Farmhouse Blog

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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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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