In the past year, many people have asked to visit Fox Wood to see the animals. Please allow me to list a few reasons why I am very hesitant to have visitors, and also to do another annual fundraising Open House:
1. By nature foxes and coyotes are very shy and visitors stress them out. This isn't a zoo, its a sanctuary- designed for the safety and comfort of the animals. I feel trying to profit from that or exploit the animals is unethical and unfair to the animals. Where I could probably get more donations by allowing visitors, I don't believe it is ethical to exploit the animals for money
2. I tried an annual one day only Open House fundraising event for several years. Many wonderful people contributed auction items, baskets, helped run the event. But one person arrived early, not identifying himself, and proceeded to interrogate me as to why my foxes and coyotes were not allowed to run free outside their pens. I can't believe I was forced to explain this to someone, and forced to be kind to this person while I was desperately trying to prepare things for hundreds of guests. Uneducated extremists are not nice to have around!
3. The following year, another Open house, and people who should have been working together started bickering. Really? Then an anonymous writer sent a letter to me after the event complaining that they saw a guest drinking a beer at my event. So, my guests, who were large contributors by the way, are not allowed to have a beer on a hot, sunny, summer afternoon at my Open House Event? The anonymous writer thought it might send a message out that all my donations would be spent on beer??? Really?? Look around. Does it appear that all our donations were spent on BEER? This was very frustrating, proving that it only takes one A****e to ruin a good thing for everyone.
4. Animal people can be more venomous than snakes. I have seen in recent times good rescuers be attacked by people who feel they should be doing things differently. We see this a lot in rescue- which is one reason why there are so many small rescue groups. They are passionate , opinionated people who end up disagreeing on how rescue should be done. They end up fracturing into smaller groups, or getting out of rescue all together. They often fight bitterly, slandering each other and trying to destroy others. In the end, only the animals lose. This is why from the beginning, I've kept this rescue very close to the vest, not allowed others other than the close board of directors to get "involved'. This is why I am able to continue focusing solely on the animals, putting every single dollar donated into helping the dogs and wildlife that come to Fox Wood. The animals are the ones fed here- not egos.
5. I would rather go without nice clothes, trips, jewelry, a nice car, etc because I had to spend my own personal money to pay for medical care, food, housing , etc for the animals. I refuse to compromise my ethics, exploit the animals or have people pull my focus from the main objective here with petty differences, jealousy or hatred. At Fox Wood, the welfare of the animals is what's important.
So, folks, that's why I take photos and post them. They are the next best thing to being here in person. Please understand why visitors are politely declined. Thank you!