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Farmhouse Animal and Nature Sanctuary Inc

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animals

Mission: Our mission at Farmhouse Animal & Nature Sanctuary, a 501(c)(3) non profit, is to care for, love and support the exotic and farm animals that live at the sanctuary, to the best of our ability, for the remainder of their lives and to educate the public on animal care and nature. We will be working towards programs geared to help at risk students and under privileged youth and young adults. The focus will be to teach them a way of life caring for animals and nature with the intent of peaking their interest in pursuing a career in animal care/vet services and/or horticultural and landscape services. This program will benefit both the person and the animals with one on one attention and care.

Results: 1. in 2020 we implemented our volunteer program by the end of the year we had seven regular volunteers who help with chores and projects at the sanctuary, and 17 occasional volunteers who help with special projects and events. We also named our volunteer coordinator who will has helped us grow, create incentives and volunteer retention. In 2021 to date we have 11 regular volunteers who help weekly/biweekly or monthly and 21 occasional volunteers. 2. We have expanded our youth volunteer program. There are currently twenty four students in our program who come out with their parents or chaperones to help with special projects. Update: our youth program has grown to include a club from a local high school, a church group and an eagle scout troop. One student has joined our board as a youth advisor. 3. One of our goals is to work with other nonprofits in our community. We continue to teamed up with the Humane Society Sarasota County during their summer camp program. We formed a lasting partnership with six other Myakka City nonprofits (The Myakka Seven) and continue to work with them to spread the word about our causes. 4.We received a $1000 grant in 2021 to use towards driveway renovation project 5. Expanded our sustainability garden Our goal is to work towards becoming sustainable, growing the veggies that the animals at the sanctuary eat. We currently grow veggies and flowers for the tortoises. 6. FANS won a total of EIGHT seperate grant prizes from the 2020 Giving Challenge presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota. Prizes included: Best GC Newbie, Best Business Partnership, Best GC Photo, Best Online Event, Best use of Social Media, Donor Shout out on Facebook, Honorable mention for our nonprofit partnership and our favorite, Best Overall Campaign 3rd place! 7. We raised funds and received grant money to complete renovations on our existing two story aviary and to build a 30x20 duck enclosure.

Target demographics: farm and exotic animals who's owners no longer can care for them. At risk students and disadvantaged youth.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 100 animals including a horse that a family could not keep due to his owner being ill and not being able to care for him and a young goat found with a badly broken shoulder that required a plate and 4 pins to correct.

Geographic areas served: Myakka City, Florida ( and surrounding counties including Manatee, Hardee, Sarasota)

Programs: one on one hands on educational program for students with the animals at the sanctuary.

Community Stories

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I sponsor Lakewood Loves Animals which is a service club from Lakewood Ranch High School.We have been volunteering at the Farmhouse Animal and Nature Sanctuary for approximately 10 months. From the very beginning, Lisa and Dave were so welcoming to the students and allowed them to not only help by working around the farm but also as the students worked in different areas Lisa and Dave would tell the students the background of the animals and their names which made the experience much more personal.The students love to come to the farm (we volunteer two to three Saturdays a month)!Lisa and Dave work hard to give the animals a wonderful life and we feel grateful that we are able to help them provide the best life possible for these sweet animals.

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Farmhouse Thank you for your continued support and kind words

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter and I have been volunteering at the Farmhouse for almost 9 months now. It is a great time for us to spend together while contributing to a great cause. Lisa and Dave are very kind, welcoming and knowledgeable people who dedicate their lives to caring for these animals. We have had the pleasure of getting to know them and all the animals. We look forward to our time there helping in any way we can.

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Farmhouse 08/18/2021

Thank you for the kind words. You and Emilia and the rest of the Lakewood Loves Animals club are such a huge part of what we do here.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first started volunteering at the Farmhouse towards the end of 2020, and am so glad I did. The environment of the sanctuary is warm and welcoming, and is focused on creating the best living situation for all of the animals. It is so clear to see that the animals are content and so well cared for. It is an honor to be able to contribute to such a wonderful organization!

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Farmhouse 08/18/2021

Thank you! We are the ones who are honored to have you as part of our Farmhouse Family. Without volunteers like you and your dad we couldn't do what we do for the animals!

