Lacey and Eve came from extreme cruelty and neglect to safety and love here at Green Acres Farm Sanctuary. On Valentine's Day, a number of rescuers helped the sheriff with a large animal seizure in Washington State. When it was realized one of the "rescuers" was actually a meat producer, no one would allow them to take any animals. This left several pigs nowhere to go. We answered the call and agreed to take two pigs that we have named Lacey and Eve. These girls had to survive on moldy food and dairy creamer in crowded filthy conditions. Despite all that, they have been through they are both sweet, loving, and forgiving.
Sebastian was one of 36 animals on a property where their caregiver passed away. For over two months we, along with Out To Pasture, were traveling daily to feed the animals and attend to their urgent needs as we tried to find homes for them. Thankfully all of them found placement and we were lucky enough to bring Sebastian to Green Acres Farm Sanctuary.
Sebastian's tail is impressively long. Luckily he didn't have his tail forcibly removed. Tail docking is a common industry practice in "pork" production and is carried out with no anesthetic when piglets are only days old. They claim the practice is to reduce tail biting in crowded factory farm housing and reduce economic losses. Tail docking is another cruel solution the meat industry came up with to solve a man-made problem and maintain their profits. At the sanctuary, we have never had a pig chew on another pig's tail.
Meet Frances and her family of eight! Their rescue took persistence. We first got calls from neighbors who had tried so many government agencies to get help with no luck until they contacted us. In our initial conversation with the person living on the property, we were told the pigs were spoken for and would be gone in a few days. But we were told by neighbors that the pigs were still there. We have no legal authority to remove animals so we either need law enforcement to step in or the owner’s permission, otherwise, it could put the sanctuary in jeopardy. So when our calls were not returned, we went to the property to further check the situation out and were shocked to see the living conditions.
Our persistence paid off and we received a call giving us permission to take the last two pigs before they were shot. A very pregnant mom and her son we named Frances and Frankie were saved that day. A month later this rescue of two became the saving of eight lives when Frances gave birth to her piglets: Sully, Tucker, Gloria, Olive, Margaux, and Norman.
Meet Emma, Albert, and George! These three were saved from a horrific hoarding situation, known as the PNW 250 Pig Rescue, where 185 pigs were living in deplorable conditions. With only a handful of males castrated there was wide inbreeding resulting in many pregnancies for both the young and old sows. All of the pigs suffered from severe sarcoptic mange and other parasites. We were honored to help transport pigs to safety and be able to provide at least three of them with a loving home. Emma, Albert, and George took their very first steps on grass at Green Acres Farm Sanctuary, they slept for the first time on comfortable bedding in a proper shelter and they received medical care for the first time ever. We are excited to see them grow and thrive.
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