Happy 2021, Farm Friends! We hope you all had a safe and lovely holiday season and that you’re ready to read all about what we’ve been up to at Filomena Farms since our last newsletter. Get ready, because we’ve been busy and there’s a lot to tell!
Let’s get right down to business because we’ve got some exciting news to share: our 2021 fundraising efforts are off to a great start! Our Grow our Grants: Carrying us into 2021 campaign ran from November 20, 2020 to January 31, 2021. Thanks to your support, this campaign raised $1,050! Overall, the Filomena Farms coffers are at just over $2,000 total toward our 2021 fundraising goal of $10,000. What a wonderful start to the new year! As you know, the more funds we drum up, the more grant money goes to help rescue organizations who save animals in need. So thank you, from the bottoms of our hearts, for helping us get a jump on beefing up our grant program this year. Let’s keep up the momentum - we can’t wait to spend another year helping the rescue world make a difference!
FROM THE FARMSTAND
There’s some new swag available in the Farmstand! If you didn't snag a limited edition Farm Tote during our Grow our Grants: Carrying us into 2021 fundraising campaign, now's your chance while leftover supplies last! For a $30 donation, you can help increase visibility for Filomena Farms and proudly share our cause everywhere you go, all while bolstering our grant program with your donation. It's a win-win-win for you, for Filomena Farms, and most importantly for the animals! Donate HERE and request a Farm Tote by entering "TOTE" in the comment section. Head on over to the Farmstand for more details!
Heading Home Animal Rescue found Buhita living as part of a feral colony behind a pizza place in Watsonville. They immediately knew something wasn't right by her drooling, trembling, lethargy, and jaundiced eyes. She needed a highly specialized surgery to correct something called a portosystemic shunt: a vascular defect that rendered her liver unable to filter toxins from her bloodstream. Living with this condition untreated causes severe health problems; this would have been a life-saving surgery for Buhita with an excellent prognosis.
Shortly after naming sweet little Buhita as the recipient of our 2021 Filomena's Wish holiday grant, we learned some heartbreaking news. After taking a turn for the worse around Christmastime, poor Buhita passed away before getting her surgery. While we are so terribly sorry that it’s too late for Buhita, we know that Heading Home will use this grant to continue their efforts. Thank you, Heading Home, for championing this kitty and so many others like her. Although this isn’t the happy outcome we expected to share with you, it is an honor to extend the 2021 Filomena’s Wish grant to Heading Home Animal Rescue in memory of Buhita.
BOARD MERIT AWARD
Oh, Farm Friends, there are SO many animals who need help and so many rescue organizations who need a hand helping them! We always wish we could do more, but we are proud to say that we managed to go a little above and beyond for a very special cutie this year: meet Niko! This little guy instantly captured our hearts when we learned of his story and laid eyes on his photo. What can we say? We’re softies!
Niko is a six year old Chihuahua / Jack Russell mix under the loving care of Hope for Animals International (HFAI), a wonderful rescue organization that is determined to give Niko the life he deserves regardless of the hard knocks he’s been dealt. You see, Niko has been a “resident” foster at HFAI since 2017. Found in a rural area with an old chain injury to his neck and a whole host of fleas and ticks, Niko made his way to HFAI where he was neutered and placed into foster care. He was all geared up to find his forever home, but then one day he just couldn’t get out of bed. Specialists discovered that Niko has a degenerative spinal condition. HFAI jumped into action and saw Niko through surgery even though the odds were tough. Despite their heroic commitment and countless volunteer hours of physical therapy, Niko will never regain the use of his hind legs. Lucky for him, the amazing folks at HFAI have his back! They made us aware of Niko’s need for an orthopedic bed and a special harness that helps his caretakers gently assist his mobility. We had to help! So we came up with a brand new way to do just that: we decided to “grant” Niko these special items in the form of a discretionary Board Merit Award.
Our Board Merit Award is a discretionary grant given when we have excess funds at the end of our fiscal year. During our grant cycles, we encounter so many deserving rescues and pets and sometimes we have just enough to be able to help a little bit more when we feel an extra special tug of the heartstrings. We exist solely to give in support of those in need, so we reserve this exciting award as a sort of "honorable mention" of the applications we've received throughout the year. Congratulations, Niko and HFAI!
