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Meet Alysoun, saved from slaughter

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Many of the animals who trot through our barnyard doors are victims of small, family farms. When Alysoun’s mom abandoned her at a small pasture-based farm raising pigs for slaughter, the farmer decided it was not worth their time or money to save her. The rancher abandoned the piglet, leaving her to die. Another employee took her home. A local rescue, Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch in Napa, California, stepped up to help the piglet.

When we learned that the piglet needed a permanent home, we offered ours! One of our recent rescues, Bert, was having a hard time integrating with two other pigs, Rock and Rita. Little Bert was a bit timid around the two larger pigs…and a lot more active! He needed a younger friend who would keep him company in his stall and out in the group’s pasture. We thought this little red-headed piglet might be a good fit.

Alysoun (formerly Lucy*) was spayed and convalesced in the rescue’s foster home. Then it was time for Alysoun to meet Bert! Things did not go quite as planned.

Instead of being excited to meet Alyson, Bert was, well, rather terrified of her. We set up a special kennel inside of Bert’s stall to house Alysoun at night, so that Bert would feel safe to sleep inside his big bed of straw. Then we waited…

Photos by Roni Seabury

Luckily we didn’t have to wait long! After a few days, Bert decided Alysoun was okay and now the two are inseparable. They were recently introduced to Rock and Rita…who welcomed the two youngsters. The four will enjoy the rest of their lives together, in their private barn and pasture.

Pigs are vibrant animals. They live life to the fullest, are expressive and fierce. If you visit a sanctuary and meet one, you will learn quickly how similar they are to the dogs many of us share our homes with…yet how disconnected many of us remain to these inquisitive, emotional animals! Adopting a vegan lifestyle is a simple expression of respect for pigs like Alysoun and Bert.

*We currently have a pig named Lucy, so opted to name the new piglet after one of our generous supporters, Alysoun Mahoney.

84 Responses so far.

  1. So sweet there are good people in this world I just hope they make up for all the rotten specimens.

  2. HELENA says:

    God bless you always and others like you, I love the pigs, Farm animals, Wild lives, and more, Thank You

  3. God bless you for helping this little pink angel and may that no good farmer burn in hell for what he did!!!!!!! I hope that this sweet little piglet lives and very ,long and happy life filled with lots of hugs and kisses!!!!!!!! And lots of love too!!!!!!!!

  4. Sonja Barton says:

    What a great story. Thanks to the caring folks who adopted this cute piglet.

  5. Stacey McQuitty says:

    What a beautiful story with such a happy ending. If only more people were like you , what a different world we would live in.
    Fantastic job!

  6. I love her, she’s so precious and so happy for all of the animals there living life as they should be

    • Miss j says:

      What a precious girl and boy!!I love animals! I love all humans and all animals.. any creature of God, I just love. You know animals are so wonderful, and they love you unconditional!! and they are our Brethren..so what you did for Little Alysoun, for little Bert and the others.. praise the Lord, for people like you. God bless, keep up the good work..

  7. Lesley says:

    Thank you for all you do. I wish we could end factory farming and the slaughter of animals for food in general. I realize progress is being made, but its so horrific. Alysoun and Bert look so happy together!

  8. This is so wonderful. Thank you.

  9. Thanks for saving the animals.

  10. Nina Gordev says:

    Alysoun and Bert are just too sweet
    Thanks for the heartwarming introduction story
    So thrilled for all your piglets
    Keep up the great work!

  11. Gayle Finley says:

    Such a beautiful, heartwarming story. Bert and Alysoun are besties now! Thank God for Animal Place and thank you for all you do for the animals
    who need you.

  12. adrienne gallant says:

    They are so sweet together ! Bert and Alysoun are happy valentines! and will never see a slaughter truck in their precious lifetimes…all souls are sacred! And all animals are sacred teachers for us….A good read about what they have come to teach us is SACRED TEACHERS IN FUR….xoxo Adrienne

  13. What a wonderful story!!! I’ve always loved pigs since I was a little girl. Thank you for sharing!!

  14. Jackie Miller says:

    Wow- what a wonderful story! You are my true heroes!!!! Thank you for all you do …you are phenomenal!!!

  15. Shelly McManus says:

    I LOVE this story!! I am a LOVER of Pigs too… 🙂 SO glad they are all together!!

