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Pigs Rescued from Midwest Floods Find Permanent Refuge in Florida




Farm Sanctuary Brings Sows to New Homes at Kindred Spirits Sanctuary in Ocala and Rooterville Sanctuary in Archer




Last update: 11:02 a.m. EST Nov. 12, 2008
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OCALA, Fla. & ARCHER, Fla., Nov 12, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Farm Sanctuary, which operates the largest rescue and refuge network for farm animals in North America, is transporting two rescued pigs to Kindred Spirits Sanctuary in Ocala, Fla. and four to Rooterville Sanctuary in Archer, Fla. tomorrow, Nov. 13. The animals were rescued in June and July off a levee in Oakville, Iowa, where they were stranded without food, clean water or shelter amidst floods that ravaged the Midwest this summer. The rescue, which resulted in the recovery of more than 60 young pigs and breeding sows left behind by evacuated farmers, was the most ambitious of Farm Sanctuary's 22-year history of saving lives.

"When we rescued the pigs they were severely dehydrated and emaciated and suffered from third degree burns from the sun, as well as lung damage from taking in contaminated water as they swam for their lives. Many were injured and completely terrified. After months of rehabilitation at Farm Sanctuary, however, most of these brave pigs are now stable and ready for new adventures," said Susie Coston, national shelter director for Farm Sanctuary. "We are so grateful to Kindred Spirits and Rooterville for giving six of these smart, sensitive and sweet pigs a safe refuge for life, allowing them to become ambassadors for those animals who are not so lucky."

"Kindred Spirits is happy to be able to assist organizations like Farm Sanctuary by offering homes to animals rescued from disasters like the Midwest floods," said Laura Brahim, executive director of Kindred Spirits Sanctuary. "The sows we are welcoming tomorrow -- confined to 2-foot-wide gestation crates on factory farms and used as breeders to produce litter after litter of piglets for the pork industry before the floods -- will now be treated as the feeling individuals that they truly are. They will have access to roomy pastures and comfortable housing and will be allowed to engage in natural behaviors. They will live the rest of their lives in peace."

"We were heartsick when we read about the thousands of pigs who died in the floods, as well as those who were shot after they swam for their lives to reach levees. When we heard Farm Sanctuary was headed to the region, we supported their efforts by offering to take in as many pigs as we could," said Elaine West, president of Rooterville. "Lush green pastures to graze and root in, as well as a shady oak hammock and a refreshing mud hole to cool off in are what the new arrivals will enjoy at Rooterville. After enduring the floods, as well as miserable lives on factory farms, these deserving survivors will now have their own piece of heaven on earth."

The Kindred Spirits Sanctuary and Rooterville Sanctuary adoptions are two of more than a dozen that have occurred throughout October and will continue into November nationwide. The Midwest flood survivors are being placed through Farm Sanctuary's Farm Animal Adoption Network (FAAN), a national project initiated to provide safe, permanent and loving homes for rescued farm animals. Since Farm Sanctuary incorporated more than two decades ago, FAAN has made a difference for thousands of abused and neglected farm animals.

Farm Sanctuary is the nation's leading farm animal protection organization. Since incorporating in 1986, Farm Sanctuary has worked to expose and stop cruel practices of the "food animal" industry through research and investigations, legal and institutional reforms, public awareness projects, youth education, and direct rescue and refuge efforts. Farm Sanctuary shelters in Watkins Glen, N.Y., and Orland, Calif., provide lifelong care for hundreds of rescued animals, who have become ambassadors for farm animals everywhere by educating visitors about the realities of factory farming. Additional information can be found at http://www.farmsanctuary.org or by calling 607-583-2225.

Kindred Spirits Sanctuary's mission is to provide rescue services for, and safe haven to, neglected, abused, or displaced farm animals; to educate the public on vegetarianism, veganism, and compassionate living; and to provide a place where people can connect with farm animals and recognize them as sentient beings. Additional information can be found at http://www.kindredspiritssanctuary.org or by calling 352-629-0009.

Rooterville Sanctuary assists in the rescue, transport, placement, and spaying/neutering of rescued animals, primarily pigs, as well as promotes compassion for all animals by encouraging the healthful lifestyle of a vegetarian/vegan.Rooterville provides a safe haven for over 100 animals, most of whom were rescued from situations of abuse, abandonment and/or neglect. The sanctuary is open to visitors by appointment and offers many opportunities for volunteers.More information can be found at http://www.rooterville.org/ or by calling 352-495-7473.

SOURCE: Farm Sanctuary

Farm Sanctuary Natalie Bowman, 607-583-2225 ext. 250 nbowman@farmsanctuary.org or Kindred Spirits Sanctuary Laura Brahim, 352-629-0009 laura@kindredspiritssanctuary.org or Rooterville Sanctuary Elaine West, 352-495-7473 piggyparade@aol.com
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