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FULL MOON FARM INC

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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

94 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with Full Moon Farm was literally a life changing experience. After going through a pretty dark time in my life feeling unsettled from leaving my home in NYC, I looked into volunteering for Full Moon Farm. As a dog trainer and a student who was pursuing research in debunking myths of "scarier" dog breeds, I wanted to give back while I was in North Carolina. Nancy, Terri, Jen, & Paulina were so welcoming (especially to this city slicker!) and you can tell they pour their heart & souls into the sanctuary for the wolfdogs' welfare. Nancy also recommended books for me to check out (Calming Signals by Turid Rugaas is my fav) that I have also recommended to every single one of my dog training clients to this day. I got to know every single wolfdog and dog in the sanctuary by name, personalities, and even those that were extremely shy. Each one provided a magical, unique, and humbling experience. Fast forward to 2021, Nancy wrote my recommendation letter for the UPenn masters program for animal behavior & welfare in which I was accepted into for Fall 2021. Now back in NYC, I think back fondly of my experience hearing howls in the mountains, the wolfdogs who I hope to see again one day, and those that have passed recently of old age who will be in my heart forever. I am so thankful to be given a chance to volunteer at Full Moon Farm :)

David Royster I.

Donor

Rating: 5

Hardworking people who care about their animals and the role they play in helping them-

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so grateful to Full Moon Farm for rescuing our beloved Trusty Troodles (as part of a large rescue case). Nancy and her team of volunteers are incredible and dedicated to each and every one of their rescue woofers with their whole, entire hearts. We cannot imagine our life without our goofy girl and are forever grateful to FMF for bringing her into our lives!

Camille C.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

One visit tells you all you need to know. Your very soul will feel the energy there and you'll be hooked.

Full Moon Farm is a magical place, any animal who winds up there will know love, security, enrichment and happiness. Nancy makes sure her rescues have all they need and then some.

Bless all who care for the animals at Full Moon Farm.

Julia N.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank goodness somebody is helping wolfdogs. They are such beautiful animals.

George G.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Good worker in a limited area The Wolfs need her and love her

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Nancy LaPorta is a rare and wonderful gem who with the help of her team provides an absolute haven for wolfdogs. Everyday Full Moon Farm makes a difference showering
these extraordinary animals with love, kindness and amazing care.

Why donate? Wolfdogs rely on humans 100% for their survival. At Full Moon Farm donations cover great food, much needed supplements, special needs, medical care, transport, spacious living spaces, enrichment activities, etc. all of which keeps them happy, healthy and safe.

Why volunteer? It’s an opportunity to be part of extraordinary mission and work alongside people who put their whole heart into each dog's care.

Things I love about FMF: Toy day, the excitement and antics are heartwarming and hilarious. And food buckets magically transform into a mailbox delivery system so even the most shy wolfdogs can join the fun retrieving toys lovingly left in their comfort zones.

Loki (the water dog) doing the side stroke in his pool.

The joy on Hercules' face as he plays the day away.

Flopsy's spirited adventures.

Sheba's sweet face.

The daily facebook posts.

All of the wolfdogs!

The unmatched dedication and devotion make Full Moon Farm the best and most amazing wolfdog sanctuary on the planet.

Any day is a great day to be a wolfdog's hero - - donate, sponsor, volunteer - - your soul will thank you.

I love Full Moon Farm to the moon and back!
Non-Profit Rating: Five Million Stars

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been fortunate to share my life with 3 high content wolf dogs (89-96%), 2 females and one male. Thor, Bambi (my wife named her) & Cheyenne, or Chey for short. All eventually passed due to natural causes, Thor and Bambi (brother and sister) lived into the teens as did Chey. They had the run of our house and large yard and were never destructive. They travelled well in our big truck and were never a problwm to us or our neighbors. One funny incident. I went to pick my wife up at the Billings Airport and my guys were in the carpeted camper shell. The airport was on high alert and armed Security was checking everyone closely. When they got to me one of the guards arrogantly told me to open the back door of my camper shell and be quick about it. I laughed as I got out of my truck and went to the back. I suggested the guard just look through the side windows, but he insisted. I opened the half doir to the camper and stepped back. As he approached the door he looked up and saw 3 very large wolf dogs laying there and displaying their teeth. No movement, no growling, just showing all their teeth. He stumbled backward, fell down, dropped his rifle and scooted back on his butt a good 10 feet. 2 other guards were laughing at him so he got on his feet, recovered his rifle, told me to shut the camper door and waved me on to Arrivals.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been to Full Moon Farm and seen for myself the great love and care given to the animals they have rescued. Nancy leads her group of loyal volunteers in providing a safe and secure home for abused and neglected wolf dogs. It's around the clock, 365 days a year of hard work and dedication by people who are there simply because of their love for these animals. They have my utmost respect and gratitude.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They do great work with wolfdogs! We visited them pre-covid during one of their tour days. It was very informative and these beautiful animals were very well taken care of. We hope to go back soon!

