Is the summer heat getting you down? Tired of trying to keep cool? Then come rafting with River!
USA Raft is hosting a 5 mile half day rafting trip on the French Broad River to benefit Full Moon Farm. We will have River on hand at USA Raft's outpost in Marshall, NC to meet and greet participants.
This event is scheduled for Monday, June 20th, and starts at 10:00 a.m. All participants must be at USA Raft's Marshall outpost, located at 13490 US 25/70, no later than 9:30 a.m. All participants must at least 8 years of age and must pre-register/pre-pay. $40.00 donation per person (USA Raft normally charges $45.00/person). Dads & Grads get a $5.00 discount. No previous rafting experience is required. USA Raft is providing all necessary gear.
This event will be held rain or shine, since you'll get wet anyway! Call 828-664-9818 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to reserve your spot today!
For participant information, please click here.
Our thanks to Denise Wilson and USA Raft for organizing this event for us!
Photo of River in the pool by Ryan Talbot.
It is with great sadness that we had to say goodbye to Bear.
From our Founder Nancy Brown:
"Bear passed May 14th during emergency surgery for bloat, but the bloat was secondary to the cancer that was in the process of consuming his spleen, lower intestine and bowel.
"Bear was about 9 years old, being one of the animals in the NH Rescue from April of 2002, my first rescue that was not local, that was orchestrated by another rescuer, where I was to receive 1 animal, and ended up with 16!
"He and his brother Chewey, (who also died from bloat in Dec. of 2009), were about 7 month old, unsocialized pups. They went to Eagle Wolf Foundation for a while, but when they closed down, they came back to me and FMF in January 2003.
"Bear came around a little to people he liked, but was always standoffish, preferring to hide in his corner. He was rather a "feral looking, primitive type canine", who was one of the "Daunk" kids/grandkids.
"His quiet presence will be missed at the farm, but I am confident that he is running without fences, and is with the Heavenly Pack of FMF animals, wolfdogs, dogs, cats and horses that have passed before him.
"I cut my teeth in rescue with the Daunk's, and have 4 left. Bear Bear, thank you for your gentle teachings these last 9 years. Peace..."
Thala misses him. We have moved her into a smaller pen and put Ice Man next to her, in the hopes that the two of them will get along and can eventually be moved into a larger pen.
Photo of Bear by Sharon Greene.
Our next Howl-In of the year will be Saturday, June 18th. Nancy and River will be on WLOS (Channel 13) that morning to pitch the event. Tours of the Farm start at 3:00 p.m.; potluck supper begins at 5:00 p.m. Lily Cascio is bringing her crystal bowls to play for the animals and hopefully elicit some new howls! 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 Selena howling by Sharon Greene.
This month, it's Satchmo and Malibu!
Satchmo and Malibu are two of the animals that came from the SC backyard breeder. Satchmo is an older dog, and had some health issues when he first arrived at FMF. He was very underweight, which didn't help. He had to have surgery a few months ago, at which time he was also altered. At no time has any of this diminished his sweetness or his spirit. Satchmo loves people, and he loves attention! He's also a bit notorious for attempting to pee on those he likes well, which can prompt some awkward maneuvering while you're in the pen with him.
Malibu is a bit more reserved with people. She was not actually bred by the breeder, but was an owner-surrender. She is completely devoted to Satchmo, and spent a lot of time trying to dig into his pen before he was altered. The divider was eventually removed, and she stopped digging. Since the passing of Bear, the two have been relocated to his old pen, and they are thriving in this much larger space. We're not sure about Malibu, but we know Satchmo has never had this much room to move before! Malibu has really started to come out of her shell in the larger space, and willingly approaches people in their pen. We have enjoyed watching the two of them flourish in their new location.
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!
Tractor Supply Company is opening a store in Black Mountain. Gift cards to their store would be very welcome, as we are hoping to buy more fencing during their grand opening sale. We really could use 100 panels at $20.00 a panel! Please contact Nancy for more information.
Our July Howl-In is scheduled for July 16th at 3:00 p.m.
That same day, Nancy and River will be at Ray-Len Vineyards for their Full Moon Festival from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Full Moon Oyster Bar is providing the food and Vagabond Saint's Society is providing the music. Admission is $10.00 More information and directions can be found on Ray-Len's website.
We hope you can join us at one of these events!
We are looking for empty printer ink cartridges to recycle at Staples (please, no toner cartridges). We use the money we receive from that to purchase our office supplies. If you're visiting us, you can leave them in the basket in the gift shop. Thank you!
If you are decluttering 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.
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