1 Carolyn C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

These are hard working dedicated people doing a wonderful job rescuing animals of all sorts . The facility is just amazing.

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Farmhouse 08/18/2021

Thank you Carolyn for the kind words and for being a volunteer!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful group of people that help all animals when possible. They were even able to help home my horse when we moved and were unable to take him with us. They care for all animals as if they always belonged there.

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Farmhouse 08/18/2021

Thank you for the kind words! We love your boy like he is our own!

Donor

Rating: 5

I KNOW these wonderful people and volunteers. Their whole life is care and hard work for the animals. No one gives more of their hearts and souls.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Farmhouse is an amazing place full of love and harmony with the animals that are cared for. Excellent volunteers and amazing owners make this one of my favorite places

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Farmhouse 08/17/2021

Thank you! We are glad you are part of the Farmhouse Family

1 Sue C.4

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been part of the feed and clean crew now for a couple of years and have seen great improvements in that time. None of it could have happened if it wasn't for help from volunteers and board members. Lisa and Dave give tirelessly to the welfare of the animals at the sanctuary that call it home. Most of these animals come from people who get them and think that they would make great pets in soon realize that it is not the case. If it wasn't for the sanctuary who knows what would have happened to these animals.

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Farmhouse 08/17/2021

Thank you for all you do for the animals!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at the Sanctuary many times and am very impressed with how well the animals are cared for. Dave and Lisa have a very good routine every day that they follow to insure that all the animals have a well balanced diet and clean living conditions. They both work tirelessly on a daily basis and rarely take time for themselves.

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Farmhouse 06/07/2019

And we are very grateful for volunteers and friends like you! Thank you for helping out and for spreading the word!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am lucky to volunteer here as part of the clean and feed team. It is fun and the animals keep us entertained. This is only possible due to Lisa and Dave and all of the volunteers and donors!

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Farmhouse 08/13/2021

Thank you. We are glad you are part of the Farmhouse family!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My children and I have volunteered here several times and each time we go we fall in love with the place more and more. My girls love to help with the horses whether it's brushing and grooming them or mucking out their stalls. While they are doing that, I help out with the maintenace of the yards and pens. I do such work as cleaning up the pinecones from Bullseyes pen while he keeps me company. Or raking up the dead leaves and such around the house. There is never a dull moment. We even volunteer to help at events to help raise money for the sanctuary. My girls love all the animals there and are always excited whenever we return.

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Farmhouse 08/06/2021

Thank you for the kind words and for all your help!

2 Chris G.10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at the Farmhouse, my first time there I was amazed at the variety of animals, from Kangaroos to sugar gliders!!! If this sanctuary has room, they do not discriminate. Dave and Lisa Burns lives revolve around their sanctuary and the well being of the animals in their care. They continuously strive to upgrade and provide the best, comfortable and happy surroundings. They wear their hearts on their sleeves, go above and beyond!!! I wish I could spend every day in this amazing sanctuary ❤️

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Farmhouse 08/06/2021

Thank you for being so kind. We coudn't do this without volunteers like you

2 Karen C.9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lisa, Dave and of course all their volunteers give everything for the animals in their care. The farmhouse has given myself and my children the chance to interact and learn how to care for their variety of resident animals. All the stresses in life just melt away when you are with the animals. Volunteering with the crew also gives you the sense of accomplishing great things no matter if you are cleaning cages, digging trenches, or just feeding afternoon snacks.

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Farmhouse 08/06/2021

Thank you! Yes our volunteers like you, Daniel and the kids are priceless to us!

2 Andrea I.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer as part of the weekly feed and clean crew and also assist with volunteer recruitment and retention. Farmhouse is constantly working to rescue animals that need a safe haven from abuse or injury, and looks to find proper homes for those rehabilitated. The sanctuary offers a great place to volunteer at if you enjoy being around animals and working independently.

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Farmhouse 08/06/2021

Thank you for all you do! With your help we have been able to fine tune and organize our volunteer program, and you know how important our volunteers, like you, are to us!

Donor

Rating: 5

Farmhouse Animal and Nature Sanctuary is a top-notch sanctuary for wayward animals of all sizes, species and medical needs. They go above and beyond creating a wonderful environment for each animal they take in, providing it with all of the love and care it needs to heal and live out its life. They are such an asset to our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The folks at FANS are such wonderful people. We met when I adopted 2 beautiful bunnies from them. Then, Lisa was kind enough to help me when I had a goat situation. The property is well maintained, spacious & the animals are well cared for. I am very pleased to have a relationship with this non profit. Thank you for all that you do!!

