Local pig sanctuary seeking help

Published: Dec. 20, 2021 at 5:05 PM MST
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) - A local pig sanctuary is looking for funding after COVID-19 has put them at risk of closing.

Sioux Robbins-Bartels is the owner of Pig-A-Sus Sanctuary. She says she grew up on a farm and over the years noticed many people didn’t know how to properly care for these pigs, so the sanctuary was born as a way to educate people.

Currently Pig-A-Sus houses 65 senior pot belly pigs. To keep up, Sioux and her husband receive help from their grandkids and even their great-grandkids.

Before the pandemic, the sanctuary relied on open houses for funding as well as help from volunteers. Anywhere from 150 to 200 people would stop by the farm each day to feed the pigs, take part in silent auctions, and make donations. At this point, it has been roughly two years since visitors have been allowed on a consistent basis. Pig-A-Sus tried a handful of times to allow people back on farm, but then some guests tested positive for COVID-19.

Total care for one animal for a year costs approximately $450. This includes all shots, quarterly de-worming, feed, water, straw, heat lights, individual needs, and a major important item, feet trimming. Many of the Potbellies they adopt arrive in a obese condition which contributes to arthritis.

Sioux is trying to raise awareness about the animal’s needs. She hopes by Spring they will be able to allow more visitors and attract new sponsors.

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