Meet the Animals
Here are just a few of the animals that live at The White Pig Animal Sanctuary. All the profits from the bed and breakfast goes toward rescuing and taking care of the animals that live here.
Teddy (racing name Mr. Runstadler)
Teddy is an ex-racehorse who was rescued out of Penn National. After suffering a racing injury that required time off and rest, Teddy found that his owner’s and trainers no longer wanted him. Like most racehorses, his life hung in the balance, because many racehorses in Teddy’s situation end up on the kill floor. But Teddy was one of the lucky ones. An organization called The RACE Fund negotiated with his owner to sign him over to them. The RACE Fund has no sheltering facilities, so he entered The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. While volunteering at The TRF at The James River Correctional facility, I heard about Teddy. Teddy was rescued in 2010. He was under weight, had very bad rain rot and was suffering from a locking patella. After coming to The White Pig, we got Teddy on a healthy diet, gave him supplements, and he received regular chiropractic work and acupuncture. Teddy is now a healthy, happy horse with no lameness issues to speak of. Teddy is a puppy dog in a horse body and loves spending time with guests.
Cassandra’s herd (Sully, Sage, Bailey, Cloud, Julius, May, Willow and Anastasia)
Cassandra aka Cassie was rescued in April of 2002 along with her eight, 2 day old piglets. She was saved from a horrible situation and was badly malnourished and feral. We started her immediately on a proper diet to feed all her piglets and she was able to nurse all her piglets. It took many months, but Cassie and her babies all were socialized and grew up to be happy and healthy pigs. Cassie’s herd are now seniors and enjoy their meals and laying in the sunshine. The retired life. Unfortunately Cassie passed away in in August of 2015 at the age of 15 1/2 and she lost her two boys Julius (in 2010) , Cloud (in 2015) to cancer and Bailey passed away (in 2017) from congestive heart failure.
Barkley was found chasing cars in Schuyler in the fall of 2011. We picked him up and brought him home, fearing he would get run over. We immediately posted the neighborhood, and within 2 days we had found his people. They said they’d be by to pick him up, but several hours passed and no one came. Later that evening we received a call from his people saying that they didn’t want him anymore and could we keep him. It is no accident that his name is Barkley, because he still likes to chase cars (this time behind a fence) and barks a welcome to incoming guests.
Sam (aka Telegram Sam)
Sam came to live with us the summer of 2016. He was most likely dumped at the farm. We first received a call that “our” pig was out on the road (a very busy one at times). Over the next 3 months we tried to catch Sam, but he was too smart for that. We worried about him everyday that we couldn’t rescue him. After 2 months of the loose, he reappeared on the property, down by the street missing an ear, no doubt from a dog attack. At the same exact time we were asked to take in Eleven and Dee Dee. Eleven and Dee Dee were soon to be ex breeding sows, that their person no longer wanted to breed as meat pigs anymore. As soon as Eleven arrive, Sam came right up to their paddock and laid next to Eleven. He finally found his way to the sanctuary with the help of Eleven.
Iggy was found wandering the streets as a stray in a neighboring county. When he was picked up by animal control, they deemed him a dangerous pig and sent him to quarantine (no doubt from their lack of knowledge of basic pig behavior). Iggy was going to be sent to slaughter auction, but animal control agreed to sign him over to us instead. Iggy is one fo the sweetest pigs on the farm and has never shown any signs of aggression.