In loving memory of Rita, the devoted mother pig. Your donation honors her legacy and supports the well-being of her surviving children and rescued pig friends. Help us provide them with the care and love they deserve.

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In loving memory of Rita, the courageous and resilient pig, who left an indelible mark on our hearts. Her incredible journey to sanctuary began on Highway 50 in downtown Sacramento when she bravely broke free from her flimsy metal cage, defying the odds and leaping off a moving vehicle. Animal control swiftly intervened and corralled her, only to witness her bring new life into the world two days later. Despite her challenges, Rita successfully nurtured nine surviving piglets.

We were committed to their well-being and welcomed all ten pigs into our sanctuary. Five of Rita’s piglets—Brian, Spencer, Myrna, Hedy, and Katherine — seamlessly integrated into our main herd, finding solace and companionship. One piglet, Rock, remained by Rita’s side in a separate enclosure due to health considerations. Her remaining three piglets found sanctuary at Blackberry Creek Sanctuary. Rita’s legacy lives on through the lives she touched and the compassionate care we provide in her memory.

Rescue Date

October 23, 2015




Strong Willed, Fierce Mother (Maternal), Protective, Brave

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