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Howls from the Mountain

May, 2013

From the President's Pen

 Happy Spring! 


Well, the March winds were in April and the April rains have been in May, but the calendar says SPRING!


Last November, Full Moon Farm was approved by the folks at Global Giving ( for fundraising on an international level.  We created Habitats for Howlers (the month of December), which was a year-end success!  I am happy to report that the first of the enclosures has been completed, and Achilles is now in his new Habitat!  We still have to tweak a few things, but he is a happy boy.  Many thanks to all who donated, and the wonderful students at Warren Wilson College who put in many service hours helping make this happen.


Achilles in his new spacious enclosure


We have been land clearing for Isabelle's new habitat too, and measuring up to rebuild habitats for Coal and Indy as well as River.


We are thankful for your continued support.  Please know that your tax deductible donations make a difference in the lives of all the residents at Full Moon Farm. We currently have a food drive listed on Facebook, as well as our Lil Woofer's program.  Donations to the General Fund for food, bedding, vet care and operating expenses are also needed, and appreciated.


We do what we do, because of you - our supporters.


Hugz and Howlz from the Mountain,


May 25th Howl In!


 Nancy giving a tour


Our May Howl In was a "howlin' success!" It was a beautiful day and we had an excellent turnout! Many thanks to everyone who came out to support us and learn more about our wonderful sanctuary!


Our caretaker Nathaniel and long time volunteer, Meg


Be sure to join us at next month's Howl In on June  22nd.

  • Tour begins at 3pm.
  • Come meet our wolfdogs, hear their stories and learn about the breed.
  • Join us for an optional potluck dinner for $5 per plate - bring a side dish, we provide the meat and drinks!
  • Visit Gwenny's Gift Den for local handcrafted jewelry and artwork and other unique gift ideas.
  • Please call 828-664-9818 or email for details and directions.

Sponsor Spotlight - Kate Shawgo

Wolfdog Sponsor Spotlight- Kate Shawgo


It was the year 2004 when Kate Shawgo had recently moved to Black Mountain. She was looking for something to do when her friend, the late Sandy Rector, of Bone-a-Fide Bakery, took Kate out to visit Full Moon Farm. Little did Kate know this trip up the mountain would lead to a lifetime of love.


When she first met Coal, he was new around here, too, and very skittish, frightening easily at every little movement or sound around him. Kate spent many hours either sitting outside his enclosure, or laying in the grass across from it, reading to Coal and just letting him know that she was there for him. She also decided to join FMF’s Wolfdog Sponsorship Program so she could help with the cost of his care. After a while of patiently waiting, Coal decided to honor Kate with a sniff of her hand, then a few tentative kisses, and then finally allowing her to scritch on him a little bit. The long-legged black Prince was hers!

Indy, Coal and Kate

A short time later, Coal got to have a lady friend, Indy, paired up and living with him. Kate knew this was a good match for him, and decided to sponsor both as a pair. Being one of our longest-term sponsors, Kate has been able to enjoy many happy times with Coal and Indy, such as coming out every Thanksgiving for the annual “Chicken Chucking”, and visiting with them on many other special occasions.


When you stop in at her shop, Mountain Spirit Cards and Gifts, in the Cherry St. courtyard in Black Mountain, ask to see her big black Bragbook so she can show you pictures of her times with the special pair. Kate also has two doggie dogs of her own, Bella, who is now retired and at home, and Trooper, her special needs guy who keeps her company at the shop.


Without folks like Kate Shawgo and our other wolfdog sponsors, our residents would not have the level of care they are able to get at Full Moon Farm. It takes 8 sponsors per wolfdog to provide the amount needed for their costs each month. If you would like to sponsor one, or more, of Full Moon Farm’s wolfdogs, please see our website at here or contact Sarah Hallback at, or give Nancy Brown a call at 828-664-9818.  We currently also have a special, one-time, Gift Sponsorship of $50, which makes for a wonderful graduation or birthday present!

Thank you!

Thank you to all who participated in the Silpada Jewelry Fundraiser and the Flower Power Fundraiser for Full Moon Farm over the past month! The funds raised will go to help take care of the needs of the animals in the sanctuary! We appreciate your continued support and look forward to future opportunities to bring you interesting and exciting options to participate in going forward.

Your Full Moon Farm Board of Directors

President: Nancy Brown     


Vice President: Sarah Hallback   


Secretary/Treasurer: Donna Wiedrich 


Director at Large: Tamara Nesbit    


Director at Large: Cheryl Brown    


Director at Large: Jennifer Prouse 


Business Advisor: Bob Traktman    


Animal Medical/Behavioral Advisor: Beverly Hargus, DVM


Full Moon Farm

What is a Wolfdog?


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Sponsor a Wolfdog


FMF on Facebook (Group Page)

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River's Facebook Page

Full Moon Farm on Flickr

FMF on MySpace

FMF on Twitter

FMF on YouTube

Previous Newsletter Issues

You can find our back issues here.

