Animal Friends- October 2021

Over the years we’ve had the unique opportunity to witness our animal friends developing strong bonds and relationships with each other. The friendships formed here at the sanctuary are unique to each animal and often aid in their recovery from abuse and neglect. We hope their stories of friendship will not only inspire you but will also show that our animal friends can and do recover from past trauma and abuse with the help of each other. As a place of healing, our greatest hope is that the animals are able to live life on their terms with no expectations or pressures from us. Here are their stories.

Fall is here! I love fall. There is something about foraging for chanterelles, drinking apple cider, wearing flannel, and visiting our local pumpkin patches that seems so wholesome—the thing we all need after the past few years. I hope you all are doing well and that you and your families are staying healthy. Fall is also a favorite time of year for the pigs because they get lots of pumpkins! We have a lot of pumpkin lovers here, but Lucy is their biggest fan.

Lucy and her sister Ethel were our very first farm pig rescues. They were found abandoned on a property that was filled with squatters and crime. When the property was sold the new owners were surprised to see them there and searched for a safe home. I remember meeting them for the first time years ago and was amazed by their size. At that time, Lucy was still very underweight, but now they both weigh a healthy 500 pounds.

Lucy and Ethel share an incredible friendship. During their first year here, they never left each other’s sides. They slept together, ate together, and napped in the sun together always side by side. Then they met little 2-month-old baby Josie.

Josie was afraid of the other pigs and unsure of herself. It took a little while to convince Josie that Lucy and Ethel would teach her all about being a giant pig. Once we did, though, she stuck to them like glue. We would find them sleeping like this in the barn together every day. Even as Josie grew bigger and bigger, she still tried to fit into the little nook between Lucy and Ethel.

The three of them became best friends. Even though Josie is bigger than them, she stills treats them with kindness and respect.

Lucy and Ethel are our oldest farm pigs here at the Sanctuary at almost nine years old. Over the years, they’ve developed arthritis, moved a little slower than before, and have aches and pains. In the agriculture industry, it is uncommon for pigs to live this long. We are blessed to have them here and be caring for them in their golden years.

With Compassion,

Hope Hilman
Director of Operations

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