Rehabilitation facilities serve as sanctuaries for sick, injured, orphaned or unwelcome painted wolves, before they can rejoin their pack or be reintroduced to a safe area.
Such centres can provide safe havens for:
- Recovery from snare injuries and road accidents;
- Treatment for diseases such as rabies and canine distemper;
- Rehabilitation from the illegal wildlife trade;
- Temporary shelter and protection for painted wolves being moved away from areas of high conflict with local farmers;
Professional rehabilitation facilities, with minimal handling policies, and a focus on reintroduction, are absolutely critical to the survival of this endangered species.