About WolfStone Ranch

June 2024 – Update

This website was first created a decade ago... and then recreated in December 2017. Much has changed in the whole world, including here at WolfStone Ranch, since then! Our Mission has not changed, but with the addition of our newly launched musical outreach campaign, other projects have been put on hold... and then will, no doubt, be tweaked and enhanced in the future with input from our growing community!

What’s new for WolfStone Ranch??? Well, we’re no longer rescuing animals... that is, not until I can build up the WolfStone Ranch community... the Board of Directors, staff, volunteers and donors...

So please see our “Born Again” Project page for all the details... including a project introduction, my professional musical bio, a sample concert flyer, the script (our Manifesto and song intros), as well as recordings of the songs themselves... to see our unique and inspired plan for building the WolfStone Ranch community!

In the meantime, in addition to putting together our “Circle of Heroes” band, and preparing for our “Born Again” concerts, I will be (as always) busy caring for our “sanctuary” animals ~ the precious dogs and cats who have called WolfStone Ranch their home ever since we first rescued them, and who ~ due to age or illness or temperament issues ~ will live here happily and comfortably for the rest of their lives...

Namaste... I bow to the Divine in each of you!


Let me begin by saying that, while I was born in the big city of St. Louis (Gateway to the West), I was actually raised in Farmington… one of the prettiest and most prosperous little towns of Southeast Missouri, where my father was a MD (who made house calls). After I graduated high school, my mother became a social worker (who counseled families in distress). So I come from a family of Healers…

My mother named me Lynn Mary, a gentle and beautiful name to be sure! Unique, too. And as a kid I really liked it, but later… I didn’t think it was very rock’n’roll. So while I was married to a lead guitarist named Michael Lowe, I legally changed my name to Jessica. However, it turned out to be no fun sending my first recording home to Mama ‘n’ Papa, because who the heck knew Jessica Lowe was Lynn Mary Karraker? So in my eventual divorce papers, I changed my name again… to Jessica Lynn Mary Karraker. Read More About Jessica

Why "WolfStone"?

Wolf. Like the Buffalo and the Bald Eagle, the Wolf is a symbol of the American “Wild West”. To traditional Native Americans, the Wolf symbolizes (among other powerful attributes) strength and endurance. Highly intelligent and adaptable like the Human, the Wolf can survive as a loner… but thrives as a social creature. The Wolf has always been my “totem” animal. Everyone knows that I have always had a special affinity with these marvelous and majestic animals. And as one might suspect, I have quite a gift collection of wolf art, paraphernalia and books like Women Who Run With The Wolves that now grace my new home… WolfStone Ranch. Read More...

Bayou and Cottage.

A God-Given Mission

I grew up in Farmington, moved away after graduating from FHS in 1971, and only moved back in the autumn of 2006… I came back to spend time with my aging father before it was too late, but also because life had closed several doors on me, and I was kind of forced to retreat into the corner of my hometown. I was also grieving the loss of not one but three life dreams… marriage, a musical career and living in my beloved Colorado Rocky Mountains.

But in the summer of 2009, I was utterly captivated by Eckhart Tolle’s inspirational best-selling book, The Power Of Now, which for me is about the “sacrament of living in the present”. (New Oxford Dictionary ~ “every moment is regarded as an opportunity to receive divine grace”). It hadn’t always been this way for me, but I had eventually come to believe that every moment of life is sacred and that I don’t want to waste a single one of them! So I started trying to give up regrets of the past as well as anxieties about the future. I also started trying to concentrate on appreciating what I did have instead of bemoaning what I didn’t. And I started trying to live every moment of my life in a truly meaningful way…Read More...

Custom-built kennels in the back yard.

A Divine Dream of a Spiritual Retreat for Pets

(and Their People)

To begin with, WolfStone Ranch grew out of what I consider to be a God-Given Mission to do for the animals of the rural Midwest what Martin Luther King Jr. did for civil rights. My original vision of WolfStone Ranch was just to rescue “unadoptable” dogs from the Farmington Pet Adoption Center to rehabilitate and then place in appropriate homes. But from the beginning, I knew that I also needed to start a business to support my rescue/rehabilitation work. Read More...

Our Mission

  • Building a Spiritually-Based, Activist Community around the Ethos of Compassionate Treatment of All Animals
  • Creating an Environment that Supports Healing for All Living Beings
  • Canine & Feline Rescue, Rehabilitation and Adoption Within Our Own Growing Community

Contact us:

WolfStone Ranch
Farmington MO 63640
Email • 573.756.1367

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Please Note

WolfStone Ranch is a small, exclusive facility. We are not a typical shelter open to the general public. We do not accept owner surrenders because we are simply not set up to be that kind of rescue operation. Instead, we are able to take in only a small number of “unadoptable” shelter animals in need of intensive rehabilitation. Once we are able to adopt out one of these animals, we are then able to pull another “unadoptable” animal from one of the local shelters so that they can take in more animals in dire need of rescue. With this in mind, we suggest that you contact the Farmington Pet Adoption Center if you need to relinquish an animal (be it your own pet or a stray you’ve picked up). Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

Links of Interest

Farmington Pet Adoption Center
Humane Society of Missouri
Best Friends Animal Society
KRCU, Public Radio for Southeast Missouri
St. Louis Public Radio News