Howard was playful and spry. He would run right up to you when you called his name. He was super spry and active and always one of the first pigs out of the barn. He and his best friend Teresa slept face-to-face and chatted away while awake. Both pigs were very friendly and enjoyed company, but they loved each other most of all. Sadly, we would lose this dear boy to liver failure, but we’ll never forget the joy he brought to the barn and tenderness to his dear Teresa.

Howard 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.