Who We Are & What We Do…
What is Full Moon Farm? Full Moon Farm is a rescue and sanctuary for wolfdogs. We work to help save wolfdogs in peril, and we provide lifetime care for those who, for whatever reason, cannot be re-homed. We are a not-for- profit 501(c)(3) organization.
What do you do? Full Moon Farm helps wolfdogs in three ways:
Rescue – This involves evaluating wolfdogs and transporting them here or to other sanctuaries or shelters, as well as networking with other wolfdog rescue organizations to help with adoptions.
Education – Full Moon Farm does many educational outreaches, both formal (such as scheduled visits to schools and businesses, booths at festivals) and informal (such as being able to educate workers while at a shelter evaluating a wolfdog). Even walking our dogs in the local Christmas Parade is educational, as it shows people that these animals are not the monsters of myth and fable. Also, wolfdogs are not hybrids, nor are they half wolf, half dog!
Sanctuary – Giving “refused and abused” wolfdogs a safe, healthy and loving environment in which to live out their lives takes most of our resources.
How many wolfdogs do you have? As this is being written, there are 61 wolfdogs at Full Moon Farm. This number varies, but the population for the past year has averaged between 60 and 70. [NOTE: We have had as many as 94 when we closed up several back yard breeding operations.]
Where do you get your wolfdogs? Most of the animals at Full Moon Farm were saved through the cooperative efforts of wolfdog rescue and animal control or wildlife regulatory agencies. They were either seized because of abuse or neglect, confiscated as illegal, or picked up running at large and unclaimed. A few were given up by owners who were no longer able to care for them, but we are no longer able to take owner turn-ins at this time.
Do you breed them? Absolutely not. In fact, Full Moon Farm would like to see - at the very least - a moratorium on the backyard breeding of wolfdogs. There are many more poor quality, mis-represented wolfdogs than there are good homes. We try to work with responsible, reputable breeders of quality wolfdogs.
Are any of them up for adoption? There are hundreds of wolfdogs needing homes on any given day. Full Moon Farm works very closely with a nationwide network of people who are helping place wolfdogs in loving, responsible “forever homes.” If you are interested in adopting a wolfdog, please contact Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do you feed all of them? How much do they eat?
Their food is paid for by donation. The wolfdogs are fed a high protein, high quality kibble most nights. (Right now, we feed Victor Hero Canine.) Once a month they get a meal of chicken leg quarters, and we are fortunate enough to get occasional donations of meat scraps from various donors. We go through over 200 pounds of kibble per night. When they are fed meat, it takes over 400 pounds to make one meal for all of them.
How many people do you have working there? If what you mean by “working” is putting in long hours, getting tired and dirty, sometimes getting little sleep, and pretty much giving up on a social life, there is one. We also have a few dedicated volunteers who come out to help us whenever they can. (And we always need more!)
If what you mean is “getting paid,” that number is zero. All the money donated goes to feeding the animals, getting them vetted, and building appropriate containment. There are also expenses related to rescue transport missions, as well as educational outreaches and materials. Even with the donations we have, money for essentials – like food for the wolfdogs – sometimes comes out of the pockets of board members and volunteers. There is no money for salaries. The people who work here do this after they come home from their paying jobs. It is truly a labor of love.
Don’t you get government support or something? Though we are researching available funding for nonprofits, so far we do not benefit from any large grants, government or otherwise. Animal rescue in general is not usually high on the list of organizations that garner that type of funding, and – because they are controversial – wolfdogs rank even lower. Because they are not considered completely domestic animals by many government agencies and other organizations, wolfdog rescue is often not eligible for help that goes to “pets.” And because they are not considered “wild” animals by other agencies and organizations, they do not benefit from grants for wildlife either. [Note: USDA recognizes wolfdogs as domestic animals.]
Basically, these animals – created by man – are now falling through the cracks and it is up to sanctuaries like Full Moon Farm to help them, unsupported by government help. That is why your donation – of money or your time – is so very important to the wolfdogs of Full Moon Farm.