Tampa Bay Nonprofit Animal Rescue in Need of Donations and Volunteers

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Rancho Huracan, a nonprofit animal shelter located about five miles from downtown Tampa, is in need of donations to help care for neglected, abused and unwanted farm animals.

You can find just about any farm animal you can think of at Rancho Huracan. You will see hundreds of goats, sheep, llamas, horses and even donkeys sharing the pastures.

Will Velez and his wife, Lilly Zaiter, founded the nonprofit organization more than 10 years ago. He said it all started with a single goat named Daisy.

“Then people started hearing about us and started bringing animals, sometimes they just left them at the door,” Velez said.

Velez also said he has learned a lot about animal care over the years. He grew up in downtown New Jersey and didn’t know much about farm life.

Rancho Huracan depends on donations from the community to continue giving animals a second chance at life.

“Some give money for the hay we buy. We appreciate anything anyone can do, not for us, it’s for the animals, to keep them alive,” Velez said.

The non-profit organization also serves to educate children and adults about farm animals and their role in the environment.

“There are children in school who have not even stroked a goat in their life. I use it as a teaching aid for children and even adults. I mean, we’re learning too,” Velez said.

If you are interested in donating or volunteering, you can contact Rancho Huracan on their Facebook page.

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