July E-News
Meet Sherman, Heartland's newest rescue

Earlier this month, we welcomed our newest rescue to Heartland Farm Sanctuary -- a scared and sick baby lamb who was rescued from a backyard butcher in a neighboring city.  The lamb's former owner was illegally keeping two lambs on his property. Unfortunately, by the time authorities arrived, it was too late for the other lamb. Only this baby was able to make it out alive. 
Shortly after coming to Heartland, the lamb (who the summer campers have since named Sherman), went to our vet's office to get neutered. 
This routine procedure quickly turned into an emergency, and Sherman was rushed to the University of Wisconsin Emergency Veterinarian Hospital for surgery. His prognosis wasn't good, but we remained hopeful. Sherman made it out of surgery, but the vet was still worried: he was lethargic, had spiked a fever, and was showing signs of a possible infection. Over this past weekend, Sherman was switched to a new, stronger antibiotic, and he was visited by a few of the Heartland staff members. We made sure he knew how many people were rooting for him to come back home. It seemed to do the trick. Sherman is acting more like his usual spunky, playful self, and any sign of infection has disappeared. 
We're happy to report that Sherman returned to the barn this week. H is vet bills total more than $1,600.  We are still accepting donations for his medical care. You can welcome Sherman home with your donation by clicking the button below. Thank you!

Animal Hearts: New session starting this fall! 

This past spring we held our Animal Hearts Kids' Program - a weekly group for children ages 8-12 impacted by trauma and loss. Our spring session was a fun, supportive group led by Heartland staff and four facilitators, and this session also offered  bilingual services to connect Spanish-speaking families to our program.  Group participants spent time with our farm animal friends,  learned simple ways of coping with strong or scary feelings , and drew parallels between the animals' rescue stories and need for care and their own situations of loss. 
Based on the success of our last group, we're happy to announce that we'll be offering a fall session for youth again, starting in September! 
P arents, social workers and counselors interested in registering their kids for this group should contact Dana at Dana.Barre@HeartlandFarmSanctuary.org or (608) 219-1172.

LAST CHANCE: Sign up now for Heartland's Natural History Course!

Join Heartland's resident plant pathologist, Dr. Doug Maxwell, and his granddaughters on a journey through the natural world at Heartland Farm Sanctuary! Students will learn how our unique land in the Driftless Region, which includes 40 acres of forest and restored prairie, evolved over hundreds of millions of years. Students will collect a wide variety of plants to practice the basics of plant identification and will also learn to identify the wild birds at Heartland. No previous experience in plant identification is necessary but a willingness to learn is critical. A sketchbook and colored pencils are required. Course enrollment is limited to 10 students, so register now by emailing Jamie.Monroe@HeartlandFarmSanctuary.org! Learn more about this unique opportunity here.
Now's the time! Register for a tour of Heartland Farm Sanctuary!

Summer is the perfect time to tour the farm. We have public tours coming up in August & September that are already filling up, so make sure to reserve your spot today! And good news - we made the registration process even easier. You can now register online via our new registration form. We hope to see you out at the farm!

Remembering our friend, Champion

This week we said goodbye to our dear boy, Champion the turkey.  When Champion arrived at Heartland last November, we noticed he had an old leg injury that he sustained while on the turkey farm he was rescued from. While Champion was at Heartland, our staff and volunteers did everything possible to make him comfortable. Recently, however, Champion had become less and less steady on his feet. Earlier this week, he sustained a wing injury due to falling and was taken to the vet. His injury was resolved but the condition of his legs was much worse, and he was barely able to stand. In the interest of preventing further injury and unnecessary pain, we decided with the vet to provide him a comfortable end to his journey.  His passing was very peaceful, after a day of treats and lots of snuggles from friends. Thanks to all of you who loved Champy, and to the staff and volunteers who took care of him every day, and made sure he was happy, safe and loved. We miss this handsome guy already. Click here to make a donation in Champion's memory, to ensure that Heartland can continue to take in and care for farm animals in need.
Support in our Community - Heartland thanks you!
 
July Volunteer of the Month: 
Mary Severson
Meet Mary Severson, our July Volunteer of the Month! Mary volunteers as a groundskeeper for Heartland, and we cannot tell you how lucky we are to have her! Mary is one heck of a hard worker - she mows, weeds, and keeps our 80 acres in tip-top shape (all with a smile, of course!). Thank you, Mary, for keeping Heartland beautiful!
 
Thank you, Rachel!
We want to thank Rachel Hemke, a speech-language pathologist who first visited Heartland last year for a very special project: she created a beautiful, multi-sensory book all about the Heartland animals, and donated a batch of books for our barn visitors, campers, and therapeutic program participants to enjoy! We cannot wait to share this book with everyone who visits the barn! 

Office volunteers needed!
We are currently seeking help in our office (located at the barn!) with various projects. Ideally, office volunteers will commit to at least one day per week for at least 2 hours anytime between 8am and 8pm, Tuesday through Friday. Projects will include data entry, preparing mailings, filing, internet-based research and various other tasks and projects. This volunteer position requires that you bring your own laptop. Assistance may or may not be provided by a chicken or other farm animal. Email Jamie   if you're interested!
 
Thank you, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek & Husch Blackwell!
Heartland wants to give a huge THANK YOU to Phillip Bower at Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek (who recently joined forces with Husch Blackwell) for helping Heartland obtain an erosion control permit from Dane County. This permit was necessary to move forward with improving our driveway and parking area at the farm. Phillip's donation of his professional services saved Heartland thousands of dollars, which is why we want to say thank you, from all of Heartland's animals and people! Make sure to check out Husch Blackwell for all of your legal needs!


Dana Barre
Executive Director & Founder  
Heartland Farm Sanctuary                    
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