Yearly archive for 2021

HomeGrown Heroes: C&C Rescue Rally

Meet Chris Gelsleichter and Colleen Pearce of C&C Rescue Foundation. Chris and Colleen started hosting their annual C&C Rescue Rally fundraiser 11 years ago at Entersection Bar in Sarasota. As animal lovers, they started the event to help raise funds for and draw attention to local nonprofit rescues. Each year they choose a few animal rescues to benefit from the rally and split the funds between them. The event has grown so much over the

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Meet Our Community Sponsor: TreeUmph! Adventure Course

Did you know that FANS has the support of local businesses through our community sponsors program? These local business owners, who pride themselves on giving back to the community, help make it possible for us to care for the animals through their in-kind and monetary donations. We thought it would be fun to get to know them a little better. From time to time, we will share a new community sponsor’s profile. Meet Kathy &

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Meet Our Community Sponsors: Life Pharmacy

Did you know that FANS has the support of local businesses through our community sponsors program? These local business owners, who pride themselves on giving back to the community, help make it possible for us to care for the animals through their in-kind and monetary donations. We thought it would be fun to get to know them a little better. From time to time, we will share a new community sponsor’s profile. Meet Megan and

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Meet Our Community Sponsors: Working for Kisses

Meet Our Community Sponsors: Did you know that FANS has the support of local businesses through our community sponsors program? These local business owners, who pride themselves on giving back to the community, help make it possible for us to care for the animals through their in-kind and monetary donations. We thought it would be fun to get to know them a little better. From time to time, we will share a new community sponsor’s

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Meet Our Community Sponsors: Forever Souls

Did you know that FANS has the support of local businesses through our community sponsors program? These local business owners, who pride themselves on giving back to the community, help make it possible for us to care for the animals through their in-kind and monetary donations. We thought it would be fun to get to know them a little better. From time to time, we will share a new community sponsor’s profile. Meet Elissa Bentsen,

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Happy Earth Day 2021

In the Beginning Back in the early 60’s a senator, Gaylord Nelson, became concerned that there wasn’t enough being done about environment issues. Inspired by Vietnam protestors, Senator Nelson decided to do something about it. Earth Day became official when he organized a nationwide demonstration on April 22, 1970 to promote awareness. About 20 million Americans participated in that very first Earth Day. The demonstration helped bring about the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Andrea Inman

Andrea came to us when she was looking for an animal organization to volunteer at after her career changed from working with animals to working at home behind a desk due to COVID. She stumbled upon FANS through an internet search. Andrea is part of our morning feed and clean crew, where she comes to the farm once a week and takes care of feeding the animals and cleaning up their feed areas and habitats.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Carrie Brown

by Sandra Krug Carrie Burns has been a resident of Manatee County for most of her life. She became involved with Farmhouse Animal and Nature Sanctuary (FANS) because her parents, Dave and Lisa Burns, run the rescue. Carrie always had a love and a soft spot for animals. She knew right away; she had to be around them. Carrie serves on the Board of Directors for FANS. Since moving to Lakeland Carrie switched from being

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Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Cara Rister

Volunteers play a strategically important role in animal rescue. It also gives you the chance to contribute every day to the kind of community and world in which you want to live. Cara was in a local community Facebook page and saw that they were looking for items to auction for a fundraising event. Being a groomer and loving animals, she chose to offer a gift certificate for her services. After speaking in length with

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Homegrown Heroes/Volunteer Spotlight

In honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Week, April 18-24, we will be showcasing several volunteers throughout the week. Our volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization and even though we don’t have time to share all their stories, we appreciate every one of them. We’d like to kick off the week by introducing you to a group of amazing young adults who spend their free time making a difference in their community and beyond, including

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