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SC: Timber wolf needs new home at sanctuary

By Kelly M. Fuller

Star, a white, female timber wolf, paces in her enclosure at SC-Cares, an animal sanctuary in the Choppee community.

The wolf, which has recently arrived at SC-Cares, was taken as part of an animal hoarding case in Prosperity, S.C., said Skip Yeager, who runs the facility with Director Cindy Hedrick.

Star was tied to a tree, and was confiscated with numerous other dogs and wolf-dog hybrids, Yeager said.

Initially SC-Cares said they could not take Star, Yeager said. She faced the possibility of being put down because she could not find a temporary home, he said.

Now, SC-Cares is trying to raise money to build Star her own enclosure, since she cannot be placed in the wolf pens already built in the sanctuary.

Star would probably be killed by the other wolves if she was placed in the same enclosure, Yeager said.

“She can’t go in with the other wolves or hybrids,” Yeager said. “We have to build her own enclosure.”

The wolf is now kept in an enclosure meant for a hawk, Yeager said.

The location is only temporary, until another area can be constructed for Star.

For now, Star has bonded with Yeager and Hedrick and is waiting for her own space at SC-Cares, he said.

“Everybody is full,” Hedrick said. “She is here for the duration, now.”

SC-Cares has numerous other animals that have been taken in as rescue and abuse cases.

The other wolves were rescued from a roadside zoo in North Carolina. Other, smaller creatures were found injured or abandoned after being purchased as exotic pets.

This includes pot bellied pigs, snakes and tortoises that became too big for their original owners to handle.

Some wildlife, such as a great horned owl and several whitetail deer, are injured and cannot survive on their own, he said.

The cost of running the sanctuary is about $2,000 a month, Yeager said.

The sanctuary has numerous fund-raising events throughout the year and also receives some food and hay through local donors.

The facility accepts monetary donations and recyclable items such as cans, electronics and gently used clothing for a consignment shop.

There is also a Facebook page, where interested residents can find out more about the sanctuary.
Tours are given each day by appointment, to school groups, clubs or individuals.

Donations can be mailed to SC-Cares, 236 Abbeville Drive, Georgetown, SC, 29440. Donations are also accepted through the Web site at or

“The needs are just endless,” Yeager said.