Mackenzie Sisson– Mustangs Ahead

Goats are just one type of animal Lakewood Loves Animals volunteers are helping

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Members of Lakewood Loves Animals (LLA) have taken advantage of volunteer opportunities in the community before summer hits.

 LLA received a notice from the Farmhouse Animal & Nature Sanctuary that they need volunteers on weekends,  and Mustangs were quick to help.

Club members will attend every Saturday this month. Some have already made several visits on their own this semester.

Club adviser and LRHS math tteacher Catherine Franek said, “Students have been working a lot with the goats, tortoises, and pigs. Right now, we are putting flooring down in the stalls, pouring dirt, and re-matting.”

Additionally, there are some larger projects that will require help from volunteers outside the of the club, providing the perfect chance for other Mustangs in need of service hours.

Junior Emilia Simeone is a regular volunteer and ambassador for Farmhouse Animal & Nature Sanctuary.

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She is currently helping organize several large projects for the sanctuary and searching for volunteers to help her accomplish this.

“We are currently working to create a classroom interaction area out of an old portable, and we are turning it into a place where younger kids can come on field trips and see the animals and interact with them,” said Simeone.

Volunteers report positive experiences helping at the facility and encourage others looking to earn volunteer hours to do so.

“There’s always so much going on, so it’s a great way to earn hours,” said Simeone, “No matter where you are there’s always something to be done, even if it’s something small like feeding the animals.”

Franek suggested that anyone interested visit the sanctuary’s website, so they can fill out any information necessary including volunteer forms.

“They can visit their site, and Lisa Burns who is in charge will get back to them and let them know what they need to do.”