GEORGETOWN, S.C. -- An animal rescue group near Georgetown hopes to build a compound for a white wolf that was rescued during a raid on puppy mill earlier this year.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported that the wolf named Star is now living in a reinforced raptor house at S.C. Animal Rescue and Educational Sanctuary. Cindy Hedrick of the rescue group says the 5-year-old wolf needs her own compound where she can heal.

“She loves Skip; she tolerates me,” said Hedrick of the 5-year-old wolf, who came to SC-CARES three months ago and currently lives in a reinforced raptor house. She is in need of her own compound where she can heal and thrive, and Hedrick said they are in the planning stages for her new area, for which they welcome any help from the public.

Star was brought to SC-CARES after Newberry County police raided a puppy mill in Prosperity. Puppy mills are breeding operations where owners make profit the priority over animal welfare, often keeping animals in cramped indoor spaces or relegated out in the elements, according to the ASPCA.

Hedrick said officers confiscated 66 dogs, a wolf-dog mix and Star, who had spent her days tethered by two collars and a logging chain to a tree at an abandoned house. The officers were seeking a home for the wolf, which appeared to be docile, to avoid having to put her down.

“We can’t save them all, but we were able to help her,” Hedrick said of the sanctuary, which currently houses more than 160 animals and has had to turn away more than 400 over the last five years.

While Star warmed up almost immediately to her humans, she isn’t so cozy with the five wolves and four wolf-dogs that already reside on the property. Hedrick said Star growls and is intimidated when she gets near the pack, not a good sign in the wolf world, where the weakest are culled instinctively.

Volunteers have begun taking turns sitting outside Star’s enclosure so she can become familiar with them, but Hedrick and Yeager are the only ones who have direct contact with her. Around Yeager especially, Star looks like any other domesticated canine, eager for a scratch around the ears, but Yeager is quick to point out she is a wild animal.

“She’s got some big teeth,” Yeager said, adding that they always have to be aware of her reactions, even though she may seem calm.


Photo by Steve Jessmore

Responses to "Group wants to build home for rescued White Wolf"

  1. Cari says:

    She's a beautiful animal.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Yes, She is Beautiful. I'm very Happy she got Rescued.

  3. Anne McCabe says:

    Star is absolutely beautiful! I sincerely hope that she shines as radiantly as her apt name and finds a home that suits here. Well done to all the rescue team and carers! We don't have wolves naturally here in Ireland (More's the pity). These stories are inspiring and uplifting.

  4. Anonymous says:

    She's beautiful. Too bad that she can't be put back out in the wild.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Are you SURE that isn't just a white Siberian Husky? Looks FAR MORE Siberian Husky than wolf.

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