Sister Mary Frances

Sister Mary FrancesWho doesn’t love this pig?

This adorable potbellied pig arrived at the Sanctuary just before Christmas 2014. A long-time supporter rescued Sister Mary Frances when her guardians lost their home and were unable to take her with them when they moved.

Sister Mary Frances was raised as an only pig and lived indoors. On top of the difficulty of losing her family, she had to transition to living life outside. At first, Sister Mary Frances spent a lot of time indoors, hiding out in the kitchen while our animal care staff bustled around her. Jasmine, Sister Mary Frances’ first pig friend, helped her break out of her shell end enjoy the outdoors. But when the pair moved in with 11 energetic piglets in the summer of 2015, Sister Mary Frances was overwhelmed and begged her caregivers for a quieter life. She is now a lucky member of our Underfoot Family, free-ranging during the day and snuggling under blankets in the barn at night.

The Cycle of Snuggling Sister Mary Frances: you pet her belly until she flops over in bliss. You take this as an invitation and snuggle up to her. She gets sassy and tells you, “That’s TOO much!” and gets up. You pet her belly to say you’re sorry, and she flops over in bliss again …Can you see how easy it is to spend all day with this peculiar, precious porcine? 💗

Posted by Catskill Animal Sanctuary on Saturday, April 15, 2017


What’s that Sister Mary Frances smells? She must have gotten a whiff of today’s food samples! When you come to the Sanctuary for a tour, you get to try delicious food samples by Chef Sara, who also does food demos on tour days! See you today!

Posted by Catskill Animal Sanctuary on Saturday, May 13, 2017


For those of you who have the privilege of knowing Sister Mary Frances, you know that she LOVES scratches, massages, and rubs. The staff here knows that too, and she receives endless belly rubs, back massages, and ear scratches every day. All the attention notwithstanding, she STILL gives herself a scratch every once in a while!🐷💕 🐽

Posted by Catskill Animal Sanctuary on Monday, November 21, 2016


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