowa 10 stepped foot onto the soil in their new habitats at WSWS. It was the first time they had felt the earth beneath their feet in at least three years!
All of the Iowa 10 were given proper medication for their many health issues, put on a healthy diet, and finally received the care they needed. After 3 years with no space to run, they all ran a bit oddly at first, but with time they’ve adjusted to their new life and home. They have all become much stronger and healthier, although they have had some drama due to shifting pack dynamics and further health issues. So far, Cassie, Ghost, and Lady have joined the Big Pack in the Sky.
We could not imagine what a blessing it was when they decided to become Pack Mama and Pack Daddy for all of our rescues from Iowa. It’s hard to express how honored we are to have our rescued wolf-dog family become a part of this truly epic creation. The Martins have come to visit them and continue to support their wolf pack with merchandise fundraisers, donations, like a new walk-in freezer, and on-going fundraisers like Westeros Certificates. Mr. Martin also loaned his star powers to a fundraiser to build them a brand new habitat! With Mr. Martin’s help, we’ve raised $150,000 to build larger habitats for this deserving family.