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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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Volunteer Spotlight: Sandra Krug

Every so often we will interview one of our volunteers. Learn why they volunteer, what they like about being a volunteer and advice they would give to new volunteers and more. .Meet Sandra Krug, she, and her husband, Garrett, not only volunteer but they are both on our board of directors. Sandra was recently interviewed by Patty of Let’s Talk Pets Radio show on behalf of FANS: How did you hear about Farmhouse and what

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Pets and COVID-19: What You Need to Know

Pets and COVID-19: What you need to know by Sandra Krug, RRT, ARNP, CRNA About the coronavirus and COVID-19: Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some coronaviruses cause cold-like illnesses in people, while others cause illness in certain types of animals, such as cattle, camels, and bats. Some coronaviruses, such as canine and feline coronaviruses, only infect animals and do not infect humans. Public health officials and partners are working hard to identify the

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#GivingTuesday

Have you heard of GivingTuesday? It is a huge generosity effort releasing the power of people to transform their communities on December 3, 2019 – and every day. GivingTuesday started in 2012 as a straightforward idea: a day to inspire people to do good. Over the last seven years, that idea has grown into a global movement that inspires millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. It is an amazing giving event. One

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