Jake, New Moon Farm Ambassador
Jake is the Chief Sanctuary Goat and Ambassador at New Moon Farm. He was surrendered to New Moon Farm by a family who for years had him as a pet and could no longer keep him. Not wanting 350 pound Jake to end up in the wrong hands, the family's decision eventually led to Jake transitioning to the Sanctuary side of the farm, where he now greets visitors who delight in this gentle giant. In addition to his other duties, Jake has agreed to be the handsome face of our Land Campaign and can be followed at his Twitter account: twitter.com/NMFJakeBoer #NMFLand #GiveJakeABuck
About New Moon Farm
New Moon Farm Goat Rescue and Sanctuary is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of animals in need. Whether victims of financial difficulties, neglect or abuse, we are committed to taking in unwanted animals brought to us via owner surrender, as well as by animal control.We currently have an opportunity to purchase an adjacent 5 acre property. Acquiring this additional acreage would allow us to expand the rescue facilities, and ensure the long-term future of the sanctuary.
Update 7/17- A message from Ellen, NMF Founder and Director:
It's with tears in my eyes that I'm writing, begging people to help save this rescue. I always try to keep the posts on our page positive, but I think I need to let everyone know where things stand. If we are unable to purchase the additional land that we’ve been trying to raise funds for, it is very likely that New Moon Farm will have to close its doors. For the past 16 years I have dedicated my life – my home, my time, my money and all of my energy – to running this rescue. Though we do have a fabulous team of volunteers, I do most of the basic care; feeding the herd twice a day, caring for the “special needs” animals, doing intake on new arrivals, medicating as needed. I also do all of the administrative work – answering 20+ emails and 10+ phone calls a day, meeting with those who need to surrender animals, picking up goats that need to come to NMF, meeting with potential adopters, delivering goats to new homes, updating the Petfinder page, posting to Fb, maintaining the bookkeeping, the records on the animals, taking all of the photographs. All of this on top of working a full time job. Don’t get me wrong – I love caring for the animals. But it’s taking its toll on me. The 30 year old woman who started this sanctuary is long gone.
I have been having serious health issues for the past 3 ½ years. I suffer from an auto-immune, nutrient malabsorption issue that we have been unable to resolve. I have been anemic and extremely low on most vitamins/minerals for years, despite blood transfusions, prescription supplementation, diet changes and all sorts of treatments. I have been suffering from chronic fatigue, constant muscle pain and spasm, and extreme joint pain that no treatment can resolve. I have seen both Western and naturopathic specialists in every possible field, who have run every test known, with no definitive results. The bottom line is, I can’t keep doing this the way I have been. I am not looking for suggestions on my health issues – I’m asking for help to keep NMF open.
The most important potential of acquiring the new land would be the addition of a second residence. With the current zoning, we cannot add
another house. But if we can buy this additional parcel, we can build another residence. Then, we could bring in a caretaker to handle the daily maintenance of the animals and help with the administrative work. Basic facilities maintenance, which has fallen behind due to my health, could be taken care of regularly. With another person on site, I wouldn’t be the sole person responsible for the running of the farm. I have thought about this constantly, and looked at every angle. Bringing in a caretaker is the only way that I can see continuing.
Though the thought of closing the rescue breaks my heart, and is something I never imagined was even an option, it’s reality. I just can’t keep going like this. For many years, I did it all myself. Now, I need your help. New Moon Farm is a magical place – a place of peace and harmony, a safe haven for animals in need, a place of healing for animals and humans alike. A rescue that has taken in, rehabilitated and found homes for over 1200 animals. Please, help us keep this place alive. Every contribution helps. We have raised $20,000, which is amazing, but that is only 10% of what we need to buy the land. I cannot take on a second mortgage - the only way to acquire the land is to buy it outright. If we do not raise the funds to buy the land, I fear that NMF will likely close. I cry when I think about turning away animals in need, but without your support, I will have no choice.
Thank you for your support.
What We Need & What You Get
- Based on market value, we need to raise $250,000 to make the owner a legitimate offer.
- While we would like to cover as much of the purchase price as possible with this fundraising campaign, if we reach enough of the goal to provide a 50% down payment for the land, we may be able to purchase the land through current owner financing. If we do not reach our goal, the funds will be used toward other major improvement projects and the ongoing support of the rescue.
- In addition to knowing you are assisting in a very crucial capital project for New Moon Farm with your tax-deductible donation, we have some great perks as an extra incentive!
Since taking in our first goat, Ziggy, in 1999, we have taken in, rehabilitated, and placed over 1200 animals. We work primarily with goats, but have also taken in and rehomed sheep, llamas, alpaca, horses, ponies, mules, donkeys, cats, dogs, and a pig. Our annual operating budget is upwards of $70,000 a year. New Moon Farm is run completely by volunteers – we have no paid administrators or staff. 100% of the contributions received goes directly to caring for the animals.
There are typically between 30 and 50 animals awaiting adoption at the rescue, though that number occasionally swells when a large rescue takes place. The most goats we have ever taken in at one time was 249, rescued from a hoarding situation in 2007. NMF regularly works with Animal Control agencies throughout Washington State. Most don’t have the facilities for livestock, and bring their goats and sheep to us. We do not accept any payment for this. NMF has taken in goats from as far as Petaluma, CA, and Boise, ID. We’ve had goats come to us from down in Portland, OR and up in Blaine, WA. Additionally, there is a permanent herd of 10 goats, 1 sheep, 3 horses, 2 dogs and 5 cats who call New Moon Farm home. They are all rescues as well.
While goats are surrendered for many reasons, the recent popularity of goats has resulted in an increase in the number of goats coming into the shelter. Our current land capacity limits the number of animals we can take in for adoption. The purchase of this adjacent parcel would more than double our capacity. The opportunity to acquire this adjacent parcel is an exciting prospect for us to be able to expand our rescue capability.
New Moon Farm is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. All donations are tax deductible, and we are part of many giving campaigns, including the WA State Employees Combined Fund Drive, and the Boeing and Microsoft Giving Campaigns.
We can also take PayPal donations using the email address firstname.lastname@example.org and note the Capital Campaign Land Purchase in the "purpose" line.
Other Ways You Can HelpHere at New Moon Farm we understand in this time of economic concern not everyone who is passionate to this cause will be able to contribute to our monetary goal. But there are so many other ways you can help. Please help us spread the word to others who are passionate about the necessity to rescue, rehabilitate, and adopt animals in need.
- Help us get the word out. Re-post this campaign to all your social media contact.
- Small donations add up! Crowdfunding campaigns are primarily funded by pledges under $25, making every donation, regardless of size, crucial to our success.
- Volunteer at the rescue. New Moon Farm is staffed entirely by volunteers. For more information, check out our website: Volunteer at New Moon Farm!
- Choose us for your Fred Meyer Community Rewards. Link your Fred Meyer Rewards card at this site, and New Moon Farm will receive a quarterly donation from Fred Meyer: New Moon Farm Community Rewards Link
- Adopt from NMF- choose a vaccinated, vetted, manicured hooves, friend at New Moon Farm on PetFinder
- Join us for our annual Open Barn and vegan bake sale on August 10, 2014.
- Shop our Cafe Press store: New Moon Farm Swag at CafePress
- Buy Pumpkin and Cookie's book. Use discount code DE3EASVP, receive a discounted price, and New Moon receives a portion of the proceeds! Buy Pumpkin and Cookie's Book Here!
Make personal calls to animal loving friends or family members and ask for their support. A personal request is often more successful than a general announcement.