Last Saturday Tim and I set the alarm for an early morning departure to Whispering Rise Animal Sanctuary in Freeland, MD—a few miles from the PA border. It was their monthly Pig Socialization Day and I couldn’t have been more excited!
We arrived right at the 10am start time with carrots, apples, and eggplants. Jeff, the owner, greeted us warmly and Hank (in the middle) was our first new friend. Tim and I spent the next three hours meandering among the various herds of 62 potbelly pigs with buckets full of veggies and bagels. When the pigs would drop and roll over, we knew it was time for a belly rub!
Whispering Rise’s mission is to provide sanctuary to surrendered, abandoned, or seized potbelly pigs who are products of the pet pig trade. Their secondary mission is to provide humane education to the public and to offer an anthrozoological experience to individuals and small groups.
We’re delighted to provide a grant of $250 to Whispering Rise’s amazing work and can’t wait to return on September 30 for Yoga, Vegan Lunch, and Volunteering! You can learn more about Whispering Rise’s offerings on their Facebook page and about the reality of micro pigs here.
Meet adorable Hank. He came to Mid-Atlantic Pug Rescue mid-July as an owner surrender and recently had surgery to remove a stone lodged in his urethra. Unfortunately, the stone had been there awhile so there was scar tissue which made the surgery more involved and he now needs another surgery to get neutered.
We’re sending Hank, the vet, and his caretakers lots of love and are honored to be an “Angel” in his support network through our $100 donation. Please consider supporting the work of Mid-Atlantic Pug Rescue and follow Hank’s journey on their website.
Wrinkles the pug has a list of health challenges that would be daunting for any caregiver. In addition to dealing with diabetes, Wrinkles had his gall bladder removed, and continues to battle back a post-op infection. The care needed to get him healthy is expensive and can put a substantial dent in the budget of a small rescue like Oklahoma’s Homeward Bound Pug Rescue. But, as Homeward Bound’s Gail Tucker writes, doing this for Wrinkles is an easy choice:
If you had met Wrinkles you would understand why we continue to fight for his life. He is one of the sweetest pugs I have ever met and his will to live is surpassed by none.
The Pigs and Pugs Project donated $50 towards Wrinkles’ ongoing care, which will likely cost many times that amount. Consider supporting Wrinkles with us by giving directly to Homeward Bound or supporting the Wrinkles GoFundMe fundraiser.
On Saturday we gathered at Burleigh Manor Animal Sanctuary for our second annual Yoga + the Animals event. The day began with iced mint tea and vegan treats followed by a private tour of the sanctuary. We met goats, sheep, a cow, horses, mules, pigs, turkeys, chickens, geese, and donkeys.
Next we rolled out our mats on the green grass under a huge tree and I led an all-level practice. Fellow teacher Courtney Hatten gave hands-on assists. We were enveloped with a gentle breeze and the sounds of the sanctuary (especially Greta the chatty goose).
To complete the experience, we dined on a tasty vegan cous cous salad and melon balls created by Tim Mooney and topped off with cupcakes from Sticky Fingers Bakery.
Our first 2017 grant of $250 supported Farm Sanctuary’s 10-person team’s rescue of a half-dozen starving, terrified pigs from a small island in the San Joaquin Delta in California’s Central Valley. Several years ago a group of pigs were dropped on the island by people thinking they would be able to control the water hyacinth that was clogging the channel. And although the pigs likely cleared a few plants they are not aquatic mammals and were left there to fend for themselves. The original pigs have long since died. Those remaining are their offspring — sick, scared, and struggling. They are now safe at Farm Sanctuary.