Say hello to Shanin, Heartland’s March Volunteer of the Month! Shanin puts her awesome skills to work on the Tuesday morning animal care shift, as well as helps out with sanctuary tours, field trips and special events! Shanin is super reliable, caring, and very sweet and patient with the animals. She’s willing to tackle any job thrown her way. She’s also been making our goat Michael special peanut butter cookies every week to make sure he’s getting enough calories. Thank you for all you do to make Heartland even better, Shanin! We could not do it without amazing volunteers like you!

1. What do you do in your time outside of Heartland? Hanging with my husband, children, cats and dog; working at the library; and binge-watching The Great British Baking Show (I don’t even like to bake!)

2. How did you find out about Heartland? What got you interested? I was looking for ways to spend more time with animals and a friend mentioned Heartland. I didn’t know much about farm animals, but I was excited to learn something new. I wasn’t prepared for how much I would grow to love the animals at Heartland and how much volunteering here would change my life.

3. Can you describe a favorite/memorable moment or event at HFS? One of the most memorable moments is bringing my 9-year-old daughter to help during my shift. Working together tending to the animals, cleaning the stalls – and even doing the dishes – was a wonderful experience. Seeing her gentleness, patience and compassion for the animals made me a very proud mom!

4. What is your favorite part about volunteering for HFS? Recently I’ve been making salads for the animals and I love how much they enjoy eating their fruits and veggies. They are much more appreciative of my cooking than my children!

5. What do you wish other people knew about Heartland? How special the animals are. They all have their own individual personalities, emotions, interests and families/friendships. Farm animals are no different than any other animal and they deserve to live a life of peace, joy and freedom.

6. If you could adopt only one HFS animal, who would you pick and why? Opal. I want to be her when I grow up – confident, free-spirited and fearless.

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