‘Howl Ins’ underway at Full Moon Farm
The monthly “Howl Ins” at Full Moon Farm provide a glimpse into the whirlwind that is Nancy Brown’s life in the world of wolf dog rescue.
The events held on the first Saturday of each month from April to November mark the busy season for Brown, who already has a demanding work load year-round.
But the chance to educate the general public about a breed of dog that she calls “mythunderstood” is one of the reasons she opened her doors 13 years ago.
“They’re (wolf dogs) the ones that need the voice,” she said. “Wolves have National Wildlife Federation and all of the big guys. Dogs have H.S.U.S. (Humane Society) and A.S.P.C.A. Wolf dogs have a handful of people that care.”
Brown works tirelessly to provide homes for animals that are often mistakenly believed to be half wolf and half dog.
“That is the biggest thing that I want people to know. These are not wild wolves being bred into dogs,” she explains. “These dogs are captive animals that are considered domestic animals by the U.S.D.A.”
Howl Ins, like the one at the Full Moon Farm (fullmoonfarm.org) last Saturday, provide Brown with an opportunity to teach anywhere from 30-100 people at a time about the animals that she loves.
“People come, and we tour part of the facility,” she said. “They get to see the differences between the animals that are five generations removed from pure wolf as well as animals that are only one generation removed. They get to see animals that look very ‘wolfy,’ and don’t have a lot of dog content, sit for a treat.”
Besides serving as an educational experience for those attending, the free Howl Ins have another important purpose for Full Moon.
“They are our biggest fundraisers for the year,” Brown said.
With limited resources available for the care of wolf dogs, Brown’s non-profit business relies heavily on contributions from the community.
She recently hosted volunteers from as far away as Indiana and Virginia.
In addition to hosting the Howl Ins, where donations are encouraged, Brown seeks sponsorships for the animals to help provide everything from food to fencing.
She recently partnered with ResQwalk, an app that donates money to Full Moon when the person wearing it walks.
“This app is great, and it’s easy to do,” Brown said. “It’s a great way for people to help out.”
Brown’s primary goal at the facility is to provide a safe home for wolf dogs that have been abandoned or abused.
“I just want to keep them healthy and happy,” she said.
Full Moon Farm
For more on Full Moon Farm, including an up-to-date wish list and remaining Howl In dates, visit fullmoonfarm.org.