It is such a great joy to know Niko can spend his days a little more comfortably thanks to his special bed and lift harness. Know what else would be even greater? If maybe Niko could find his forever home, just as he is! Check out Hope for Animals International’s Facebook page and learn how to inquire about Niko...because he’s still on the market for that special someone and you never know, it might just be YOU!
We'd like to give a shout out to Suszi McFadden of Fuzzy Beastie Photography! Suz has done some amazing work behind the camera for Filomena Farms, managing to capture the beauty and joy of the Farm in the most unique way. We are proud to feature her photos on our website and social media pages. Thank you, Suz, for sharing your talent with the animal world and for being a Friend of the Farm! Bonus: she also does gorgeous human-centric photog, too!
ISO board members
If you’d like to join the Filomena Farms team, you’re in luck! We’re looking to add a few more board members. Whether you have a desire to become more involved in a general capacity or you have a specific skill set you’d like to share, send us your resume and let us know your interest! We’d love to hear from you and discuss how you can help us grow the cause.
Well, here we are, Farm Friends - sliding into autumn and still in the midst of this pandemic. As always, COVID or no COVID, we hope our newsletter brings smiles to your faces. With the holidays fast approaching, we at Filomena Farms want to deliver our best wishes for health, safety, and encouragement to each of you. With that, we give you our Fall 2020 edition of Farm Mail. Thanks for reading!
Our hearts go out to every living creature affected by our horrendous 2020 fire season. We’d like to give a heartfelt thank you to the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter and their heroic efforts to help displaced and endangered animals in the thick of it all. Their work and that of so many other individuals and organizations in CA has been heartbreakingly inspirational. Please remember that air quality carries dire health effects for our animals, even once the flames retreat. The AVMA reminds us to keep our critters indoors, keep the windows closed, avoid intense exercise, and make sure fresh water is available at all times. Please stay safe!
Special recognition: We’d like to thank the newly dubbed “Farmers in Training” of the Naglee Park neighborhood for their scooter-powered honey delivery efforts! These kids demonstrated exemplary work ethic by asking to help, passed their “honey jar handling” training course with flying colors, and ensured that the spoken-for jars of Honey from the Hood safely reached their destinations. How cool!
NAGLEE PARK PORCHFEST
Big thanks go out to our very own Secretary, Sandra Zampino, and her husband, Marc Zampino, one of our Founding Farmers. Naglee Park Porchfest featured flatbed trucks hauling live music bands delivering entertainment to residents listening from the socially distant safety of their front porches. The Zampinos sponsored a truck bedecked with Filomena Farms signage, raising awareness for our mission while contributing to a COVID-safe celebration. What a wonderful event!
FILOMENA FARMS FOUNDATION GRANTS
Excellent news: with your support, we awarded three grants to amazing local animal welfare groups! It is our distinct pleasure to name the following organizations as the recipients of our Summer 2020 Filomena Farms Foundation Grants:
Four Paws to Love - recipient of Filomena’s Favorite in the amount of $1,000. This grant, in honor of our namesake canine ambassador, rewards Four Paws to Love for their investment in the human relations aspect of animal rescue in order to ensure lifelong adoptive matches are made.
South County Tail Waggers - recipient of Dulcinea’s Distinction in the amount of $500. Named after another resident Filomena Farms canine ambassadors, this grant recognizes SCTW’s innovation and commitment to humane education shown via their Community Influence program and spay/neuter initiative.
Every Pet’s Dream - recipient of Petrociño’s Prize in the amount of $250. Named after the littlest resident canine ambassador at the Farm, this award recognizes EPD’s tireless heart, as seen so clearly through their Forever Care program for hospice animals.
We are SO excited and proud to help these hard-working animal welfare groups! Thank you all for helping us grow so we could increase our grant amounts this cycle. Congratulations to all three inspiring organizations and genuine thanks to each group behind the submissions we received.
