Vincent was brought to SARA after he got in an ugly dogfight and bit someone. The former owner is an artist so she named him after Vincent Van Gogh. That’s it. He’s a great dog.
We all know what happens when dogs get labeled as biters. They are put down and are no longer adoptable at shelters. SARA has been a retreat, sanctuary, lifesaver for some of the luckiest dogs in the world. Tracy has taken on some troubled or difficult cases. Often times, it’s one incident, like with Vincent.
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New to SARA is an unwanted mama sow who just gave birth to 3 black piglets and 3 pink and black spotted piglets. The sow and piglets were in need of a home because of a divorce situation. Neither side wanted the responsibility, financially or otherwise, to take care of these pigs.
The pig family was handed over and 6 piglets are not all in top form. All are getting vet care and need some recovery time from a neglectful start. The sow also needs some extra nourishment and attention to build up more strength to feed her piglets.
We’ll keep you posted on the condition of the new pig family who just landed in a soft patch of hay at SARA.
Pig family photos & video from our animal handler Chloe.
BIG PIG ISSUE
One of the biggest issues with taking on pigs and piglets is that they all grow and become more expensive to feed. People will abandon them as they get bigger or bigger than they thought. SARA doesn’t allow pigs to be adopted if we think they are being raised for slaughter.
Since pigs can live to be 10, 15 or 20 years, finding homes for pigs as pets has always been a challenge for SARA and other pig rescue organizations.
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When I started SARA 25 years ago, I knew I wanted to help as many animals as possible. The more desperate the situation, the more I felt compelled to do something no matter where that animal might be. I’m proud to say that we have never wavered from that idea of unconditional life.
Our good friend Sandra Richa lives in Beirut, Lebanon and singlehandedly saves all kinds of animals. We work with her to help get those adoptable dogs she rescues into loving homes in the United States. Recently she found this German Shepherd puppy abandoned next to a busy street with no hope, until Sandra came along.
Houston riding in the stroller to the beach in Beirut.
Because Sandra briefly lived in Texas, she named the happy puppy Houston. Despite all this dog has endured, she still loves people and seems to have no emotional scars. Houston and 4 other dogs are now awaiting their trip to SARA in Texas. Meanwhile, they have received veterinary care, neutering and are safe, happy and well-fed.
Sandra takes them to the beautiful beach every day. The soft sand is great for Houston since she has no use of her back legs. She will be fitted for a wheelchair that will allow her the mobility to run and play with the other dogs. Although she will have some challenges, we believe the right person out there will want to give her the loving home she deserves.
Thank you for your support of unconditional life and helping us make our mission real.
SARA Sanctuary Founder & Director
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A volunteer and rescue story from Sarah at Herff Farm in Boerne, Texas.
At the beginning of January 2021, a little black mini-pig was spotted around the house and grounds of the Herff Historic Farm in Boerne. We tried and tried to catch her and to entice her to come using fresh vegetables and other food, but the minute she saw us, she ran the other way.
Herff Farm personnel called the Boerne Animal Care Services who also came out, twice to try to catch her. To no avail. My name is Sarah – so you can probably guess how the mini-pig came to be named Sarah!
Piglet Sarah rooting in the dirt at SARA Sanctuary.
I take care of the chickens at Herff Farm and saw her from time to time, but she would never come to me. One day, when I was taking care of the chickens, I noticed that little Sarah was inside a semi-fenced area, so I closed the gate and blocked all the openings where she could get out. I put out fresh water, chicken food and fresh greens because that was all I had available for the chickens.
Herff Farm chicken pens and feeders
For several days I went out to see her to get her to try to come to me. Finally, after several tries, she did come and eat apple pieces that I threw her, but the carrots, turnips and zucchini did not interest her.
I purchased some ‘berries and cream’ mini pig treats and those did the trick. She finally came and ate the treats and apple pieces from my hand and I was eventually able to scratch her head and belly. She loves to have her belly scratched.
Herff Farm has no other farm animals, except chickens, and we knew that Sarah would not be happy all alone, so we contacted Boerne Animal Care Services who came and was able to transport her to their space until we could find a forever home. The people at Boerne Animal Services made a warm house for her and she started to gain weight.
We were able to find the SARA Sanctuary in Seguin who agreed to take her. They have lots of other pigs who could become Sarah’s friends. We transported her out to Seguin on January 30, 2021 and she is settling in nicely.
Confusing, isn’t it? Too many Sarahs, but a happy ending to a potentially sad story – thanks to the kind folks at the Boerne Animal Care Services and the SARA Sanctuary.
Pot-bellied pig Sarah at her new home at SARA Sanctuary living her best new, unconditional life.