Kari had super stiff front legs, and therefore was constantly receiving pain management treatment. She had the hardest time getting around and was always behind when pigs went outside to eat or go to pasture. But she was also the most talkative of the pigs. As soon as you’d walk into the pig barn, you’d hear her grunting happily, “Huh, Huh, Huh,” and see her belly shake and her ears perk up. She made sure you heard her. She hated being in a pen, so we did her check in the barn with a belly rub so she knew we meant no harm.

Kari 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.