Happy Dance - Foxy play behavior

Sophie, Siberian Cupcakes' Russian domesticated fox had a play date with Maksa, JABCECC Fox Ambassador.  Sophie is demonstrating play behavior towards Maksa and we had to share!  It had me laughing so hard I almost snorted!!!  Sophie can be a bit sensitive or "tender" as the Russians called her.  She is super-emotional and if you make her made, she will put a whoop butt on you!!! - As Boris and Ishy know, all too well.  But she also loves to play, and be loved. 

 

When we first set out to bring Russian domesticated foxes into our family, we had the ICG videotape the behavior of Boris (they named Eric) and Sophia (they named Amy).  We also had them perform PAT testing on both.  WOW - the differences between the two were evident and truly represent who they currently are today.  The testing was extremely predictive of their adult behavior, even though this testing was developed for domesticated dogs. 

We are pretty sure when given the chance to meet Maksa, you will want to do the Sophers' Happy Dance too!!!

Clive Wynne visits the JABCECC

We were super excited to get a visit from world renowned canine behavior expert, Dr. Clive Wynne and two of his colleagues, Lisa Gunter and David Beckström-Sternberg.  We decided to perform an impromptu experiment assessing the prosocial behavior of the Russian domesticated foxes, the US tame fox and primitive dogs, New Guinea Singing dogs towards humans.  This experiment has been performed on domesticated dogs and wolves.  We were very curious to see how they would respond; would they act more like domesticated dogs, or wolves, or neither.  Well, we can certainly say that we were fascinated while watching each animal perform testing with a non-familiar person and a familiar person (in a familiar environment).  We tested 8 animals in total.

This type of behavioral testing on the Russian domesticated foxes and US tame foxes is limited and we believe that this testing, combined with genetic testing, is critical to truly understanding the difference and similarities of these canids and the domestication process. We cannot wait to see the results of this small pilot study. 

Sophie, a Russian domesticated fox during the non-familiar, passive testing.

Sophie, a Russian domesticated fox during the non-familiar, passive testing.

Stay tuned to learn more. 

Boris, a Russian domesticated fox during the non-familiar, active testing.

Boris, a Russian domesticated fox during the non-familiar, active testing.

Viktor, a Russian domesticated fox during the non-familiar, active testing.

Viktor, a Russian domesticated fox during the non-familiar, active testing.

If you are interested in collaborating with the JABCECC, scheduling a visit, or a photoshoot -  please reach out to us.  We are a non-profit and donations are also welcomed.

 

Huge Thanks to Clive Wynne and his team from the Canine Science Collaboratory at ASU.

Newsela publishes article on the RDFs (Featuring the JABCECC)

https://newsela.com/articles/domesticated-foxes/id/28742/

 

Newsela published an article based upon the PBS article on the Russian domesticated foxes, featuring the JABCECC.  The article was tailored to children and was age appropriate.  After the article was a quiz that educators could use to test the reading comprehension of children.  The JABCECC absolutely LOVES that that Newsela did this article, as one of the primary missions of the Center is to provide education to children.  We are very excited and cannot wait to start collaborating with educators and bringing the cute fluffy kids to classrooms, events, and parties to increase awareness about the program, as well as our conservation efforts for canids!

 

 

OFFICIALLY A 501(c)3 organization

We received our official notification from the Federal IRS that we meet the requirements of a non-profit organization!!! 

We want to thank Pete Potente and his law firm www.potentelaw.com for their inkind service of filing our non-profit documents and holding our hands through the process.  We know that their support is a gift of kindness and generosity that demonstrates to the world how important the canid-human bond is.  The Potente law firm has been the law firm for two of the founders corporations and they have experienced a pleasure and ease in working with the team at Potente.  Pete is a super cool guy and is definitely not the stuffy lawyer type!!!  While we never previously discussed our common love for animals, when we started the center, we invited Pete and his wife to an event.  It became clear that we shared our love for animals and he offered to have his law firm handle our non-profit filings with the state and federal government, for no cost!!! Dave and I walked away floored at his generosity and knowing how blessed we were with his generosity!!!  So, a few months later, we received notification that we have been approved!!! We hope you all join us in thanking them for offering their services to us for no cost and share with them the love you have the kindness they offered to help us help canids!!! We have a lot of amazing things to do at the center -  LET'S GET IT STARTED!!!!

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The Center Update and Welcome Matt!!

We have lots of exciting news to share!!!!  We have signed a contract with S&S Contractors to build the center structure.  They are going to begin the work to build a place where our healing can take place.  We expect the project to take a few months and then there will still be plenty of work to occur to make it beautiful and a place we call home for the babies.

Enclosures and fencing is under way and we will still need support to improve the living spaces for the babies and keep them safe and happy!!

We have added Matt Person to our team!!.  Matt has an insane amount of experience with wildlife rescue, dogs, and animal conservation.  He is currently in school for animal conservation and is one of the best handlers I have met.  He has such a natural connection with animals and an amazing spirit.  Everyone will surely fall in love with Matt!  Matt will be helping in the design of the enclosures, development of programs, spearheading our conservation efforts, and assisting in animal handling and educational events.  Matt is a very special addition to our team and we are over the moon blessed to have someone with his energy and skills a part of our non-profit.

Please welcome Matt!!

Russian domesticated foxes

We frequently receive a lot of questions from people regarding Russian domesticated foxes, the project, the why, and how they differ from wild and captive bred foxes.  There are numerous "pet fox" breeders in the US to which anyone can purchase a fox from.  Of course, foxes are not legal for pet ownership in many of the US states and some pet fox breeders are also associated with fur farms.  The founders of the JABCECC started their adventure into the Russian fox program many years ago, as an exploration to better understand the behavior of these domesticated foxes.  They did an extensive amount of research, corresponded with many of the experts in the program, and made a life long commitment to bring two of these foxes into their lives, Boris and Sophia.  Fast forward four years and a lot of poop and pee and becoming experts in fox behavior...and the founders of JABCECC decided to bring three more Russians into their family.  Viktor, Maks, and the unexpected Mikhail were imported from Russia and now make their home with the founders.  Dave, a fox behavioral expert and animal behaviorist is currently evaluating them to see if they would make appropriate fox ambassadors for the JABCECC.  In the meantime, Amy, Dave and their family are loving on them and welcoming them into their family.  We will provide updates on Maks, Viktor, and Mikhail as we continue to understand and define their role for the center.  We know it is impossible to not fall in love with them and their little personalities are adorable.... their nicknames are quickly being formed. 

We ask that everyone be patient as we move forward with the center, the programs, and the events as we continue to evaluate how we can best impact animal conservation and welfare issues, develop our team of experts, and define our programs.  In the meantime - love foxes, love canids, love JABCECC!

Viktor, Russian domesticated fox courtesy of ADB

Viktor, Russian domesticated fox courtesy of ADB

 

 

Partnership with Coin Up

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Judith A Bassett Canid Education and Conservation Center), enter your credit or debit card andthe app will virtually round up purchases made & send the spare change to the JABCECC. It's free to download & has been designed for incremental charitable donations on a monthly basis, download now and help us make major social impact! http://apple.co/2cDiGmR

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