Pigs like The Doctor and Sleepy bond for life. These two met as piglets, when we rescued them from catastrophic flooding in Iowa—the second largest pig farming state in the nation. Some farmers left their pigs to drown; others freed them from their crates and gave them the chance to swim to safety. Ironically, these deadly floods saved our friends’ lives; instead of facing slaughter for pork at just six months of age, The Doctor and Sleepy spent more than a decade at Farm Sanctuary.
The Doctor got his name because he acted like one; the pigs we rescued were sick, injured, and terrified, and he gently checked on each “patient”—soothing them with comforting grunts into their ears. Sleepy was one of the the sickest, but The Doctor made her feel better. They lived together until his passing, and she passed away just a few months later.