CALL FOR ACTION
We need your help! Now that our community knows what we’re all about at Filomena Farms, we’d like to go ahead and announce that our fundraising goal for 2021 is $10,000. Farm Friends: we have shown you that we live, breathe, walk, and talk the “think BIG, help SMALL” mantra; the reason we exist is to bolster the efforts of our communities’ smaller animal rescue groups. Help us continue to offset their financial burden - help us maintain the ability to provide more grants next year - help us keep doing what we’re doing! That is our great ask. You’ve seen what we’ve accomplished this year. We are so proud of our grant program’s growth and we are so grateful for your shared desire to support animal welfare. Let’s do it again in 2021! If you’d like to donate to our grant program, please do so via our Network for Good page.
that's a wrap
Thanks again for tuning in, Farm Friends! We love sharing our exciting news with you each quarter, but make sure you’re following us on Facebook and Instagram so you can get the scoop as soon as we dish! Of course, you know we’ve got some things for you to look forward to, one of which is our upcoming Filomena Farms YouTube channel! Watch out for this to hit on social media soon. One more thing before we get back to tending the chickens and bees: stay tuned for a special holiday edition of Farm Mail announcing a super exciting surprise! We can hardly wait to share what we have in store for you, but you’ll have to settle for a teaser in the meantime...that’s all for now!
Intro / COVID:
Hello, Farm Friends! Can you believe summer is upon us? This season of sunshine is different from most, with our typical summertime activities not on our calendars due to COVID-19 and ongoing social distancing efforts. We urge you all to stay safe, stay home, and stay healthy. Having said that, Filomena Farms hopes to bring some summertime joy to your inboxes with our Summer 2020 edition of Farm Mail.
2020 has highlighted the urgent need for humans to treat each other with kindness, compassion, respect, and dignity. Filomena Farms is saddened that our society needs such a reminder. Our Board, Founding Farmers, and Friends of the Farm include folks from many different backgrounds and walks of life. We love each other and all of you equally and we thank you for your commitment to compassion, not only toward our animals but also toward each other.
As you’ve no doubt seen on our social media channels (if you don’t already follow us, please do!), we’re looking to expand our board. Specifically, we’re in search of a Social Media Director to manage our various accounts (FB, Insta, Tumblr, etc.), a Certified Estate Planner / Living Trust Attorney, and a handful of general board members for heightened input and accountability. If you’re interested in joining our mission to allocate grants and fund projects for animal rescues, email your resume and cover letter to email@example.com.
SUMMER GRANT CYCLE:
Exciting news, rescue friends: it’s time for Filomena Farms’s summer grant cycle! As you know, our goal is to help small and medium sized rescues by allocating grants that will allow them to continue their work without overextending their fundraising bandwidth. It’s a “let US help YOU” type of deal! It’s what we do at Filomena Farms. We think BIG and help SMALL. Our summer grant cycle OPENS for application submissions on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. If your organization would love an opportunity to receive one of our three grants, please make sure to submit your grant application by 11:59 PM on Sunday, August 2nd, 2020 in order to be eligible for consideration. We can’t wait to help support more of your amazing efforts!
