We have so much news to share this week!
New fencing is going in, all around the sanctuary, this week. Age and weather have taken their toll on the older fencing, and while it has held securely to date, we don’t want any pushy piggies deciding to take a walkabout! We’re also in the process of planning a new shelter for our outer field, a sanctuary-wide Spring-cleaning, and extensions to water and electrical lines to better serve our herds.
In other exciting news, a new rescue will arrive at our sanctuary before the end of next week. Piggly-Wiggly will be joining our herds after surviving the wilds and a harrowing rescue! Thanks to Casey, his mother Kim, and their neighbors for capturing, housing, feeding and seeking help for the lil’ guy. Thanks to Marlies Reno for assistance with photo receipt and getting the word out for him. Thanks to Kelley Moon for transport, foster, and veterinary arrangements! They say it “takes a village,” and our network is certainly proof of that! Thanks also to everyone who has shared on his behalf! You can follow Piggly-Wiggly’s full story on our page at Facebook! If you might consider donating toward his vet and neuter fees, please check out our fundraiser at Causes!
This week also saw our first piggy-sponsor under our new sponsorship system, and we are so excited! Thank you so much to Holly for sponsoring Penny! For anyone else interested in sponsorship, you can find more information HERE!
Our new Hammie-Van; made possible through the generous support of The Fund for Second Nature, will soon be an educational billboard on wheels. It’s already making our dreams come true as an animal-transport and cargo vehicle; and soon it will be so much more. Designs for the “skin” are in progress this week; and, once approved, the van will be off to the shop to get all decked-out! Soon, a ramp and lift or wench system will be installed to help us load large carriers. Additional support has also allowed us to start shopping for a “combo” trailer that will help us with larger, or uncrate-able, animals as well giving us a little space for rescue and event supplies!
Meetings have started this week to solidify our course of action for this year, and we expect a big increase in our outreach operations! We’re already planning events, and new educational materials too! Our new brochures went to print this week and we can’t wait to get them! The recent acquisition of a new laptop will help us as we expand. Our laptop will go where we go; allowing us to share presentations about the care and needs of miniature pigs, and their plight as unwanted pets. Look for us in a classroom near you and keep your eye on our events as the Hammies are already slated for three parades this year!
Our online outreach continues as well. Our page at Facebook is a few short of 1400 “Likes” and we continue to expand our website. This week, we added a sponsorship tab to our page at Facebook and we are working on an accessible, informative, and up-to-date guide to miniature breeds which will be available on our website very soon!
Board Secretary & Media Manager
Lil’ Orphan Hammies