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Forever Home Farm Animal Sanctuary

Forever Home Farm Animal Sanctuary Private non-profit animal sanctuary on ten acres in south central Florida. Not open to the public - placements from established animal rescue organizations only.

FHFAS Inc. partners with the Humane Society of Highlands County FL. Non-profit animal sanctuary providing a permanent home for dogs to live out their days in a tranquil country setting

FHFAS Inc. partners with the Humane Society of Highlands County FL. Non-profit animal sanctuary providing a permanent home for dogs to live out their days in a tranquil country setting

Operating as usual

We understand that people face challenges. But the FIRST and MOST IMPORTANT challenge is to not act impulsively and thin...
03/11/2022
Birds, rabbits, cats and dogs: Fleeing Ukrainians bring their pets

We understand that people face challenges. But the FIRST and MOST IMPORTANT challenge is to not act impulsively and think-through the lifelong commitment of pet ownership. Having been on-the-ground with animal rescue post-Katrina we have first-hand experience in the aftermath of not only a disaster, but of the decisions made. We share our fellow rescue organization's (GRRR) frustration of people who are part of the problem instead of being part of the solution. Animals will always be in peril until humans start making smarter choices.

Everywhere amid the exodus of more than 2.3 million people fleeing Russia’s invasion are the animals people could not leave behind.

It is never easy making that final decision. Pepper had been with me (and slept at the head of the bed every night) for ...
12/26/2021

It is never easy making that final decision.

Pepper had been with me (and slept at the head of the bed every night) for thirteen of her fourteen years - came to us December 23, 2008.

She had been in declining health and on pain mitigation for ambulatory issues since late September.

On Christmas eve, when I came home from church service, she was in vocal discomfort and had lost the use of both rear legs. Living in a rural area, one emergency animal hospital was about 1.25hrs to the north, but they had around a six hour wait time. Another was just over 2hrs to the south, and they could probably get her in upon arrival.

Driving through the dark night sky, alone with my thoughts, with Pepper comfortably resting on soft cushions in the back seat of my truck, I pondered the love we have for animals, and for me, especially dogs.

I remember "Eulogy of the Dog" given by George Graham Vest in a courtroom in rural Warrensburg Missouri on September 23, 1870. If you are not familiar, dear friends, take a moment, grab a tissue, and read it. That says all I have to say about the value of a dog.

I have always had a dog in my life, often more than one, and now a whole bunch. At the homes of friends, dogs gravitate to me. For a stint years ago I was an animal control officer and even the most allegedly vicious dogs I encountered for some reason warmed to me.

When I arrived at Hollywood Animal Hospital, the streets were still busy with Christmas Eve traffic, but the parking lot was empty. We carried Pepper in, and she was immediately seen. At her age and with what she presented after a full examination, it was determined it was time for the ultimate gift of love. Time to sacrifice the coming pain of loss and grief for giving her the peace and rest she had deserved when she climbed into my heart so many years ago.

I can't speak for others, but I am always present with my dogs at this time and through this process. I hold them, comfort them, let them smell me, stroke their fur. I am there for the transition as they set their first paw on the bridge.

Compassionate euthanasia is for me, sadly, a familiar process. I know what comes next. When I am asked if I "want more time", I simply find the words to say "no - we are ready".

With Pepper, I held her as she was sitting, when the inevitable slide down to lying when the first injection immediately vanquished her pain. I had my hand on her chest, feeling her heart beat, as the second injection completed the process. I felt her heart slow, and stop. The confirmation by the vet with stethoscope was an empty formality.

I always request a private cremation and her cremains will be returned to me, to rest with honor among those with have shared the journey with me over these many years.

The 2hr drive back across the empty everglades, now alone, pushing north to the farm was hard. I stopped in a pullout and looked at the sky ablaze with stars, and realized that Pepper would from now on be my Christmas Star.

There is, for those of us who love them, no such thing as "just a dog". If a person needs it explained to them they will not understand it. My dogs are my family and I will spare no effort or expense in providing them just a small measure of the unconditional love they provide me -

If you have the opportunity to foster or adopt, or donate, or volunteer with a local animal shelter, please do it. The need is constant and great. All of my animals, including Pep, were and are rescues.

The pain is acute, but will subside with no better words of comfort than written by Abraham Lincoln to Mrs. Bixby ". . . leave you only with the cherished memory of the loved and lost". Pep will live on in those memories.

12/19/2021
Some of the ferals at the sanctuary
12/18/2021

Some of the ferals at the sanctuary

End the day with a smile😃
12/17/2021

End the day with a smile😃

12/12/2021
Winthrop and all of the other rescues at FHFAS thank you from their forever home for your continued donations and suppor...
11/29/2021

Winthrop and all of the other rescues at FHFAS thank you from their forever home for your continued donations and support!

