Apex has spent this year helping to rescue and re-locate wolfdogs nationwide. Little did we know we’d be receiving two of our own and jump-starting our own rescue division much earlier than planned. You made that possible and we are so grateful for your help. Here’s how your donations helped Apex this past month…
ENCLOSURES: Apex has been scouting for a piece of property suitable to house our rescue and education center. In the meantime, we needed to erect two enclosures on our current property appropriate for our new arrivals. That required almost 200 feet of 8 foot high heavy gauge chain link fencing and posts, which were graciously donated by Wolf Connection, which also loaned us many of the tools we needed. All of the other hardware and materials for the fencing, roofs for shade and weather protection, dig guard to prevent digging under the fence, and pea gravel to cover the ground for absorption and temperature control were able to be purchased with your donations. Some of the labor was hired but most of it was donated by our wonderful friends.
WOLF ADOBES: (pictured above) To protect from weather and provide a comfortable resting place and built with flat roofs – wolves like being up high.
SNAKE GUARD: The high desert is home to several species of snakes, some of which are poisonous. Protective mesh fencing is wrapped around the entire bottom of the enclosures to ensure that snakes are not able to enter.
WATER: Apex’s current location has a water tank on site and must have water trucked in monthly. Apex alone uses about $30 a month in water for the care of the animals.
FOOD: It costs about $100 a week to feed our pack. They eat a diet of raw meat in the morning and a high grade, high protein kibble for extra nutrients at night. Our meat comes from a meat recycling program for non-profit animal rescues provided by a large grocery corporation. The majority of our food so far has been donated by our friends at Lockwood Animal Rescue Center and Wolf Connection.
FREEZER: Needed to store the meat. Luckily this one was second-hand, found online, and in great condition!
SUPPLEMENTS: Wolves need the nutrients in raw bone to properly assimilate the nutrients from raw meat. Most of the meat we get does not have bone so we have to use a bone building supplement in its place. Merlin also receives a joint supplement, as he is reaching 9 years old, and a digestive supplement to help with his sensitive stomach. Health of the animals is of utmost importance to us.
MISTING SYSTEM: Each enclosure has a misting system installed under its roof to keep the wolfdogs cool during the hottest hours of the day. The mist can lower the temperature by 20 degrees and with the high desert triple digit summers, this is extremely important.
HOSES and HOSE ACCESSORIES: For filling water buckets and the misting system as well as cleaning the enclosures.
TREAT-TRAINING PACKS: The training we do with the pack is mainly focused on their safety. It’s also to help with behavior during interactions with people and other canines. Knowing to sit and stay, to come immediately, or to “leave it” helps to keep them safe in many situations. It also calms them down during feeding time or other exciting moments. This training is especially important for our up-and-coming ambassadors. Fortunately our wolfdogs are highly food motivated, which is not always the case – hot dogs are a sure favorite!
ENRICHMENT ACCESSORIES: including “Kongs” (a rubber container) filled with frozen broth to keep them cool during the day. They are also a great enrichment tool, requiring the wolfdog to figure out the puzzle of getting different “treats” out of them. This can keep them stimulated during the times it’s too hot to exercise.