Dec 9, 2019

Happy Howlidays! Our 2019 Recap

D'Artagnan
D'Artagnan

Happy Howlidays!  Our 2019 highlights and recap – all because of YOU, our supporters!


Wow, what a year! 

31 incoming new rescues, including 14 puppies.  5 from the Ohio Rescue, 6 from Virginia, 1 from Carteret County, NC and 1 from Michigan.  The Carteret girl is under vet care for some problems related to her neglect and another 5 month old pup is at the trainers to overcome severe abuse.  8 prior rescued adults are living the good life in homes, and we are grateful to those who believe in rescued animals.  We said goodbye to several seniors and miss them greatly.

 We sent 2 of the Ohio adults to another facility in Michigan, see www.howlingtimbers.org.  Two other adults have been with a trainer, see www.faithfuldogk9training.com in southern Ohio. They are doing wonderful and were joined by a 5 month old puppy rescued from an abusive situation.  The adults are looking for their “forever” home.  Please email nancy@fullmoonfarm.org if interested.

We assisted multiple organizations this year in various ways – referrals, tracking and trapping help, home visits, and financial support for two fledgling operations to lighten the rescue load for wolfdogs across the country, one in Ohio and one in Texas.

The big news is the addition of George Stapleton to our “staff”, (he’s a volunteer too!).  George comes to us from Colorado and has worked in the rescue and sanctuary area since 1994.  We are pleased to have him aboard.  Please join me in welcoming George.  Shoot him a “pack” welcome at george@fullmoonfarm.org.  He will be glad to hear from you.

If you remember, In June this year, I wrote a heartfelt letter to our supporters - https://www.mynewsletterbuilder.com/email/newsletter/1413995726 about how I was affected by the Ohio rescue.  I am sorry to say that the owner who had fallen on such hard times developed cancer and passed away.  May she rest in peace and I know her past animals welcomed her over The Rainbow Bridge.

You might also remember our story on WLOS.  Fred and I were unable to make that granddaughter’s birthday party that month, but, with bringing George aboard, we were able to make my eldest granddaughters Sweet 16 Party in early November. She was so surprised!

The WLOS story highlighted our needs and I am humbled to say our plea was heard.  We are entering 2020 with our veterinarian bill paid and adequate reserves to get through the winter.  Thank you all.  We have been truly blessed by your generosity. 

Our needs are few, but our biggest needs are a newer transport vehicle and a well.  I have been pricing 15 passenger vans, and seeing prices from 18,000 to 25,000 for a low mileage used vehicle.  We need rear air in a transport vehicle and enough floor space for 4 – 700 series airline crates.  I have contacted at least 15 dealerships, but no one is inclined to donate or substantially discount a vehicle for us.    If you have used car connections, (email nancy@fullmoonfarm.org).  Our preferred vehicle is a Chevrolet Express 3500 with towing package, with under 50,000 miles.  We will pull the seats out for the floor space we need.  Our current 3500 has 266,000 miles on it and it isn’t safe to take too far these days.  (In fact, we did not march in the Black Mountain Christmas Parade this year because of our vehicle issue!)  

In closing, I want to extend our gratitude to all of you, my wonderful and dedicated volunteers, the great folks at Patton Avenue Pet Company for our discount, and to Gary and Kathy Borland - http://dogfatherphotography.com/#  for the wonderful pictures from this year.  https://www.facebook.com/gary.borland.75/media_set?set=a.2721530307869855&type=3. If you want to visit in the area, please check out their beautiful vacation rental - http://deepcreekhideaway.com/ - Please say we sent ya!

We hope you will remember us this Year End Giving Season – donations are welcome and needed.

Wishing you and yours Joyful Howlidays,

Nancy and The Pack

Ruger
Ruger
Winter Howling!
Winter Howling!
Sep 9, 2019

Heartfelt Thanks!

Two OH adults in Rehab!
Two OH adults in Rehab!

Our Heartfelt Thanks

Dear Friends, Supporters and Believers in Full Moon Farm,

We HOWLED for FOOD, and you all heard!  Arrrrrrrrooooooooooooooo!

