Celebrating our Pig Residents
Pigs are curious, intelligent, and sensitive beings
Monday, March 1 was National Pig Day. And while this might not be a Hallmark card kind of holiday, for us, there's always a reason to celebrate our pig friends. River's Wish is home to 12 pigs--3 large pigs (Virgil, Vegan, and Vinny) and 9 small pigs (Lil Pig, Alice, SweetPea, Nigel, Dwin, Ennis, Sawtooth Stanley, Donna Lou Parsley Pickle Pig and Blitzen--Hazel was just adopted!). Whether they were saved from slaughter or came to us because they grew too big for their home, or any other number of reasons, we love and enjoy them all so much.
According to the Food Empowerment Project, "Domestic pigs come from an ancient lineage of wild ancestors who evolved to live in harmony with their environment. They are curious, intelligent animals with strong instincts and a resourceful nature. Numerous researchers have concluded that pigs are more intelligent and have better memories than most dogs. Capable of living over 20 years, their lives are stimulating and complex."
If you'd like to learn more about pigs and the plight they face as food animals, we've included a link below. You can also sign up to sponsor one of our pig residents--we offer one-time on or ongoing sponsorships.
Meet the Boer Bros: Mason, Sven, and Chubs
These three friendly fellas recently arrived at River’s Wish, where they will get to live in peace after avoiding having their lives cut short. Mason, Sven, and Chubs (the names they came with) are members of the Boer goat breed, and were bred for meat by a youth in the 4-H program before being rescued by a caring couple who were unable to keep them long term. Now they’re getting a fresh start at River’s Wish.
We don’t know the exact story, but it’s quite likely the youth raising them through 4-H had a change of heart when it came time to sell the goats to market. Animal sanctuaries in the U.S. are full of such stories. The Boer goat industry association in the U.S. registers 45,000 of these fast-growing animals every year. We’re thankful these happy boys did not meet the same fate as many of their kind, and they can now act as ambassadors for their species at River’s Wish.
Monthly Sponsorships Update
Our initial goal was to double our monthly sponsorships from $885/month to $1,770/month. And you did it! We are now at $2,055! THANK YOU!!
Monthly sponsorships help us plan for special animal care procedures, schedule ongoing care, and complete small improvement projects around the sanctuary. We currently have 55 monthly sponsors and 11 are new this quarter! We are so grateful.
Recently, we were able to rescue little Diego, an 8 year old goat that had been living in a car. Because he wasn't receiving adequate food or care, he had pneumonia and needed surgery for urinary blockage. Between our local vet and the WSU Veterinary Hospital, the bills for Diego's initial care were more than $1,600. But we didn't have to think twice because of you.
We're hoping to wrap up this month strong by getting to $2,500/month in monthly sponsors. Please join us!
For as little as $5/month, you can be part of a group of dedicated monthly supporters that allow us to do this work.
Thank you for helping us get there! We have been so amazed at all the people from across the country who have joined us in meeting our mission of rescue, care, and advocacy for our residents.
As a reminder, from now until March 31, there are two ways to win:
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About your donations
River's Wish depends entirely on private funding from compassionate people who want to support a safe haven like ours. We are designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization. Your contributions are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law, and all donations support our charitable mission. Our federal tax ID is 20-1226268.