Help us Give Pecan the Best Life Ever!

Pecan the Pig was raised at one of the local colleges to be a teaching tool for a class. Each student is assigned a farm pig to train and take care of for the duration of the semester. The pig is then discarded and sent to slaughter once the school year has concluded. The only problem is that the student who raised Pecan realized that he wasn't a thing at all, but a real live beautiful being with all kinds of feelings and intelligence and individuality.   This student would not let Pecan be just another commodity.  She fought to save his life and with the help of her family and friends she was able to rescue Pecan.  That is where we came in.  So inspired by her passion for this amazing pig we had to help and now we need your help too.  We will have to build a special area for Pecan at our new location and open up our space to more pigs like him. Any amount you can give will go a long way to making sure Pecan has the best life ever.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and Pecan's too!

 Pecan on his cement enclosure at school

Pecan on his cement enclosure at school

 The family that would not give up on Pecan. This was Pecan's first time on grass.

The family that would not give up on Pecan. This was Pecan's first time on grass.

Watch this touching video of Pecan coming home to Tamerlaine Farm Sanctuary!

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Ferdinand is one of our newest residents here at Tamerlaine. At just a year old, he had already gone through several homes before finding his way to us and his new forever home. A family in suburban New Jersey bought Ferdinand as a baby from a breeder advertising "teacup" pigs as house pets. Just a few days later, the family dumped him on an acquaintance, possibly after realizing that even a tiny pig in a house can get up to a lot of mischief! The woman he was dumped on took care of him for a year, but when her neighbors started construction on their home, Ferdinand squealed and squealed, annoying the whole neighborhood. Kind activists set out to find Ferdinand a home where he could freely be a pig and do pig things and we readily welcomed him to Tamerlaine. Ferdinand's story shows that even when pigs actually do stay small, they still typically aren't well-suited for a suburban or urban environment. Small pigs can live to be 20 years old, though they are prone to the same health issues as teacup dogs. Help us provide Ferdinand with the best quality care so we can ensure he lives a long and healthy life!


Tara, oh Tara, where to begin! Tara was rescued in October 2014 from religious "sacrificial" slaughter. She was a cuddly baby and began to show signs of vision issues in the winter. She is now largely blind, able to navigate her surroundings but with definite depth perception issues. That did not slow her down one bit gaining the nickname "Tara the Terror" for her ability to go after anyone who tries to take advantage of her disabilities.  Tara had a array of health issues and we tried just about everything to get her back on track.  As you can see she is doing so well now and has developed into one of our most beautiful Cornish girls.  We are so proud of her progress.   Tara loves to cuddle with other birds and nap next to humans. When she is very content, she purrs like a cat.


Pippa was featured at our local county fair, where she won first place. Yet, her only prize for being the most “exceptional” lamb at the fair was to be sent to slaughter. Thankfully for Pippa, Tamerlaine negotiated her release. Currently we board Pippa next door with other sheep that are part of her family.   At our new location we will  raise money to build a barn for Pippa and her friends, so she can live out the rest of her life at our sanctuary. 


Clara, a five-year-old potbelly pig, came to us from a classic hoarding situation.  A woman who clearly loved  animals and wanted to give them a good home took on way too many and was unable to provide appropriate care for all of them. After losing her husband, the conditions for some of the animals became worse. In the case of most hoarding situations, the hoarding behavior is a symptom of mental illness. The hoarder becomes overwhelmed but does not realize the harm they are causing. With potbelly pigs in particular, many people take them on without proper understanding of pig behavior and panic settles in when the pig begins to become more assertive. When Clara began to show signs of aggression, her overwhelmed caretaker confined her to a large bathroom where she lived 24/7 for four years. Finally, realizing this was no way for an animal to live, she reached out to us and we agreed to take Clara to Tamerlaine.  As soon as we saw Clara we knew we had to take her out of the horrible condition she was living in.  Her hooves were overgrown and her back legs had started to atrophy from years of a sedentary life. Today, Clara lives happily in sanctuary.  Clara had to go to Cornell to be spayed as she suffered from horrible PMS.  It took many many months to trim her hooves slowly to the proper shape.  Because of the neglect that Clara suffered from her feet have been permanently damaged and she will have trouble with arthritis for the rest of her life.  She is still happy and full of life and is one of the spunkiest girls here.


Artie was rescued as a baby by a pot-bellied pig organization. He was then adopted by a couple in Brooklyn who took good care of him and he lived in their brownstone with a large backyard for two years. Yet, the suburban environment was still not ideal for a pig and he needed more space and other pig friends. He found his way to Tamerlaine in April 2015 and now is best buds with rescued pig Clara. He remains a lap pig, even at 250 pounds!