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Santuary Stories: Mario, The Last Pig

The farmer retired from pig farming, and his transition away from farming was captured in the 2017 documentary, The Last Pig. This award-winning film chronicles his final year on the farm, capturing in intimate detail the farmer’s personal upheaval as he questions his beliefs and the value of life.

The farmer sent his last pigs to Catskill Animal Sanctuary, which included Mario and his friend Audrey. 

Running for 22 years, Catskill Animal Sanctuary is a 150-acre refuge in New York’s Hudson Valley, for farmed animals rescued from cruelty, neglect and abandonment. Over the years, thousands have come to this place of profound peace. They continue to come — sometimes one needy soul, sometimes a flock of 100 or more at a time. And they work to ensure each and every rescued animal understands what love feels like.

Mario is now living his best life! He is an absolute lovebug, who adores belly rubs, back scratches, luxurious mud baths, and pumpkins! He is one of the kindest pigs we know, and we’re so grateful Mario got to keep his life, instead of ending up on someone’s plate.

Why are animal sanctuaries important? 

Rescue and Rehabilitation: Animal sanctuaries provide a safe-haven for animals that have been rescued from abusive, neglectful, or dangerous situations. Many animals in sanctuaries have suffered from cruelty, exploitation, or injury, and these facilities offer them a chance to heal and recover.

Education and Awareness: Many sanctuaries serve as educational centers, allowing the public to learn about the animals, their natural behaviours, and the issues they face in the wild or captivity. This educational aspect can help raise awareness about animal welfare and conservation.

Promoting Compassion: Sanctuaries can inspire compassion and empathy toward animals. When people visit these facilities and see the animals’ stories and the care they receive, it can foster a greater sense of responsibility and kindness toward animals.

Providing a Lasting Home: Many animals in sanctuaries cannot be released into the wild due to injuries, disabilities, or long-term captivity. Sanctuaries offer them a permanent home where they can live out their lives in a safe and comfortable environment.

In summary, animal sanctuaries play a crucial role in rescuing, rehabilitating, and caring for animals that have been mistreated or exploited. They also contribute to education, conservation, and advocacy efforts, promoting a more compassionate and ethical approach to animal welfare.