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Our journey so far...
In 4.5 years, CTPR has saved over 300 precious lives from euthanasia, abandonment, pain, and slaughter. Our rescue stories are our pride and joy, and our residents are our family. We’ve helped countless pigs find safe forever homes, bypassing shelters and rescues, and we’ve rehabilitated victims of cruelty to help them experience the simple joys of life.
When CTPR began, we couldn’t have anticipated the scope of pig cruelty. Most of our residents come from 2 major cruelty seizures - 44 pigs in 2016 and 133 in 2018 - both from situations in Which pigs were overbred, and the pigs were left to starve and die without attention to their needs. We also have three pigs saved by the ASPCA in the largest animal cruelty case in New England's history, one pig saved from animal testing, and numerous other deserving individuals who needed our help as their last chance. The pigs we've loved and lost after difficult health battles will always hold a special place in our hearts.
The turning point
When we took in the 133 pigs of the Caldwell Seizure in 2018, we didn't quite know what to expect, but we did know that their only other option was euthanasia. We thought we would adopt many out to homes, but they exhibited so many health issues, and it took us almost 9 months to work through their physical rehabilitation. Knowing so many of these issues are congenital and chronic, it seems unfair to adopt these pigs into homes knowing they may have stunted lifespans require extensive costly medical care.
Most of these pigs will now live their lives out with us. During so many months of physical rehabilitation, loss, and incredible recoveries, we came to grow our organization in the most meaningful way ever - through our huge and committed Animal Care Team.
In the past two years since the Caldwell Seizure, we've accomplished the following:
- We've developed a team of dozens of individuals to be the eyes, ears, hands, and hearts of the rescue - to feed, perform chores, record issues, help with infrastructure, and offer basic first aid to animals.
- We've developed a stable base of monthly donors to help support our daily costs like feed, bedding, and water.
- We've got better understanding of the chronic and congenital issues within our residens (especially the Caldwell pigs) and how to treat them.
The next phase
As we navigate many of our residents' lifelong congenital and trauma-related issues, we seek to transition to “sanctuary” and continue to provide lifelong care and support to our aging population. At this stage in our growth, we have successfully established a strong and stable donor base supporting our operational and medical costs. The next phase of CTPR’s journey is to relocate our organization to a larger property with more space and a more natural environment to provide an ultimate sanctuary for our residents.
In imagining the perfect property, we have asked ourselves a key question - if pigs were allowed to truly be themselves, who would they be? Millions of pigs live in barracks and never see the outside. On the few existing “humane farms,” pigs live on flat, unshaded “cattle” land. In fact, the latter is what we chose for our current property, having initially taken cues from other animal sanctuaries all over the country. While flat, open, treeless pens might be sensible for other organizations, we’ve come to realize that it’s not the right answer here in Texas. Treading a lightly beaten path, with few experts before us, we acknowledge the error in this thinking, and are looking to evolve the model. All pigs - our potbellies and farm pigs included - have the same interests and skills as their “wild” counterparts. We are seeking forested land with lots of shade, natural water sources, some hills, and several manageable acres for our “special needs” residents.
Our current space limitations have also forced us to close our doors to new pigs in need, but we hope to continue to serve the local activist community by being a place of refuge for new individuals who deserve a chance at life. In relocating, we are excited to be able to save more lives.
Join us on this impactful journey!!