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Rock n’ Brews Benefit for IHWN

RNBOV 1025- In Harmony with Nature share#This Thursday, December 3rd, pop by Rock n’ Brews in Oviedo for lunch, dinner, snacks, or just to knock back a pint after work.  They will donate 15% of your check to our friends at In Harmony With Nature (make sure to have the flyer with you!)

You can join some folks from our group and some volunteers from the refuge there for dinner at 5:30 – we’d love to meet you!

Rock n’ Brews Oviedo: Rock it for IHWN!

Thursday, Dec 3, 2015, 5:30 PM

4 Happy Humans Attending

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And if you’d like to know more about the sanctuary, join us for the Picnic With Wolves event this Saturday, December 5th!  (picnic portion canceled, but join us for the tour!).




Last call to be part of saving the sanctuary!


Gavin, Volunteer with the Artist Heroes project

Gavin, Volunteer with the Artist Heroes project

Together we’ve been watching the challenges faced by local wolf and wolfdog sanctuary, In Harmony With Nature, as they faced the potential for losing their property over the past year following an illness of a benefactor and other difficulties.  You helped us share the story, raise funds, and work to make a paw-sitive difference for these amazing animals and local educational resource.  THANK YOU for your support!!

This refuge has been in a veritable Schrodinger’s Box for quite a while – and we will soon get to peek inside.  Your continued support over the next couple of weeks could mean the difference between a bright future for these animals – or an uncertain and potentially devastating one.

The property was lost at action to the bank – they outbid the individual who entered the auction to save the property.  Now, the property is with a company that will be selling it – and the sanctuary has the option to work with them.  There are many potential positive outcomes, but in a likely scenario In Harmony will need to have the cash to purchase the property.

If you haven’t pledged yet, or would consider making an additional pledge, please log in today.  Your contribution could make all the difference.


How does this benefit you and our greater community?  Come join our Picnic With Wolves on December 5th for a tour, or simply think about the potential for local youth to have a wolf and wolfdog tour or service project to learn about a unique aspect of responsible pet ownership and breeding; a group tour or service event for your social group, work group, or team; and most importantly the service to these animals that is unique, specialized, and in great demand.   There are scores of wolfdogs on waiting lists for rescues – and only a few specialized agencies able to care for them.  Let’s not lose this one, that is located in our local community and has the potential not only to impact the animals, but to provide a wonderful engagement opportunity for us all.

You can learn more about the refuge at IHWN.org.

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Save the Sanctuary Sunset Fun Run!

The In Harmony With Nature sanctuary for wolves, wolfdogs, and other exotic animals in need is in danger of losing its property.  We’ve posted much to keep you informed so you can share the story and spread the word.

Some students at the University of Central Florida heard about the plight of these amazing animals and want to help.  They are working together to plan a fundraiser event that will include a fun run and exciting other ways to make a difference.  There are 60 students on the planning & volunteer team led by Kaitlin Balcerak and Alex Graves.

Run, walk, crawl, or just howl your support at the finish line!
March 20th, 5 – 7:30 p.m.,
Jay Blanchard park on Dean Road

REGISTER HERE – participants are limited!


If you would like to support these students efforts by sponsoring part of the run, please contact Kaitlin, you can reach us directly at 407-823-3094 or by email at tee.rogers@ucf.edu.


Positive Thoughts, Positive Action

Updated 1/20/2015

Update 1/20/2015 – Join us on Saturday, 1/24, at Pookie’s Ultra Rescue Fest, 10-4, Lake Lily Park!  Click here for a flyer to share:  JPG PDF

Update 1/12/15 – now is the time to reach out to potential donors.  PLEASE SHARE this information.  Help us make sure that long before April 6th we will have the funds needed to save this local resource.

Update 1/5/15 – GREAT NEWS to start the new year.  The auction of the property has been postponed until April 6th.  That means we have more time to network and fund-raise to save this amazing local resource.  Please help us share this story and connect with others who can help!

Update 010315:  Thank you to everyone who joined us this evening in person and in thought for an evening of gratitude and positive energy!  See photos here.  If you have additional photos for this event, please share them with IHWN. 

IHWN is a place of peace and natural sanctuary, offering specialized care to some very special animals.  It is the only place of its kind in Central Florida.  The sanctuary sits on a leased property, and unfortunately the owners became ill and the property is being foreclosed. Fundrasing created some assistance, but the property was scheduled for auction on January 7th.  We learned on January 5th that the sale has been postponed until April 6th, and we have until then to raise the funds to purchase the property..  If you can help, please step up with us and make a difference.  Donations are needed, but also please share in your spheres of influence and empower others to be part of the network of love that is weaving together to save this local 112203-custom-ribbon-magnet-sticker-Save+IHWN.org  resource.

We can still keep these animals safe.  Even if the property is not able to be secured, all donations are needed to assist as many of these animals as possible.

