June’s Awesome Ottawa award goes to Sarah Hogg and the Sweet Sanctuary Animal Rescue to support a paradise for 14 awesome pigs.
“Mamma Bear, Cruz and the ‘Lucky 12’ all live together in an area called Pig Paradise,” explains Sarah. “It’s an area full of all the things they love because we make it our mission to give them the best life possible and show their true nature to the world. This summer we want to give them more space to roam, graze, sunbathe and play.”
“Pig Paradise’s expansion project,” she continues, “involving the felling, seeding, and fencing of land to provide the pigs with additional wooded and grassy acres, and a large pig pond! It also includes three other walnut trees, native to the land so that the pigs can do more of what they love most, walnut hunting!But most importantly, this new piece of land will provide the pigs with more grass, as it will allow us to rest and the land they use to rotate safely, preserving and making the most of their hectares.”
“The project will be visible to the public when we resume tours,” Sarah says. “There are wonderful vantage points to see the vast expanse of land and the opportunity to walk along the pig pond – even over a small bridge which will be quite a sight to see! 14 happy pigs frolic in their pond. Truly a unique, heartwarming, educational experience.”
Sarah is the co-founder of the Sweet Sanctuary Animal Rescue, a Mississippi Mills ranch sanctuary. You can make a charitable donation to support the Pig Paradise Expansion Project at sweetsanctuary.ca.
Awesome Ottawa is part of a worldwide movement of self-organizing chapters that stimulate awesome’s interest in the universe, $1,000 at a time. With each chapter, about 10 “administrators” contribute $100 each month, reviewing brief applications received online to decide on the recipient of the pooled funds – usually a local project, but occasionally a particularly great project far away from home. . Nearly $6 million has already been awarded worldwide, including $152,000 by Awesome Ottawa. For more information, visit awesomeottawa.ca.