    • Matthew P Kinsella says:

      Do pigs get along with Jack Russell terriers? I would love to adopt one but I have a diva in my midst. She bullies my airedale.

  16. VIRGINIA FRICK says:


  17. Marlene Feldman says:

    Love that you saved the piglets.! It makes me feel thankful that there are people like you.
    I have shed many tears over the horrific plight of animals and mistreatment by those sadistic so called “humans.”

    • Kendall says:

      I have shed SO MANY TEARS over the horrible treatment of animals at the hands of humans too….it was good to read your words at this moment.
      That’s all….just nice to meet another “one of us”.

  18. Steven Wolff says:

    What a great story. I’m so happy for these pigs and for Animal Place. Thank you so much for what you do for animals.. Thank you..

  19. It’s just unfair and inhumaine to leave any animal to die with no food and water alone !! This is cruel and yet this is a current practice by the farmers .
    They have no heart , one day life will teach them a lesson sooner or later it will come in full cycle . Karma your actions always comes back to you …so wait one day they will get their turn …❤️❤️❤️ Animal place you have a big heart and thank you for giving a home to these abused and unwanted animals…xxxx

  20. Arlene briard says:

    This is awesome ! I am a vegan and love all beings!!!?

  21. Sandy Johnson says:

    Thank you so very much for all you do. You are my heroes. My dream is to visit your sanctuary someday .

  22. June C. Alexander says:

    Thank you for saving Alysoun and happy that little Bert now has a friend all because of your patience and hard work. THANK YOU and all the volunteers!

  23. God bless you & thank you for all the wonderful work you do for these non-human angels. They’re beautiful, intelligent & they deserve respect & love. I love you, Alysoun, Bert & all the animals &, lovely staff at animal place!

  24. Joyce Fineout says:

    A ginger pig! I love it!!!

  25. Teresa Antignani says:

    Great to read a happy story about farm animals. They are treated the worst of all animals. Factory farms are an abomination. Pigs are smarter than most people i know.

  26. Laura Whitworth says:

    It’s heartbreaking the way most of our society views animal welfare or should I say doesn’t view animal welfare. Thank you for such a heartwarming story about one of the most abused animals and one of my favorites… the smart, precocious, adorable pig!! I loved the pix too, they made my day!! God bless the pigs and God bless you!!

  27. Carolyn Wright says:

    I love hearing stories like these. Remember Mr. G and Jellybean? Another happy couple. Thank you so much Animal Place for all the lives you have saved.

  28. Jlynn_14 says:

    Thank you for taking her in and giving her a wonderful life! So glad Bert now has a new buddy to play with and can now integrate in with the others. Looks like Alysoun was a great match for him 🙂

  29. Barbara Garrison says:

    I LUV pigs! I’m a Vegan for 40 years I I can’t imagine eating pigs..or any other animal….I have 8 pets.
    All of these precious beings don’t deserve to b barbarically killed and eaten. Meat eaters r a sub species.

  30. Thank you! The abuse of animals is legal – in
    the form of horrific Factory Farms. It’s all about
    POWER – the power of humans whether “corporate”
    or individually. Behind this abuse are the USELESS
    laws!! Punishment to “the full extent of the law”
    is no punishment at all. A small fine (sometimes) or
    a week in jail – free board and food and the
    companionship of other abusers with whom to share
    their wretched crimes against animals.
    Thank you, again, for your compassion and
    RESPECT for creatures who cannot help

  31. Kim Cucchiara says:

    God bless and keep them safe ~ such great work being done!

  32. Jeanne Kenworthy says:

    Your are so kind to help the animals, who can people be so curel to helpless animals of any kind. My donation is on it’s way to Animal Place, Please keep up the good work.

  33. Claudia michalski says:

    I too have always held a soft spot for pigs. Thank you and all who love, respect and care for these intelligent animals. May you continue your great work.

  34. What a wonderful story. So glad there is a happy pig family…another successful pig story. Would love to drive up and spend time with them.

  35. Julia Eisen says:

    I have always wanted to Kiss a piglet. Their little faces fill my heart with so much love. Thank you for everything you do for animals.

  36. Alice says:

    Fantastic! Hope she lives a long life!

  37. Gale kirk says:

    I don’t eat meat of any kind, although I do eat fish, though not shell fish.

    I’m in favor of farm sanctuaries.