11/23/2021

Seniors Eeyore (A482457) and Tigger (A482455) are hoping for a Thanksgiving miracle. These two arrived at our shelter on November 2, and we understood immediately how difficult it would be for them. Finding an adopter for one large breed, senior dog is a challenge, finding an adopter for two is nearly impossible. So, we're inviting you to help us achieve the nearly impossible.

Volunteers describe these two as an "old, married couple" as they are often seen spooning together on a single Kuranda bed, despite the option of two separate beds available to them. They're sweet, and plenty energetic still, more so than the estimated age of 12 years old would imply.

Please share to help these two find their loving, forever home. Together.

11/04/2021
This is BASHFUL. I met him when volunteering at the Humane Society of Highlands County for the Christmas Day special mea...
10/31/2021

This is BASHFUL. I met him when volunteering at the Humane Society of Highlands County for the Christmas Day special meal in 2017 (B&W photo). He joined the FHFAS pack in January 2018, so in a couple of months he will celebrate four years in his permanent home with us.

He is a sweet and gentle boy, lives with his three female kennel mates in the large kennel room with a big outside yard - all screened with an insulated roof and fans for the summer, and drop down shutters/heaters for those cool Florida winter nights.

He loves his treats and his food and playing with his "girls" and just wants to be held (which is how I first met him sitting on the floor of his kennel).

This just one of thousands of happy "forever home" animal rescue stories. But thousands more are needed.

If you can, consider supporting your local rescue. Volunteer your time or financial support - consider becoming a foster - adopt. The need is great.

As we approach Thanksgiving, we at FHFAS are grateful for our supporters and our sanctuary, but most of all for those kindred souls who pass through to dwell with us until the rainbow bridge beckons them.

Bashful has found his home with us.

Who is waiting for you?

09/29/2021
09/13/2021

I've got nothing else to say!♥
#peaceloveandpawsgala2021
#adoptingsaveslives

Photos from The Dog Channel's post
09/12/2021

Photos from The Dog Channel's post

Remember on these hot days your pets need hydration too!
08/02/2021

Remember on these hot days your pets need hydration too!

07/31/2021
Proud that this is from my County!
07/27/2021

Proud that this is from my County!

07/25/2021
07/10/2021

After 16 long and incredibly difficult days, I’m able to share a small piece of good news — Binx from Champlain Towers South has been found.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart and on behalf of our community to the team who played a role in reuniting him with his family.

FHFAS has spent just under $700 with our local Vet since Bashful came to live with us working to treat his recurrent ski...
06/27/2021

FHFAS has spent just under $700 with our local Vet since Bashful came to live with us working to treat his recurrent skin issues. He is fed Science Diet and receives no treats with any food dyes, and he is the only dog out of the four in the kennel area who has this issue (and they are all fed the same food and live in the same environment). We believe it may be environmental for him (allergy), and in the event we cannot get it managed with our current plan, the next step would be to attempt food testing or possibly allergy testing. He is such a "good boy" and he is never scratching, just seems a bit uncomfortable.

06/18/2021

Thank you Governor DeSantis for protecting police K-9s like FDLE Pensacola's ESD canine Maple!

Today, Governor Ron DeSantis joined members of the Florida Legislature and Florida’s law enforcement community to support law enforcement canines injured in the line of duty by signing Senate Bill 388.

“Law enforcement K-9s are often the first to put their lives on the line as they work to apprehend dangerous or armed suspects in high-intensity situations,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “From responding to fires to finding missing persons to detecting narcotics or explosives, law enforcement dogs use their unique abilities to rescue victims and detect danger. I’m proud to sign this legislation today to ensure they quickly receive the care needed to recover when injured in the line of duty.”

“I applaud Governor DeSantis and the Legislature on this bill that will help protect our K-9 partners," said Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Rick Swearingen. “These dogs are a great asset to Florida law enforcement and the communities we serve and enhancing the ability for them to get critical care in the line of duty is important.”

Senate Bill 388 strengthens Florida’s commitment to protecting our law enforcement, including canine members of the force. When a law enforcement canine is injured while safeguarding our communities, this bill authorizes emergency service vehicles, such as ambulances, to transport police canines to a veterinary clinic to ensure they quickly get the care needed to recover if there is no individual requiring medical attention or transport at that time. The bill also allows emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics to provide emergency medical care to an injured police canine at the scene of an emergency or while the canine is being transported.

