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Peoria Field Feeding

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VISITING THE SANCTUARY

TOURS ARE OVER DUE TO THE HOT WEATHER. THEY WILL START AGAIN THE MIDDLE OF SEPTEMBER.

FOR YOUR PLANNING PURPOSES OUR OPEN HOUSE WILL BE NOVEMBER 11, 2017

YOU MUST MAKE AN APPOINTMENT AHEAD OF TIME TO VISIT OR TOUR THE SANCTUARY EXCEPT FOR THE OPEN HOUSE. THANK YOU!

To arrange a tour, hopefully a Saturday, please email ironwoodpigs@yahoo.com 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.

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Please click on “Contact Us” or click here for Directions to Ironwood. Please do not depend on your 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.

*Wear sunscreen.

*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!

Mission Statement

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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.

Summer Is Here!!!

Summer is here across the country. The Midwest is still receiving 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 summer it can be cold at night so make sure your critter has a good shelter.

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

July, 2017

Dear Supporter,

First of all I would like to thank everyone for your many, many notes of support and condolences and extra donations in response to my May letter regarding the illness we experienced here this winter. It is difficult to have time to grieve and it was especially hard during the outbreak when we had to keep moving to help the next pig in need of our care. Reading all of your notes and emails allowed me to take the time to remember and to start to heal and to grieve for those we lost. I am so thankful for all of your well wishes.

I would like to take this opportunity to give you an update on how things have been since the May newsletter. I am so happy to report that we have had no new cases and the pigs remain well from the disease. The cause of the illness was never identified in spite of all of the effort made by so many. I can only hope that it is truly gone and we will never experience such an outbreak again. As I feed the pigs, I look at so many who were so sick and are now back with their companions in their respective fields and are once again healthy and happy. Judy and Penny are but two who were at the clinic for so long that it seemed unlikely they would recover, but now they have returned to their pig families.

Our doors are open once again and we have been able to welcome several new arrivals to the sanctuary and others are waiting for their turn to join us here at Ironwood. Their reasons for coming here are many, but the most compelling reason is Charlie who came to us because the family had to move out of state for a multiple organ transplant for their 21 year old daughter. The family was so relieved and grateful to know that Charlie would be well cared for and all their attention could be given to their daughter. We wish their family well and hope that their daughter has a full recovery.

As I write this letter we are bracing for record high temperatures here in the Southwest. We are ready with our ice towels and full water tanks and scaling back on clinic visits to be available for heat related emergencies that may surface in the next few days. Life at the sanctuary is never easy with all the daily crisises that inevitably occur when one is attending to over 500 pigs. But I’ll take it compared to what we were experiencing a few short months ago, a nightmare I hope never to experience again. From an old sailor, we have righted the boat and are now on course again. Thank you all so very much for helping us to get through this.

Sincerely,

Mary Schanz

President & Co-Founder

Penny

Judy

Penny and Judy both spent almost 2 weeks at the clinic and have recovered. They are now back with their friends.

Location

Sanctuary:
Ironwood Pig Sanctuary, PO Box 35490, Tucson, AZ 85740-5490
Please e-mail when you want to visit for confirmation on the day and time and for directions to the sanctuary since we are in a remote location and GPS and mapping programs are not accurate. We generally do tours Saturday mornings at 10am in the winter and 9am in the summer. However, we generally do not do tours during our hottest months of June, July and August. We do not do tours every Saturday so you need to get a confirmation for your visit. Sometimes we can do tours on other days for out of town visitors and for other circumstances.
Phone:
520-631-6015
Email:
ironwoodpigs@yahoo.com

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