In my last blog post I touched on the growing need of sanctuaries for pigs. My late pig bro Miggy came to us from Ruby Ranch Sanctuary so today I’m going to talk about them.
Ruby Ranch Sanctuary began in 2004 with a rescued pot bellied pig named Ruby. In 2008, the owners, Sherry & Bob sold their home in the city & moved to a 12 acre farm in Arthur, Ontario, Canada. They currently have 22 pigs. 18 potbellies & 3 farm pigs.
They have taken in all they can manage. But Sherry says that there isn’t a week that goes by that she doesn’t get at least one email, phone call or message on Facebook from someone needing to re-home a pig. It’s worse just before Christmas when people don’t want to deal with a pig in there home while celebrating with guests. Also at the start of summer because people want to go on holidays, & just before winter because people don’t want to winterize for them. I got to say these people don’t seem very responsible.
Ruby Ranch is not taking in any more pigs. Caring for so many is very demanding physically & emotionally. Sherry says, “We’re not getting any younger & this is a young person’s thing”.
If you would like to help, Ruby Ranch is always in need of blankets, hay, straw, pink insulation, plywood, dog houses, fruit, veggies or cash donations. You can become a monthly sponsor for one or more pig if you wish.
It’s a sad state that these sanctuaries are needed, yet I’m very grateful for people like Sherry & Bob’s selfless devotion to these wonderful pigs.
CEO Olivia ❤
My sweet pigbro Miggy left this world this morning.
It was a great shock to all of us. Yesterday we successfully moved both MiG & GG to our new home. MiG has moved several times & seemed like a pro. He walked into the trailer with little help & he came out of it eagerly to see his new home.
Once we arrived, he did a quick patrol of the fence perimeter with his pigbro GG, ate his dinner & settled in as he always does.
This morning he tossed around a few times in bed as usual & he in no way showed any discomfort. He passed away while he was cuddled up to his pigbro GG.
Miggy will be forever loved & always missed ❤
❤ nose nudges ❤
MiG’s sister Olivia
Ouff Ouff my sweet pigbro ❤
We’re going a bit off topic today. As you may know, I have two pig brothers. GG & Miggy are Vietnamese Pot Bellied Pigs. Both of them were rescues & my huMom knew well in advance what she was getting into living with pigs; she did her homework. GG came from the Quinte Humane Society but Miggy came from a sanctuary for pigs & that’s what I want to touch on today.
Pig sanctuaries. They very fact they exist is a warning sign that something is wrong. The fact that they are overwhelmed is even more cause for concern. The problem is this, the “tea cup” or “micro pig”. Unscrupulous breeders take advantage of people & sell them these “tea cup” pigs as adorable pets. But here’s the thing, “tea cup” & “micro” pigs are a myth. The pictures you might see are of baby pigs being presented as full grown adults. The famous Esther the wonder pig was sold as a “micro pig” & she’s over 500 lbs. now.
People who have done too little research buy a pig thinking they’ll have a cute little piggy as a pet. Pigs require special food & needs. Often people don’t even check to see if having a pet pig is legal where they live. Too often, after a few months the pig is given up to a shelter or a sanctuary.
Miggy came to us from the Ruby Ranch Sanctuary which is run by my huMom’s friends Sherry & Bob. It seems every day Sherry is on the phone trying to accommodate yet another pig that an owner can’t keep or handle. It’s a terrible situation & breeders just keep breeding pigs to sell as pets.
Pigs are wonderful but they are a huge commitment. They can live 20 years or more, & make no mistake, they get big. Some breeds are the size of say a German Sheppard but most are much bigger & the little “tea cup/ micro” pig that you can hold in your arms, is as I said above, a myth.
If you want to help, please consider a donation to the Ruby Ranch Sanctuary or any pig sanctuary near you. Sadly, they are popping up all over because they are needed. And if you think you may want a pet pig, please do your research.
Ruby Ranch on Facebook
Esther the wonder pig on Facebook
CEO Olivia ❤