Feeding Peoria Field
VISITING THE SANCTUARY
OUR TOURS ARE OVER UNTIL MID SEPTEMBER DUE TO THE HOT WEATHER.
YOU MUST MAKE AN APPOINTMENT AHEAD OF TIME TO TOUR THE SANCTUARY. THANK YOU!
We love having visitors but due to limited staff time, we prefer that all tours be scheduled on Saturdays. Exceptions can be made for visitors from out of state. During the winter and spring months our tours are set up for Saturdays at 10:00am. During the warmer months tours are set up for Saturdays at 9:00am.
We are closed for tours from mid May to mid September due to the intense heat when temperatures can range from 100-115 degrees. Again, exceptions can be made for out of town visitors, but be aware that the heat makes it very uncomfortable plus the pigs are hiding in the shade and are seldom out during the hot times of the day.
To arrange a tour, please email email@example.com with your preferred date to visit, the number in your party and whether anyone needing physical assistance will need the service of riding in a golf cart. Unfortunately, we are not wheelchair accessible.
Please click on “Contact Us” or click here for Directions to Ironwood. Please do not depend on GPS or mapping services as some of the roads are inaccessible or unsafe. This is a rural area with dirt roads, some of which are not county maintained. Our directions will put you on the safest routes.
A tour of the sanctuary is a 1 to 2 hour walking tour through the various fields. You will be out in the sun for the entirety of the tour. Please consider the following to make your visit pleasant:
*Wear comfortable walking shoes.
*Wear a hat.
*Bring a water bottle. Refills are available.
Remember to plan ahead and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. We are happy to have the opportunity to share the sanctuary and our pigs with you!
The Ironwood Pig Sanctuary is dedicated to eliminating the suffering of pot bellied pigs in Arizona and surrounding states by promoting spaying and neutering, assisting owners and other sanctuaries, and providing a permanent home in a safe, nurturing environment for those that are abandoned, abused, neglected, or unwanted.
We are home to almost 600 pot bellied pigs.
Do You Want To Donate?
The Ironwood Pig Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and any donation is tax-deductable. It just takes a few minutes to make a secure donation by PayPal using your credit card. Click the donate button to make a donation. You do not need a PayPal account. Select the amount of your donation and how you want to pay either by means of your PayPal account or your Credit Card then go to the next page. If you want to make a donation in the name of another person, for a special reason like a birthday or anniversary or for a special purchase such as a 2014 calendar just describe what you want on the PayPal form. Click on the "Add Special Instructions to the Seller" and describe what you want with names and addresses if needed.
Refer to our SUPPORT page for more ways to support your Sanctuary such as sponsoring a pig, being a sustainer, getting the sanctuary credit card, or double or triple your donation by using your company's matching gift program.
Summer Is Here!!!
Summer is here across the country. This summer is suppose to be warmer than normal so take special care with your outdoor animals.
Don't forget to provide a dry, cozy, warm, shelter, shade and plenty of water for all of your pets. Even in the summer it can be cold at night so a good warm shelter is appreciated by all your critters.
Best Friends' Article on the Ironwood Pig Sanctuary
Best Friends, in their News and Features page have written an article about the Ironwood Pig Sanctuary. Click on the image to the left to read the article.
Introductory Video of the Sanctuary.Click on the link below to view an introductory video of the Sanctuary. Click the lower right hand corner of the video for full screen. Depress the escape key to return from full screen.
From the President
We recently rescued Mocha from the Maricopa County Fair. She was a 4H hog and destined to board a truck and be hauled off with all the other 6 to 8 month old pigs to a slaughterhouse. Her owners appealed to us to take her since they had fallen in love with this sweet loving being over the months they had her and were horrified by what was about to happen to her.
