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 recycled pig farm pet thrift store

recycled pig farm pet thrift store

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 Welcome! My store offers great recycled items relating to animals! From pets to farm to exotics! You can find useful items & collectibles about dogs, cats, birds, horses, pigs, cows, sheep, goats, chickens, rabbits, exotics of all kinds! Please add me to your list & visit my store often. Thank you!

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General Interest
  
  I started the Recycled Pig Rescue/Sanctuary in 1990 when someone abandoned a little potbellied pig boar on my farm. Soon others joined Jimmy Dean & what was once my garden area soon became home to the pigs. Word got out that I had become a sanctuary for pigs & before I knew it the herd had grown to 25! In the mid-1990s pig owners were becoming disillusioned with the many myths being told them by backyard breeders (i.e. potbellied pigs would stay very small). No longer the cute little piglet that was at first adored, many pigs found themselves being dumped at shelters, abandoned in the country, abused, neglected & forgotten in backyards. Numerous rescues sprang up trying to help this growing number of forgotten pets. I was one such rescue & have now been operating privately for more than 20 years funding the entire operation myself. My oldest pig lived to 21 years of age. My first potbellied pig, Jimmy Dean, lived happily here for his 16 years of life. He made me fall totally in love with pigs. I now care for  90 pigs of all sizes here at the sanctuary as well as goats, sheep, cows, chickens, turkeys, ducks, dogs & cats.
I have raised numerous piglets by hand over the years. The two pictured here, Sissy & Keebler, I must say were my favorites! We did the show circuit as well as fairs, schools, hospitals, parades, etc. setting up educational booths to teach people about these amazing animals. Sissy & Keebler were such great pig ambassadors! Born by C-section at the University of California, Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in 1998 to a little sow dumped out at the local county animal shelter, they taught me so much about the intelligence of pigs. These animals are so smart & are some of the only ones I know who can work in teams to solve problems. There is never a dull moment at a pig rescue! The pigs have providied me with such entertainment over the years. Each and every one has their own personality! No two are alike in mannerisms, likes/dislikes, vocal abilities, or charcteristics. This is why I keep the rescue/sanctuary operational. There is literally no place for these fantastic animals to go. Those that I can place into great homes go on to a happy life elsewhere. Sadly, most never leave my rescue because of health reasons, lack of being properly socialized, or just misunderstood!

Along with the potbellied pigs, the sanctuary is home to farm pigs and Russian Wild Boars. Such fantastic pigs! I am one of the few rescues to take in the wild or feral pigs. Most came here as piglets less than a week old! Being called "wild" is such a misnomer for they are the biggest pets I have! One farm pig, a Hampshire named Bratwurst, was loaned to a theatre group in Berkeley, California when he was "small". He had a part in a play they produced & was such a hit! They loved walking this farm pig around the streets of Berkeley in his harness. By the time I got him home several months later, he had outgrown his harness. They were amazed at how fast & big he grew in such a short time. City folks!

So it is for the love of these animals I started my store on eBay. The ecomomy is such that it has been hard keeping up with the feed & vet bills (I owe UCD VMTH over $10,000!) Stray dogs attacked the herd recently, injuring 24 animals & the vet bills are astronomical. Luckily I could do most of the work myself but it has been hard. Little by little with every item I sell, progress is being made, repairs & improvements are getting done & the animals are able to live out the rest of their lives here safe & happy! So from the bottom of my heart I want to thank all who check out the items in my store & offer support to the 150+ wonderful animals here at the sanctuary! I wish everyone could experience such unconditional love as I have gotten throughout the years from such wonderful souls as these farm animals!