FOSPICE ON THE FARM UPDATE:
Zadie: The last time we talked about our fospice girl, Zadie, she was doing great on the Farm with her Muffin’s Halo headgear! A major grooming session and some TLC made all the difference in the world for this old blind gal. Zadie experienced a huge boost in confidence that showed us how much zest for life she still has, so much so, in fact, that we’ve made a super exciting decision: Zadie is available for adoption! Her transformation since October, from an anxious blind dog full of fleas and mats to the spunky gal she is today, is inspiring. Zadie made it clear to us: she’s still got some road ahead of her! We think she’ll thrive in a loving home with either no dogs or with other super senior dogs like her. When we accept new dogs onto the Farm, we don’t expect them to leave. Zadie reminds us that life is full of surprises! If you’re looking for a sweet senior girl to keep you company, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rolando: Many of you already know Rolando’s story, but here’s a quick recap for our new readers: this 5 year old sweetheart came to the Farm with cancer, underwent surgery to hopefully remove the cancer and recreate his affected anatomy, and is now convalescing on the Farm. Although we hoped the surgery would be completely curative, this doesn’t seem to be the case for Rolando. His skin initially improved and his energy picked up a bit, but it soon became obvious that Rolando is not in the clear. He has several new growths on his belly, which makes us wary that his cancer is still active. He’s having other difficulties, which may or may not be related to the cancer, such as facial paralysis and hind end weakening. We will keep him comfortable (no more surgeries or drastic measures to put him through) for as long as we can. As long as he is happy, eating, and comfortable, he can rest his head here on the Farm. Keep Farm Momma in your thoughts; Rolando is very dear to her and she so hoped to be able to give everyone a happy update. We’ve made a special video of Rolando’s journey so everyone can see how brave he’s been during such tremendous challenges. If you’re inspired by Rolando and would like to make a donation in his honor, please click here. As always, the donations we receive are put into our grant fund and awarded to deserving small rescue groups who need help continuing their work.
Honey from the Hood
We’ve got a bummer of an update on the bees at Filomena Farms: neither of our two hives survived the winter. The good news is that we started two new hives back in April, which are both now thriving! We hope to have honey by August. Strengthen your immune system against local allergens, help save our local honeybee population, AND contribute to our grant fund for local animal rescue groups - ALL by making a suggested $10 donation for Honey from the Hood! Local interest (San Jose) only, please.
Huevos from the Hood
At Filomena Farms, we’re all about doing big things in small ways. Our ideology revolves around all things local, sustainable, and compassionate. Here on the Farm, we try our very best to live every aspect of life with those values in mind. It should come as no surprise to you, Farm Friends, that our Farm also features a flourishing flock of feathered friends! We have 13 free roaming chicks growing fiendishly; we’re expecting eggs in about 2 months. So while you’re reserving your jar of Honey from the Hood, go ahead and snag a dozen Huevos from the Hood, as well! Local (San Jose) porch pick-up only, please, with a suggested $8 donation for one dozen (12) eggs.
Hello again, Farm Friends! Spring has just about sprung on the Farm and we’ve got many exciting developments to share with you. This is your official Spring 2020 edition of Farm Mail!
First and foremost, we’d like to announce our newest Board member, Meghan Newell! Meghan is serving our mission as Treasurer. In addition to several years of rescue experience, Meghan compliments our team with her genuine love for animals and sincere compassion for others. In her spare time, Meghan enjoys running with her husband, Josh, and exploring California’s coastlines with her two rescue dogs, Dashaboo Jackerson (aka Dash) and new addition Leila. Welcome to Filomena Farms, Meghan!
As we continue to grow, we still want to add a couple more Board members to our team, specifically a Social Media Director and a Volunteer & Events Coordinator. If you’re interested in joining our mission to allocate grants and fund projects for animal rescues, email your resume and cover letter to email@example.com.
Beyond the Board, we are always in need of more volunteers! If you have a heart for animals and those doing their best to help them, fill out our volunteer application and we’ll be in touch to chat about becoming a Filomena Farmer.
FOSPICE ON THE FARM
Remember our special girl, Zadie, who came to the Farm back in October 2019? She is thriving! Farm Momma got Zadie one of those special halo things for blind dogs - it’s like headgear with a thin plastic circle that sticks out so she doesn’t bump her head on everything - and it helps her explore the house without injury. We LOVE watching her personality bloom!
Our newest fospice addition is Rolando, whose story is pretty somber. At roughly 5 years old, this handsome pittie boy found his way into the San Jose shelter with an enormous ruptured mass that landed him on the urgent rescue list. Enter our heroic friend Farah at One Planet Rescue! Thanks to Farah and also the networking assistance of Brave Dogs Advocacy, Rolando is convalescing at Filomena Farms. SAGE Oncology determined the mass is indeed a malignant squamous cell carcinoma (cancer) that required extensive surgery to remove completely. The details are pretty gruesome, but if you’re interested please check out the full story on One Planet Rescue’s Facebook page. We are doing our best to keep Rolando calm and comfortable while he recovers. Although it isn’t certain yet that Rolando’s cancer is officially gone for good, we have great confidence in the surgeons at SAGE and are grateful to be able to give Rolando the best chance at living the life he deserves.