In this issue:

From the President's Pen

May 25th Howl In!

Sponsor Spotlight - Kate Shawgo

Thank you!

Your Full Moon Farm Board of Directors


Previous Newsletter Issues

Gwenny's Gift Den

Wolfer Spotlight - Buddy

Upcoming Events

Gwenny's Gift Den

Hello from Gwenny’s Gift Den!


First of all, we need to send a big THANK YOU to volunteers Pam and Dave for making our new sign! They come all the way from Waynesville, NC almost every Thursday to volunteer at the sanctuary and have also been making signs for all of the wolfdogs, and our Memorial Garden. Please send them howls of love!


This month’s featured merchandise comes from Glass Scratchers in Ohio. They do custom engraving work on a wide variety of items, and can accommodate one-of-a-kind, or multiple item orders. John has been making merchandise for our gift den for two years now, and loves to deliver our items to us personally so he has a reason to visit with the wolfdogs. He can also send orders individually to your home or work address, so we ask that you place your request of items directly with Glass Scratchers, unless you are planning to come and see us in person at an event. This will save time and shipping cost all around.  



*Please remember, we must add NC state tax, and shipping charges, onto all listed pricing.*



Ceramic or Glass Coffee Cup w/ Logo  $10

Metal Water Bottles w/ Logo  $10


        Beer Stein sm $10  lg $15

        Drinking Glass   $10

        Wine Glass w/ Logo  $10

        Crystal Key chains w/ Logo  $10

        Clear or Frosted Shot Glass w/ Logo   $5


You can have your choice of either FMF’s logo, or choose from other Wolf designs on most of your glassware, too!


John can also imprint a photo of your favorite wolfdog onto glass items, such as Sun Catchers and Crystal Orbs of various sizes and shapes.



Suncatchers  Small $12     Large $16

Small Sunflower Crystal $17

Medium Arrowhead or Square Crystal $20

Large Sunflower or Square Crystal $24

Little Red/Shango, Xlrg Landscape Crystal $30


Please click here to go to the PayPal link on our website

Enter item description and quantity in the comment area when ordering.

Wolfer Spotlight - Buddy


Buddy came to Full Moon Farm in 2010. Buddy was picked up as a stray in the Hot Springs area of Madison County, NC. He is a bit of a folk hero, having eluded capture for months! Buddy is shy and reserved around strangers, but is very social and loving to regular volunteers. We are hoping to pair Buddy up with Isabelle in a new enclosure this summer. He is a low content Malamute and German Shepherd mix with a birthday around September 1, 2007.


Sponsorships are an important part of our success.  The funds raised in sponsorships help provide food and medical care for the resident wolfdogs. We appreciate each and every one of our sponsors and thank you for everything you do to help us take care of the wolfdogs. Many of the wolfdogs are still in need of sponsors; please let us know if you would be interested in sponsoring one or more of our beloved residents. You can find information on our website for the sponsorship packages but please email us if you have any questions or need further information. We have monthly, bi-annual and annual options available to meet all budget needs!  To sponsor an animal visit our website here.


Hi, I’m Buddy! There is a great photo of me staring cross-eyed at a bumble bee, inches from my nose! When you sponsor me, you can request it!

Upcoming Events

Friday, June 21, 6p to 9p - Bike Night at Harley Davidson of Asheville, in Swannanoa, NC - Live bands, free food, entertainment, vendor booths. We will be there with River doing hands-on education, and will also have some of our Gift Den merchandise for sale!


Saturday, June 22- Howl-In at FMF- Tours start at 3p, BBQ Potluck Dinner at 4:30p. We provide the main entrée and drinks ($5 donation requested to help cover cost).


Monday, June 24- Tattoo Fundraiser at Diamond Thieves in Marion, NC. All day fundraiser, with your choice of 4 designs. Will have River walking Nancy and lots of other fun stuff! More details yet to come!


Thursday, 6-27- Tattoo Fundraiser at Diamond Thieves in Asheville, NC. All day fundraiser, with your choice of 4 designs. Will have River walking Nancy and lots of other fun stuff! More details yet to come!


Other special events to schedule now!


Saturday, July 6, 4p to 9p- Family and Doggie Eye Scream Social- Eye Scream Parlor in Swannanoa. Doggie ice cream, dog activities, kid's activities, local food truck, and live acoustic music. Fenced in area for kids and dogs for fun, food, and music! Will include a raffle for a Bissell Cleaner!


Thursday, August 15, 11a to 9p - Dog Days of Summer at Mayfel's in Asheville. River will be walking Nancy around downtown, and we will have a small info table with some merchandise for sale. Very dog friendly, too! 10% of the day's proceeds are donated to us, so come by to see us while you enjoy lunch or dinner!


Sunday, August 25- Rafting with River! at French Broad Rafting Company in Walnut, NC- $40 per person, pre-pay, details soon to be announced!

Full Moon Farm • PO Box 1374 • Black Mountain • NC • 28711-1374
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