Feeding Peoria Field
VISITING THE SANCTUARY
OUR TOURS WILL START AT 9AM BEGINNING SATURDAY APRIL 8. OUR FINAL TOUR OF THE SEASON WILL BE MAY 13 AT 9AM. TOURS WILL START AGAIN THE MIDDLE OF SEPTEMBER.
YOU MUST MAKE AN APPOINTMENT AHEAD OF TIME TO TOUR THE SANCTUARY. THANK YOU!
To arrange a tour, hopefully a Saturday, please email email@example.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.
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
Since our species is pot belly pigs I would like to give my opinion and would say I am ambivalent for several reasons. It very much depends on the individual pig and the individual companion person. Ben and I have picked up many hundreds of pigs all around Arizona. My overall impression is, even in homes where the pigs are well cared for and loved, people really don’t provide or know how to provide an adequate home for pigs. We find they don’t have adequate space, shade, shelter, water, wallows/pools, bedding or even more importantly pig companionship.
Pigs want to be pigs, not people, dogs or any other species. They want to root and dig holes, wallow in the water and mud, graze on grass or in our case hay, run and twist around, snuggle with and sometimes fight with their best pig friend. They are generally outdoor animals or indoor/outdoor and don’t like living in crates or confined to a room. Who would want that kind of life?
Sometimes we get a pig in who has lived with a family and has never been around other pigs and clearly is frightened by their new environment. Most of the time they adjust but not always. Those are the ones I try hard to place in another home. For those who don’t adjust well and for which we cannot find a suitable home, we try to put them in a smaller field together. They still have to adjust to sanctuary life but it is not as intimidating. They most often will make friends with one of their new pig companions.
Many pigs who come to us love attention and often pigs that come in from the fields for medical attention will soon be rolling over for belly rubs from us. But conversely since pigs are social animals nearly all of our pigs find a companion pig or pigs and we will see them snuggled up together in shelters under blankets or lying together taking in the sun. So I think they are content and happy with their own kind but welcome the attention of us humans.
So what would I conclude? As I said in the beginning it is a difficult decision and the answer lies in the environment of the sanctuary or home. Here at Ironwood we are able because of the support you give us, to provide all the needs of our pigs. They have food and fresh water, shade and pools and wallows, they can run and play like pigs want to do, and root until their hearts are content. And they can pick and choose their pig friends and form tight bonds. Their pig friends are always there, not just after work or on weekends. They also get the best medical care when the need arrives and transportation to get them to the vet. They pass peacefully and without fear when their time comes. If a family is able to provide all the above AND the one on one attention from human companionship then I beleive the family setting would be good for the pigs.
President & Co-Founder
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