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FULL MOON FARM INC

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The mission of Full Moon Farm is to provide assistance, and/or a safe haven, to wolfdogs in need of rescue from abusive situations, owner surrenders and animal control agencies, and to educate the public about these "special needs" animals.

Results: We currently house over 60 wolfdogs that have been rescued. We provide their daily needs and care as needed to give them a happy life for these animals. We have spent a great deal of time so far this year fundraising for new housing enclosures and repairs as well as backup power sources for use during storm outages at the sanctuary.

Target demographics: Animals, primarily wolfdogs, wolf hybrids and wolf dogs.

Direct beneficiaries per year: wolfdogs by bringing 35 into our facility, assisting owners in crisis, and educating hundreds of people about the "myth" understood wolfdog.

Geographic areas served: Continental United States

Programs: Full Moon Farm is an organization dedicated to the well being of the wolfdog (wolf hybrid) and as an educational center for the public. We operate as a sanctuary for abused and refused wolfdogs who find themselves in need of love, shelter, and care.

Community Stories

61 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became involved with Full Moon Farm, Inc., in 2010. I attended a Howl In and completely fell in love. I started volunteering and saw first hand the love, dedication and hard work that goes into this rescue. These animals are the "throw aways". Without this rescue, most would have nowhere to go and would be euthanized. This is not just a regular rescue either. The animals here often have more specific nutritional needs and/or medical needs, which increases the cost of their care. Nancy Brown works tirelessly to ensure their needs are met. This rescue is also an incredible educational resource -- teaching both adults and children about wolves and wolfdogs and the incredible misconceptions and myths that surround these majestic creatures. This place is my Heaven on Earth. It is a bright spot in a sometimes dim world. I am forever grateful that my path crossed that of Full Moon Farm, Inc. and Nancy Brown.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I moved to Black Mountain in 2018 and was looking for a place to volunteer. I never imagined that the time spent working with these amazing dogs would change my life. I am eternally grateful and proud to have the opportunity to love and be loved by these amazing animals. The love and care that each dog receives is a testament to the commitment made by Nancy Brown.

Donor

Rating: 5

Nancy Laporte Brown and Fred Fulton of Fullmoonfarm have dedicated their lives to taking care of and rescuing wolf dogs. They make sure they are well taken care of and loved. They are valued throughout the wolf dog community nationwide for their expertise and caring. This is the best shelter I have ever had the privilege to volunteer for.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization. Nancy and the volunteers do great work and have rescued so many beautiful animals and they are well cared for and very spoiled and so loved. Wolfdogs that had no hope of surviving are now thriving with so much love and care. Please support Full Moon Farm so Nancy can continue doing great work saving the wolfdogs.

Donor

Rating: 5

Nancy Brown owner of Full Moon Farm is the most loving person the Wolfdogs could possibly have. Her tireless care and attention to these incredible animals has gained the respect of our entire Black Mountain NC community. Having spent quite a bit of time at the farm I’ve learned these Hybrid Wolves are incredibly special and a true value to all that love nature and it’s special members!! John R

Sharon142

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Full Moon Farm gave me a deeper understanding of wolfdogs and how "myth" understood they are. It is a wonderful place where rescues can live out their life in peace. Nancy has dedicated her life to FMF and the care of the animals there. People should consider donating because these animals fall through the cracks, they are not recognized as dogs nor wolves, so they don't get funding from the big orgs to stay afloat, they depend on donations from the public. If you are in Black Mountain please consider visiting, it will be good for the heart and soul.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

If you could pick one sanctuary to support and donate to, let it be FMF.
They take in all wolfdogs no matter the content, and give them a forever home in the tranquil mountains of North Carolina.
The owners and volunteers are dedicated to the health and well being of the animals in their care. The animals come first. There are also no paid staff so all of you donation goes directly to the animals.
I love this place and if ever visit you will to.

Donor

Rating: 5

In this life, I'll probably never meet the people of Full MoonFarm, because I live far away (France). But I do know the names and the eyes of their "protégés". And I'm also an auntie for a shy, beautiful, black girl who is so lucky to be here !

Donor

Rating: 5

If I could only pick one non profit to donate to Full Moon Farm Wolfdog Sanctuary would be it. Nancy LaPorta Brown and her amazing volunteers are saving a piece of the world that others have tried to destroy. She has devoted her life to saving these wolfdogs and does a fantastic job of taking care of all the animals. But she doesn't stop there! She also devotes a lot of time to teaching about Wolfdogs. The tours she conducts during her Howl Ins are amazing!

