Nov 4, 2020

Happy Fall, almost Winter!

Miss Lady and her new ball
Miss Lady and her new ball

Dear Friends and Supporters,

2020 will go down in history, and I am sure for not a lot of good things. This has been a rough year for many of us in rescue. We have not been able to host events, partake in events or fund raise in any other capacity than online.  We are extremely thankful to all our loyal supporters who continue to donate money, supplies, food, treats, gift cards and to our steady core of volunteers. I couldn’t do it with all of you.

Since I started Full Moon Farm, Inc, Wolfdog Rescue and Sanctuary in 2002, I have learned a lot about wolfdogs, about business, about humanity. I have seen more than 700 animals to safety. Many have crossed The Bridge in my lap when their times came. I am reminded frequently of words by my mentor, Fred Keating of Loki Clan Wolf Refuge in NH/ME. Their motto as a rescue was, “If you cannot give them a place to live, we will give them a place to die”. That was the premise for the sanctuary. Over the years we concentrated on the hard animals, the court cases, the bite incidents and the unsocialized wolfdogs that fell through the cracks. Adoptions were always secondary, and we never have enforced an adoption fee, caring only that the animal got the “Perfect Home”. We have taken in many puppies over the last two years, and screened applicants, conducted home visits and reference checks. COVID 19 changed a LOT of things for several of our adopters. Some lost jobs. A few suffered health issues. Others were transferred to wolfdog illegal locations. We have taken back many placements this year, and our fundraising efforts are lagging more than $13,000 from last year.  

Several of our seniors have left this Earth Walk and there are a few I am concerned about. Mya and Dodger at 14.5 and our beloved Glacier is 17.5 years young. Every day is a blessing.

There have been a few changes around the Farm, with Terri Wallace taking on additional responsibilities as my right hand on site and Paulina Romanelli as my right hand on all things “social media”. Jennifer G. comes down and stays 3 days a week to help, and two newer interns have picked up the slack on grounds care. A tip of the hat to all volunteers and supporters.

We are still in need of a newer transport vehicle. I will admit that I am not the fund raising or donation goddess, and I have not been able to get the most bang for our buck. If you have any help to offer to procure a newer, low Mileage Chevy Express 3500 extended passenger van with rear air, please reach out to me – nancy@fullmoonfarm.org

Our GlobalGiving Food Drive is still going strong and we are singing Joyous Howls for all the supporters there!

In closing, please note that we are holding our own and working on a restricted budget has kept us from rescuing many animals this year. We are rebuilding older enclosures as we can, but not in a financial position to rescue like we had in the past. We are depending on you, our supporters to keep us going through these trying times. Your Tax-Deductible donations are needed and welcomed.

See the website and Facebook pages for the latest and greatest of the residents.

Joyous Howls from the Mountain,

Nancy and the Pack

A different view of the Farm
A different view of the Farm
My mouth is bigger than your mouth duet
My mouth is bigger than your mouth duet
Jul 6, 2020

July 2020, hindsight or vision?

Bosco Big Ears
Bosco Big Ears

2020 vision or hindsight is 2020?


Dear Friends and Supporters,

To paraphrase an old Grateful Dead song, “What a long, strange trip it’s been”.

Here it is, July 2020, and we are hanging on!  This year has been interesting to say the least.  It started off with the hope and plan that my retirement was in the works, but, it was not meant to be.  An organization such as Full Moon Farm involves much more than animal care.  Property maintenance, paperwork, volunteer management and recruitment, communications with shelters across the country, fundraising, veterinary care, vehicle maintenance, community involvement and public relations are all the hats that I must wear.  The animals always come first, and they are part and parcel to the whole sanctuary.  Finding the right fit for the property AND the animals hasn’t been an easy task.  So, I guess I am here for the long run and pray that some younger folks step up and put their love of wolfdogs into action in rescue, on their own property.

My 2020 hindsight:  Full Moon Farm was born in 2002 from a desire to help the “bastard child” of the canine world – The American Wolfdog.  When I got started, I was a private owner of low content wolfdogs and only knew the love I had for these mythunderstood animals.  Wow, I was naïve and inexperienced!  My ex-husband and I bred a couple of litters in the 90’s and when the internet came around, I realized how wrong I was to breed wolfdogs without a plan, without health testing and without prequalified buyers!  Thanks to the internet, yahoo groups, other rescuers and private owners, I persevered and learned all I could.  That is when I learned the “anti-wolfdog rhetoric” spewed by animal rights activists, (that has never been proven true!). I cut my teeth in the trenches with my own experiences.  Some 700 wolfdog later, here I am. 

I would do it all over again.