What can YOU do?  You can share your positive energy, share information about this story with others, share the fundraising site, make a donation if you can, help advocate and spread the word. Ask all of your facebook connections, family, friends, spiritual/faith/non-faith community members, colleagues, and other spheres of influence to do the same. Somewhere out there is someone who is able and interested in saving this refuge, and we have until April 6th, when the property will be auctioned, to make that connection. Please advocate, and stay positive – there are still many ways that this can work out, especially if we use our voices wherever possible to tell the story. Positive Thoughts, Positive Action http://wp.me/p4YpKw-95

10885082_10152585268933527_5924023132460256582_nFrom IHWN:  In Harmony With Nature Animal Haven would like to say peace to you all in this season of giving and gratitude. Whatever your philosophies or beliefs may be, this is a time of year of endings and new beginnings, family and friends and gathering together. We hope this time will be exactly what you need for joy and love in your heart and life. We want to say a huge Thank You for all the shares, likes, and donations for our organization!!

Kim, all of the volunteers, and all of the animals at IHWN request your positive thoughts.  And your advocacy by sharing this information to connect with others will make a difference – as will any donations you are able to share with these animals.  We know there are many ways this can still work out for the best for these animals.

quotegraphicYOU can help ensure that after the auction on April 6th  these animals will be able to stay safe in their home with their loving family of volunteers.



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Wolf Hero

Heroes needed – for wolves and wolfdogs.

UPDATED 12/10/14

Donate to IHWN.org

In Harmony With Nature Animal Haven, a local sanctuary for wolves, wolfdogs, and other exotic friends, is in desperate need of your help this holiday season.  Without a holiday miracle, this refuge will disappear from Central Florida with devastating impact on the more than 80 animals that call these volunteers their family and this property their home.

There are more than 50 wolfdogs waiting for refuge or sanctuary and not enough resources to provide them with a place to go. IHWN is one of three agencies in Florida that works to provide a permanent home to those who cannot transition to a family life and rehoming services for those who can. IHWN also serves other exotic and domestic animals. Humans created the need for this type of agency; humans should create and support the solution. Be a hero – make a difference.

If you can’t donate, share.  Advocates are heroes, too. This amazing place will close unless we can reach people who will help save it. We need everyone’s help – share, and give if you can. When we’re mourning this loss there will be people saying they would have helped if they had known – don’t let that happen. Help spread the word and reach those people now while they can still make a difference.

BE. Orlando is a proud supporter of In Harmony With Nature, contributing advocacy, donations, and volunteer hours.  Join us and help save this amazing local resource.

Update from Kim Kapes, CEO of IHWN, 12/9/2014: Hello Everyone,My apology for a late update. I know you are all wanting to help and support us and I truly do appreciate every one of you! This fundraising effort has been the most challenging thing we have had to do thus far as a charity organization. We work hard to help the animals and we do not look at obstacles as stopping blocks just speed bumps along our path. We have slowly been gaining funds but have not hit the large sum that we need for the short sale offer. After speaking with the real estate agent and preparing all the documents we agreed to start our offer to the bank at $100,000 but must have proof of funds. We do not have that amount. We had been waiting on some grants to come through to help us finalize our goals but just a few days ago we were informed that we would not receive the grants. We are still checking into several other options with folks who may be able to assist us. We have had to pay back taxes on part of the property in order to keep our interest in the land. Everyone who follows us is very special to us and I would ask you all to keep your hearts open to the energy of success for this endeavor. We all have different philosophies and beliefs but if you can keep your thoughts on a peaceful, happy outcome for all of us I believe that it will create a vibration in the Universe to make that happen. We are putting as much action into that outcome as we can and we are grateful you have all joined us on this path. Best Holiday wishes to everyone!


Here’s your hero badge – Share on your social media to show your support for the IHWN family and help their efforts to save this local resource.

Wolf Hero - IHWN.org

Visit IHWN.org and help save their home today.

Science League for Kids transforms local refuge


November 16, 2014

Click here for event photos

Thank you so much to the 32 members of the Science League for Kids who dedicated a day of service to IHWN – providing 96 impact hours in one afternoon!   This group DID change the world today –  these concerned citizens changed the world for the residents in sanctuary at the In Harmony With Nature Animal Haven, a local exotic animal rescue and sanctuary specializing in wolves and wolfdogs. The volunteers’ impact on the facility was amazing!

The families toured the facility to learn about the need for agencies like this one, where these animals come from, and what specialized care they need and are given. They learned about different ways of identifying wolfdog content, such as phenotyping, and behavioral differences between wolfdogs and domestic dogs – and the consequences of irresponsible breeding and adoption.  For example, when integrated into a home that is not appropriate or prepared to handle wolfdog behavior, they are too often abused, neglected, abandoned; in the end, they are either euthanized or in permanent sanctuary at a facility like In Harmony With Nature.  There are wolfdogs on a waiting list to find a place that can help them; with too few options, many will not be saved.

