February E-News
Heartland's 6th Annual Gala
Tickets on sale February 20th!

Join us on Saturday, April 23rd at the beautiful Concourse Hotel in downtown Madison for a fiesta you won't forget! Heartland's 6th Anniversary Gala won't be your average fundraiser - 
our ˇFarm Fiesta! Gala will feature special animal guests, a mariachi band, and special VIP margarita bar! VIP tickets are $100, general tickets are $75. Learn more...
Heartland's People Programs: Spring 2016 preview!

Side By Side: A weekly support group for female Veterans & their children: Heartland is proud to offer a weekly group for female Veterans and their children aged 7-12 at our barn. The group is a supportive, fun, and relaxing way for female Veterans and their children to connect at the farm while spending time with our friendly, rescued animals. Your kids will love it, and so will you! We have 80 beautiful acres of rolling farmland, prairie and forest for participants to explore. Read more...

Animal Hearts Kids' Program: Beginning Thursday, April 21st and running for eight weeks, is Heartland Farm Sanctuary's first Animal Hearts Kids' Program!  We invite kids between the ages of 8 and 12 whose lives have been impacted by trauma and loss to participate in a fun, supportive, engaging group at our barn. For more information and to register, click here.

Heartland Conference Spring 2016: Starting and Sustaining a Farm Animal Sanctuary

Heartland is thrilled to announce our first conference happening on Saturday, May 21st. This one-day conference will be an extraordinary opportunity for anyone who is interested in starting their own farm animal sanctuary. Business basics, fundraising, species-specific animal care and barn maintenance will all be covered. Registration opens March 15th. 

Update on Percy, Heartland's future potbelly pig ambassador

Back in November, Heartland took in Percy, a male potbelly pig who was sold to his former family by a breeder. The breeder assured them he would reach only about 30 pounds full grown. Percy came to Heartland weighing 80 pounds, and he's still a growing boy!

Since coming to the Heartland barn, Percy has been receiving training sessions from our barn staff, volunteers and some outside experts (read more about one of those experts, Kourtney, below!) to get ready to become Heartland's "spokespig" for our potbelly pig educational campaign. Stay tuned for more details about this campaign on our Facebook page!
Support in our Community - Heartland thanks you!
Thank you Kourtney Franck!
Kourtney is currently a dog trainer at The Dog Den who volunteers her time helping the HFS staff train the pigs at Heartland! We train our pigs using positive reinforcement, which creates mental stimulation for the pigs and allows them to get more comfortable with our staff, volunteers and the public! Kourtney is a fantastic & talented trainer - the pigs, volunteers and staff love her! Read more about Kourtney...
Last call for auction items!
We are putting out the last call for silent auction items for our 6th Annual Gala coming up on April 23rd! We are looking for art, animal-themed items, alcohol, entertainment packages and experiences, spa services, sports packages -- you name it! We like to offer a variety of items in our auction so there is truly something for everyone. Interested in donating? Email Jamie for more information!

Animal Spotlight: April & Maude
April and Maude are our adorable mother-daughter pair! April (mom) and Maude (daughter) arrived at Heartland in 2012. Read more about their unique journey to Heartland here
Sponsor April or Maude!
Groundskeeping help needed!
Spring will be here before we know it! If you love working outdoors and have groundskeeping experience, we could use your help. To learn more about this volunteer opportunity, email our Shelter Director, Alecia.

Dana Barre
Executive Director & Founder  
Heartland Farm Sanctuary                    
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