Our Farmhouse Adventure

Photo by volunteer Derek Bowers

Caring for animals and the earth is not only a privilege it is our responsibility. It is responsibility we take seriously, but at the same time we feel learning about the animals is fun and rewarding. Be sure to visit often to follow our farmhouse adventures, keep up to date on what’s new at the farmhouse, learn fun facts and how to care for farm, exotic and wild animals and nature through our farmhouse blog.  Thank you for stopping by the Farmhouse blog page. Ya’ll come back now ya hear!

Happy National Pet Day

By Sandra Krug Did you know April 11th was national pet day? At FANS we believe every day should be national pet day. Check out why having a pet in your life can be beneficial to you and the animal you choose. Living with and caring for an animal (pet) involves a lot of responsibility. But there are so many advantages of keeping a pet that I think everyone ought to think about it. The

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Did You know? Fun and Interesting Facts about Sloths

By Andreana Benitez Did you know there are two types of sloths?  There is the three-toed sloth and the two-toed sloth and they make up five different species, including the Pygmy three-toed sloth, the Maned sloth, the pale throated three-toed sloth, the brown throated three-toed sloth and Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth.  All of the sloth species live in the lowland tropical forests of Central & South America high up in the forest canopy.  Let’s see what

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Event Helper

VOLUNTEER ASSIGNMENT: Event Helper WORKS WITH: Other volunteers, sanctuary owners LOCATION: Onsite or offsite TIME COMMITMENT: As needed PRE-PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS and TRAINING: Sanctuary Orientation Tour of Sanctuary ESSENTIAL SKILLS: Comfortable with public speaking Comfortable working in/at various-paced environments/events Flexible and adaptable to last minute changes ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Front-facing role as a representative for the sanctuary Answer questions about the sanctuary, our mission, and the animals in our care Attend fundraising events and man the FANS

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Driver

VOLUNTEER ASSIGNMENT: Driver WORKS WITH: Sanctuary Owner; Volunteer Coordinator; Other volunteer drivers LOCATION: Remote – Manatee County, Sarasota County, or Charlotte County TIME COMMITMENT: 2-3 hours weekly PRE-PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS and TRAINING: Truck or SUV Clean driving record Personal car insurance ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Willing and able to drive on a consistent basis to pick up food donations for sanctuary animals Deliver food donations to sanctuary or meet second driver to hand off food items Familiarity with

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Gardener and Pasture Management Team

VOLUNTEER ASSIGNMENT: Gardener WORKS WITH: Mostly independent position LOCATION: Onsite – Myakka sanctuary TIME COMMITMENT: 2-4 hours weekly PRE-PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS and TRAINING: None ESSENTIAL SKILLS: Prior experience with growing fruits, vegetables, and plants either professionally or personally ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Tend to plants in the garden by watering, pruning, and harvesting vegetables or fruit when ready Notify sanctuary if any pests are found Pull weeds from plant beds and surrounding areas Assist in mulching projects Replace/Remove

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AM/PM Feed & Clean Crew

VOLUNTEER ASSIGNMENT: Morning/Evening Feed and Clean Crew WORKS WITH: Mostly independent position LOCATION: Onsite – Myakka sanctuary TIME COMMITMENT: 2-4 hours weekly PRE-PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS and TRAINING: In- Person Shadowing ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Distribute food for multiple species of animals accurately Replenish & clean water of animals Muck Horse stalls Remove fecal and urine matter from walkways and animal housing General cleaning of walkways and pastures Observant and report potential health or behavioral issues to owners Willing

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Kangaroos, Wallaroos and Wallabies, Oh my!

By Andreana Benitez How many of you believe that a Wallaroo is a cross between a Kangaroo and a Wallaby?  Unless you are Australian (or Kangaroo Jack) you would be wrong.  This is the biggest misconception about Wallaroos.  So how can you tell the three apart?  Let’s explore the similarities as well as the differences between these three beautiful animals. First off, all three are native to Australia.  This is their home.  They are also

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Owls, Bats & Black Cats, Oh My!

Bats, black cats, ravens, crows, and owls what do these creatures have in common? They are all associated with Halloween as evil or bad omens. Truth is, each of these creatures has many good qualities and, in some cultures, revered as symbols of good luck. Take the Black cat, in Western culture; they are viewed as a symbol of bad omens, especially if one crosses your path. This is not a new notion and dates

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Homegrown Hero: Cheryl Johnson

Meet Cheryl Johnson, a board member and volunteer for the Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch. We recently spoke with Cheryl about what she does for the shelter and why it is important for the community to have places like this. If you are not familiar with the Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch, they are an organization who rescue animals in need and find adoptive homes for them. Cheryl tells us they also educate people on

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Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Annette Laliberte

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 at the sanctuary. Whether its regular maintenance like raking leaves or cleaning the feeding areas to larger projects like fence or irrigation repairs to painting FANS can always use good help. One of those helpers is volunteer, Annette Laliberte. Annette tells us that “Caring for animals and the

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