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Peoria Field Feeding

Feeding Peoria Field





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.


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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, a hat and sunscreen.

*Bring a water bottle. Refills are available.

There is no charge for a tour but donations are appreciated. If you would like to bring items for the pigs, please see the Wish List in the latest newsletter or choose from the list below:

  • Canned Pumpkin
  • Prune Juice
  • Cran/Grape Juice
  • Blankets and Comforters
  • Fig Newton Cookies
  • Apples
  • Melons

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 550 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

November, 2017

Dear Supporter,

The Holidays are quickly coming, Open House is nearly here and we are scurrying to make the seasonal change, finally, from summer to winter so we are sort of like Santa’s workshop here in the desert. We are building a new area to quarantine our new pigs and we are looking ahead to build a recovery building for our surgery pigs coming home from the clinic and for cyro-surgeries done here at Ironwood. Our outreach program has made some good strides (see article on page 10 for details), but this is just the beginning of this effort and so much remains to be done. My letter in the September newsletter has started some conversations of legislation to make some helpful changes for pigs.

As the Holidays approach and I think about the message of Peace on Earth I take pause because this is such a tumultuous time that Peace on Earth is elusive. However there are increasing signs and victories this past year for animals that bring the end of 2017 with hope for a brighter future. So many groups, large and small, have been so active in saving so many animals left homeless in the Harvey, Irma, and Maria Hurricanes. Ringling Brothers Circus closed in May after 146 years of animal abuse and several other countries in the world have banned animals from the circus. The founders of “Keepers of the Wild” are proposing a new 2480 acre Wild Planet Nature Park in northern AZ which will be the largest animal sanctuary in the US and have plans to house many of the animals that will be in need of a home as the circuses close. The CA state Legislation unanimously passed AB485 which says all cats, dogs, and rabbits sold in stores must come from shelters and dog rescue groups, NOT PUPPY MILLS. Unfortunately the AZ state legislators and Governor Ducey reversed the progress AZ was making toward that goal.

One of our supporters who volunteers here each Open House gave a ten minute talk at her company, Liberty Mutual, singing the praises of Ironwood Pig Sanctuary. This reached hundreds of people and she wrote to me today “The world is changing – the animal supporters are more prevalent than ever before – even in Corporate America.” She said her audience LOVED her talk.

So with all the turmoil around us Peace and Hope can be found and people are working throughout the world to help animals of all species. For our pigs you are our Hope. Thank you so much. All of us at Ironwood wish you a Happy, Healthy, and Peaceful Holiday Season.


Mary Schanz

President & Co-Founder

PS Lucinda, one of the sweetest and most mellow pigs I have ever met, is one of our rescued Moms who was running lose in the cotton fields near us with her daughter and son. She comforts me and brings me peace. Peace comes to us in so many unexpected ways.

Mary & Lucinda


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.


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