About 16 years ago we ended up with our first pig, named Valentine! Not knowing much (basically nothing!) about pigs I began to do research on their care. What I found out was these very intellegent, sensitive creatures are bought & abandoned at an alarming rate. People buy the little bungles of joy shaped like a pig & when they grow to their normal size of 150lbs+ they are discarded like yesterdays garbage. Sometimes these "beloved pets" even end up at slaughter auctions & are sold for mere dollars.
Living in a subdivision at the time we decided to move to a hobby farm. In 2001 we purchased "our farm" & the rest is history!! We started with potbellied pigs & since have made homes for "big" pigs, horses, chickens , 2 bull calfs (discarded male calfs from a dairy mom), 3 research sheep, peafowl, a parrot,dogs & cats. My husband & I work full time to fund our sanctuary. We have a total of 36 animals (not including the 20 or so peafowl). Compared to a lot of the big sanctuaries we are small potatoes but we strive to give them all the best care possible. Things are not always easy but we manage & the love for our animals keep us going!
* Valentine (now 16 years old) enjoying a sunny day at Snooters*