Yearly archive for 2021

Sorry Teacup Pigs Do Not Exist

By Sandra Krug While the word pig usually invokes images of life on a farm, potbellied pigs are increasingly popular as domestic pets. These pigs can be great companion animals. But pigs are not the right choice for everyone. Sometimes people adopt a pig without thoroughly researching their behaviors and care requirements. As a consequence, these intelligent animals end up surrendered to sanctuaries across the country. Most pigs are surrendered for not being a “teacup”

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Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Chrissy McDonald

Meet Christine McDonald, volunteer and long time friend. Chrissy is retired and helps with some of our virtual volunteer opportunities as well as on the farm.  When not helping the animals, she enjoys spending time bike riding, swimming, trail hiking/walking and exploring. Chrissy has made volunteering a family affair. She has recruited her daughter, Courtney and cousin Emily to help on the farm and Courtney, who enjoys photography, has taken many pictures for the FANS

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Rabbits as pets

by Sandra Krug Kids often wish for pets more than parents. Kids think animals are cute and fun to have. Grown-ups know the work required. But, owning a pet can make a home complete. Let’s look at rabbits as pets. Like all pets, rabbits need specific care. Speak with a vet about rabbit care and any questions you may have before purchasing a rabbit. Be sure to find a vet with rabbit experience. Don’t forget

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HomeGrown Heroes: Tiffany Howard-Webb

Every so often we like to feature a person who we consider to be a “HomeGrown Hero”. What makes a HomeGrown Hero? Someone who gives back to their community, who has the desire to help others and finds a way to do just that! Tiffany Howard-Webb is the founder of Rescue of the Week Flash Sales. Each week she hosts an online fundraiser for different 501c3 rescues and sanctuaries. Tiffany tells us she looks for

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Ferrets as Pets

by Sandra Krug Ferrets are often considered a unique pet to own. Many ferret owners turn to the ferret for its curious, playful, and social qualities. Ferrets love to play and explore with others and their owners and on their own. So, you need to know a few things about taking care of a ferret. First, you must ferret proof your home before you establish them as pets. They will crawl around the house, on

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Guinea Pigs as Pets

By Sandra Krug If you are contemplating a pet for your home, you might want to consider a guinea pig. Guinea pigs are lovable, furry little creatures that will give you a lot of happiness. In addition, guinea pigs can be a great first pet for kids because they are relatively simple to care for and more cuddly than gerbils or fishes. Let’s discuss some more information to help you decide whether a guinea pig

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Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Kerstin Wiles

Kerstin recently celebrated her two month anniversary as part of the Farmhouse family. Like many of us Kerstin is very busy. She works in the tax field and has two children who are very active in sports. If you have sporty kids, you know how time consuming that can be. With all of that she still finds time to help at FANS once or twice a week spending at least four hours each visit and

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Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Larry Hamilton

Farmhouse Animal and Nature Sanctuary (FANS) located in Myakka City, is always looking for like-minded animal lovers to help with the seemingly never-ending list of chores to be done both at the sanctuary and virtually. Whether it’s feeding the animals and cleaning their feed areas to larger projects like fence or irrigation repairs to setting up fundraisers, FANS can always use good help. Larry Hamilton is one of our feed and clean crew. Although he works full

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Volunteer Spotlight: Judith Horn

What do you think of when considering becoming a volunteer at the sanctuary? Most people think volunteering means spending the day mucking stalls, scrubbing water troughs and raking pastures. Although, those are things we need help with, there are other ways you can help too. Judith is a great example of how you can use your talents to help the animals. Check out what Judith has to say about being a volunteer: How did you

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HomeGrown Heroes: Beyond the Pack Rescue

Meet Grace Elston, founder of Beyond the Pack, a 501c3 animal rescue in Ft Meyers, Florida. Beyond the Pack was formed in 2019 but Grace has been involved with rescue for a very long time. She started her rescue journey 20 years ago as a transport coordinator, rescuer and foster. Today, she is still involved with animal transport when time allows. Although Grace tells us that her sanctuary is small, she still spends 70+ hours

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