The Savannah Boy is doing incredibly well. We have raised $1,395 so far to cover his medical expenses - a huge THANK YOU to all who donated! We're still about $900 short on his medical fund; if you wish to help, you may donate to his Chip In account here. Nancy has been in contact with the original owners, who do miss him terribly and are hoping to come visit him while he recuperates. We're also still looking for a name, so please continue to send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Daegan is starting to warm up, and has bonded very well with one of our volunteers. She takes him for walks, and he is very interested in meeting the other woofers. If only the feeling were always mutual!
Ozzy has shown remarkable improvement. She looks like a very different woofer now! Her fur has come back in beautifully. She's got a rather nice house (initially built by James for Meisha when we thought she was expecting; it's fully carpeted and has a door flap). She's fond of barking at everyone, but ducking into her house whenever anyone comes up--unless you have a leash in your hand. Then she's very happy to see you!
Photos of the Savannah boy, Lisa and Daegan, and Ozzy after by Sharon Greene.
Ozzy before by Cheryl Branum.
A breeder in a nearby county took six puppies to his local shelter because he said he could not find buyers for them and told the shelter staff to euthanize them. He claimed these pups were 85% wolf. Shelter staff contacted Nancy, and Full Moon Farm agreed to take and place the puppies. As you can see, they are clearly not 85% wolf (for starters, it's still breeding season, which runs from Dec - Feb). These are low content pups--mostly German Shepherd--though there is a little bit of wolf in there (the content varies from pup to pup). So far, the two boys have found forever homes, but the four girls are still in need of placement. They have been wormed and have had their first round of shots. They are absolutely adorable and love attention--we were commenting during chores on Saturday that it was impossible to walk by their pen without stopping to see them! Potential owners must have wolfdog/northern breed and/or GSD experience, a fenced yard and must pass a home check. If you are interested, please contact Nancy at email@example.com for more information and an application.
We will have booths at both the Charlotte and Asheville Pet Expos.
The Charlotte Pet Expo is May 21, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Park Expo Center, 800 Briar Creek Road, Charlotte, NC 28205. Admission and parking are free. Pets are welcome. Nancy will be speaking but times have not been announced yet.
The Asheville Pet Expo is April 2 - 3, 2011 at the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher, NC, across from the Asheville Airport. Adult admission is $7.00; kids 15 - 6 are $5.00, and 5 and under are free (they have a coupon for $1.00 off admission on their website). Parking is free. Leashed pets are welcome. We are looking forward to reaching more people in the Asheville area!
We are accepting donations to cover the cost of the booth fees - $325 for Charlotte and $199 for Asheville. To donate, please click here. Thank you for your support!
We lost Dakota Grey unexpectedly on February 7th. He had been limping, and we thought he'd pulled a muscle or tendon. Given how bouncy he was, it wasn't entirely out of the question. When it didn't resolve, he was taken to the vet. We learned he had an advanced case of osteosarcoma. X-rays showed that the cancer was not only entirely in his right front leg, but had started to spread to his upper left front leg. He was only 2 1/2 years old. He shared a pen with his mother, Aslan, who misses him greatly, as do we. Dakota Grey was laid to rest in our cemetery.
In happier news, Cherokee has gone to her new forever home! We wish her and her new people all the best.
Photos of Dakoto Grey and Cherokee by Michele Frankl.
This month, it's Dakota Two and Kodiak, aka Dakodiak!
These two are part of the Shadow's Den rescue, and have shared a pen since the summer of 2007, and are fairly inseparable (hence the combining of their names into "Dakodiak.") Both boys are shy with newcomers. Dakota is notorious for hiding behind his "magic tree stump." If he can't see you, then you're not there! During the recent "rabies roundup," he sat behind his tree stump and let us hold him while he got his shot. He's very playful with people he knows well, and loves to do "drive bys" in the pen for skritches.
