Archive for September, 2011
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by Nancy E. Hassel, LIPetPlace.com
When you think of Long Island, the first animal that comes to mind is definitely not a Wolf, unless of course you are Teresa DeMaio the Founder and President of Running with the Wolves, Inc. (RWTW). RWTW will be hosting the 8th Annual Long Island Wolf Expo this Sunday, October 2nd at the Sheraton in Hauppauge from 10am to 4:30pm.
Teresa founded RWTW over 10 years ago, which is a wildlife educational organization that teaches workshops about wolves and other wildlife. Teresa started the annual wolf expo to raise funds for the Loki Clan Wolf Refuge Center in New Hampshire. Loki is a place where rescued wolves and wolf dogs can live out their lives in the setting they require. “I supported them via personal donations and then I thought it would be a great idea to have a Wolf Expo, so I could be able to have much better funding to send to them. Our 1st Wolf Expo was so successful we continued to away to lend a hand to Loki Clan Wolf Refuge and other wolf sanctuaries we support,” said Teresa.
The Wolf Expo is about wolves, but Teresa has partnered with other wildlife rescue organizations and there will be many different wildlife exhibits and demos at the expo. People can expect to see, well wolves of course, birds of prey, prairie dogs, desert foxes, reptiles, and a lot of other small wildlife and a beautiful Husky named Astra from Husky House rescue. Children and adults will get to learn about the wolves and wildlife there, how they can help to protect them and support them. Education is very important to Teresa and the other organizations there, so people will not only leave in awe of the wildlife they just witnessed in person, but also to have a new awareness about the wildlife too.
When asked, what drives you to continue your work, Teresa responded, “because of my sheer love and passion for wolves and to help educate the public about them.” Teresa also said, “The most important part of my work is about conservation and teaching about the major role wolves have in our ecosystem. We strive to teach the public that wolves or wolf dogs do not make good pets. Our belief is that wolves should never be pets. It’s their birthright to live in the wild.”
Teresa works closely with the STAR Foundation, located in Middle Island, which is a federally and state licensed rehab center for all kinds of wildlife from birds of prey, foxes, coyotes, farm animals and wolves.
Working also with many different wildlife rescue organizations that house wolves, Teresa gets to work with them hands on for socialization, feeding, ‘discovery time,’ this is where a wolf can be a wolf – spending much of their time running, playing and just being free. There’s so much to learn about their behavior and habits, they change so often. Teresa gets to work with them on a weekly basis and she finds it very rewarding, “they love to have visitors,” said Teresa. But let’s be clear, Teresa does not own a wolf, nor have a wolf living in her house – she is happy to cuddle with her dogs, you can’t cuddle with a wolf – they are still wild.
For a full schedule of the expo click here.
by Nancy E. Hassel, LIPetPlace.com
This year fall has bestowed cooler temperatures on us faster than some of us may like – but many pet owners know our animals are loving it. It’s also perfect weather to attend the many fall festivals – and of course all the pet events happening across LI. It’s almost impossible to get to every pet event, but there is bound to be an event close to you and most of them are pet friendly – meaning you can bring your well behaved leashed pet with you.
This past weekend at Tanner Park in Copiague, NY – the LI Pet Expo had their 2nd Annual Pet Expo in the Park and if you missed it – there were a ton of fantastic pet vendors, rescue groups, educational groups, loads of demonstrations by dog trainers, dancing dogs and much more. Out of everything that was happening throughout the festival, there was one creature captivating the attention of all four legged and two legged attendees – if you were there you know it was Ike the African Tortoise! This very large tort was not at all bothered, impressed or scared of the many dogs that didn’t know what to make of him. It was very funny to watch a huge search and rescue hound dog freaking out a bit when he first spotted Ike – if the dog could speak, he was surely saying, “What the heck is that thing?!?” And that tortoise Ike could move, he was pretty fast!
On Sunday in Montauk, the 2nd Annual Walk Humane event took place – a 1.5 mile walk on the beach with your dog and vendors and rescue groups from across LI and the East End were there also. It was a beautiful walk but quite chilly and the sky was grey – but that didn’t stop about 200 people from participating. The event stared and ended at the Second House in Montauk, and with live music, silent auctions and of course lots of dogs – it made for a really nice event.
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