Feeding Peoria Field
VISITING THE SANCTUARY
OUR TOURS AT THIS TIME OF YEAR ARE MOST SATURDAYS AT 10AM.
YOU MUST MAKE AN APPOINTMENT AHEAD OF TIME TO TOUR THE SANCTUARY. THANK YOU!
To arrange a tour, hopefully a Saturday, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred date to visit, the number in your party and whether anyone will need the service of a golf cart. Unfortunately, we are not wheelchair accessible. We will respond with a confirmation on the date you have selected.
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.
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.
1) 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.
2) 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 2017 calendar just describe what you want on the PayPal form by clicking on the "Add Special Instructions to the Seller" and describe what you want with names and addresses if needed.
3) If you want to sponsor a pig or make a monthly sustainer donation please go to the SUPPORT page for more ways to support your Sanctuary such as sponsoring a pig, being a sustainer or double or triple your donation by using your company's matching gift program.
Winter Is Here!!!
Winter is here across the country. The Midwest has already received serious storms so take special care with your outdoor animals. Make sure you have a dry, cozy, warm, shelter, some shade and plenty of water for all of your pets. Even in the winter it can be warm in the sun so make sure your critter has some shade.
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
Another big year is coming to an end here at Ironwood and a big year it has been for sure. As most of you prepare for your winter and snow we prepare for our best time of year with sunny and hopefully cool days. This makes the holiday season a welcome time of year for us. We celebrate by welcoming many of our supporters to our yearly Open House and more and more visitors are coming each Saturday to meet our pigs and enjoy seeing the sanctuary. We are happy to have you visit.
With a sigh of relief we welcome the fall when the intense heat of the summer begins to recede and the wallows will soon dry up and flies will die off. This summer’s heat has been relentless. Our aging population of pigs throughout the sanctuary now means that two people are hired for the summer to walk the sanctuary and put cold towels on the pigs that are old and unable to tolerate the heat. We wonder what we have in store for us with climate change and the challenges it will bring to Ironwood in the future. However, as I watch while Hurricane Matthew destroys so much in its path I am very thankful we are not faced with those challenges.
Time has really taken a toll on our dear friends this year. The Sanctuary is now over 15 years old and likewise many of our old pig friends are well into their late teens and so many have come to a peaceful end here with us this year. Saying good-bye has been a huge emotional drain even though I am thankful they came to us and were able to live their lives out here with all their needs met and with family and friends. I remember when they were young and vigorous. They are part of my history and I was a part of theirs. Their time here is over, they will continue their journey and they have moved aside to make room for the many more out there that are desperately in need of a good home.
As we march toward years end and the Holidays ahead we have heavy hearts for all those we have now left behind. So many names and faces flash before me. But because of your wonderful support our Holidays will still be filled with cheer and happiness knowing that we can still continue to provide a safe haven and home for all of those who remain with us and all of those yet to come through our gate.
All of us here at Ironwood would like to wish you a happy safe and peaceful Holiday Season shared with family and friends, both two and four legged. We so appreciate your gifts that come to our pigs throughout the entire year. Their happy faces and chunky bodies are testimony to the care you help us give them.
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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