Kodiak is a little more reserved than Dakota. He'll come up for skritches, but only after Dakota. He's also a fan of the "drive by" form of attention in the pen. The two of them will sometimes really get going and run in circles, going from the person to the back of the pen and back! It is such fun to watch the two of them play together. Now, if they'd only stop squabbling with Glacier and Hanta...
Photo of Dakota 2 by Dean Rhoades. Photo of Kodiak by Michele Frankl.
Some of the up-and-coming happenings that you might want to keep an eye on:
Animal Adventures in North Carolina by Jennifer Bean Bower will be published in March, 2011. Full Moon Farm is one of the featured stops in her book. There is also a blog post, "Austin and Santino go on an animal adventure," about the book and the Farm.
Our first Howl-In of the year will be Saturday, April 16th. Tours of the Farm start at 3:00 p.m.; potluck supper begins at 5:00 p.m. Bring a side dish and join the fun! For info and directions, please call 828-664-9818 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our full Howl-In schedule is available here. We are also looking for any grocery stores, restaurants or cafés that would like to become a Pack Patron by contributing the main entrée for 60 people for each month's Howl-In. For more information on that, please contact Sarah Hallback at email@example.com.
Our Extreme Fundraiser - Howl from Great Heights is planned for Saturday, May 7th at Skydive Carolina in Chester, SC, and is being organized by She D'ambrosio. At least 11 skydivers and volunteers are needed to work the event. She will be heading up to the Farm in the next few weeks to finalize the details. If you are interested in jumping, volunteering, or sponsoring a jumper (it will be a $500 minimum pledge to jump; all jumpers must be 18 and must sign a release), please contact She D'ambrosio. To make a donation to sponsor a jumper, please contact Nancy. You may donate any amount, but if you are donating towards a specific person's jump, please let us know. We would like to have all pledges collected by April 9th. We are hoping to have other activities, and of course, River will be there! As soon as the details are final, we will post them on our website.
Photo of Autumn howling by Sharon Greene.
Our thanks to Earth Spirit Handbags! We are one of two organziations receiving part of her proceeds from the sale of her lovely purses.
Thank you to those of you who voted for us in the Pepsi Refresh Project. We didn't make it to the top 10 in our category, but we hope to be able to reapply when they start accepting applications again in April.
We would also like to thank MyNewsletterBuilder. They provide us with free newsletter hosting, and we wouldn't have this e-newsletter without their service.
Photo of Sharon with Kahn and Earth Spirit Handbag by Trey Merrill.
The Animal Rescue Site is hosting a special challenge for eligible Petfinder.com member shelter and rescue groups. The grand prize is a $10,000 grant, and they will be awarding many other grants to rescue groups with the most votes — a total of $100,000 in grants for animal welfare organizations.
Help us win! All you have to do is click to help rescued animals, and then vote in The Animal Rescue Site $100,000 Shelter+ Challenge. Both of these actions are absolutely free! You can vote once a day, every day, from January 10th through March 20th, 2011. Every time you vote, or tell a friend to vote, you are making a huge difference for us.
It's easy to do! Go to The Animal Rescue Site and click on "Click here to give-- it's FREE" (the big purple button in the upper right). On the next screen, click on the "Vote Now" button at the top of the page (it has the little hearts on it). On the next page, type in "Full Moon Farm" for the shelter name, "NC" for the state, and click "Search." On the next screen, click the "vote" button, and you'll be taken to a page with a picture of an animal. Once you type in what it is, click "submit," and you're done!
Please remember to vote every day, and please ask your friends and family to vote for us! Thank you!
We are looking for a few good, civic-minded people who would be interested in serving on our Board of Directors and helping the Farm grow to the next level. Non-profit experience is required, along with fundraising and/or volunteer recruitment experience. If you are interested, please contact Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Searching & Shopping Reminder
We'd also like to remind you to please consider using igive.com for your online shopping, and GoodSearch for your online searching!
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Full Moon Farm
PO Box 1374
Black Mountain, NC 28711
A 501(c)3 organization