  38. Barbara McCarty says:

    That ADORABLE PICTURE just grabbed me from all my work and all I could do was sit and stare. I, too , love doggie kisses , piggie kisses , horsie kisses , you name it . Stopped eating meat 30 years ago , never looked back. Animals are SO much better than ( most ) people , hands down . They are the angels on this earth , those who help them are blessed beyond words . As you are , you’ve earned your wings and you’re going UP ! Thank you so and have a great life ! You deserve it !

  39. Angelique Yanez says:

    How perfect! She is so adorable, and the last picture is so wonderful. Thank you for saving so many wonderful animals & giving them forever homes.

  40. Michele says:

    I love the pictures and so happy that the two piglets are inseparable.

  41. Joanne Atay says:

    You are wonderful people. May God bless you and provide you with a beautiful life for all of your kind deeds.

  42. Gloria Feibish says:

    Bless you for your kindness in rescuing and caring for these darling animals, and mostly, for giving them a second chance at life.

    Pigs are among my most favorite animals, for their high intelligence and loving ways. They are vastly misunderstood and generally, not appreciated. Too bad, for they will bring much pleasure to those who understand and care for them. I decry the fact that they are often despicably abused.

  43. Pamela Levernier says:

    God bless you for caring so much about these animals! The world needs to pay attention to your compassion and then maybe someday all animals will live in peace. ❤

  44. Marlene Jennings says:

    They are SO cute together ! Thank you for taking her in.
    I am sure Bert is very happy to have a companion.

  45. Christine says:

    A lovely story. I’m so glad I clicked!

  46. Bruni Boyden says:

    Thank you for your kindness. I love little pigs, I love all animals, and I pray people understand that animals have a right to a happy and safe life. Let us protect them! I became a vegan so those precious animals will not be slaughtered.
    Animals depend on us. Please don’t hunt/shoot them or abuse them. Thank you!!!

  47. Linda Nicholes says:

    What a truly lovely story!

  48. Dusty Reeds says:

    It is the best valentine I could get ……just reading about the
    two pigs. So happy they are saved.

  49. Nena Miller says:

    What a sweet story!

  50. Lenora says:

    Always so gratifying to hear a good story in the midst of so much suffering for these innocent animals. You do wonderful work!

  51. Carol Engel says:

    My mother adopted a pig who had been used as barter for sewing projects. “Faye Emerson” came with a leash. Faye stayed with us until she was too big. She was placed in another home where she became a mother. Faye loved our Newfoundland dog and loved following the mailman.

  52. Sandra Sofka says:

    Thank you soooooo much for all you do to help our fellow creatures. It breaks my heart to know that there are people , like that cruel farmer, who are capable of such disregard for innocent lives.

  53. Fran Leard says:

    Thank you for this special love story and for helping this beautiful pig have a happy place to live.

    We need more devoted people in the world like you who help our innocent precious pets from cruel and inhumane treatment. God bless all of you.

  54. joe parisi says:

    Yesterday was my birthday (67 years ) old. Reading this site made me realize that i will start to avoid all pork for beginners.
    Thanks, it’s nice to see honest, caring people out there.
    Politicians take note.

  55. D.H. Fabian says:

    These two adorable piglets are so little. How old are they, and what breed?

  56. Jewels L says:

    Thank you for all you do to make the lives of these wonderful creatures @ Animal Place. Wish I could work at a place like yours, where loving animals is the number one priority.

  57. Pat P. says:

    Many naive people don’t ever think that pastured animals on small family farms are abused. Wrong!
    Abandoning a baby piglet to die is horribly cruel–It happens on ALL types of farms!

    This is a good example of those mistaken beliefs. Although, it is a more common concern in factory farms, there are selfish mean people everywhere.

    I wish I could say the same about kind caring animal rescuers. They are much rarer, especially, those willing to save farm animals, and provide lifetime care.

    Thank you, Animal Place.

  58. Cheryl Quay says:

    I really loved how you described the pigs. It touched my heart in gratitude.

  59. Karen says:

    You’re angels.
    Thank you for this most important work.

  60. Deborah Jones says:

    Poor souls! Animals are the Lords most innocent, and beautiful creations of all. I believe that in the very beginning, before sin kicked in, things were very different, and truly a paradise for all. Now that Satan is in the mix, evildoers are everywhere, and there are only a handful of good people, like the rescuers of some piggies, whom I love, just like all animals. Precious angels for sure. Also quite intelligent.