Your donations allow us to serve small- to medium-sized animal rescue organizations in our community. At the end of our fiscal year, we met 64% of our fundraising goal. This year, we will REACH our goal! We hope you'll consider making a donation to Filomena Farms.
It is so important now, more than ever, to stay in communication with you, our donors and supporters. We want you to stay healthy as we all continue to navigate through these unique events. We want you to know that Filomena Farms will stay true to our mission. We will continue to advocate for pets and support organizations that lower euthanasia rates in shelters.
While COVID-19 is contagious for humans and, as of now, is understood to spread primarily from person to person, the WSAVA (World Small Animal Veterinary Association) Global Veterinary Community—an association representing more than 200,000 veterinarians— states that there is no evidence that companion animals can be infected.
FILOMENA FARMS FOUNDATION GRANT AWARDS
Wonderful news: with your support we awarded three grants to local animal welfare groups! It is our distinct pleasure to name the following organizations as the recipients of our 2019 Foundation Grants:
11th Hours K9 Rescue, Rehab, and Rehome - recipient of Filomena’s Favorite in the amount of $300.00. This grant, in honor of our namesake canine ambassador, rewards 11th Hour K9 for their commitment to what we view as “complete package” rescue work, that is undertaking training and behavior modification in addition to driving a responsible adoptions program.
Renegade Animal Welfare & Rescue - recipient of Dulcinea’s Distinction in the amount of $250.00. Named after another resident Filomena Farms canine ambassadors, this grant recognizes RAWR’s “behind the scenes” rescue work, focused largely on public education, vaccine clinics, TNR programs, and animal transport.
Community Cat Allies - recipient of Petrocino’s Prize in the amount of $200.00. Named after the littlest resident canine ambassador at the Farm, this award recognizes Community Cat Allies’ commitment to championing feral cats’ autonomy while driving the importance of TNR and vaccinations.
We are so thrilled to help hard-working animal welfare groups like these. Congratulations to all three inspiring organizations! Please show them your support by visiting their websites and following their social media pages.
IN MEMORIAM . . .
With a heavy heart, we mourn the loss of one of our dear fospice friends: Mamada. One Planet Rescue brought this sweet girl over from Iran and adopted her out to a wonderful couple in Saratoga. Mamada got to spend four whole years taking in the salty sweet woodsy air of the Santa Cruz mountains and enjoying life with her folks. This February, Mamada succumbed to heart disease. Although her heart failed her in the end, we take comfort knowing that it was so full of love and happiness. Farm Momma had the honor of dog sitting for Mamada several times over the years, including this past Thanksgiving. Mamada’s parents are exceptionally wonderful people and cherished supporters of Filomena Farms as well as One Planet Rescue. Our thoughts are with them and we wish healing upon their kind hearts.
Happy Fall, Farm Friends!
Wow, we at the Farm cannot believe Summer 2019 is already over - what a whirlwind! We accomplished so much and have some amazing updates to share with you. It’s time for the Summer 2019 edition of Farm Mail!
We’d like to kick this newsletter off by reminding everyone what we’re all about at Filomena Farms. Our mission is to allocate grants and fund projects for animal rescues, supporting organizations that lower euthanasia rates in animal shelters and help families keep their pets during times of hardship that would otherwise force pets into the shelters.
In short, we want to handle the burden of fundraising for these groups, so that they can concentrate on saving lives. It seems so often that the available major grants out there are repeatedly given to the biggest, most well-known, high profile rescue groups in the area.
The result? The "little guys" of our rescue community are left out, struggling to spread their already meager human resources even thinner in order to tackle their own fundraising. It is difficult to devote time and energy to fundraising efforts without the guarantee of success afforded by a national scale PR image, a financial team, a marketing team, and corporate sponsors. Somebody has to help the groups who are frequently just beyond the spotlight's reach...and we'd like to do just that.
