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Wolf dogs, veterans find comfort in each other

Wolves may not be the first thing to come to mind when one considers healing post-traumatic stress disorder in U.S. veterans, but the wounded warriors and a group of abused wolf-hybrids are finding a perfect match in each other through a program called Warriors and Wolves, The Associated Press reports.

The wolf-dogs, rescued from a tourist attraction in Alaska where they were chained, were brought to Lockwood Animal Rescue Center in California to be spayed, neutered and tamed. Before the animal rescue shelter intervened, the animals were going to be euthanized because they were so unsocialized and wounded.

Now, three veterans from the U.S. military are helping in the task of taming the canines. The former servicemembers say they can relate to the way the wolves feel transitioning to a less stressful environment.

"They've been in a bad situation, which I've been in most of my life," Stanley McDonald, a 10-year Navy veteran, told the AP. "Most of them are afraid, taken away from the only thing they knew."

Another veteran who works with the dogs told Care2.com that working at the shelter taught him he could help himself, and has improved his relationship with his ex-wife and son. The canines are making considerable progress, too. After three months, the dogs, whose muscles had atrophied from being stationary for so long in their former home, were able to run normally again.
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