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A wolf sanctuary near Fort Collins is asking for the community's help after being affected by the High Park Fire and heavy rain in the burn scar area

4:07 PM, Jul 30, 2013   |    comments
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LA PORTE - The non-profit wolf sanctuary close to Fort Collins is looking for help. It was first affected by the High Park Fire last summer and now the heavy floods in the burn scar area are causing some problems.

Cary Rentola, the W.O.L.F. Sanctuary's director of marketing and community relations, says they are hoping the community will be willing to donate time and physical labor to help repair roads close to the sanctuary, the retention ponds and the structures on the property.

"The sanctuary was built in the mountains because that's what really benefits the wolves and the wolf-dogs in our care," Rentola said. "The challenge is that it typically puts us right in the path of Mother Nature's wrath."

"With the heavy rainfall, the trees are gone and there's not a lot of places for the water to go, so the flooding is fairly rampant," Rentola said. "And due to the flooding, we're seeing extensive damage on the dirt road that gets our staff and our volunteers to the sanctuary."

Rentola says 160,000 wolves or wolf dogs are bred every year for profit, but many are euthanized by two years old. 29 wolves call the Colorado sanctuary home.

"Once they're with us, they're with us for the rest of their lives," Rentola said. "Some come from breeders who have been shut down, or breeders who want to get out of the industry. They come from Utah, Wisconsin, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona."

If physical labor is not possible, the sanctuary is also looking for monetary donations, or items on their wishlist. Their website is http://bit.ly/1b3Jwtg.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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