Sky is a Percheron cross who is actually my personal horse. I went to Wisconsin in the dead of winter with snow up to my knees to pick him up. Upon arrival he was much bigger than I had anticipated for his age. At 9 months he was already bigger than his mother and my Arabian mare Dolly. He had never had a halter on and hadn’t had much interaction with humans. I had to invest a lot of time and money in training to be able to handle him. He’s a big playful goof who has a sweet nature but is stubborn when he feels like it.
Sky has taught me so much about handling horses and learning to form a partnership rather than having a battle of wills. He is no longer able to be ridden due to a bone growth in his foot which was operated on in 2018. He’s still my big baby at 15 years old and I suspect he will be a juvenile delinquent until the day he crosses the rainbow bridge.
This sweet guy came to us through Brown County Humane Society. He was confiscated from his owners due to severe neglect. He had some terrible wounds which weren’t visible until he got a bath. He has an old injury to a hind leg that is thick with scar tissue. As a result from this injury he developed a sunken founder in the other foot. So he’s a special needs horse who requires constant monitoring.
He’s somewhere in his 20’s and just as sweet as can be. He was clearly loved at some point in his life and especially likes the ladies who give him fuss. He likes to give hugs by wrapping his neck across your shoulders and breathing sweet nothings down your back.
This beautiful little Arabian mare came to us via Georgia. She had been passed through 6 different owners before we heard that she was part of a large group of horses heading to Mexico to be meat.
This little girl has been through so much in her short life. Being a spirited and smart Arabian, she had been labeled as a difficult horse. Previous owners used her for barrel racing and when she arrived she had severe problems in a rear leg. This has left her very fearful of anyone getting on her back. She will never have to worry here and is promised a quiet retirement being a gorgeous pasture ornament.
Ally is very weary of men – especially if they are wearing any kind of hat.
She’s a sweet, highly intelligent girl who has really come a long way with her trust issues in her time with us.
Rowan came to us through Brown County Humane Society. He was an ‘owner surrender’ after concerned neighbours called about his condition.
At 28 years old he was extremely underweight and even though he’d been used for riding and 4H, he had never had his teeth floated. He also had a chronic urinary tract issue which made it difficult for him to empty his bladder efficiently. His iron count was also dangerously low.
Rowan (named for his Roan colouring) was rounded up from a wild herd of Mustangs in Nevada when he was approximately 2. He came with papers from his sale and an explanation of the brand mark on his neck.
It took many months and a lot of veterinary care to get him back to good health.
Now in his mid 30’s, he’s the patriarch of the farm who lumbers around wherever he wants to. He’s a belligerent old man and he just lives his best life.
Originally Miss Darcy belonged to an Amish community. She is a Percheron mare bred for heavy work such as pulling a plough or a wagon. She has been bred many times. When she reached a certain age she was sent to auction. She came here after she had been bred again and the owner did not wish to keep her after her foal had weaned.
Now well into her late 20’s she is a majestic matriarch to the herd.
She has scars from her heavy working life, problems in her hips from having so many babies and lots of arthritis.
She’s a beautiful, stubborn girl and she’s very happy to be retired.
As thoroughbreds go, Irish is one of the most graceful movers. He’s also a complete goofball who thinks the world will surely eat him at any time!
He was sold to unsuspecting people under the pretense that he’d never been raced. However, thoroughbreds in the US are tattooed inside their bottom lip, which allows you to research their racing record. Irish had in fact raced 14 times. He wasn’t very good at racing by all accounts. What lead him to be sold on ultimately is that he was injured. The injury was hidden from the buyer by a steroid shot which eventually wore off.
After x-rays we were able to determine a bone fragment floating in his knee joint. After his experience he developed a mistrust and fear of rough handling. He was deemed a ‘crazy horse’.
To avoid having him be passed around from one unsuspecting owner to another, we stepped in and gave him a forever home.
He’s a problem child for sure but we love him.
Freddie is a very sweet and proud thoroughbred. He was bred in Florida with extremely good bloodlines. As a yearling he was sold at auction for $65,000. He raced in Florida several times and won his owners quite a purse.
However, in one of his races he was severely injured when his knee gave out. Because he was worth good money he did receive surgery to repair the knee. Sadly his racing career was not the same and he was sold on. Eventually, the day came when he was no longer able to keep up and he was sold for $200 to be a pleasure horse.
The person who bought him had no experience with an ‘off the track’ thoroughbred. He removed his racing shoes and took him out trail riding every day for several weeks.
