Meet Anna, our absolutely terrific Volunteer of the Month! Anna recently celebrated her one-year anniversary of volunteering for Heartland, and has become one of our go-to “pig people”! Anna’s speciality is working with our rescued pig residents – big and small – teaching them manners (we’re lookin’ at you, Maxwell!), helping with their extremely important medical care and upkeep, and providing socialization and enrichment for their very clever minds. If you can believe it, Anna didn’t have much experience with farm animals when she started volunteering, and in a short time, she’s become an absolutely invaluable resource for Heartland’s staff and volunteers when it comes to anything pig-related! Anna, we are so lucky to have you as part of the Heartland family, and our pigs are happy to call you a friend – they love you, and so do we!

1. What do you do in your time outside of Heartland? When I am not at Heartland, most of my free time is dedicated to my pet sitting and dog walking business. I also work part time at a brand new doggy daycare in Waunakee! When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, drinking beer with my friends and staying in with my cats (Boomer, Dewey and Gus).

2. How did you find out about Heartland? What got you interested? I heard about Heartland from my wonderful sister-in-law. She has been volunteering at Heartland for years and always had such amazing things to say about the animals and the humans! Until a year ago, I couldn’t find the time in my schedule to commit to a volunteer shift. I’ve been at Heartland for a year now and I can’t imagine my life without the animals and humans I have met along the way.

3. Can you describe a favorite/memorable moment or event at HFS? I had very little experience with farm animals when I started volunteering so even the smallest of moments are fascinating and memorable to me! I think the moment I will remember forever is the moment I met baby Maxwell. Maxwell is the first piglet I have ever met and it was love at first sight! Maxwell is kind, resilient, intelligent and worthy of living a life full of yummy meals, enrichment and love. I can’t wait to watch him learn and grow!

4. What is your favorite part about volunteering for HFS? I have two favorite parts! My first favorite part about volunteering at Heartland has been meeting such a compassionate and hard working group of people. Everyone has a common goal of providing the animals at Heartland with exceptional care and it is truly inspiring. Their kindness is contagious and knows no bounds! My second favorite part about volunteering at Heartland has been meeting the true loves of my life: pigs! I love everything about them: their unique personalities, their intricate herd hierarchy, their emotional intelligence, their mischievous intelligence, the way they bond with humans and everything in between.

5. What do you wish other people knew about Heartland? I wish everyone could know that Heartland is a sanctuary to everyone who visits the farm, not just the animals who call it home. Heartland offers a safe space to connect with yourself and others in conjunction to providing care to a pretty amazing group of animal misfits.

6. If you could adopt only one HFS animal, who would you pick and why? If I could adopt any Heartland animal, I would adopt Ellie the mini pig. No doubt about it! Ellie is introverted but has a quiet confidence about her. She continues to surprise me with how intelligent she is and how brave she is becoming! I try so hard not to have favorites, but Ellie is absolutely my favorite and I hope she knows it.

2 Comments for Volunteer of the Month: Anna Burr

Volunteer of the Month: Anna Burr - Heartland Farm Sanctuary | November 1, 2019 at 4:54 pm

[…] Meet Anna, our absolutely terrific Volunteer of the Month! Anna recently celebrated her one-year ann… […]

Mary Rozynek | November 5, 2019 at 9:19 am

Anna, I have been fortunate to volunteer at Heartland when you are there and your connection with the pigs is amazing! The love you have for them is clearly visible watching you interact so kindly and patiently with them. Thank you for all your hard work and all you do with the animals lucky enough to call Heartland their home.

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