Dale was feisty and was known to get into some scuffles with other pigs. He also would make grouchy noises when people came into the barn and scared guests. But it was all bark; he wasn’t really much of a biter.

Dale was one of nearly 200 North Carolina-raised pigs rescued in 1998 from an intensely crowded, abandoned three-tiered trailer. A twist of fate and a group of compassionate rescuers would bring the surviving pigs to sanctuaries, including Farm Sanctuary, where they were given the love and care they so desperately needed. While all of the pigs have since passed, we are honored to have met them; cared for them; learned from them; and received love from so many of them. These pigs, like all pigs, were special. They were each someone, not something.