FROM THE FAMOUS FOX: AN INSPIRING VISIT TO AN OHIO FOX RESCUE

Nicole Navarro, of Pawsitive Beginnings Inc., and Zazu the fox, who lives at Walking Wild Rescue in Ohio. CONTRIBUTED

Hi friends! Reef the fox here with your weekly “Reef’s Report.” This past week mom went away, again, this time to visit other foxes.

She went to visit our friends at Walking Wild Rescue in Ohio. Walking Wild is the largest captive-bred fox rescue in the United States, and right now, they have 60 foxes that have either been saved from fur farms, found abandoned by their owner, surrendered by their owner and a few that were saved from an exotic animal auction that were getting ready to be sold to the fur trade.

Walking Wild Rescue sits on 20 acres in Licking County, Ohio and mom showed me pictures and boy oh boy, it’s cool. They just built a huge, state-of-the-art fox barn that can house 80 foxes. It even has a veterinary suite. How cool is that? 

Mom played with other foxes, let other foxes jump on her head, and even fed other foxes treats. If I told you I wasn’t jealous, I would be lying. But, mom told me it is important to visit other sanctuaries to show our support and that Molly, who runs Walking Wild, is a very good friend to my mom.

Mom also met her friend Officer Butch with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and Officer Zane, who is the official comfort dog for Pittsburgh Police. Zane has a very important job though. He works in the community relations department to provide comfort to those that need it.

Mom did bring us back a bunch of toys and treats from her favorite pet store in Pittsburgh. Wagsburgh. They really have the best stuff, so the fact that mom brought me their goodies makes all the traveling OK. 

So, this weekend is the 27th annual Gigantic Nautical Flea Market at Founders Park in Islamorada. Vendors from the Keys, Florida and other states will be sprawled out on the great lawn, by the beach, around the dog park and the baseball field. The event is put on by the Upper Keys Rotary Club, and all the proceeds go to support local students who continue on to college or trade school. The fun begins Saturday, Feb. 26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. More information is keysrotary.org/stories/gigantic-nautical-flea-market-2022. 
That’s all for this week. Check us out at pawsitivebeginnings.org or email me at [email protected]. Until next time, Reef, over and out!

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Reef was born on a fur farm on or around March 28, 2021. He was able to be rescued when his mother and siblings started to reject him. Reef is missing toes on his front, right paw and the tip of his tail is missing due to injuries sustained in his short time on the fur farm. Reef arrived at Key Largo on May 6, 2021 by Nicole Navarro, of Pawsitive Beginnings Inc.