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Farmhouse 09/04/2020

Thank you! We couldn't have asked for a better home for the bunnies!

Lisa

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member and volunteer I love what we do at Farmhouse Sanctuary. Being able to help the animals and be there the moment they learn to trust us is an amazing experience.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Farmhouse Animal and Nature Sanctuary is an amazing animal rescue! The founders of this organization put their heart and soul into taking care of the animals. They have nursed many of the animals back to healthy weights with proper nutrition and continued medical care. The Farmhouse Animal and Nature Sanctuary treat these animals each one is a family pet!! Each animal has its own amazing personality! The farm itself is very well maintained and quite the treat to visit! I personally was a little nervous to be around some of the exotic animals and the animal tenders were very good at making me feel very at ease!

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Farmhouse 09/04/2020

Thank you for the kind words!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have participated in Farmhouse Animal and Nature Sanctuary (FANS) since its beginnings and before. This is the best rescue I know. The people associated with FANS all care very much for animals. The Board and volunteers show so much compassion. The animals are lucky to live at this wonderful place. FANS take goats, birds, pigs, horses, etc. and give them a warm and loving home. Some animals like dogs or rabbits are adopted into loving forever homes. They have a variety of other animals, including kangaroos, that do not have to worry that someday they will not have a home. They are there forever!
At FANS the welfare of all furry, feathered and finned animals is unequaled. The animals are so happy. The feeling of appreciation is expressed in the eyes of all the animals I have met that live there. FANS is a place of love for exotic, domestic, and farm animals. A peaceful sanctuary where those animals find forever love. Nature and wildlife is also protected and supported and live peacefully in this six acre beautiful piece of property.
FANS, though small in stature, do such great work! Any and all abused, forgotten or discarded animals can discover their forever home there. The people at FANS are all totally devoted to the loving care of the animals. It is a beautiful location and all the animals are not just care for, but loved. The animals each have names and their personalities are well known.
A husband and wife (Dave and Lisa - kind, loving and generous people...just the best) are at the helm of this 501©(3) non-profit animal sanctuary. From Lisa and Dave, to the wonderful volunteers, all truly committed to their mission. They take care of the sanctuary with their own blood sweat and tears. If you are looking for an animal rescue where 100% of your donations goes to the animals this is it! The Farmhouse Animal and Nature Sanctuary consists of special people doing a special thing.

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Farmhouse 06/05/2020

Thank you so much Sandra. We are blessed to have such supportive people in our lives that care as much for the animals as we do!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Are you an animal lover? Are you looking for a way to support the community while donating time to a worthy organization? Farmhouse Animal and Nature Sanctuary provide a loving home for a variety of animals for the rest of their lives. We also offer a fun learning experience with these beautiful animals in a natural, peaceful setting utilizing activities involving the arts and nature. Serving on the Board for FANS is a lovely way to pay back my community while spending time with some new furry friends.

Llamas are fantastic animals with bold and distinct personalities. They are some of my favorites! Llamas are flock guards. They are attentive and mindful of their environments. Llamas notice intruders and draw attention to them by making an alarm call and may even chase or kick the intruder. Our llama is excellent for protecting the little goats.

Farmhouse Animal and Nature Sanctuary is an ever-growing/evolving organization of people and animals. There are two people (Dave and Lisa), who do a lot of the work and live with the llama - and goats, and dogs and birds and kangaroos - with no doubt more to come. Some ongoing volunteers help regularly, and then some come and go and are on-call. Daily activities include the usual never-ending chores looking out for the welfare of the animals. So far, we have been able to laugh more than we cry and go with the flow of life on the "farm".

Even if the place is buried in mud, or rain is coming down so hard we cannot see a few feet ahead of us, we mumble a bit, but then realize it is only this moment that is trying. When it is all over, we still have these magnificent animals and a beautiful spot in a scenic and peaceful part of Florida. We have a lot of support from people and, most of all, we have this work that we love.
When someone like Bandit, our newest llama, shows up and we get to raise him and know that he will not end up as a neglected or abused llama, we just thank the Universe and keep on.