Client Served

Rating: 5

They went above and beyond to assist in vet care for my personal animals, put us up for the night and allowed us to bounce ideas off them for helping others with proper ownership.

Sydney T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing non profit organization and the people who run it at phenomenal! I contacted them on my 21st birthday when looking for a fun activity to do and they got back to me immediately and allowed me to come in for a tour. I really enjoyed getting to talk to the owners and meet the dogs. Each one had a unique amazing personality and you could see the passion and care given to the animals by the staff. The owner (in photo) had an indescribable connection with each dog and provided an experience I will never forget.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at Full Moon Farm Wolf Dog Sanctuary for over a year now. Nancy, who is the owner, is so dedicated to the preservation of these amazing animals. She has traveled across country to rescue animals in need of shelter. She puts her heart and soul in assuring these animal's have the highest quality of life they can possibly have and is also very active in searching for permanent homes for them. She's is amazing and I am so thankful for her,because without her ,so many beautiful animals would be needlessly euthanized. I thank God for her everyday and ask his blessing upon her to continue the marvelous work she does!

Terri W.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an intern at Full Moon Farm. Nancy Brown has put her heart and soul into the farm and it shows. She cares for her animals deeply and they love her back. This is the 3rd time that I have stayed on the property and I will come back again.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

FMF is a team of passionate people devoted to the well being of one of the most misunderstood breeds of dogs, wolfdogs. Whether your volunteering, donating, or adopting, know that you are supporting one of the few places of refuge for these amazing animals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This facility has been nothing but phenomenal! They are very informative and helpful and deserve nothing but the best. We love volunteering there and so does my daughter. All of their animals are well loved and taken care of too.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been there since late 2004/early 2005. This place is a second home to me. They are a fantastic place to be. They are very helpful, educational and clean. I highly recommend them on everything they do and what they stand for.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The most passionate rescue team I’ve ever had the pleasure of volunteering with! Nancy and everyone at Full Moon Farm cares so deeply for these animals, it’s palpable and contagious. The knowledge I’ve learned from Nancy about wolfdogs and animal rescue is something I will continue to cherish. Nancy is always ready to help spread knowledge and education about these magnificent creatures, and the education aspect is key! I volunteer there on occasion, and not nearly as much as I would love to. It’s a significantly powerful place to spend a day, helping to care for the wolfdogs. This sanctuary/rescue is the real deal, if there ever were one.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place is amazing. They go above and beyond for these animals. I can name so many times they are stepped up to help when needed.
Thank God for such an amazing place and such caring people . They truly have a heart for these amazing animals

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is led by an amazing, caring, knowledgeable woman who’s only interest is in rescuing Wolfdogs. She has been doing this for decades and if it wasn’t for her so many of these beautiful creatures wouldn’t be on this earth right now. The animals are loved, fed and all veterinary needs are met. And all of this is done with donations from caring people.

Donor

Rating: 5

They do great for the animals. I have visited a few times and I am a previous volunteer.

Jay A.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Full Moon Farm is amazing. I started volunteering there 3 years ago and the only thing that made me halt was school. They teach you so much about wolfdogs and how different they are but also similar to dogs. And the people there are amazing! Some of the most kind hearted rescue folks you will ever meet! Volunteering was my grounding time, and the location is absolutely beautiful. They do everything they can to help the worst cases with very little. Highly recommend!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have visited Full Moon Farm several times over the past few years to volunteer and attend events. Many of the animals that I have met at the Farm have left a lasting impression on my heart. Nancy and her team of volunteers are both dedicated and inspiring, they work tirelessly to ensure that each animal receives the special love and care that they need. The monthly Howl In events provide a unique educational opportunity for people to learn more about these amazing animals. Please consider supporting this very deserving organization.

Amber K.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They have an amazing heart for these animals and will fight for them with everything they have. One of the best sanctuaries in the US!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great group of people doing great work for misrepresented animals

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is not a better place nor a better group lead by Nancy Brown in the wolfdog community. Whether it is rescuing animals in need, educating the public/local ACO's or assisting other rescues with transport ect.

George S.5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I came here for my first Pawty about 4 years ago now. It felt like coming home, it is hard to describe in words what FMF is like. I feel that Nancy Brown has put her life and soul into this place, and she has. I believe in the Farm and its mission so much that I am now an on-site volunteer.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Full Moon Farm never ceases to amaze me with their care and compassion of all the wolfdogs there. Their knowledge of the breed and willingness to educate the surrounding community is excellent.

