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 – email@example.com with an update on how YOU all are faring in these unprecedented times. I’d love to hear from you.
Nancy and the Pack
Fred's helper Derrick
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