Our last newsletter and my story about the heartbreak of rescue, budget constraints and issues facing Full Moon Farm, brought a response unlike we have ever experienced. The story of our emergency was picked up by our local TV station, WLOS.

https://wlos.com/news/local/buncombe-county-wolfdog-rescue-makes-a-plea-for-donations-as-expenses-add-up Our thanks to all of you, John, WLOS and the power of the internet and social media, we exceeded our goal.

Our veterinarian bill was paid, some of our vehicles repaired, obligations met and we have a reserve that will guarantee our food bill will be paid each week.

The 12 animals in the rescue that broke my heart are all regaining health.

The 5 puppies have all been placed into loving forever homes who met my strict requirements. The puppies parents have been at a trainer’s in Ohio for rehabilitation and training. They are doing wonderfully and will be looking for their forever home soon. A big thank you to Alicia at Faithful Dog K9 Training - https://www.facebook.com/FaithfulDogK9Training/

We are currently hoping to replace our aging transport van. Old Reliable has 265,000 miles on her and I do not trust taking her too far out of town.

Our Golf Cart has not run for nearly a year. If you have any contacts for repair for a Yamaha Golf Cart or a vehicle dealer that may be willing to donate or substantially discount a 15 passenger van, (we take out the seats) or a cargo van with REAR AIR, please email me – nancy@fullmoonfarm.org.

We are gearing up for our September Howl In on the 14th and  the October Howl In, as well as many events for Wolf Awareness Week October 20 through 26, 2019.

Stay Tuned, join us at an event, follow us on Facebook!

Keep on Howling!

Nancy and the Pack

 

Howl In Schedule if you can visit!
Howl In Schedule if you can visit!

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Jun 17, 2019

Animal Rescue from the Heart

Yes, a dog was chained in there
Yes, a dog was chained in there

Dear Current and Future Supporters of Full Moon Farm,

This is one of the hardest letters I have ever had to write.

"Rescue is not what I do, but who I am."

*I write those words from my heart, after returning from the first rescue that ever made me cry.*

Once upon a time, in a life far away, I was a normal corporate American, making a living and trying to get ahead. I call that "Life before wolfdogs". Things were fairly simple then, living the American Dream, a little house in the country, and raising children to be successful and content. I can say I succeeded in that mission, as my three children are awesome adults! They are responsible pet owners, great parents, active in their communities and good friends to their friends. I could not be more proud of them and their choices as adults. The little house in the country is now the office for Full Moon Farm, Inc., Wolfdog Rescue and Sanctuary. While it needs a total rehab, right now, it is dry and safe.

Fast forward to "Life with wolfdogs". Well, as my kids sometimes say, there is no life after wolfdogs, they become your life! I have missed holidays, birthdays, special events, grandkids activities, and so much in the past 17 years that a lot of my family has stopped inviting me. This has been a price I have willingly paid, because, for me, "It's about the animals"...

Full Moon Farm was incorporated in 2002 from a dream and a desire to help the wolfdog "breed" I had grown to love. I didn't have a plan, nor did I have non profit experience! I had property, a retirement fund, (I was 45 then), and a burning desire to help the ones with no voice, the ones who were "myth"understood, the ones who were homeless or thrown away. That dream has turned into more than 700 lives touched, saved, rehabilitated and "loved". Those 700 rescues, will be stories in a book one day, but right now, the story is we need help to continue this mission. We are an ALL volunteer organization,-- NO ONE, including me, collects a salary. Your donation dollars go to the dogs. Those 700 animals have been saved by the Grace of G-d, my own stubbornness, my savings and your donations. Full Moon Farm has never once threatened to close, resorted to bribery or blackmail, greed or threats, and will never do so, as I am a believer that the dogs and I will always get what we need, and that is how the last 17 years have been lived.

The old adage, ask and thou shall receive...

