2018 Giving Challenge

2018 Giving Challenge

We are super excited to announce our involvement in the 2018 Giving Challenge!

May 1 – 2, noon-noon all donations up to $100 will be matched if the donation is given to Florida Rescue Farm via the Giving Challenge website. Thanks to the generosity of the Patterson Foundation during this 24 hour period your impact on the lives of these animals will be doubled!

If you have questions please call us at (941) 209-9558 or email at info@floridarescuefarm.org. We are available to take your donation via phone if you have any problems.

Details on donating during the Giving Challenge

  • Go to: www.givingpartnerchallenge.org β€” the website will open on Tuesday, May 1 at noon and will stay open until Wednesday May 2 at noon.
  • When the Giving Challenge goes live on May 1 at noon, the homepage of the website will have a donation form. Begin typing FLORIDA RESCUE FARM and you can select us from a dropdown list.(Screenshot below)
  • You will be asked to fill out the following information & you have the option to donate anonymously:
    First Name, Last Name, E-mail address, Country, Street Address, City, State, Zip Code, Credit Card Number, Verification Code, Expiration Month, Expiration Year
  • Hit SUBMIT to complete the donation. A tax receipt will be sent to the email address you provided.

The 2018 Giving Challenge is presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County with giving strengthened by The Patterson Foundation, as well as support from Charlotte Community Foundation, Harbor Style, Herald-Tribune Media Group, iHeart Media, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Manatee Community Foundation, William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, and the Suncoast News Network.

DJ and the Ducklings

This morning we released our six adolescent Pekins into the pond. You will notice our male goose, CJ, has adopted this little pod and is showing them the ropes. These little guys were rescued by a caring person from a market where they were destined to be someone’s dinner. Instead they will live out the their natural lives here with all their fowl friends πŸ™‚

New Faces on the Farm

Harvey – the beautiful Lavender Orpington in the center, (guarded by our faithful chicken dog, Clyde)

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Moon is the smaller goose to the right. She is the nicest goose I have ever met.

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Chloe the Rooster with his ladies Olympia and Penelope. A great chicken family, all the way from Miami!

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Bantams

India, Tee and Bee are little bantams. Tee and Bee are twin roosters and hysterical to watch.

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Silkie Roosters

Chicken Little & Nugget are a pair of silkie roos. They are just adorable and their human still visits them and brings them treats!

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The magnificent 7 is a flock of retired hens, the girls are all about seven years old and are a pleasure to have on the farm (I just love old hens!)

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Rooster

Major is a young and enthusiastic Roo.

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Heifer, yet another young roo who was masquerading as a hen.

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Ruby is a darling hen, she fit in with the flock as though she was born here.

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Petey was found in a parking lot in Fort Lauderdale. His humans cared for him and brought him here so he could have a flock of his own. Thus far he really seems to enjoy the goats.

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Rey and Oscar came together. Oscar is a Cayuga duck and a Rey is a Pekin. They like to mingle with the wild ducks.

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Charlie & Lucy are a great pair of Pekins. They are loved by their flock and follow Moon the Goose everywhere.

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Long John is a very brave little rooster. He came to us with broken leg, and unfortunately the break was old and not able to be set. However he gets around great on his good leg and even hops into his roost at night.

Adoption Stories

Samantha was looking for a lawnmower on craigslist and came across this ad

Saddened that this cow was being sold for slaughter she raised enough money on GoFundMe to buy the cow, but she had nowhere to take it so she contacted us. We helped her find a wonderful home for the cow, who is now named Elizabeth and has a herd and a forever home. See Elizabeth’s relocation here: https://www.facebook.com/floridarescuefarm/posts/1921196117896487

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Rabbit Adoption

Luna is a darling, beautiful rabbit that has been rehomed to a local family. Congratulations Luna!

Alalchua Goat Herd

This week we received four beautiful goats from Alalchua, FL. Homer, Sophia, Kate & Pippa. This was a huge effort by many people, The Community Foundation of Sarasota funded the construction of the goat enclosure (including a new home for Pablito), our beloved volunteers help build it, and the people who have cared for these goats for so long found transport all the way here! The goats are pleased and we are so thankful that all these folks came together to secure the happiness of this herd of wonderful goats.

Homer – or as I call him Tim the Enchanter

 

Sophia – Mother of Kate & Pippa

 

Kate & Pippa

Sanctuary Updates and Quarterly Hay Drive

Visit from Everyday Blessings

Last weekend we were graced with a visit from a wonderful group of children from Everyday Blessings. They were a hit with all the animals and brought a lot of smiles to the farm.

Showing a Heritage Turkey to Visitors

Child Petting a Cow

Child Petting a Cow

 

Christening the Rabbit Refuge

While here the children helped us break in the new Rabbit Refuge. It was everything we had hoped for. The kids had plenty of room to interact with rabbits and the rabbits had room to give them a good chase πŸ™‚

Rabbit Refuge

Thank You, Designing Daughters

We knew we needed a better space for the bunnies and we wanted an area where they could dig (without escaping) and live more natural lives. We also wanted a space where people could interact with the rabbits. Designing Daughters answered our prayers with a grant to build the Rabbit Refuge. The visit from Everyday Blessings was a perfect example of their generosity in action. It not only affected the general well-being of our rabbits but also provided an interactive learning opportunity for a great group of kids. Thank you, Designing Daughters.

Thank You, Community Foundation

We would also like to thank the Community Foundation of Sarasota for a generous grant to build a new, multi-purpose goat enclosure. We have several goats on a waiting list and this new habitat will provide a safe haven for them as well an area for special needs goats (like our darling Pablito!). We are just starting construction and will post updates along the way.

Pablito Update

Blind Baby GoatSpeaking of Pablito, our little farm favorite is progressing nicely. He has started eating hay and grain and is starting to interact with the adult goats through the fence. He has also developed a strange but touching friendship with a pigeon. The pigeon rests with him in his goat hut and sleeps with him at night. They are an odd pair, but everyone needs a friend.

It takes a lot of hay to grow this big!

Hay Drive

Looking for Help with Hay

It’s that time again when we ask you to dig deep and help the animals at Florida Rescue Farm have fresh hay for the next 3 months. We are trying to raise $500 for a trailer of hay which provides feed and bedding for these wonderful animals. This has been a very dry season and the grass is not as plentiful as it usually is, so it is particularly critical to have enough hay to supplement the diets of all the critters. Any gift helps us to reach our goal. Please click here to donate now.

We’re on Facebook!

FacebookAfter many requests, we are finally on Facebook. Check out our latest posts here https://www.facebook.com/floridarescuefarm

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Welcome Pablito

We would like to introduce you to Pablito. He is a blind, 8-week-old dwarf goat and he has a beautiful personality. He was born blind and the farmer would not keep him so a wonderful family that worked for the farmer adopted Pablito to make sure he received the care he needed. Due to an illness, they could not care for him anymore and contacted us to see if we would adopt him. Of course, we said yes. We are working with our livestock vet to give him a full examination and have him neutered. We think he will have a bright future on our farm.

Blind Goat

His pen is inside the goat enclosure so he can get familiar with his new herd.

Feeding the baby goat

Pablito has been here a week now and is doing fantastic.

We would like to encourage people to stop by and visit Pablito. He loves the extra attention and interacting with visitors is great exercise for the little guy πŸ™‚