My 2020 vision has shown me that wolfdogs, wolfdog rescue and wolfdog sanctuary, ie:  Full Moon Farm, are suffering the same as millions of Americans and other small organizations – (we do not have millions in the bank like the alphabet soup organizations).  We are thankful that we have had enough in reserves to keep us going, and you, our sponsors and supporters made that possible.  Arrrrooooooooo!

Our 2020 Howl In schedule was cancelled, like so many other events that we count on to keep our donations and revenue flowing..  We retired our T-shirt designs as all the animals on it have passed away, and that has affected our cash flow as well.

A new volunteer has taken over the Facebook Page, and fresh ideas are always helpful, and our fundraising through that platform has been very stable.  A tip of the hat to Paulina!

We have been blessed with a fairly steady stream of volunteers that consider The Farm as an extension of their “quarantine homes”.  We are grateful.  We couldn’t do it without them!  (Going to ask them to write about their experiences with FMF and look for newsletters!)

Fred has been very busy with animal care, property maintenance AND enclosure repair, rebuilding, reconstruction and new construction.  We got the habitat finished for the ASPCA kids, Hawkeye and Winchester, and made improvements to an area for Mr. Toes.  All are settled in. 

The only new resident is Bosco, from Greenville, SC, Animal Care.  He is really coming out of his shell.  We are awaiting his Embark DNA test to find out where those ears came from!

Responsible adoption/ placement also must include stepping up to take our animal back if emergencies arise.  We have had 4 animals returned this year, as we know that situations and circumstances can, and often do change.  Prayers up for these families.

The Rainbow Bridge has been very busy this year as well.  Our senior population has been leaving for their next adventures, and we have said goodbye to 6 animals, Sunshine, Shadow, Aslan, Ramses, Shylo and Aries.  It isn’t the same without King Gooberhead Aries.  He was the star of the tour.  Their ages were 14.5, 14.5, 12, 15, 14 and 13.  Long lives for large breed, and we are thankful for all the time we shared. 

We were able to obtain a grant to put in a well, and that will be taking place soon.

HELP NEEDED!  We are looking for a new transport vehicle.  Our Old Reliable Big Van is not so reliable anymore.  She has 266,000 miles on her and has seen 40 of the lower 48 states on rescue transports; her maiden rescue was in 2003 to Omaha, NE!  If ANYONE has contacts in the auto industry, our dream vehicle is a Chevy Express 3500 passenger van that we can take the seats out of and put crates in.  We need rear air conditioning to be legal for interstate transportation of canines.  A donated vehicle would be awesome, but we are realistic that we are not a big org with a big budget, so wholesale pricing would be needed if not donated.  Let me know!

In closing, thank you all for believing in us, for loving wolfdogs and your generosity.  If you are on Facebook, consider making a fundraiser for us on your birthday, or just a plug to introduce us to your friends.  We will smile and wave to them!  Please keep the other seniors in your hearts.  We have 13 that are over 10 years old, with Glacier almost 17!


Please check in with me – nancy@fullmoonfarm.org with an update on how YOU all are faring in these unprecedented times.  I’d love to hear from you.

Joyous Howls,

Nancy and the Pack

Fred's helper Derrick
Fred's helper Derrick
Winter Pretty Pose
Winter Pretty Pose
Mar 10, 2020

Thank you!

Louie sleeps with the TV on.
Louie sleeps with the TV on.

Hello Supporters!

Due to your generosity, love and faith, we have almost reached our goal!  We are just about $800.00 away.  We will evaluate in April to extend or to start a new campaign.  

Food for the wolfdogs is our biggest expense.  Thanks to you all, we have been able to meet our food budget!  We spend an average of $659.90 per week to feed our 55 residents.  That is a discounted price from a local retailer who supports rescues.

The last quarter has seen some changes.  We have animals at a trainers, getting ready for forever homes.  We have never been an adoption facility, we have primarily focused on sanctuary for the used and abused wolfdogs.  However, we do obtain pet quality animals from time to time, and do our best to find permenant, loving, forever homes.  Last month, Louie and Meg found their "humans", and are living the good life!

The winter is winding down, finally, and it has been a WET one!  We have not yet scheduled any Howl In's, or onsite events, as the rain has taken its toll on the grounds.  We are building and rebuilding enclosures, to allow the residents a bit more space.

Terri has come back to intern for 6 months, which is a big help to all of the animal caretakers.  She was with us in 2017 and 2018 while I had my foot surgery!  We are glad to have her back.

I am sorry we are a tad late with this update.  I have been on the road for education and rescue this year, and slow to get caught up.  

As the spring makes its entrance, we are reminded of the circles of life.  We lost a few seniors this winter, and welcomed some younger animals.  

Much gratitude to YOU, or donors.  We could not do it without you.

Joyous Howls from the Mountain, 

Nancy and The Pack


Louie has his own couch!
Louie has his own couch!
Meg claimed her couch!
Meg claimed her couch!
Meg the GSD
Meg the GSD
 
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