Sunrise is home to eight potbellied pigs, three farm pigs and one KuneKune pig.  Although they came from varied circumstances, all were in danger and the likely outcome was not good for them.  Today, they are all safe, loved and living a happy full life here at Sunrise.  We hope you can meet them in person soon, but in the meantime, here they are.  Please meet our precious piggy family.

Arnold and Ronald

Ronald and Arnold came to us in January 2021 from one MASSIVE rescue operation, starting all the way in California. Being from California, we felt it was appropriate to name them after two famous California governors. Over 100 potbelly pigs were rescued from a hoarding case in Bakersfield, California, where Kitten Lady , Hannah Shaw and Farm Animal Refuge orchestrated this extensive rehoming operation. With the help from Cailtin and Rancho Relaxo they were able to place pigs at many different sanctuaries all over the country. That was only one step, the next problem was getting all of these pigs, safely across the country.  2Girls 1Truck Animal Transport, agreed to go all the way to California to help transport these piggies to Iowa, where they could stop and rest at Iowa Farm Sanctuary. From Iowa, they were picked up by Daniel McKernan from Barn Sanctuary, who’s transported numerous pigs east to New Jersey, Connecticut and Vermont. Along their route east, Dan stopped and delivered four piggies to Foreverland Farm where Ronald and Arnold spent their first two nights. We are so grateful to Foreverland Farm who has shown so much love and care to our babies. We thank them, immensely.  They were both quite timid and shy at first, but with love and care they are coming out of their shell.  They enjoy roaming the pastures and rooting up the ground.  You can definitely tell where they have been!  Having trouble telling them apart?  Hint, Ronald has a black spot on the left side of his snout.

Beatrice Mary Beth – a.k.a. Ms. B

Beatrice was abandoned in a state park in Dayton. She was rescued by the Humane Society there and brought to Sunrise. She loves people, belly rubs and eating. Ms B, along with the other pigs, can become rather aggressive over food. When we do give them treats we make sure we take enough for all the pigs in that area and give each of them their own space when treating. Ms B likes to take authority over the other pigs and other animals in the area at feeding time, so we make sure she has the space that makes her comfortable and the other pigs able to eat their food too.  Here, Ms. B is welcoming young Baby Moo to Sunrise.

Carmen

Carmen, a KuneKune pig, was seized by a Humane Society in Ohio when her owner had abandoned her.  She was found in deplorable conditions; a mud pit with trash everywhere and no food or fresh water in sight.  At some point in her life, however, she must have been treated very well becuase she is a sweet, sweet girl.  She is highly food motivated however, and can be found whereever food is located.  Carmen is our newest pig rescue and after a bit of adjustment, which is typical for potbellied pigs, she fit right in and feels at home.

Chubb Chubb

Chubb Chubb (a.k.a. Chubbs) came to us through a family whose son took in the potbellied pig who was unwanted by his previous owners. He and his family cared for Chubbs until they could find her a safe home where they knew she would be cared for properly. While the son couldn’t have Chubbs at his apartment, his parents took her into their home. They even came and interviewed us to make sure this would be a safe and good fit for her. Shortly after the interview Chubbs came to live with us. She had always been a house pig, so there was an adjustment process. We quickly learned that she was a diva. She didn’t want to get mud or dirt on her, screamed when she wanted something and wanted nothing to do with the other pigs… so, there was an adjustment period. Slowly, she discovered that she liked mud, she didn’t die if she had to wait an entire minute for her food, and the other pigs were ok. The pig she choose as her friend was Randy, which made us happy as he’d never had a friend either. Now they’re best buddies. Chubb Chubb can still be demanding and whatever you do don’t wake her from her beauty nap because she’ll be mad at you the rest of the day. Yes, though Chubb’s is now a well-adjusted pig, she’s still a diva.

Oscar

Oscar was rooting his previous owners horse pasture and the holes were deep enough to break a leg if a horse should trip in a hole. So, Oscar was listed on Craigslist as a result of the rooting and if he didn’t sell he was headed for auction. Either option would have headed him for slaughter. But, fate intervened and he was brought to Sunrise to live the life of a healthy and happy pig. Oscar is a mule foot hog. They are smaller than the traditional hog. They call them mule foot because of their distinctive solid, non-cloven hoof that looks like the hoof of a mule. Oscar is a lovable pig that enjoys attention, belly rubs and treats and will even sit for them.