Eventually this once prized horse was reduced to skin and bone and had developed abscesses on all four feet. He could barely stand.
Along with another concerned friend we took him on and set about the long recovery process.
Today he is a very handsome and healthy boy. His feet will never be great but he’s happy that he has a peaceful and easy life.
Another friend of ours in the rescue world bought this little donkey from a huge horse auction along with some mini horses. All were terrified and neglected.
After seeing his photo, there was no question that he had to come and live here. I was advised that he wasn’t really socialized and couldn’t be led very easily. He was unsure and afraid. Underweight and rough looking, he had been through a lot in his short life.
He arrived here at 3 am in a huge horse trailer. The transport guy was a very tall cowboy type and as he led this tiny donkey off the ramp I knew we’d been given a very special little soul.
Everyone who meets him falls in love. He’s the best ambassador to promote our mission of kindness and patience.
He makes everyone smile. Every day.
Phil the ‘baaad goat’ made his way here after a rough start in life.
I had declared “NO GOATS’ previously due to having met a few aggressive ones in the past. However, I happened to see this most handsome guy on a friends’ Facebook page. She works with the Brown County Humane Society and had recently been involved in rescuing many animals from a hoarding case. By all accounts the conditions were so horrendous that some animals had already died.
All of the other animals had found homes to go to. Perhaps Phil didn’t appeal to people because he was so timid, wasn’t neutered – which makes a male goat very pungent! And he has those huge intimidating horns.
I told my friend I would be willing to take him only as a last resort. As luck would have it, he found a home and I was off the hook.
Well after a couple of months my friend contacted me and told me that his placement hadn’t worked out so he was homeless again.
I smelled him before I saw him coming into the barnyard in a big trailer – it hadn’t been long since his neuter. The kind man who had been taking care of him unloaded him into a stall. He had grown attached to him but his habit of escaping every pen had become a problem.
At first he wouldn’t let me anywhere near him; the poor fella was so afraid. Over the course of a few weeks and lots of treats (strawberries being the favourite), he finally let me touch him. I decided not to put him in a pen but to let him wander with Rowan and Dinky. They fast became ‘The 3 Amigo’s’ who are never far from each other.
Now he’s my shadow when I am in the barn. He’s come such a long way and I’m so happy he ended up here. He makes me smile every day.
* We named him Phil after the Centaur in Disney’s “Hercules”, voiced by Danny Devito.
The Bacon Brothers were my first foray into pig rescue. I had originally set out to pick up some chickens from a lady I met through a Craigslist ad. I actually sought out chickens instead of rescuing them – go figure!
When I arrived there were 2 young pigs that the lady had herself rescued at a flea market. I took my chickens and after making a new friend I left.
Some time later I got a message that there had been an accidental breeding and piglets were expected any day. Of course I drove there to see the little squealers as soon as I could – because there’s nothing more adorable than piglets! There wasn’t any chance of me not taking any in.
After they were weaned I brought Kevin and Smokey home and there began my love affair with pigs!
They remain my special boys; a constant source of laughs and smiles.
Kevin is a total drama queen who complains endlessly. Smokey is a cool and calm character with the most beautiful eyes.
I love them dearly; they have educated me well.
I got a call one day from the Humane Society saying that a stray pig had shown up at a farm a few miles away from here and the lady didn’t know what to do with it. He had made friends with her horse who didn’t seem to mind at all. So off I went to catch him – which was tricky! We cornered him in the horse barn after a mighty battle.
He was young but thankfully already neutered. Obviously he had been someone’s pet pig but he had wandered off. He has a physical deformity, which suggests that he might have been stepped on as a baby; potbellies are very clumsy and many piglets are harmed or killed accidentally by their mothers.
The lady who found him had already named him Jake so we kept the name.
He lives with The Bacon Brothers and the 2 Alpaca’s.
He’s a friendly but cautious guy. Humans have to prove they are worthy of his attention.
These 3 potbellies came from our friends at Rangers Rescue in Virginia.
Each one had been picked up by animal control separately.
Originally I had agreed to take 2 pigs that my friend thought were both girls. I told her to name them ‘Laverne and Shirley’ for their vet records. Sadly, Laverne died during her spay. Shirley turned out to be a boy but we decided to keep the name ie.
(‘Don’t call me Shirley’ from Airplane)
Bonita was in pretty bad shape with very long hooves and a ring in her nose. She was terrified of being touched. Today she’s very sweet and will gladly roll over for belly scratches.
