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Nestled high in the remote Cumberland Mountains of Middle Tennessee, The Pig Preserve offers a unique way of caring for rescued pigs of all breeds. The sanctuary consists of approximately 100 acres of lush, grassy fields; deep woods; steep hollers; and spring fed ponds and springs. Buffered by hundreds of acres of woods on all sides, this remote piece of land provides our pigs with the peace, tranquility and solitude of nature. Here the pigs are free to live life on their own terms with a minimum of human interaction. The pigs are allowed to form their own social groups…something critical to the emotional health and well-being of any pig. As each social group forms, a barn or living shelter is provided in that part of the sanctuary where the social group has chosen to “homestead”. During the day the pigs are allowed to spend their time engaging in normal pig-like behaviors of roaming, foraging, rooting, playing in the ponds or mud holes or sunbathing on a grassy slope. Each evening, before dark, each social group is fed a wholesome mixture of special feed milled weekly at a local feed mill. The feed is a mix of natural whole and cracked grains mixed only with some salt, molasses and a bit of diatomaceous earth (a natural wormer). Their feed contains no chemicals, preservatives or artificial additives. During feeding, each pig is accounted for and checked by the staff to make sure each pig is present and healthy. Pigs needing special attention…such as additional feed or medication…are penned at feeding time and then released once they have eaten and been treated. The sanctuary grows and harvests its own hay, which dramatically reduces our costs and helps with parasite control since hay does not have to be “imported” from outside sources.
Local veterinary care is available for our pigs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. More serious medical emergencies are transported to the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in Knoxville for treatment. Once a pig arrives at the sanctuary, he or she will spend the remainder of their life here. We do not adopt pigs from the sanctuary nor do we take pigs from the sanctuary for fairs or educational events. Visitors to the sanctuary are tightly controlled so as to not infringe on the privacy of the pigs. We do not have scheduled tours but visitors are welcome on a prearranged basis and only with the approval and direct supervision of the sanctuary director.
The staff at The Pig Preserve is minimal and unsalaried. We are augmented by periodic volunteers from nearby cities and the occasional long term intern. There are no paid positions at The Pig Preserve. Every penny received in donations goes directly to the care and feeding of the animals living at The Pig Preserve.
The staff of The Pig Preserve are vegans. No meat or meat/animal products are allowed on the sanctuary and every event hosted by The Pig Preserve is vegan. We at The Pig Preserve strongly endorse a plant based lifestyle.
The Pig Preserve only takes in pigs. While we always have a number of rescued dogs and cats living at the sanctuary, our primary focus has always been…and will remain…pigs. While we are primarily set up do house and care for production farm pigs and feral pigs (also sometimes referred to as “wild boars”), we also have a small population of potbellied pigs and other miniature pig breeds at the sanctuary. Interestingly, these diverse breeds of pigs actually coexist quite nicely and often intermingle in the same social groups, sleep in barns together and socialize together on a daily basis. The sanctuary’s capacity is limited by our funding and by the number of pigs we can accept onto the property while maintaining a healthy balance of pigs per acre that will not irreparably damage the environment and the ecosystem.
The Pig Preserve is committed to providing not only a safe, secure home for desperate and needy pigs, but also to offering them the gift of freedom and the ability to live their lives without confinement and in an environment that is as natural and free as we can possibly provide for them.