Meet Cheryl, our February Volunteer of the Month! Cheryl (pictured here with her nephew and Baine the goat) has been volunteering since 2015 and kicks serious butt on the Thursday morning animal care shift. Cheryl is an avid lover of all animals and is doing her part to spread the message of Heartland’s mission to everyone she meets (you go, girl!). Thank you, Cheryl, for being a seriously amazing part of the Heartland family!

1. What do you do in your time outside of Heartland? My job is a clinic coordinator at a mental health day treatment clinic. I enjoy spending time at home with my husband, Ian, and our two cats, Spirit and Magick. Some of my hobbies include visiting family, reading, traveling, and going to live music shows.

2. How did you find out about Heartland? What got you interested? I have always been an animal lover. A few years ago, one of my favorite shows was The Daily Show. When Jon Stewart retired, I found out that his wife started a farm sanctuary. I had never heard of such a thing, so I researched farm sanctuaries in the Madison area, and found Heartland! I immediately decided that this was something I wanted to be a part of.

3. Can you describe a favorite/memorable moment or event at HFS? I have a lot of great memories! Shout out to Thursday morning crew for always making the shifts not only efficient, but entertaining and enjoyable as well! One moment that stands out to me right now: a couple of years ago during summer camp, I was hanging out in the cow pasture with Beau and Daisy after my volunteer shift (Beau and Daisy were much smaller at the time) and few of the camp kids and a counselor decided to join me. We all just stood in the pasture petting and hugging the cows for about a half an hour. It is always really cool to meet people who love animals just as much as I do.

4. What is your favorite part about volunteering for HFS? The animals! They are all the best. Each animal has a unique personality and I enjoy getting to know them and bonding with them every week.

5. What do you wish other people knew about Heartland? I wish everyone knew that Heartland exists! I tell nearly everyone I meet about it and what a wonderful an organization it is. I encourage anyone who loves animals to attend a public tour (or sign up as a volunteer!) and get to know the animals that live there. I think it is a life-changing experience!

6. If you could adopt only one HFS animal, who would you pick and why? This is a very difficult question because I would probably pick all of them if I could! Since the question states only one, this excludes quite a few of the pairs and groups that I would never want to break up. I think I would adopt Winnie because we share a lot of the same interests: napping and eating.

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