  61. Marta says:

    I shed atear after seeing the photo of the kissing piglet I also love them and all animals
    I pray for you to have a long and healthy life..
    God did not put pigs on earth to eat. They have feelings like humans,

  62. mary says:

    I’m only sorry I haven’t the means to help every one of the farms, sanctuaries, shelters etc that save and protect and enhance lives of animals, without whom, the world would be so much sadder than it already is.

  63. Mayra Pena says:

    They are beautiful! And you are beautiful people for all that you do. God bless you!

  64. Jamie Edgar says:

    She is so beautiful and, thanks to your sanctuary, luckily alive!!


  65. Cindy Araya says:

    Thank you for your compassion! Keep on doing what you’re doing and helping save lives of innocent creatures!!

  66. Christine says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for saving these sweet babies!! All animals deserve a full life of happiness and love.

  67. Rashmi Menon says:

    God bless you all over and over and over! I love that these beautiful animals will live without fear and have a good life forever. Sanctuaries like this are our only hope that there is still a lot of good left in this world. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!

  68. Andrea Giano says:

    I’m so happy that he is in a safe and loving space with friend sto call his own<3

  69. MGH says:

    Lovely little piggies. So glad they were saved. They are indeed a lot like dogs in some ways and will sometimes hang with dogs.

  70. Patricia Akers says:

    It’s so good to see these two precious little piggies playing together. I’m so glad Alysoun and all the others rescued from Slaughter. 🙂

  71. Barbara Duke says:

    As a child, I lived a short time on a farm, my uncles and dad leased, years ago. I guess you could say, I was at that pre-school age or kindergarten age. In the summer and fall, I’d get on the tractor or trailer type equipment and go to the pasture with my uncles and dad. I watched as they picked up bails of hay, plant raise and cut tobacco, milk cows and bulls and pigs. I guess my first piglet was Frosty, a solid white, pink nose. We also had a dog. She had puppies. She caught Frosty in the basement of our house and killed him. My second pig, was a much larger, Porky, black with tan points like a German Shepherd dog. We had a screen in back porch, that is where Porky slept, on some hay, and bedding. In the summer, when you needed air conditioner, we had none, we opened our windows, doors and used fans. Porky had the freedom to come in the house. Beck then, my mom cooked on a wood stove and we heated our house with wood stoves, maybe two or three scattered through the house. But Porky was like dogs today. He was my pet pig. And with a bad winter and weather, my uncles and a dad did not renew the lease one year. If Porky wasn’t insight, Mom could take a pot and spoon, rattle the pan with the spoon and Porky would come running from wherever he was. And without renewing the lease, all of the live stock had to be sold to other farmers or go to the slaughter house. My uncles and dad, decided Porky had to go to slaughter, since he was a pet pig. After several attempts by my uncles and dad to get Porky to go into the truck. Mom had to do one of the hardest things in her life, by taking a pot and spoon and luring Porky into the truck. I recalls she and me crying. I also had a big black Angus Bull as a pet. He could be stubborn when my uncles and dad would try to separate him from the cows. We lived so far back in the hollow and bend, instead of mowing the grass around the house, we’d let the cattle out and eat it. And I often heard mom and them say, Bully, would not listen to anyone, but I could take a twig and lead him anywhere. After life on the farm, my parents pretty much became city people. But their roots and mine were and are country. And my uncles did buy a small farm after that. They planted corn, wheat, tobacco (a very large income for families back then) and even rented extra space to raise tobacco. Which was one of the main crops in Tennessee at the time. But they also had milk cows for a time, I can remember riding to the milk plant with my uncles as a small child and even when I got school age, most of my summers were spent in the country. I remember helping to stomp the tobacco beds after the weeds were burned off. Watching as my uncles and hired hands planted the small tobacco plants they had raised in small beds. At different times, I remember my uncles, having milk cows, beef cows and pigs. I’ve been told by my friends, it amazes them that I can recall such things today from my childhood. I can vision Frosty, Porky and Bully today, as they were when I was a small child, not even at school age.

  72. Kathleen Hart says:

    Beautiful story. I needed that. Thanks for writing it up. I’ve never met a pig, but I’m sure I would like them. I certainly don’t eat them!!

    • Burim Memedi says:

      Pigs seem like pretty emotional creatures. Maybe that’s why muslims and other religions don’t eat pigs?