Allison T.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been to events at this facility three years in a row, the love and dedication to these animals is so very obvious ❤

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Full moon farm is where I fell in love with wolfdogs. I love this place so much that I try to visit every year during the Pawty. Nancy and her team are miracle workers.

rpospisil

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Full Moon Farm is a beautiful wolfdog rescue in Black Mountain NC. They take in wolfdogs regardless of content, unlike many wolfdog rescues. The volunteers work tirelessly to make sure all the animals are well taken care of. Rescue is often a thankless job when it comes to people. The love the animals show back to the volunteers makes up for that though. I live in Pennsylvania but still volunteer at least once a year for a week, plus run transports if needed. Great place to support!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I first visited Full Moon Farm in 2015 when my daughter volunteered for a week for her senior project. Nancy LaPorta Brown and all the volunteers work tirelessly to care for all the wolfdogs at the sanctuary. As someone who has been on the bod of several wolfdog organizations I have visited many wolfdog rescues and sanctuaries. Full Moon Farm is tops in personal care of each animal. Nancy also takes in any wolfdog that she has space for. She does not turn away the lower content animals that sometimes get overlooked or turned down by other rescues.

1 Alex C.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been to Full Moon Farm several times in the past few years and when it’s time to go, it’s tough because of the wonderful experiences I’ve gained, the animals that all have interesting personalities, and the loving and caring staff that help make a difference for not only the animals but to the general public as well. I truly love going there to help out, to learn and make a difference for these animals!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known of Full Moon Farm for over a decade now. Over the years I have been there countless times and I am honored to call the the founder/president one of my dearest friends. It has only gotten better and better over the years. I can’t say enough good things about the farm, the volunteers, and the board. The animals that FMF has saved truly found sanctuary in this wonderful haven for wolfdogs.
-Heather Greene

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wonderful place filled with amazing animals and dedicated volunteers that also provides a unique educational opportunity. Each time I visit Full Moon Farm I am impressed by the love and commitment shown by Nancy and her volunteers for these unique animals. Many of the animals were abused, abandoned, or simply had nowhere else to go, Full Moon Farm provides a safe and loving forever home where they can receive excellent care and live in the peace and sanctuary of the mountains. Many of these animals and their stories have touched my heart, please consider showing your support by visiting or donating to this truly deserving organization!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We made our first visit to Full Moon Farm Sanctuary earlier this year, meeting the beautiful animals and seeing the love and dedication of Nancy and her group of volunteers is an experience we will not forget. This is a great organization that does so much good for unwanted, abused, or abandoned wolfdogs and misrepresented dogs. Nancy Brown is a wonderful, caring individual who truly puts her heart and soul into helping the animals. The animals were all were all loved, respected, and well cared for at their forever home. We were touched by their stories, their resilient spirits, and their beautiful howls, as well as the love, strength, and dedication shown by Nancy herself. I will not forget my experience and hope to visit again soon. Please consider donating to this wonderful organization and help support these beautiful animals.

2 Fred O Fulton J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Full Moon Farm since 2016. All at the farm (FMF) are full of compassion for the animals.The care given to these animals is the best possible.We specialize in the animals that are abused,refused and neglected. Being a sanctuary FMF offers these animals a place to live out their lives in peace and safety. Many of the animals are seniors and all of the volunteer staff help to make their days comfortable and complete, walking those that can be and interacting with those can be interacted with while respecting those that prefer to just be cared for. This what my vision of a rescue has always been.I volunteer and donate to Full Moon Farm and will continue to. I am honored to work with Nancy and the staff of volunteers at Full Moon Farm Wolfdog Rescue and Sanctuary.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I had the pleasure of visiting Full moon farm this past weekend and It was an amazing experience. The wolf dogs are so beautiful and all the volunteers are friendly you can tell they really love these wolf dogs. I cant wait to go back and hear them howl!

2 Donna Wade W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Full Moon Farm for 7 years and it always amazes me that they are able to do so much and save so many lives on such a small budget. This rescue is entirely volunteer-based and has no paid staff so every penny that is donated goes directly to the welfare of the animals.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Been a supporter of Full Moon Farm for years and appreciate what they do every day for the animals.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My family and I went to the June howl-in this year and we’ve been obsessed with this place since then. I can honestly say I’ve never met a person more passionate about what they do then Ms. Nancy. We’ve learned so much from her and I’m very honored to call her my friend now. Full Moon Farm is so much more then a sanctuary, it is a HOME, and not just to it’s residents but to it’s volunteers, it’s visitors, and it’s supporters. I would highly recommend visiting during the howl-in and bringing any of their wishlist items as they run solely on donations!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

FMF has a core set of volunteers who are dedicated to ensuring the residents receive the best care in terms of nutrition, physicality, medically, and mentally. The wolfdogs at FMF may not have had the best beginnings in life, but we make sure they feel loved and safe at the sanctuary. As a bonus, FMF's founder and owner, educates the public and her volunteers about wolfdogs and dispels the myths that surrounds wolfdogs.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The FMF sanctuary treats all the wolf-dogs with respect and dignity. Nancy and Fred do a lot of work to educate the public about wolfdogs and to care for the ones at the Farm. Truly a great organization that goes above and beyond.