#Herocanine #policek9 #workingdog

One of the feral kits posing for a photo. They are very elusive. Our feral colony is fed/watered daily - we have attempt...
05/02/2021

One of the feral kits posing for a photo. They are very elusive. Our feral colony is fed/watered daily - we have attempted trapping for spay/neuter in the past and we provide them a (relatively) safe residence from predators on the ten acre FHFAS - they have lots to explore and room to hunt and many options to get out of the weather.

https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/sago-palm-poisoning
04/30/2021
Sago Palm Poisoning

https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/sago-palm-poisoning

Sago Palms are pretty plants but beware—they pack a deadly punch for pets. The popular Sago Palm enhances outdoor landscapes in warmer areas of the U.S. and serves as indoor decor in many colder climates. All parts of the Sago Palm are poisonous, but the seeds (nuts) are the most toxic to pets. As...

04/19/2021

A herd of elephants marched 12 hours to the house of Lawrence Anthony after he died – the man who saved them. They stayed there silent for two days.

Exactly one year after his death, to the day, the herd marched to his house again. It is something that science cannot explain.

04/18/2021
Some of our feral cat colony enjoying breakfast at the feeding station this morning at FHFAS.
03/28/2021

Some of our feral cat colony enjoying breakfast at the feeding station this morning at FHFAS.

If you have a place in your heart and home for Cookie please reach out through Petfinder. Click on the link! Sebring, Fl...
02/21/2021
Adopt Cookie on Petfinder

If you have a place in your heart and home for Cookie please reach out through Petfinder. Click on the link! Sebring, Florida.

Cookie is an adoptable Dog - Boxer & Labrador Retriever Mix searching for a forever family near Sebring, FL. Use Petfinder to find adoptable pets in your area.

Toby Horse caught gossiping with one of the neighbors over the fence line this morning. . .he is very social with the bu...
02/19/2021

Toby Horse caught gossiping with one of the neighbors over the fence line this morning. . .he is very social with the bulls next door (new bunch that arrived yesterday).

This is a demonstration, on several different days, of a Heeler's ability to maintain control of sleeping areas by posit...
02/19/2021

This is a demonstration, on several different days, of a Heeler's ability to maintain control of sleeping areas by positioning and even a subtle extended paw. If she is not going to use them, no other pack mate will either! She is the alpha and herds me and Arrow (110# male American Bulldog) - she is clearly management!

So here is Arrow on 2/6/13, eight years ago, with the Humane Society. Arrow found his forever home with us November 2016...
02/07/2021

So here is Arrow on 2/6/13, eight years ago, with the Humane Society. Arrow found his forever home with us November 2016. He resided in the FHFAS Kennel Room until after Hurricane Irma when he was introduced to the house pack. We have seen him through cancer and a toe amputation, and a few "other" hurdles. He sleeps by the bed every night and comes for his patting and ear scratching on his pad beside the "cuddle chair" (recliner). He never lays on the floor preferring a selection of dog beds - especially liking one behind a chair in a corner where he has a little "nook" of his own. He is a gentle giant with a giant soul who lifts his front leg to drape over yours when you scratch his chest.

We are so grateful he came into our life as he enriches it every day!

It was a cold morning for central south Florida this morning! The kennel dogs were comfy at a toasty 60F with the heater...
02/05/2021

It was a cold morning for central south Florida this morning! The kennel dogs were comfy at a toasty 60F with the heaters on. The final picture is Toby Horse waiting (not patiently) for his fresh round ball as the sun sets this evening. Temps are rising and it will be in the high 70's tomorrow.

Sebring FL area - please keep eyes out for this dog!
01/31/2021

Sebring FL area - please keep eyes out for this dog!

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PO Box 466
Venus, FL
33960

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501(c)(3) Non-Profit (IRS) Florida Dept. of Agriculture Non-Profit Registration #CH49084

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FHFAS is located in south central Florida (southern Highlands County) on ten fenced private and peaceful acres with abundant shade and large mowed fields. It is established to create a safe and loving haven for unwanted and hard-to-place dogs. It does not operate a boarding kennel, nor does it raise dogs for sale. It is a permanent home for rescued dogs placed by other non-profit animal rights/welfare organizations. It is not open to the public. It operates on donations and funding of which 100% is for the direct benefit of the animals and the operational expenses of their care. We are registered with the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c) (3) Non-Profit, and with the Florida Department of Agriculture as a Non-Profit, #CH49084. You may PM us for any additional contact info. We enjoy a close working relationship with the Humane Society of Highlands County located in Sebring, FL. and you may contact HSHC President Judy Beshara Spiegel for a reference. You may also contact James Waller, DVM or Jacob Hinds, DVM our two vets who practice at Citrus Animal Clinic in Lake Placid, Fl. https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=4D5BP39NQ6L3L

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I have never heard of you before but I am putting you as my Birthday Fundraiser. Lets hope we can raise you some bucks! : )
Update,please are you all safe? And the bulls?still praying.
Steve is ok and so is Forever Home Farm, all farm structures are secure and so are all the animals.