The awesome volunteers, each of whom is now officially an honorable member of Team Harmony,  then invested an afternoon to beautify the property and help with items our regular volunteers need assistance to complete. They planted flowers for a butterfly garden, installed a fence by to partition for a storage area, planted trees, cleared and planted a memorial garden, planted a garden at the entrance to the refuge, cleaned ceiling fans, walls, and windows in the cat room, shingled a roof on a shade structure for one of the wolfdog habitats, and various other projects around the property.

Thank you volunteers: Theresa, Jason, Rachel, Martha, Nicole, Justin, Sascha, Mark, Joseph, David, Neil, Jocelyn, Deb, Jared, Sascha, Julie, Sierra, Sarah, Lucas, Ethan, John-Paul, Gareth, Paige, Sharon, Keith, Calvin, Elliott, Lee, Cynthia, Tracy, Lee, and Daisy.  You ROCK!!

Special thanks to Jocelyn Williamson, who coordinates the Science League for Kids. This group offers monthly enriching, science-related learning and civic engagement activities for secular families.  They inspire youth to be interested in science and inquiry as well as provide hands-on experiences to engender a commitment to making a positive impact on the world. If you are interested in learning more about Science League, contact Jocelyn directly at freethought@cfl.rr.com. Additional secular community resources can be found at http://cflfreethought.org/meetup/

Special thanks also to Andrew Davis and Gavin Frank for their help with coordinating the Science League projects today and assisting the refuge with keeping volunteers positively engaged throughout the day while minimizing the impact on the animals and regular volunteer duties.

You’re Invited to be part of Team Harmony!

TEAMS: Groups, work teams, and others interested in a volunteer service project like this one are needed! You can arrange a custom volunteer day at In Harmony With Nature that will include a facility tour and team building activities if requested.

INDIVIDUALS: Those interested in committing to regular service at the sanctuary are also welcome (and needed); to learn more about our training program or group service opportunities, contact inwn.visit@gmail.com.

FOSTER HOMES:  Some animals in our network are in need of foster homes.  If you have room in your heart and home to save a life through the foster care program, please contact ihwn.visit@gmail.com.

FUNDRAISING (Current Critical Need): In Harmony With Nature is also in need of your help to spread the word about their fundraising campaign to save this resource. The leased property on which they are located is being foreclosed. Please help the staff and volunteers prevent this devastating loss by sharing http://GoFundMe.com/InHarmony or joining and inviting your Facebook connections to join BE’s event in support of the fundraising effort at http://TinyURL.com/SaveIHWN.



Make a Difference – yes, you CAN.

UPDATED 12/10/2014

Donate to IHWN.org**URGENT** We are going to run out of time without your help. You must know someone, or some business, who might consider being a major donor to keep the IHWN property open. Please share http://IHWN.org with your network, and ask them to contact us for more information. This is the only resource of its kind in Central Florida. There are more than 50 wolfdogs waiting for refuge or sanctuary and not enough resources to provide them with a place to go. IHWN provides a permanent home to those who cannot transition to a family life and rehoming services for those who can. IHWN also serves other exotic and domestic animals. Humans created the need for this type of agency; humans should create and support the solution. Please be part of it.

In Harmony With Nature (IHWN) is a rescue and sanctuary in our local community for wolves, wolfdogs, and other animals who need specialized care.  They found out that their leased property is being foreclosed, and they need to purchase it to prevent devastating loss for these animals that call IHWN home.

Major donors are needed immediately to help us reach that $130,000 goal.  Every donation is needed, though – we are looking at losing the property and will need every donation to help save and relocate as many of these animals as possible.

Because of humanity’s actions and decisions, these animals need a place where they can be taken care of.  IHWN finds homes when appropriate and offers permanent sanctuary and natural, specialized care to those who cannot transition to home life.  Keep this amazing resource, volunteer opportunity, community education, and animal sanctuary in our local community – please be part of the effort to save this refuge.

The CEO of this organization is a local hero, dedicating her entire life to creating a positive life for creatures that others have neglected, abused, abandoned.  There are many volunteers that have connected and bonded with the animals and who dedicate their time to making a difference. Kim and her entire team is an inspiration, demonstrating what it really means to dedicate yourself to making a positive difference in this world.

That is Team Harmony, and you can be part of it by sharing or posting the flyer below, or making a contribution at http://GoFundMe.com/InHarmony.

If your business, team, group, Meetup, faith/non-faith organization, or other sphere of influence would like to host a fundraising event, let us know.  BE. Orlando will be glad to assist with graphic design, planning, and volunteering to support you. You can reach us directly at BEOrlando@live.com



Click here for a flyer to share!