Thompson and Lichen, Lockwood Animal Rescue Center (LARC)
Lichen, a coyote (Canis latrans), smiles with joy as Thompson gives him the love he truly deserves. Thompson, an Iraq war combat veteran, is a member of the Wolves and Warriors program at Lockwood Animal Rescue Center (Lockwood ARC / LARC). The program is devoted to military men and women suffering with PTSD and survivors’ guilt, and enables veterans to work side by side caring for a similar sentient being (wolves, wolfdogs, horses, etc.) who has also suffered from trauma. The resulting animal-bonding is the beginning of a healing process for both the veteran, and the animal.