Oakley and Henry

Henry (right) and Oakley (left) are our two potbellied pigs that live in the front area by the house with the farm pigs, the rest of the potbellied pigs call the back pasture home.

Oakley is another owner surrender. He’s lives in the front yard and is a grouchy old man. He wants what he wants and will do what he needs to get it. He groans if he doesn’t get his way or if someone is bothering him while he is trying to sleep. He is friendly on his terms.  Here, he is saying “don’t be eyeballing my mud hole, there’s no room for you!”

Henry’s last owners moved and left him in the basement. The new residents found him and cared enough to see that he was taken care of. They took him to OSU and eventually he came to his forever home at Sunrise. Henry is a friendly, but shy, fellow. Once he warms up to you, he is extremely friendly. He lives in our front yard and his best friend is Oakley, although they occasionally have squabbles over food, or if one or the other moves and wakes the other one up when they’re sleeping.

Randy

Randy was found running along Interstate 70 near Springfield, Ohio. Some people that knew Sunrise picked him up and called us asking if we could take him. We said we would and the rest is history. Randy is a loving pig. He lived in the house for the first several months after arriving at Sunrise. Slowly, he moved to the front yard but never made friends with any of the other pigs. Then he started wanting to go to the back pasture and we let him. One day he just never wanted to come back up front so we let him stay back there. Shortly after that, Chubb Chubb came to the farm and they became buddies.

 

Lefty

Lefty, along with Poncho, was rescued from someone who was going to take a pig into 4H and decided against it.  They got Lefty and Poncho (the piglet that came with him) from a hog farm. When we picked them up Lefty was larger and stronger than Poncho so he didn’t have as many issues.  He had similar health issues as Poncho, but also rebounded quickly and is a happy, healthy boy who loves mud holes and belly rubs.

Miracle

Miracle was rescued by a wonderful woman who found her on the side of the road and got a hold of us immediately to find out how to care for her. She was not able to keep her because of the animals she already had. We agreed to meet her halfway at OSU and bring Miracle back to Sunrise and make it her home. By her age and condition, we know she fell out of or jumped from a truck on the way to a “nursery” where they learn to live without their mother. Knowing Little Miracle and her independent spirit we believe she jumped.  Miracle was somewhere between 10-14 days old when she arrived at Sunrise in September of 2015.  She arrived dehydrated and with some minor injuries, but with good vets, love and care she’s now healthy, happy, and until his passing, was Baby Nathan’s best friend. (Miracle is on the left and her best friend and our precious Baby Nathan who crossed the rainbow bridge much too young is on the right).

Regan

Regan came to us this weekend after living her entire young life in a factory farm. Two wonderful people rescued her from a very horrible fate. Regan was born solely to end up on somebody’s plate. She was brought into existence for one purpose, to be killed. Her soul had no meaning to those who brought her into this world, she was just profit. However, Regan is a beautiful, inquisitive, vocal and unique little girl. She loves the grass and fresh air and loves to run and jump. She also loves splashing around in her own little Regan-size piggy pool. She will now know nothing but love and care. Even after everything she’s been through, she’s such a trusting piggy. We will love her and cherish her every moment. She is safe and she is home.

Regan is also special in another way. As many know, a tragic event recently shook the activist world. On June 19th, 2020 long time animal rights activist Regan Russell with Toronto Pig Save was hit and killed by a transport truck, while giving pigs headed to slaughter fresh water. The rescuers saved little Regan in Regan Russell’s name and we are honored to take part. Regan was an amazing person who dedicated her entire life to bettering this world and giving a voice to those whose voices are not heard. She spent her final hours comforting scared pigs who were about to walk into a horrible nightmare. We will never forget Regan Russell and everything she fought so hard for, justice. Regan’s memory and fight will never be forgotten. We will never forget how someone who could be so caring and so inherently good could be killed in such a horrible way. We give little Regan sanctuary, in her honor.