Our Extreme Fundraiser - Howl from Great Heights is planned for Saturday, June 4th at Skydive Carolina in Chester, SC from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. At least 11 skydivers and volunteers are needed to work the event. If you are interested in jumping, volunteering, or sponsoring a jumper, please contact the organizer, She D'ambrosio. All jumpers must be 18, sign a release and collect a minimum of $500 in tax-deductible donations to secure their space. To make a donation to sponsor a jumper, please contact Nancy, or use the PayPal link on our site (please specify that it's for the Howl from Great Heights). You may also send a check to Full Moon Farm, PO Box 1374, Black Mountain, NC 28711. You may donate any amount, but if you are donating towards a specific person's jump, please let us know. We are hoping to have other activities, and of course, River will be there! We would like all pledges in by May 15th.
Please note that, should the event be canceled due to an inability to meet the minimum participation requirements, all donations will be converted to a general donation to support the wolfdogs at Full Moon Farm.
Skydiving Autumn by Brandon Merrill.
You can now download your very own Full Moon Farm group howl ringtone for your phone! This 30 second ringtone is available on our website on the Downloads page. The ringtone is free, but donations in any amount are appreciated. All donations go directly to the care of the animals! Our thanks to Vincent Barco for creating the ringtone, and to Georgina Hricak for installing it on our website.
Photo of Autumn howling by Sharon Greene.
Animal Adventures in North Carolina by Jennifer Bean Bower was published in March. Full Moon Farm is one of the featured stops in her book. There was also a blog post, "Austin and Santino go on an animal adventure," about the book and the Farm. Our thanks to Ms. Bower for including Full Moon Farm in her book!
Ms. Bower will be doing a book signing at the Barnes & Noble located at the Town Square at Biltmore Park, 33 Town Square Blvd., Ste. 100, Asheville, NC 28803 on April 30th at 11:00 a.m. FMF will be there with River. If you're in the area, please stop by to purchase a copy, get it signed and say hello!
The Savannah Boy, aka He-Man, did well after his second surgery. He will be off to live with his new family on May 9th! We wish them all the best. Our thanks to everyone who followed his story and for all their support with his surgery and recovery, both financially (your kindness covered almost all of his vet bill!) and with well-wishes and prayers.
This month, it's Bear and Thala!
Bear is one of the New Hampshire animals. After the breeder who owned them died in 2002, those animals were transported by FMF to EagleWolf in Tennessee. When EagleWolf closed due to lack of funding in 2003, they all came to FMF. Bear is a low content Shepherd mix. He is fairly shy, but if it's quiet, he has been known to approach people he's comfortable with to sniff a hand or get treats. He does get nervous when people are in the pen, and will retreat to one of his two favorite corners. He is most often seen hanging out in the back right corner, behind a few small trees.
Thala is one of the South Carolina animals. (Since Bear is neutered, it was okay to partner them up.) At first, she was a little nervous, most likely because she'd never seen so much space. She very quickly got over that, and became the boss of the pen, "marking" the food buckets. She is shy and will not approach people, but she loves visiting with Pippi and Sissy through the fence - and they love having her and Bear there. In fact, the girls seem to be a bit jealous if anyone is in with Bear and Thala, and will bark at whomever is in their pen.
We enjoy watching Bear and Thala together. They adapted to each other quickly, and are doing very well together.
Photo of Bear and Thala by Sharon Greene.
Our next Howl-In of the year will be Saturday, May 14th. 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 email@example.com. 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.
Photo of Mya howling by Sharon Greene.
Mayfest in Rutherford County
We will be participating at the 39th Annual Mayfest in Rutherfordton, NC on Saturday, May 7th and doing some education and outreach. The festival, which is presented by the Rutherford Town Revitalization, runs from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. They have live music, arts and crafts booths, kids' activities, and food vendors. If you're in the area, stop by to say hello and have some fun!
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, but a waiver is required (available in advance on their website). Nancy will be speaking but times have not been announced yet.
We are accepting donations to cover the cost of the $325 booth fee. To donate, please click here. Thank you for your support!
Our first Wolf Art Show and Sale will be at the Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar on Tuesday, May 24th from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Guitarist and FMF volunteer Trey Merrill will be performing. We are looking for any artists or sponsors who would like to donate wolf-themed items to sell for the show. For more information, please contact Sarah Hallback or Lily Cascio. We hope you'll join us there!
Photo of River at the Battery Park Book Exchange by Lily Cascio.
The woofers who joined us over the summer are now healthy enough to be spayed or neutered. Not only will this help their overall health, but it will help us move them into larger pens (can't have unaltered couples together!). Nancy has set up a Chip-In account to collect funds for this. You may also donate via our PayPal link (please specify that it's for the spay/neuter fund) or you may send a check to our vet, Animals R Us, 725 Crest Rd., Flat Rock, NC 28731 earmarked for the Full Moon Farm account. We are grateful for any and all assistance!
Photo of Komatz by Michele Frankl.
Thank you to Barbara Hootman and Jennifer Fitzgerald at the Black Mountain News for writing a story on the Farm, and to John Le from WLOS for coming out to do a small story on FMF. And a huge thank you to everyone who donated after the stories ran.
Also, thank you to Dariel Bendin for her story that ran in Alternatives News Magazine.
We would also like to thank Dickie's Discount Foods #3 in Fairview for donating two cases of hot dogs and Ingles Market # 8 in Black Mountain for donating drinks for our April Howl-In.
The Animal Rescue Site is hosting a special challenge for eligible Petfinder.com member shelter and rescue groups. The grand prize is a $5,000 grant, and they will be awarding many other grants to rescue groups with the most votes — a total of $300,000 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 $300,000 Shelter+ Challenge of 2011 - with Petfinder.com. Both of these actions are absolutely free! You can vote once a day, every day, from April 4th through June 19th, 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 and purple pawprint 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 "captcha" to type. Once you type in what it is in the box, 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!
If you are spring cleaning and wanting to get rid of some gently used items, we are looking for items to sell in yard sales or on consignment at Bella's of Asheville. (Please, no shoes or clothing.) If you are coming out to the Farm, you may drop your items off. If you are local, we may be able to arrange pickup. For more information, please contact Sarah Hallback or Lily Cascio.
Thank you! Our thanks also to Bella's of Asheville.
While the winter was mild, we still have tree work, driveway and culvert repair, and pen rebuilding that need extra hands. We are also in need of donations of gravel, backhoe and bobcat work. We are also looking for donations of 4' fencing material for our interior perimeter fence and labor for our fireline cleanup project. If you can help with this, or any other items on our Wish List, please contact Nancy.
Speaking Engagements Available
Nancy and River are available to give free talks to civic groups, schools and other organizations about responsible pet ownership and wolfdog mythbusting. (Well, Nancy talks; River comes along to meet people.) To book them, please contact Nancy.
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.
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