Pigs come out to play to raise awareness

Crowds met rescued pigs at nonprofit-hosted event

Posted 3/6/18

Pigs aren't just for farms — they're for friendship, too. Crowds at Hog Haven Farm's event at Resolute Brewing Co. in Centennial got to meet rescued pigs and learn more about them as intelligent …

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Pigs come out to play to raise awareness

Crowds met rescued pigs at nonprofit-hosted event

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Pigs aren't just for farms — they're for friendship, too. Crowds at Hog Haven Farm's event at Resolute Brewing Co. in Centennial got to meet rescued pigs and learn more about them as intelligent creatures that make empathetic pets.

“They rescue pet pigs from bad situations, take care of them and try to find them forever homes,” said Tracy Schantz, a Highlands Ranch resident who came to the Pints for Pigs event March 3. The occasion took place in honor of National Pig Day, which is celebrated annually March 1.

The Hog Haven Farm nonprofit, based in Deer Trail, aims to combat poor information from pig breeders that can harm pigs, according to the group. What's known as the “teacup pig” myth — that people can buy young, tiny pigs that won't grow to larger sizes — is one point the organization raises awareness about.

Danica Druva, a 26-year-old from Castle Rock, took a pig in as a pet who had experienced abusive conditions as bait for dog-fighting, Druva said.

“Turbo, he was in Hog Haven's first calendar” to raise money for the group, said Druva, who came to the event. She had to pig-proof her drawers at home, but she's satisfied with her pet. “They're smart — they get into everything. They're problem-solving animals.”

Attendees participated in activities and saw merchandise for sale to support Hog Haven's rescue and sanctuary. Resolute Brewing, located at 7286 S. Yosemite St., donated 10 percent of beer sales during the event to the nonprofit.

Hog Haven Farm was founded in 2014 and helps pot-bellied pigs find homes as pets, offers sanctuary to pot-bellied and standard pigs, and educates pig owners and the public. The organization combats abuse and neglect of pigs and has rescued more than 100.

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