DWiedrich

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the most amazing rescues out there! They operate on donations only and have no paid staff. Their dedicated volunteers, including Founder Nancy Brown, care for approximately 70 abused and neglected wolfdogs and their love for these animals (and the love from the animals in return) shines through!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization that takes in the unwanted wolfdogs and misrepresented dogs from all over the country. Their kindness and compassion is endless and they have saved hundreds of animals from horrible abuse and neglect as well as euthanasia. Their animals are extremely well cared for and loved. A top-notch rescue and sanctuary!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was very gotunate to meet Nancy and her crew many years ago .Thror is a lot of work and passion that goes on at full moon woods of sanctuary. The dogs are well cared for and so much love and been to a bowl in which she acknowledged people of wild dogs and the taping of a show at full moon that did see on television .These are remarkable people who have a passion for these animals .

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Nancy is truly a amazing person . She stands firmly in a cause she believes in she and the volunteers put in endless hours and time and hours to the unspoken voices of the wolf and the wolfdogs. She has helped mankind to understand these beautiful animals and have them along life with uncondional love and care. I believe Nancy is truly a gift from God and a gift to alit of people as she works with very little support to maintain the facility but if you ever see Nancy you would see a smile on her face at all times as she s passion and a love of the work she does I am very blessed to have met and seen her facility and the to gel the love on that mountain

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having worked closely with Full Moon Farm for many years, I can say without a doubt that this is a profound and amazing Sanctuary. Nancy Brown works harder than anyone I’ve ever met and will go to the ends of the earth for the animals in her care. The struggles and hardships that befall an animal sanctuary are numerous and ongoing. The operating costs are higher than most people imagine, food, vet bills, fencing, grounds maintenance and on…. even with non-paid volunteers. Nancy loves her animals and handles this place like a pro. If you can’t experience a magical trip personally, a donation is always worthy of a howl.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We visited Full Moon for the first time on August 5th and really enjoyed it! The owner was very informative & disproved many myths on wolves & wolf dogs. We enjoyed taking the tour and hearing each animal's story & how they came to be a resident at the sanctuary. We were surprised to hear how some of the wolfdogs had been pets in loving homes & due to the laws where they lived now have to live out their lives in a fenced home or be euthanized. Thank goodness for Full Moon for giving them a home.
We would recommend visiting Full Moon for one of their monthly Howl Ins & donating or sponsoring a wolfdog. We are now in the process of choosing which one we want to sponsor!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place rocks! Nancy and her volunteers not only save these wonderful animals but they educate the public about wolfdogs! Nancy has dedicated her life to making sure that the wolfdogs are given a chance traveling all over this country to save them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Full Moon Farm is an amazing rescue. Wolfdog rescue often lacks the ability to adopt animals, due to the nature of the dogs. For them to continue onward and make it all work is amazing. I look up to them all.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced officially to Full Moon Farm in the early spring of 2016. Since then I have become utterly obsessed with this wonderful organization. Full Moon Farm is animal rescue done right. Animals have spacious enclosures, top of the line food, 24/7 care, and the love of all who are lucky to meet them.

I was surprised at how the founder and the volunteers are so dedicated to every animal 100% of the time. It was wonderful to see, coming from a background of mass marketed animal rescue, that the animals in Full Moon Farm's care receive above what most animals in shelters across the U.S. receive. That dedication, love, and unwavering commitment to making every minute about the animals wowed me. Their events are fun, friendly, and educational. The gift shop on site has excellent merchandise that will last for years. While the sanctuary is removed from the beaten path, making the drive is well worth it.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love Full Moon Farm, every person there from Nancy all the way down to the newest volunteer puts their heart and soul into saving and caring for the unwanted, abused and abandoned animals that find their way to the farm. I have the highest respect for Nancy and all the hard work, blood, sweat and tears she has put into building and maintaining such a wonderful sanctuary!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've known about Full Moon Farm for about 10 years now. I've made several visits there and helped with rescue and transport of several of the animals. There isn't a more dedicated team of people supporting Full Moon Farm and their mission.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have followed Nancy and Full Moon Farm for a number of years online. I am completely in awe of Nancy's strength of character in what she does for these animals and the adversities she has to overcome to do what she does. She and the volunteers do a wonderful job educating about and taking in and providing love and care for unwanted/in danger wolfdogs.

