Meet Tony, our February Volunteer of the Month! Tony has close ties to Heartland – his daughter is our Shelter Director, Alecia. But that’s not why he’s our Volunteer of the Month – although Tony is a relatively new volunteer, he is a hard worker who is up for anything! He works on building and construction projects around the barn and recently installed a heated water tank for our cows, Beau and Daisy (this was no easy task!) just in time for winter. He also spent countless hours on a cart for sweet Baine (who he has a soft spot for, but who doesn’t?) On snowy days, you’ll find him out at the barn, shoveling and snow blowing paths for our volunteers and animals. We don’t know what we’d do without this guy. We thank you, Tony, for all you’ve done for Heartland’s people and animals (and we’re sure Alecia appreciates it, too! :))
1. What do you do in your time outside of Heartland?
Cookie and Tony!
I am retired after a 40-year business management career in various settings in the hospital and healthcare services field. We moved to Madison this past year. I now enjoy the following activities: I split firewood for our fireplace, play my trumpet and fluegelhorn, work on my project kit car (full size replica of 1963 Austin Healey 3000), reading, gardening, solving word and mechanical puzzles, and family activities.
2. How did you find out about Heartland? What got you interested?
Our daughter is Alecia, the shelter director. I had a few visits to the HFS and observed some projects that I could help with.
3. Can you describe a favorite/memorable moment or event at HFS?
One favorite project was working with fellow volunteers Tom and Mary to connect the power line to a remote cow water tank for a heater. This project provided a convenient winter water source for the cows and eliminated the task of daily ice removal that was accomplished by the volunteers.
4. What is your favorite part about volunteering for HFS?
Being of service in making the animals comfortable and thus participating in their care and quality of life.
5. What do you wish other people knew about Heartland?
They should know that being a volunteer offers a great deal of personal satisfaction.
6. If you could adopt only one HFS animal, who would you pick and why?
I have experience with Eddie
the dancing Tom Turkey, Cookie
the little horse, the beautiful and gentle llamas Mick
, the little blind pig Lily
and her busy routine, and Baine
the little goat. I enjoy all of their unique personalities but if I have to choose only one it would be Baine. The reasons are Baine has a pleasant attitude as he deals with his daily routines and how he takes great pleasure interacting with the HFS staff and his fellow barn friends.
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