Momma was owned by a couple living on a small farm where she was used as a breeding sow for many years. She was a good loving mother that produced well. Her family was not abusive, treating her much better than most pigs are treated in other places.
She served them well for many years, raising multiple litters of piglets, sadly watching as each one was taken from her and sold. Most pigs in the meat industry do not even grow up to be adults before they are slaughtered, usually around 6 months old. Even breeding sows like Momma have a limited time before they are considered no longer productive and are sold for slaughter.
After Momma had difficulty delivering a litter of babies, she fell ill and suffered uterine infection, bringing her piglet-producing days to an end. In pig farming, that usually means the mother has served her purpose, and her next step is being sent to the slaughterhouse.
Luckily for Momma, the woman who owned her was searching for alternatives after being told by her husband Momma was no longer useful and would have to be butchered. Filled with emotion, the woman reached out to our Farm Sanctuary for help. The rest of Mommas story is one of love and celebration of life!
Momma came to the C.A.R.E. Farm Sanctuary in 2015, and has been dearly loved by everyone ever since! She loves belly rubs and makes the cutest “hello grunts” when her favorite people visit. She spends most days sleeping under shade trees or in her barn. She is very motherly to Eddy, Theodore and Sassy, three other wonderful farm pigs who live with her. They roam together, grazing the meadow, stocking their nests with straw and leaves and building wallows in the spring that flows near their barn. A true piggy paradise!
Momma is getting older and is considered a senior pig. She has some mild arthritis and is taking joint supplements and anti-inflammatory medication to ease those symptoms. She is doing very well, and we will continue to take the very best care of this very special pig!
Momma’s food and medical care is $60 monthly. Momma also enjoys fresh veggies and pumpkin treats.
Sponsorship is available for Momma the spotted pig.
Sassy is a little silly! She loves to run and play chase with the other pigs. She was about 5 months old when she was surrendered to our Farm Sanctuary. Her family found compassion when they became attached to Sassy, partly due to her silliness. They had a change of heart and decided not to breed or sell sassy for slaughter. They chose a kinder path and wanted to let her live her life in a place where she would forever be safe and could stay silly for the rest of her days!
Sassy came to our Farm Sanctuary in 2016 and has grown up with our resident senior pig, Momma as her mentor. She plays games with Eddy and Theodore, and you can often find her cuddled up next to one of the other pigs at nap time. She is the very best at rooting out a deep wallow and is happy to get it just perfect before flopping herself down for a good mud bath.
We love Sassy and are so grateful she was able to join our sounder of swine!
Sassy’s food and medical care is $40 monthly. Sassy also enjoys fresh zucchini and other vegetables!
Sponsorship is available for silly Sassy pig!
Hi! I'm Eddy! My future was grim, but I narrowly escaped! I was found on the roadside and picked up by Animal Control and taken to the Bolivar pound. They say I must have fallen or jumped from a transport truck hauling piglets because my tail had been docked (cutting off our tails is standard practice in factory farming operations) and because I’m the breed most often used in commercial slaughter operations.
Luckily for me, I was somehow able to escape! They soon discovered I was very sick and would not eat for the people at the pound. That’s when they called the C.A.R.E. Farm Sanctuary and asked Melissa if she had room for a sad little piglet. She ran right to my rescue and got me emergency medical treatment. I had pneumonia and fever, but with some TLC, I was soon nursed back to health.
I was very shy at first but Melissa soon became a mother to me. She was patient and gentle, and she assured me that I was safe. She even taught me to trust people!
She showed me fun games that helped build my confidence and let my personality shine. My favorite was rooting in the wood chip pile for treats, playing chase, and playing in the water bucket. I also learned to walk on a leash and get belly rubs!
After I was a little older, I got to play with other pigs too! They are so much fun! Now we all live together, and we have a barn to nest with hay, a meadow to graze, and a creek to swim in. What a life! And to think, if I had not escaped as a tiny piglet, things would have been so different for me. I would not have met my mom and the other kind people at the C.A.R.E. Farm Sanctuary. I would have simply been killed like so many before and after me, without anyone taking time to know me. Thank goodness things turned out good for me. Nothing beats being loved!
I came to the Farm Sanctuary in 2016 as a sickly piglet. I weighed under 15 pounds, but now I weigh over 700 pounds! I am so grateful there are people who care about me! A pig never outgrows the love he has for his momma and she loves me unconditionally, no matter how big I get! FYI, I still like belly rubs!
Eddy’s food and medical care is $50 monthly. Eddy also enjoys chopped fresh vegetables and squash!
Sponsorship is available for Eddy!
Theodore was surely an adorable baby! He was a farm pig sold under false pretenses as a small Pot Belly pig to an unwitting buyer. Theodore was purchased as a Christmas gift and as he continued to grow, was moved from the house to a chain in the yard.
We got the report of a Pot Belly pig being kept chained and not cared for properly. When we investigated, it was obvious this was a young farm pig only a few months old that already weighed nearly 100 pounds. Poor Theodore was wearing a harness and was tethered with a chain to a tree. He had been tied there for a while with a makeshift dog house.
We talked to the owners, who were happy to let us take him but still insisted he was not a farm pig. He most certainly was a farm pig and now weighs more than 800 pounds.
He is such a great pig! Our biggest but most loving and gentle pig, Theodore will throw himself on the ground and go belly up for tummy rubs! He doesn’t know a stranger and always wants to be center of attention! This makes him a perfect pig ambassador. He is a definite favorite among visitors to the Farm.
Theodore’s food and medical care is $50 monthly. He enjoys vegetables and squash! Sponsorship is available for Theodore!