Beamer was originally named ‘Moonbeam’ but his sheer size and personality warranted a change to ‘Beamer’. He’s generally friendly but sometimes can be food aggressive and want to bite. He keeps me vigilant while I’m in his pen.
2 pigs turned into 3 when some kind volunteers driving from Virginia to Ohio delivered them late one evening.
They are very happy here and we were happy to help our fellow rescuers out.
Tomassina is a heritage breed turkey. Her mate was sadly killed by dogs. She was brought here so she could be around others of her kind. She’s pretty shy but seems happy and is an excellent auntie to all the young chicks.
Bea is a big white turkey who was raised as a 4H project along with 3 other male turkeys. Her friends went to the county fair to meet an unfortunate ending to their short lives but Bea came here to live out her natural life. She’s incredibly social and affectionate, enjoying being loved on until she falls asleep. She has the most soulful eyes and the softest feathers. We just love our Bea!
Gus had lived his previous life in a very small pen being overfed to the point where he was too obese to move very much. He hadn’t been neutered and arthritis had set in to his back end to the point that he crawls on his front knees. When his owners moved away they left him behind. Animal control was called in and Gus went to the county shelter. Our rescue partners bailed him out and got him vetted and neutered.
Eventually he came to us to live in our special needs barn where he can stay out of the mud if he wants to. He gets daily medication to help with his arthritis pain and he comes and goes as he pleases depending on his level of energy. We estimate him to be in his late teens now.
He’s a wonderful character who grumbles like an old man if he doesn’t want to be messed with.
This little girl was brought to us by our rescue friends at Belly Brothers Pig Rescue. They were called to help remove some pigs from a lady who’s mother had a small farm where there had been some ‘accidental’ breeding. Flowers is the result of inbreeding which has left her with some severe deformities. She doesn’t let it hold her back though and she won’t be pushed around by anyone.
She lives with Gus in the special needs barn.
Clover was part of a large group of animals rescued from a terrible hoarding case by our friends at Rangers Rescue out of Virginia. When Clover arrived here she was heavily pregnant. What was particularly heartbreaking about her was that she was clearly sad and was crying real tears. She was fearful but not mean in any way.
She gave birth 2 weeks after she arrived here. She was extremely large and clumsy so we had to remove the babies after each feed so she wouldn’t accidentally crush them. We had to supplement the runt of the litter because he was so small that he couldn’t really nurse well.
Clover will live here for the rest of her days with her son Rufus.
‘Rufus the runt’ lives here with his mama Clover. After he was born he struggled to nurse due to his size. We supplemented him with a bottle until he was big enough to fend for himself. As a result he is a total lap pig. He flops over for a belly rub as soon as I scratch behind his ears. Rufus is a great little guy.
After Clovers’ piglets were adopted out in pairs little Rufus was driving his mama crazy. She did not want to play with him all the time so the poor guy needed a friend. We reached out to our friend at Belly Brothers Pig Rescue to see if she had a piglet of similar age who they were having placing. Rio, named during the summer Olympics, was the only piglet in his litter that kept getting overlooked. He was a timid little guy who needed a little time to get over being scared of everything. He and Rufus became immediate buddies and Clover accepted him as her own. He was born a couple of months after Rufus but is much bigger than his friend now. He’s a very handsome and sweet guy who overcame his fears to become one of the nicest pigs here.
Spinderella is a Kune Kune who came to us from a breeder who was concerned that she was special needs. When she’s excited she spins in circles with her tongue out to the side. She’s a sweet girl who loves a good scratch from human friends. She is a little aggressive to other pigs but lives with little Hamish very peacefully.
Hamish came with Spinderella as a tiny little guy. He is literally the cutest pig ever! He is very small for his age but he may have a growth spurt one day, who knows?!
He is very sweet and submissive prefering to avoid any conflict at all. This little guy can brighten up the worst day just because he’s so adorable!
Freddo is one of the pigs we took in from the large hoarding case in Ky in 2018. Along with his brothers, Freddo was suffering with terrible mange and was malnourished. He was living in the group of 10 pigs but after he didn’t seem to be thriving we moved him to the tall barn so we could monitor him better. He remains a mystery as far as his odd looks but he is doing well. He will continue to be monitored as he grows - even though he doesn’t seem to grow much at all!
These two girls were living in an apartment for the first year of their lives until their owner realized that they were quickly outgrowing their environment and were getting too heavy to carry down flights of stairs. They came to live here so they could be outside enjoying the dirt.
