Wolf sanctuary concerned NYE fireworks could again endanger animals’ lives


GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. – Ringing within the new 12 months with the sounds of loud bangs from fireworks is a yearly custom.

But to Big Oak Wolf Sanctuary in Green Cove Springs, steady hours of loud fireworks could, as soon as again, endanger the lives of the animals.

“When you have a sound that’s loud and continuous and also shakes the ground, they think the world is coming to an end,” stated John Knight, proprietor of the sanctuary.

During the final two New Year’s Eves, wolves on the sanctuary have died after going into shock-induced strokes that the sanctuary believes have been brought on by loud fireworks that frightened the animals.

The homeowners of the wolf sanctuary stated that when wolves are uncovered to steady hours of exploding fireworks, they get nervous and their blood strain goes up. The rise in blood strain in older wolves can generally result in a lethal stroke.

On Wednesday, the homeowners of the sanctuary have been making ready all 46 of their rescued wolves and wolf-hybrids for the vacation.


“We’re probably going to mildly sedate them,” Knight stated.

But even that may be harmful.

“If it doesn’t completely dissolve their fears, they’re going to be running around half-drunk and jump off the platform or run into trees,” Knight stated.

On Jan. 1 of this 12 months, Solomon, a wolf on the sanctuary, died of a stroke after the homeowners stated he endured six steady hours of fireworks. The identical factor occurred to Bariah, a wolf-dog hybrid, a 12 months prior.

“It’s gut-wrenching because it could have been prevented,” stated Debra Knight, co-owner of the sanctuary.

The Knights say they don’t seem to be towards folks celebrating the vacation with fireworks. They simply ask that individuals be extra thoughtful of neighbors who’ve animals. A suggestion they’ve is to restrict firework use to at least one hour as an alternative of all day.

Another factor to take note of on New Year’s Eve — the wellbeing of your pets.

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, pet homeowners can shield their pets throughout fireworks demonstrations by:


  • Turning on tender music and shifting the pet to an inside house or room in the home with no home windows

  • Purchasing the pet an nervousness vest that matches cosy on the animal

  • Asking your pet’s veterinarian to prescribe your animal an anti-anxiety treatment

John Knight wrote a 576-page ebook known as “The Sanctuary.” In the ebook, he talked about how the wolves he’s rescued have appeared to transition from wildlife to home animals by the way in which they reply and work together with individuals who handle them. It’s unclear if being traumatized has triggered them to revert again.

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