I love FANS and am so proud of the work done there for the animals. It is the best sanctuary I know of or have been a part of.

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Farmhouse 06/05/2020

Thank you for your kind words and never ending support. We are lucky to have you as a friend and board member

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Farm house sanctuary is where I learned I wanted to be a sanctuary owner ! They truly love their animals and care for them So much. Whenever I see an animal who needs a home , they are the first to come in mind ! They never turn away an animal who needs help and I love that about them. They are genuinely amazing people from the inside out and I would leave my littles in their care and that’s saying a lot since I won’t even let my own mom watch my littles ! They are true sanctuary owners and the world needs more people like them !!! Animals get the best care , proper enrichment and no one is in a cage. It’s just acres of green and happy littles !

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Farmhouse 06/05/2020

Thank you and the feeling is mutual you are an inspiration!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

We started Farmhouse as a small seed and with the help of our board members and volunteers it has grown. Seeing the smiles on our volunteers faces when working with the animals and how hard they work to help us repair and make the sanctuary a wonderful place makes us feel grateful for all the support. When we walk out into the pasture and see the animals living their lives grazing and playing in nature and they stop and come over to greet us, it lets us know we are doing the right thing.

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Farmhouse 06/05/2020

Thank you

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Cannot tell you how much these people put the animals before everything. They are educated on animal care, they care deeply with their hearts and work constantly on making the lives of the rescues better

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Farmhouse 06/05/2020

Thank you

1 Tiara D.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Lisa, Dave, and all of the volunteers are truly amazing people! They love all of the animals, and do whatever it takes to make sure each and every animal is happy and healthy.

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Farmhouse 06/04/2020

Thank you!

1 Dixie Stone R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It’s nice to know that in our small community there is a wonderful rescue for unwanted animals. From pigs to kangaroos, tortoises to goats, every animal’s unique needs are addressed and met. As an exclusively rescue animal mom, can’t wait to see what the future holds for them and enthusiastically support all that they do!

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Farmhouse 06/04/2020

Thank you.

2 Annette Giammatteo L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at the Santuary and when I arrive there I find myself in awe! All the animals are well cared for and loved. My first experience was spending time w Taylor one of the pigs. Taylor is white and she gets sunburned easily. So I applied sunscreen on her back and raked her home! She grunted at me and I talked to her, too! Then there were the baby bunnies that I held and rocked on the swing to help socialize them. Who can resist holding a baby bunny and swinging on a beautiful day. Oh! There was a time I painted a few planters and the chickens were in the fenced in area next to me but not for long. One by one they jumped over the fence to see what I was going! It was so fun to interact w them. The Santuary is about saving lives and providing the best environment for animals that need a forever home. David and Lisa go over and beyond to not only provide the best Santuary but they have a lot of volunteers to help support their mission. I am so happy I am a part of this wonderful organization.

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Farmhouse 06/04/2020

Thank you so much. The animals love you Annette!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Farmhouse Santuary is a rescue for animals of all kinds. The love and care the animals receive goes far beyond just having basic needs. The devoted staff provide the love and neutering to help improve the quality of lives of all the animals. Recently, I volunteered to help take care of a 400 pound pig (Taylor). Lisa and I prepared a soft brush to help w her dry skin and sunscreen to ensure her light coat was protected from the elements. Taylor snorted and grunted and sure did appreciate the attention! After attending to Taylor, I helped provide some TLC to a puinea pig (Winnie) who was bonded w her mom and mom passed away. The love and kindness that lives at the Farmhouse Rescue is a work of true love and commitment for animals in need of a home!

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Farmhouse 06/04/2019

Thank you. We couldn't do what we do without the help and love from volunteers like you!

2 Georgia K.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is such a wonderful place to visit! Lisa and Dave put their all into caring for the animals, and it's so fun to see and interact with these amazing creatures.

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Farmhouse 06/10/2019

Thank you Georgia, We are blessed to have such caring board members too

3 Leah N.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The most amazing people, who really care about their animals and their well-being before anything else. I am always happy to volunteer for them, and they make anyone feel welcome.

