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W.O.L.F. hosts open house

BY DANIEL PAXTON dpaxton@paducahsun.com

Wisdom of Life Farms (W.O.L.F.) in McCracken County, which serves veterans with post traumatic stress disorder, invites the public to its first open house at its new location Saturday.

The event, beginning at 2 p.m., will provide tours of the facility at 5165 Oaks Road, including meeting the animals that call it home and taking part in fun activities. Admission is free, though donations will be accepted.

W.O.L.F. is the brainchild of Darla Bond, a counselor/therapist. Along with her husband, Dr. Malcolme Bond, a veterinarian, she started W.O.L.F. to create a peaceful location where those struggling with PTSD, specifically veterans and their families, could interact with animals and the outdoors in a therapeutic environment.

W.O.L.F. moved from its location of five years on Cold Springs Road to its new, larger location off Exit 11 two months ago.

The new farm is also home to horses, pigs, goats, dogs, cats, and several other rescue animals.

In addition to housing the animals, the facility has other recreational opportunities, including an archery range, agricultural workshops and an obstacle course.

The Bonds feel their work helps meet two critical needs in the community, providing a permanent home for rescue animals and providing free recreational services for veterans and their families.

"We are the first ones trying to work with veterans and animals," said Malcolme Bond. "We try to match animals with veterans, to help them along their road to coping with PTSD."

Contact Daniel Paxton, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8667.

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