Ashleigh M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Until about 5 years ago I never knew about this place but once I do I have fallen in love with not only the animamls but the people as well, this is more than just a non-profit rescue this is a FAMILY. This is what is should be all about, saving lives all while helping to educate the people who dont know as well as some who do. The younger generations like myself can learn ALOT from these peopl who put their heart,soul,sweat and blood into trying to save these special animals. There is just not enough good I could say about this place and the people connected to it you just have to experience it for yourself and once you do you will want to continue to do so.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was fortunate enough to meet Nancy in an online forum and she helped me better understand my wolfdog's behavior and how to tell a wolfy looking dog apart from an actual wolfdog. Visiting the farm and learning about the various inhabitants gave me a depth of understanding that resonates with me to this day.

I appreciate her unwavering devotion to their well-being, but also her understanding of when it becomes more merciful to bring peace to a life that was tortured beyond the animal's ability to heal.

She loves, believes, and gives every ounce of effort to this sanctuary, and when a resident crosses the bridge she grieves for them because they're family.

She drives 1000's of miles, spends untold hours educating, and even though she doesn't put up with drama, she never fails to send uplifting messages that keep her humble and in awe of the world around us.

You'd be hard pressed to find an overall better nonprofit organization dedicated to the standards that all organizations should be held accountable to.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Protecting, saving, and loving wolf dogs. Full Moon does a wonderful taking care of these beautiful animals and allowing them to have quality lives

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a beautiful, amazing place! They do a very very good job (service) taking care of these beautiful animals. I had the privilege to visit & they have an amazing relationship & love for these beautiful wolf/wolfdogs !! Keep up the good work & maybe I'll get another chance to visit!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I had the thrill of living on the farm and volunteering. The work is hard and long hours but when you are done at the end of the day your soul is happy. The wolfers are safe, fed and happy. Their joint howling is an amazing, unexplainable feeling. Nancy's dedication is unwaivering.

1 Lisa348

Donor

Rating: 5

Full Moon Farm Wolfdog Sanctuary is an amazing place - staffed by wonderful people who care for the wolfdogs. Nancy LaPorta Brown works tirelessly yet has the time and grace to inform everyone about the wolfdogs she rescues and about wolfdogs in general. My daughter and husband have been three times and my daughtter is spending her 19th birthday celebration by bringing friends to the Howl In to volunteer ! Nancy has been so kind to my daughter Katie even helping her with a research paper and my daughters essay to get into Virginia Wesleyan was based on Nancy & Full Moon Farm. We donate monthly for the dogs we sponsor and send food and participate in the fundraisers. We have decals on the car and spread the word about this wonderful place and the wonderful people, Donna Sharon Sarah John & Jennifer we have come to know because of the sanctuary. We found Nancy and Full Moon Farm accidently by watching a TV show she was featured in.. she impacted us enough to find her in NC. Visit Full Moon Farm and see the beautiful animals who have found a forever home with Nancy when no one else wanted them. Donate monthly, donate once, send food or volunteer your time, you will not be disappointed!
Lisa DeWitt

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My experience with Full Moon Farm began over a year ago when I located the sanctuary on the internet while doing some research. While I was reviewing information about the sanctuary I noticed they'd be hosting an event while I was in the area and I decided to attend. It was a great event, I learned a great deal of information about the animals and the organization. During that visit I made a personal choice to sponsor one of the animals and kept in touch with the volunteers who run the facility. I visited the sanctuary again on several other occasions months later and discussed possible ways to volunteer and help them out even though I wasn't local. The group is such a great group of people and they work so hard and are so selfless to give the way they do to take care of the animals all on a volunteer basis, I just felt I needed to do what I could to help them out any way possible. I started volunteering helping to raise funds and find opportunities for the sanctuary that are available in an attempt to make things easier for the volunteers taking care of the animals at the sanctuary. Later I was asked to be a Board Member and agreed to accept the responsibility and to be part of the organization in that manner. I couldn't ask for a better group of individuals to work with and have not seen such selfless and giving attitudes from one group of people in a very long time. I commend each volunteer for their time and energy invested in caring for and taking care of those sweet animals that are so deserving of caring hands. I encourage anyone to visit and get involved with this group and these animals.