Visitors are warned when entering the pen that Penelope likes to nip at passing legs.
These two girls came from a breeder and were deemed not viable to continue trying to breed with them. Rachel is the older of the two. She had been bred a few times but her babies had been born with birth defects and did not survive. She was, and still is years later, very cautious of humans. Lisa is much more social although somewhat cautious. She had had a couple of false pregnancies before the breeder gave up on her. These girls live with the Bacon Brothers and Jake which seems to work well for all of them. The alpacas believe the pigs will protect them and the pigs get to sleep cuddled up with warm soft alpacas.
Vic and Sawyer are Kune Kune brothers who came to us through our friends at Rangers Rescue in Virginia. They were being bred for meat. These are such sweet guys although they have no spacial awareness and will barrel through your legs to get to where they’re going. At feeding time they are extremely vocal with a high pitched squealing.
Kune Kunes are a breed originating in New Zealand. They are fast becoming a popular breed to have as pets due to their laid back disposition.
These pigs are a family consisting of a mum, dad and 3 babies. They were being bred to be meat. They also came to us through our friends at Rangers Rescue. They were all very frightened of humans. It’s taken a lot of gentle handling to get them to trust us. The dad still isn’t fond of being touched and all are cautious but they know they’re safe here.
They are such a cute family unit and we’re happy that we got to keep them together.
These pigs are from the massive hoarding case in Kentucky that we worked on during the last months of 2018.
We took in some of the most sickly babies who were suffering with terrible mange and malnutrition. They are now healthy and socialized.
She’s a Yorkshire pig about 6 months old and has been part of a medical study for wound care.
Ordinarily the animals are euthanized after they are no longer needed. In Babe’s case the humans involved wanted to find her a safe place to live out her life.
She’s a sweet girl who’s wide eyed and innocent. She doesn’t know anything about being a pig outside of a lab.
Porky was living a happy life as an indoor pig until he needed to move outside while his human mama had surgery. The city that he lived in however, does not allow 'livestock' within city limits and so Mr. Porky was in danger of being confiscated. His human reached out for help and we offered to give him a safe place within. reasonable distance of his family so they could visit. When he arrived he was 210lbs and unaltered. He was extremely playful and had no idea how big he was - he is now around 600lbs and is still the same playful silly guy who thinks he is a lap dog!
Ophelia was picked up as a stray in Kentucky. The dog shelter was no place for a very large farm pig but permission had been granted by a judge to put her in foster. Legally she was a 'stray hold' for a year! We officially became her forever home after the year was up. She is a larger than life character who loves a good scratch. She will roll over for a belly rub as soon as you touch her fabulous floppy ears. She's a wonderful old lady who is always making us smile!
Drogo had been purchased from a breeder and then when he was too rough the families toddler, they sold him at a yard sale. The person we got him from had already committed to adopting two other pot bellies so we went to get him. He needed to be neutered but he was absolutely adorable and is still a sweet guy.
Alvin was rescued by a friend of ours. When she came to visit he hit it off with Drogo so it was decided that we would let them stay together as buddies. These two are always snuggles up together. It's such a great friendship!
Rosie was a very loved pig until her owner passed away. Sadly she found herself homeless and went to a rescue. It was discovered that at some point she had broken her pelvis. There was no way to confirm how this happened but it has left her with physical difficulties. Her teeth are also a problem. She will face issues with arthritis as she ages. Her little legs are not very long and her overall confirmation is poor.
She does not like men at all - she doesn’t really like anyone actually! But that’s ok we love her anyway.
She does love strawberries, along with most fruits and cozy blankets.
Hallie came to us with Clover having been rescued from a horrendous hoarding situation where many animals had already perished. She was understandably cautious of humans. When she was spayed the vet told us that she had likely had many litters before. Today is is still not fond of being touched but lives a happy life with her group of friends!
Jack Jack was originally purchased from a breeder who of course said he would stay small. He lived as an inside pig but became aggressive towards the family’s small dog and teenage son. He was an intact male with raging hormones which was causing all his behavioral issues. Once we took him in he got neutered immediately which settled him down. He’s around 130 lbs now so he didn’t stay under 50 lbs as the breeder promised.
Cici was brought here after she found herself unwanted. According to the people who had her she was aggressive and had killed a couple of ducks. Since arriving here in November of 2018 she has been nothing but sweet natured and has never shown any signs of aggression to people or other animals. She’s a happy middle aged little lady.