If you’re a rescue group: help us help you save more lives by following our efforts and asking your supporters to do the same. If you’re an individual supporter: please continue following our work and consider routing any financial contributions through our organization so we can redirect them to rescue groups in need. We need help building our financial history so we can capture the attention of the big grant givers in 2020 and beyond. Help us put your donations to great work! Follow us at #filomenafarmssj
Filomena Farms is a unique non-profit organization that works to serve small- and medium-sized animal rescues with fundraising efforts in order to alleviate that responsibility for them. Donations allow us to serve those organizations in our community. As we are nearing the end of our fiscal year, we urge you to help us help animals in need. We have, thus far, met 77% of our fundraising goal. We hope you'll consider making a donation to Filomena Farms.
SUMMER ON THE FARM
Honey from the Hood
Are you local to San Jose and need some holiday gift ideas that give back to the community? We’ve got you! The Farm produced another five gallons of Honey from the Hood, on top of the two harvests we already had! Local honey makes a wonderful gift for any occasion and, at just a $10 donation. Click here:
DONATE $10 for Honey from the Hood
Two paws way up to everyone who participated in DOGA this summer! Thank you so very much to those who attended. We hope you found some much-needed zen and strengthened your humanimal bond! To our most gracious instructors: we are so grateful for your dedication to our mission and we thank you for sharing your time with us. Be on the lookout for more DOGA classes next season!
FILOMENA FARMS FOUNDATION GRANTS
The Filomena Farms Board of Directors is absolutely thrilled to announce our ability to provide three grants of our own for 2019! This is more than we dreamed of being able to do in our very first year of operation. We are PROUD to see our efforts culminate in funding opportunities for small and medium rescue organizations in our area. In addition to outsourcing large grants in the future, we hope to see our financial ability grow as well, resulting in greater amounts from us to you. This year, the Filomena Farms Foundation Grants we are offering are as follows:
To be eligible for one of the Filomena Farms Foundation Grants, your organization must meet the following criteria:
Filomena Farms respects your organization's privacy and takes protecting it seriously. The application and documents will never be shared with outside agencies and are kept confidential.
The application deadline is November 30th, 2019.
The Farm continues to provide safety and solace for those in need year round. Zadie is our latest resident rescue courtesy of One Planet Rescue. This senior gal already got an extreme makeover grooming session, which made a world of difference in both her looks and comfort. Her vet appointment confirmed the shelter’s report that Zadie is indeed blind due to advanced cataracts. Fortunately, love is also blind and Zadie is getting more than she ever dreamed of at the Farm! Follow our Facebook page to stay abreast of all things Zadie as we learn more about her personality.
ISO Board Members: We still need to fill a couple board positions: Marketing & Communications and Treasurer. If interested in either of these positions, please email resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Your donation has already made an impact!
Our mission is to allocate grants and fund projects for animal rescues, support organizations that lower euthanasia rates in animal shelters and help families keep their pets during times of hardship that would otherwise force pets into the shelters.
Brownie and Shadi, pictured above in this edition's photo feature, are just two of the six fospice animals taken in by Filomena Farms thus far. We've partnered with Farah Ravon of One Planet Rescue, Georgia Postlewait via Nine Lives Foundation, and Wrich Printz in order to bring these deserving seniors peace in their final days. Filomena Farms thanks them wholeheartedly for their compassionate efforts.
Happy Spring, Filomena Farmers! We are excited to share our very first edition of Farm Mail with you! We've been hard at work on the Farm and want to keep you in the loop on every seed we sow, so look for Farm Mail on a quarterly basis and watch our local animals reap the fruit of our collective labor!
Fospice on the Farm
We would like to personally thank you for making our work possible. Our fundraising goal this year is $5,000. We have reached approximately 11% of that goal.
Reina never knew veterinary care; judgment and opinions aside, Filomena Farms's friend, Wrich Printz, stepped in to help this girl’s cause. After raising over $3,000 for vet attention, Reina got the maintenance treatment she needed and continued to show her undying spirit and love for life. She exuded compassion and joy until her last day at Filomena Farms.