This was a terribly traumatic experience for me as well. This was my third experience with rescuing 4H hogs. One was another Duroc, much like Mocha, when we were volunteers. A kind man from New York paid Licorice’s auction fee. His companion, Oreo could not be saved. Our gentle giant, Pinkerton who many of you knew through our newsletters or visiting her, was brought to us as a 4H hog shortly after we opened and she lived with us until she was 11 years old.
Children are generally taught to love and respect animals, but why do we limit that love and respect to only certain species and not others? How does a society justify letting a child have an animal, be it pig, steer, goat, sheep or any other species, to name and love and then sell it at a 4H auction often for a greatly inflated sum of money. This is the greatest form of betrayal to these animals, to let an animal you have learned to love be sold for the greatest monetary price. Is this the message we want our children to grow up with? Times are changing and we are making many inroads for the protection of animals across this nation. I think it is time for 4H to rethink what they are brainwashing children to believe. Their message is certainly not respect and compassion.
We rescued Mocha and took her to California last week at great expense to us. However the cost to save her life was probably no more than the inflated cost that would have been paid to take her life at the 4H auction. She will now live her life out at a friend’s rescue with another huge Duroc, Beaker and his friend Picasso.
President & Co-Founder
Ironwood Celebrates Fourteen Years!
Shown here are many of our first pigs five years after our opening in June of 2001. Many of you are making this journey with us and you may recognize many of them from issues past.
You may click on a picture to see a larger version.
June 10, 2001 we officially opened the doors of the Ironwood Pig Sanctuary. Claire and Popeye arrived that evening. Then on June 11th Misty and Tully came, June 12th Owen and Taylor, June 14th a litter of babies, June 15th Oreo came to our home and June 30th Blossom arrived along with Eddie and Flapjack. That rounded out our first month and filled the 8 pens we had constructed at that time, and the overflow went to our home and introduced me to my dear beloved Oreo.
Soon thereafter Pearl, Princess, Bubba, Mr. Pibb, Arnold, Benjamin and Oliver, Desiree, Pammy, Corky and so many others followed them. We built more pens and they were soon full, and we anxiously awaited the completion of our large 6-acre field. With a sigh of relief, our field was completed in early Oct. 2001 and we began the hard process of releasing our pigs out of the pens and into the fields. This is never an easy task since pigs sometimes fight furiously for their position in the herd, so these first few days were a prelude of what was to come and the beginning of subdividing our new large field to suit the capabilities and ages of our new family.
Since those early days in 2001 so much has changed. Our facility has grown and we now have a good well and storage for 40,000 gals of water. We hope to have power by this summer, and our staff continues to grow to meet the growing needs of our pigs. A large herd of pigs arrived from Pigs*A*Lot in January of 2002, as well as a small herd of less-able pigs from there. These became our East and West fields. Ben, Donna, and I had volunteered there and some of those pigs, like my Wilma, were the reason Ironwood became a reality. I had come to love some of the pigs so much and as Pigs*A*Lot grew to overflowing and more calls came in to take pigs we decided the only solution was for us to open another sanctuary. Of course this was not the solution nor will it ever be. The only solution is to stop the breeding, which we try to do every time we have the opportunity.
The years passed and more homeless pigs arrived and more field divisions were made. Nineteen arrived from a sanctuary near Phoenix and 7 from a large Florida rescue. In May of 2003 we purchased the Annex property, previously Pigs*A*Lot, where we had our beginnings, and our family grew by nearly 90 pigs. In July of 2004 St. Matilda’s was unable to continue and our family grew by 46, and in September of 2004 the final 30 pigs from Pigs*A*Lot were back home at our Annex.
We now have nearly 600 pigs living at our two facilities. We continue to take in more pigs as we find homes for others and are making every effort to keep our numbers stable. In all, over these eleven years, well over 1000 pigs have been a part of Ironwood. Many have gone on to new homes and others have lived out their lives with us. We have been happy and fortunate to provide them a safe nurturing environment for the rest of their journey. Our lives are now co-mingled and we are making the journey together.
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