We, the dogs, the BOD and I, were sadly disappointed last December when a local grant we were counting on did not come through. An $8000.00 gap in an already strained budget. Not sure why we were skipped, as I have never received an explanation.  We have never received national grants, corporate sponsors, free dog food, governmental help, free vet care, or more than $92,000 in a fiscal year. However, we are survivors. We live in the state of Faith. We are grateful.

Now, we are at a critical junction with finances, with support and with our mission, so, we are asking.

Are you able to help us help wolfdogs?

Our needs right now are great.

Our vet bill for our seniors, the new rescues, medications and spay/neuter surgeries is well over $2000.00. (I nominate our veterinarian for Sainthood!) Farm visit upcoming, which will add more!

Our Big Van - the workhorse, is 18 years old, has 265,000 miles on it, and not safe to take on long distance rescues any longer. We need a replacement vehicle. It is a one ton, (Chevy 3500), old church bus I personally bought in March 2003 for the Omaha Nebraska Rescue of 8 wolfdogs. (In May, I had to rent a vehicle for the Ohio rescue of 12!)

Our Golf Cart has been dead for two years. We have not been able to troubleshoot it ourselves. We need a new golf cart with a "bed", desperately. or someone to help us get our Yamaha working again.

Our Tractor was damaged during the fire in November of 2016 when it jackknifed . We are still fixing it, and wondering if it will ever be right again. A reliable tractor with a bucket and backhoe would be a tremendous boost to our driveway and grounds maintenance.

Our Big Truck - an F250, just had the front end rebuilt and now the back brakes are needing replaced. It has 155,000 miles on it. An newer, more reliable Big Van would allow us to sell the Big Truck, although the 4WD, (rebuilt last year), was a life saver in the big snow in December!

The Little Truck is heading to the transmission shop - it has been down since March. Reverse stopped working and a friend of the farm in SC is willing to work on it if I can get it down there! It has 255,000 miles on it, and I bought it in 2001, before the formation of Full Moon Farm!

The Toyota Mini Van is our all purpose vehicle with AWD, but, it cannot haul what the trucks or Big Van can, nor can it pull a trailer, BUT, WE LOVE IT and are THANKFUL to the donor who gifted is in 2015. It now has 154,000 miles and will need some work soon.

Our cash reserves are non existent and if I didn't have great credit, I cannot imagine............

So, unlike the big Madison Avenue alphabet soup animal groups, unlike the Big Guys in town with donated cars, vans and millions in assets, who pay their directors more than we bring in during a fiscal year, and unlike paid professional fundraisers, we struggle.

Will you help? $5.00 to an organization like Full Moon Farm is treasured. If $5.00 (or more) was donated by our 2500 email subscribers, our 29,000 facebook followers, or the Howl In visitors, we would be solvent, with safety reserves in the bank. We are not greedy. We do not need millions - we only need "enough". Enough to pay our bills. Enough to know that the electricity will not be turned off. Enough to pay our veterinarian what she is due. Enough to have a months dog food in reserves - ($2500 a month!)

*The Rescue that made me cry*. In May, I worked with a humane society investigator on the rescue of 12 animals in Ohio. In 18 years, I have seen hell holes. I have seen abuse. I have seen starvation. I have seen hoarding. I thought I was immune to tears. Well, I was wrong. It wasn't horrific like some of the cases I have been on, but it was heartbreaking. These animals were once pets. These animals were once loved. These animals deserved so much more than the abandonment of their owner, a member of the wolfdog community. These animals broke my heart...

While we work to get them healthy and whole again, I humbly ask - if you cannot donate, then please pray. Pray for justice. Pray for healing. Pray for wonderful forever homes. Pray for me and my volunteers who cannot understand how someone could do this to their animals. Pray that the animals can forgive and start new lives again.

My tears flow because rescue is not what I do, but who I am.

Peace.

Nancy

Yes, there was a dog chained in that muddy small space.....

There were no gates on these pens!
There were no gates on these pens!
No place to get out of the mud.
No place to get out of the mud.
These animals are now with a trainer!
These animals are now with a trainer!
 
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