Courtney C.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great mission , they have true passion for animals

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted two wonderful dogs from FMF. The application process is very thorough and they do a fantastic job finding forever homes for the dogs in their care. For the animals they can't place, they offer a safe and caring environment for the dogs to live out their days with quality care and enrichment to keep them healthy and happy. I am so grateful for Nancy and her team!

mayv

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I once volunteered with FMF. It’s a great organization….they really care for the welfare and wellbeing of all the wolf dogs in their care. It’s also a great place to volunteer.

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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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Angela Schaffer N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love everything about Full Moon Farm and the wolf dogs.

Kelly D.7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great staff, will do whatever it takes to take care of a wolfdog in need

Gretchen Specht H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an amazing place! Full Moon Farm cares for some pretty amazing animals, and they are doing a fantastic job. Their "tenants" are well fed, well treated, well stimulated with activities and toys, and seem genuinely happy in their surroundings. Such an impressive organization.

And there is nothing quite like driving up to the farm, and hearing these beautiful animals howling their greetings.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I visited Full Moon Farms and had a wonderful experience. I was amazed at the knowledge the staff had and could also identify every K-9 on the property. I will definitely be visiting again soon.

Donor

Rating: 5

During Katrina, my friend went to New Orleans to aid in animal rescue. He came upon a wolf dog that everyone said to just leave. Can’t deal with that now. Listening to his gut, he contacted Nancy at Full Moon Farm and she took in the wolf dog. Couldn’t begin to say enough nice things to thank this wonderful farm

David V.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recently visited the Full Moon Farm wolfdog sanctuary in Black Mountain, NC and was completely blown away by the care these folks have for many unfortunate, beautiful wolfdogs. I am not able to adopt a wolfdog myself because I can't provide the special environment these dogs need, but I came away wishing I could. It's hard to believe people would work so hard for no monetary compensation, but this small crew does it. And many of these dogs would very likely be dead if it weren't for these compassionate souls. I very likely will end up volunteering out there myself, but I urge others who might be able to offer a home to these special dogs to check out Full Moon Farm. Many of the dogs are very loving and just need some space, appropriate fencing and shelter, and knowledgeable owners.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We visited Full Moon and had a wonderful time! They have a great set up and the dogs are well cared for! Love this place! Kelly Moore

Jeffrey M F.

Donor

Rating: 5

Years of great work as a refuge and an educational organization on behalf of the wolfdogs.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm in Cincinnati and have friends who volunteer from time to time and have nothing but great things to say about Full Moon Farm. I'm certainly looking forward to working with them in the near future to find a companion for my female wolfdog.

Marla F.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Their Facebook and mission to save these dogs are amazing.

Susan Satterwhite K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great dedicated, hard-working people who do all they possibly can for their animals.

Maria Martinez B.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love Wolfdogs & they love Wolfdogs! They do so much to help educate the public about Wolfdogs. They also do so much for the animals themselves. I send as much help as I can monthly, because I truly believe, the folks at Full Moon, LOVE each & everyone of the rescues they have at the farm and they do everything possible, to full fill their needs.

Alisha W.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteered here prior to moving and the sanctuary was wonderful. Great advocates and educators!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A truly amazing place!! I loved helping and learning about these beautiful misunderstood animals!

Scott K.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered one weekend while Full Moon Farms needed some building upgrades and general maintainence done throughout the compound. Not only was the director very friendly with everyone that showed up, the entirety of the operation came off as very well run and organized. I felt that everything we as volunteers had accomplished was well worth the considerable time and effort that was asked of us. The dogs are well taken care of, loved and provided for at Full Moon Farm.

Ash H.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Full Moon Farm has taken in several wolf dogs from Greenville, SC’s shelters!

Barbara Moss L.

Donor

Rating: 5

Awesome rescue in Western North Carolina ! I have visited several times and taken family and friends there also. I have been a sponsor to several wolf dogs over the years and am currently a sponsor.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place is awesome!! The tours and lecture on Wolves and Wolfdogs is something everyone should go and experience. They deserve our support and do a magnificent job of saving part of our history.

Sandy Lemons R.

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing staff. Take very good care of their animals.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful charity giving a great quality of life for these beautiful animals.

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!