| Nov 27, 2023
Giving Tuesday Is Here!
The MN fur farm our Fox family is coming from.
To our generous Friends & Supporters:
Here's your opportunity to GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE...
Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday (11/28)- the world's largest day of online giving geared toward supporting vetted nonprofits, and Keepers of the Wild is participating!
With several important projects like the family of SIX FOXES rescued from a fur farm due to arrive at the sanctuary in early December, every dollar raised goes directly to the care of our current rescued residents, as well as helps support future rescues.
Earlier this month, I was contacted by the organization SAVEAFOX, whose team inquired about our sanctuary's ability to take in some foxes being rescued from a fur farm in Minnesota. A staggering 500 foxes were relinquished from the fur farm and are in desperate need of a forever home, safe from the clutches of humans who have no regard for the life of these beautiful, sentient creatures. I couldn't say "yes" to helping fast enough!
Foxes have always been one of my favorite animals and I feel incredibly passionate about ending the cruel and unnecessary practice of fur farming. What is a fur farm? Animals residing on fur farms endure a life of hell. Bred and kept in small, cramped wire cages without freedom of movement or the ability to comfortably rest, the animals are nothing short of prisoners awaiting their fate.
When the time finally comes for them to be killed for their pelt, unethical and extremely cruel methods of destruction are used, from gassing to clubbing and worse, which I won't mention here. Much of the time, the animals are witness to their fellow farm-mates’ violent and inhumane endings. Like humans, animals do experience trauma, and I can think of few scenarios more traumatic than enduring such a barbaric experience.
It is estimated by the Humane Society International that nearly 43 MILLION animals were killed in 2021 for use in the global fur trade. The United States is responsible for approximately 2.5 million of those animals. This statistic, to me, is made worse by the fact that faux fur is considerably less expensive to produce than real animal pelts. Sadly, real fur is still considered a luxury item by many, including Hollywood elite who help keep luxury fashion labels in the business of purchasing pelts.
As we become more educated about animal welfare, I believe we have a moral responsibility to use our gained knowledge to do better in protecting and valuing our animal friends. It is time to put an end to the senseless, greedy, and cruel practice of breeding and killing innocent animals for their fur. I'm asking you to please help me spread awareness of this subject.
In response to the call from SAVEAFOX, Keepers of the Wild will be welcoming a family of six foxes from the fur farm in Minnesota. The Fox family consists of the parents and their four kits (babies) who were born earlier this year. We are giving a very special thanks to the sanctuary's exceptionally generous supporters who sponsored a beautiful, brand-new hillside habitat for the Fox family!
The habitat is designed to encourage all the natural behaviors of foxes: running, pouncing, foraging, climbing, and yes, even digging! With a special underground barrier, the new fox habitat prevents the animals from being able to dig out while still offering them the ability to dig within the space—something foxes love to do!
I can't wait to see the Fox family released from their cages into their new home at the sanctuary and to share their arrival with you. They will finally know love and freedom, and that their life has value beyond monetary gain or someone’s fashion statement.
It is only with the faith and support that generous people like you give Keepers of the Wild that make rescues like the Fox family possible. Each time you read this newsletter, share our social media, visit the sanctuary, shop in our online gift shop, and donate to our cause, you help save the life of an animal, and I can't thank you enough.
On behalf of the animals and staff at Keepers of the Wild, I extend to you our deep sense of gratitude for all that you do to help us continue our mission each year.
MN fur farm
Rescued foxes from fur farms. Courtesy of SAVEAFOX
Rescued fox from a fur farm. Courtesy of SAVEAFOX