Defying All Odds

Massive Dog Rescue in Lassen County Defies the Odds

A small team of rescuers is attempting the impossible – rescuing 161 animals from a facility in Lassen County, Northern California called High Desert Wolves.

Originally slated to be destroyed on Monday October 8th, the rescue team, made up of Plan B to Save Wolves, W.O.L.F. Sanctuary of Colorado, Apex Protection Project, Pets Return Home, Wolf Mountain Sanctuary, Omen Creek Wolf Sanctuary and other individuals in the rescue world, has been granted an extension by the county to Friday, November 2nd,  to safely remove as many of the dogs from the property as possible before they step in and euthanize the remaining animals. So far, The High Desert Wolves Rescue Team has been able to vet and transport 99 animals to safe havens around the country. With the deadline looming and 37 animals slated for placement pending vetting and 25 still needing placement, time is of the essence and help is desperately needed.

“It’s amazing what can be accomplished in an emergency. Originally, our small team of rescuers was given under a week to save 161 animals from High Desert Wolves.” Says Plan B Executive Director and rescue coordinator Betsy Klein, “We have 62 dogs on the property and two weeks to save them. We have 37 slated for various rescues pending confirmation of their facilities and their sustainability. We are not just placing them anywhere. The organizations need to be prepared to care for them for the rest of their lives if that is what it takes. If those groups are vetted and confirmed we are down to just 25 needing a home. If just ten rescues took two or three we would save them all. When you break it down like this, saving them all is achievable.”

The team has spent upwards of $50,000 in donations from around the country for this operation to save 99 animals total to date – many of which are puppies. Time is of the essence and they need an additional $75,000 to save the final 62 and supply the rescues taking these animals with continued support including remaining transport, spay/neuter, vetting, properly built enclosures, food and other needs.

Along with donations, the team is requesting help in the form of:

  • Placement at Qualified Rescue Facilities equipped to take feral, suspected low-content wolfdogs or northern breed mixes. Those who can take a larger amount of dogs are most needed.
  • Professional transporters who can handle large groups of animals in one transport (10 and more).

This is one of the largest rescue operations the national wolfdog rescue community has ever seen. Please support the High Desert Wolves Rescue Team however you can. These innocent lives are worth saving.

Plan B to Save Wolves

The Plan B Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 corporation created to support organizations in their mission to protect, preserve and rescue wolves and wolfdogs through advocacy, education and funding. To learn more, visit www.PlanB.Foundation or call 714.478.0353.

Apex Protection Project

Apex Protection Project, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to protecting wolves and wolf dogs through educational experiences, rescue and advocacy with the dream of living in a world where the wolf and all species are highly valued, protected and respected for the balance they bring to the ecosystem and for the gifts they offer humanity. To learn more, visit

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