Farmhouse Blog

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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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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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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