Boris was abandoned and living in trash eating junk food. He was deaf and blind. At Heartwood Haven, Boris found safety, warmth and friendship. Despite his sad past, he loves humans and belly rubs. Boris is working hard to lose weight and seeing the progress, literally. We know that Boris can now hear and see a little bit. He might never have 20-20 vision, but every day is a new adventure for him.
Ethel was one of the very first pigs to arrive at Heartwood Haven. She arrived with her sister Lucy after being abandoned on a property for an unknown amount of time. Ethel and Lucy were found when the property was sold. They were left without bedding, food, or water and were surviving on scraps provided by squatters. Ethel means so much to all the pigs here at the sanctuary. She is the matriarch of the family and affectionally called Grandma Ethel.
Lucy was one of the very first pigs to arrive at Heartwood Haven. She arrived with her sister Ethel after being abandoned on a property for an unknown amount of time without bedding, food, or water and were surviving on scraps provided by squatters.. They were found when the property was sold. Lucy unfortunately wasn't receiving much of the food so she suffers from several health problems. Lucy is easily recognized by her ears which often cover her eyes and has earned the nickname, Lucy with the Best Ears.
Benji and his brothers Arlo, Otis, and Cooper after were found locked inside a wooden crate that was left in the sun on a hot with no water or ventilation. They were being prepped for a BBQ and were just an hour away from dying of heat stroke and dehydration. Thankfully the neighbor heard their screams and called animal control. Their lives were spared due to humane laws that don't allow animals to suffer and die from excessive heat, cold or lack of ventilation. Here at Heartwood Haven Benji is celebrated for being an individual. Benji is curious about people, loves belly rubs, and enjoys spending his days with his pig family.
Ruby is a Kune Kune pig. Ruby was sat on as a young piglet and never received veterinary care for her injuries. She had a difficult and painful time walking. Ruby has been working hard to walk again and getting really good at it. Ruby also loves swimming. Ruby is often seen swimming in the duck ponds on a hot day.
Sponsor Astro & Finn
Astro and Finn arrived in June 2020. These two fascinate every visitor with their unique look. You see, they are mostly naked and have little hair. This is a trait of the tropical Yucatan pig breed. This breed is often used for laboratory testing due to their lack of hair and sweet disposition. Astro and Finn were test subjects for a study and were going to be euthanized after the study ended. Instead, Farm Animal Refuge negotiated their release and they made it to sanctuary here at Heartwood Haven. These two are inseparable! Astro thinks the best way to say hello is to walk by and rub himself against your legs. And Finn loves to bring branches he collected as presents to anyone he meets. We are happy to offer them sanctuary forever.
Cooper were seized as part of an animal cruelty investigation. He was locked in a small wooden crate and left in the sun on a 90 degree day to dehydrate and die of heatstroke. To the people who had him, it didn’t matter if he lived or died because they would be killed anyway for a BBQ. We are grateful that Animal Control officers did the right thing in getting them to safety.
Cooper will now live the rest of his life getting the best care and will only know kindness and compassion.
Gabriel was rescued from an illegal cannabis grow that was also raising cockfighting roosters. He is a permanent resident with a very big job here at the sanctuary. Gabriel watches over a flock of nearly 20 hens and keeps everyone safe, happy and living harmoniously. Roosters are great flock protectors. They find treats and food for everyone and even make sure that everyone is getting along.
Freddy was rescued from a cockfighting bust and remains at the sanctuary becuase he has severe PTSD as a response to the trauma he experienced. Freddy doesn’t handle stress well, he picks out his wing feathers and fights with himself making himself bleed or worse. With time and a consistent schedule, Freddy has learned what to expect day to day which has made his recovery easier. He has made such tremendous progress, that now he is able to share his environement with a friend.
Ruthie arrived at the beginning of the pandemic. Many people were purchasing “pets” without doing research or thinking it through and later releasing the animals or abandoning them. This was especially popular with ducks and we rescued nearly ten “pandemic pet” ducks that way.
Marian arrived in October 2018, she was just a month old at the time and someone abandoned her on the street because of her breed. Marian is a Cornish Cross breed, which are the chickens raised for meat production. They grow very fast and very large. These chickens HAVE to be on a healthy and limited diet because of the severe genetic selection for some unhealthy qualities. Marian is sweet and trusting, she’s spent time living with companions of other species but didn’t have other chicken friends until three friends arrived. Marian’s friends were rescued from Kaporos, a religious sacrifice ritual, and they were all quite young. They used to look up to Marian with adoring looks on their faces that told us that they wished to grow up to be just like Marian. And they have. Their favorite healthy snack are greens and pumpkins.
Pebbles arrived to Heartwood Haven as a stray in August 2021. She is young and inquisitive, she also loves attention from humans. (Right now we are in the finger biting phase, so make sure to tuck those hands away.) Pebbles is meeting her new turkey friends and is already part of the family, something everyone deserves. By sponsoring Pebbles today she will know nothing but family from now on.