For years, the two pigs led parallel lives at Farm Sanctuary: They shared similar traits and experiences, but had never actually met. Following the recent passings of their partners, however, we felt that it was time their paths should cross. These days, they are helping each other move through grief and learn to love again, side by side. Seeing them snuggling together in the barn each day, it is clear that they are better together!
It takes a village to make success stories like theirs happen; both pigs live at Farm Sanctuary because of compassionate people who took action to help animals in need.
We first met Rory in 2008 after she, her siblings, and their mother Nikki survived catastrophic flooding in Iowa — the second-largest pork-producing state in the nation. Nikki had been used as a breeding sow, confined to a factory farm and forced to breed piglets for slaughter. When the floods hit, Nikki was one of the few pigs to survive, swimming to dry ground, giving birth on a levee, and keeping Rory and siblings safe until help arrived. Thanks to a compassionate community of volunteers, friends, and supporters, this family was able to come to our New York Shelter to embark on the happy new lives they deserved.