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Farmhouse 06/10/2019

Thank you! We love having volunteers like you who really connect with the animals!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Farmhouse Animal and Nature Sanctuary is a place where people of all ages can go to observe native (pigs, goats, bunnies) and exotic (kangaroo, wallaby, tortoise) animals as well as native plants. Visitors learn to appreciate the beauty of nature in Florida. Farmhouse Animal and Nature Sanctuary is an animal rescue that is made to be flexible and adapt to our community’s needs. We know fostering is important role. It helps to play a vital part in the rehabilitation of animals and helps improve their chance of finding a new home . Long term and forever homing of our animals is also an amazing way for these animas to lie out their years in a caring, safe environment. Please show some love to our phenomenal people for caring so much about animals!

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Farmhouse 06/06/2019

Thank you! Yes fostering is such an important part! We are very lucky to have such wonderful board members and volunteers who care so much for the animals here on the farm as if they were their own!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Way before receiving their official designation as a non profit, Farmhouse Animal and Nature Sanctuary was busy caring for the many animals that came to them due to mishap or misfortune. Old horse with no lower teeth? No problem, of course we'll take her! Tortoise got bigger than expected (by a lot)? They're getting the lumber for a new habitat. Whether its horses ,goats, pigs, llamas, tortoises, kangaroos, rabbits, or chickens, Farmhouse is ready to care. Lisa and Dave Burns take on the challenge with love and compassion, and are always building the next project, starting gardens, feeding, (and feeding and feeding) and sharing what happens around the farm. Volunteers are always welcome! You can visit too with an appointment.

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Farmhouse 06/05/2019

Thank you for the kind words and the wonderful donation that keeps on giving! Our bunnies, guinea pigs and chickens love the fodder we grow from the micro trays!

3 Christina H.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Farmhouse Animal and Nature Sanctuary sanctuary is truly a beautiful place. You can tell by the interactions of the animals and those who care for them that they are well loved and responsibly cared for. The grounds are also beautifully maintained. The amount of endless work that goes into caring for the animals and running the Sanctuary is nothing short of a labor of love.

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Farmhouse 06/05/2019

Thank you, that is so kind of you to say and yes we do love our Farmhouse familly!

3 Erin W.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have never seen a more dedicated couple! Dave and Lisa take care of their animals with such love and compassion; you can see it in their faces! They have hearts of gold!! Thanks for all you do!!

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Farmhouse 06/05/2019

Thank you for saying that and for volunteering at the sanctuary!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This rescue takes great care of animals. They provide love and neutering to animals in need. The animals are accepted into the family and will have a life of kindness! My friend had a guinea pig for a few days and I had an opportunity to hear about the rescue. I hope to get there sometime soon. Thanks for taking care of these animal!

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Farmhouse 06/04/2019

Thank you for your kind words!

2 Tammie H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

David and Lisa who own and operate this sanctuary work very hard to provide clean, natural, and loving environments for all the animals. I have never seen animals as well cared for and loved as much as the animals at the sanctuary! They devote all of their time to the health and well-being of all these creatures big and small! Any animal would be proud to call Farmhouse Animal and Nature Sanctuary their home!

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Farmhouse 06/04/2019

Thank you Tammie that is sweet of you to say. We love our volunteers too!

1 Chrissy M.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Farmhouse Sanctuary is a fabulous place! Lisa and Dave are the most friendly, kind, and loving people you could ever know. They are extremely hard workers who have a passion to saving lives of all kinds of animals in a safe loving environment that nobody else wants: from horses, goats, pigs, bunnies, all Kinds of birds, turtles and kangaroos and whatever comes their way. The animals all have their own section to make them feel at home and loved. They do everything they can to care for these animals properly. Many of these animals run right up to Lisa and Dave to greet them when they are out and about doing their work on the farm. They take pride in all they do in taking care of these animals. The sanctuary really is a great environment and place for these animals to come to live.

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Farmhouse 06/04/2019

Thank you! Our volunteers are priceless! The pictures are cute too

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Farmhouse nature and animal is such a special place, the animals are cared for with such kindness and they all have comfortable, spacious, areas to live. The animals are healthy, happy and friendly, the the owners both have huge hearts.

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Farmhouse 06/04/2019

Thank you for your kind words!

1 Carrie B.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They have taken in and cared for so many animals and do amazing work. The volunteers are amazing!

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Farmhouse 06/04/2019

Thank you. Without our volunteers we couldn't do what we do