Visitors to the Sanctuary are often surprised to learn how friendly and social pigs are — and how profoundly intelligent. Founder Kathy Stevens often talks of their sensitivity: it is easy, for instance, to hurt a pig’s feelings. Her second book, Animal Camp, shares the story of how we helped Franklin build his confidence after constantly being picked on.
Contrary to what you may have heard, pigs are actually very clean animals, keeping their toilet area far from where they eat and lie down. The misperception comes from their love of rooting in the dirt and lounging in the mud, especially on hot days. A pig in mud is truly a vision of happiness.
Pigs in factory farm settings spend their entire lives in cramped, filthy warehouses under the constant stress of intense confinement. Mother pigs spend most of their lives in gestation crates too small to turn around in, separated from their babies after a few short weeks. A few, like Nadine who escaped such deplorable conditions, find sanctuary.
But even on smaller farms, a pig’s life is still far from ideal.
A pig’s life span is fifteen years. A pig raised for meat can expect to live six months. Babies, in other words, are being sent to slaughter.
But not these babies. These eleven piglets found sanctuary with us and will live out their lives knowing only love, peace, and the kindness of humans devoted to their care.
The loving care we provide all the pigs, of course, is costly, so we’re inviting you to help: won’t you sponsor a pig today?
Sponsor a pig in August and you’ll receive a free piglet finger puppet as our thank you!