March 1 is National Pig Day, an event held each year to celebrate the pig. The day was started in 1972 by two sisters, Ellen Stanley and Mary Lynn Rave. According to Rave, the sisters wanted “to accord the pig its rightful, though generally unrecognized, place as one of man’s most intellectual and domesticated animals.”
I learned just how fun and intelligent pigs are when I visited Sunrise Sanctuary, one of my favorite places on the planet. Located in Marysville, Ohio, Sunrise provides a home to nearly 200 formerly abused, neglected, disabled, and unwanted farm animals, including several pigs.
When we visited Sunrise last August, my nephew had a great time meeting the pig above. And it was clear the pig enjoyed the encounter too, as his smile and look of contentment was priceless.
I also got to spend some fun time with Baby Nathan, who was clearly no longer a baby when this picture was taken. Rescued from a truck accident when he was merely 6 weeks old, Nathan had been on his way to slaughter before he was taken in by Sunrise. Sadly, he passed away not long after our visit, but those who loved him took comfort in the fact that he was loved and enjoyed every day of his life at Sunrise.
If you’re looking for a fun and life-saving way to celebrate National Pig Day, consider donating to Sunrise Sanctuary. Click here to see all the different ways you can help give pigs and other farm animals a second chance at a wonderful life.
Happy National Pig Day!