January E-News
Save the
date for Heartland's 7th Annual Gala on April 22!

We are making Baine the star of this year's Gala - Heartland's biggest
fundraiser of the year! Be sure to save the date for this fun evening which will feature a VIP pre-party with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and visits from our rescued animals, including Baine himself!

We're thrilled to be joined this year by our community  partners who are helping Heartland nurture more children and animals! Join us this very special evening to hear how our work is not only helping Dane County youth, but how our innovative research collaboration in 2017 will benefit animals and children around the world.

Tickets go on sale in February! Keep an eye on our website for more information.
Summer Camp 2017 registration opens in February!

That's right! Heartland's popular summer day camp is back for the 2017 season. Registration will open on February 13th. This year we are offering 11 weeks of camp for youth ages 8-14. Camp will start the week of June 12th and end August 25th. 

Once registration opens, register before May 1st and pay $225 for the first week, and get a $25 discount on second and third weeks. Register after May 1st and pay $250 for the first week, and get a $25 discount on second and third weeks. Please note that discounts for second and additional weeks apply only to consecutive weeks registered.  Campers who register for two or more consecutive weeks will have the opportunity (but are not obligated) to participate in Heartland's groundbreaking research collaboration with the UW School of Human Ecology to explore how our rescued animals benefit the kids who take care of them!

As always, each week will include up close and personal interaction with our friendly rescued farm animals, barn chores, and activities centered around building our 3 C's: Character, Confidence and Compassion. 

More information coming soon!

Spring Programs Update

We've been very busy planning for our spring programs, which will include Animal Hearts for youth impacted by trauma and/or loss.  

We are in the process of hiring a Programs Manager and will update you soon on dates and times. 

Stay tuned!
Bowl for Heartland's sake!

The Boomer's Bowl Your Balls Off bowling tournament is back and coming up on February 4th! All proceeds from the event (which is a blast!) will go to Fetch Wisconsin Rescue and yours truly - Heartland Farm Sanctuary. Last year, the event raised over $6,000 for Heartland's animals and people! The Boomer's crew is still looking for teams of 2. If you like to bowl (all skill levels are welcome, this is for fun!), email Cashforcritters53593@gmail.com.
An update on best pals Cookie and Joan  

Our newest arrivals have been settling in nicely at Heartland. We recently moved them next to our donkeys, Chachi and Fonsi, as we hope to introduce the two pairs to each other soon. Joan the sheep, who was used for breeding at her first home, recently received a minor medical procedure to alleviate some reproductive issues she was experiencing. This has made her much more comfortable.

Cookie also went to the vet this week. Due to their tiny size, dwarf horses can struggle with a variety of health complications - everything from dental issues to hip dysplasia. We know Cookie has quite the underbite, so we wanted to get her checked over from top to bottom. After some mild sedation, Cookie had two baby teeth removed, as well as x-rays on her hips. Cookie does have minor hip dysplasia, but does not need pain management at this time. She will also have two other teeth removed by an equine dental specialist, which will make it easier for her to eat. She's now back at the barn and resting comfortably. Check out our Facebook page for more photos from her day out.

And thank you to all of our members - your kind donations allow us to give our animals the vet care they need and deserve to live long and happy lives.
Heartland thanks you!
Thank you to the Ivanoski family!
Say hello to Jennifer Ivanoski, a serious "Good Egg" at Heartland! Jennifer and her husband, Scott, became  Stable Supporters for Heartland before they ever stepped foot inside the barn. Shortly after, they took a barn tour and Jennifer started volunteering, doing animal care and barn chores (she drives all the way from Baraboo)! Recently, she, Scott and her father-in-law, Jim, have been putting in tons of work building a brand-new mobility cart for  Baine. You should see Baine in this new cart - he flies! We cannot thank Jennifer, Scott and Jim enough for all the work they did to make Baine mobile again. You guys amaze us with your kindness and compassion! Read more...
January Volunteer of the Month: Alicia Oliver
Meet our January Volunteer of the Month, Alicia Oliver! Alicia has been volunteering with Heartland for nearly three years - she's a consistent, hardworking and dependable member of the Monday PM animal care crew! She's known for making the animals delicious dinnertime salads and isn't afraid to roll up her sleeves to do the not-so-fun jobs - like washing dishes when it's below freezing and hauling huge buckets of water from one end of the barn to the other. Alicia also brings extra treats for the animals (peanut butter sandwiches, bananas, and socks for Baine!) and has helped out at our Gala and on barn maintenance shifts. We thank you for everything you've done for Heartland, Alicia! Read more...

Help needed with snow and ice!
Winnie wants to know - could you help 
us out with snow removal, salting and sanding? (She can only move so much snow with that snout!) The weather has warmed up but we know there's plenty of winter left, and we're looking for someone who would like to help keep Heartland's people and animals safe from the winter elements.  Email Shelter Director Alecia  if you're interested! Thank you!

Public tours will resume in March!
Our public barn tours will resume in March, and 2017 dates will be posted soon. If you want to visit us before then, check out scheduling a private tour of our sanctuary!  This is a great opportunity to learn about our animals and how they came to be at Heartland, along with the different programs we offer. And a private tour wouldn't be complete without lots of time to interact with our social and friendly animals! 

Dana Barre
Executive Director & Founder
Heartland Farm Sanctuary
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