Ralphy’s Retreat animal sanctuary is in need of funds for three different projects.
The first is to build a ‘man cave’ for Notorious P.I.G. Notorious cannot be neutered because of health problems, and in turn cannot be around female pigs.
“He has friends but unfortunately they need to have a place away from any females at all,” said Kara Burrow, owner of the non-profit Ralphy’s Retreat, near St. Williams. “Notorious is quite manly and would enjoy a girlfriend.”
The crew at Ralphy’s are hoping to build a home for Notorious and his friends Snortles, Samson, Angus, and Bart.
This fundraiser can be found by searching for Let’s Build a Piggy Pad for the Dudes on Go Fund Me. Shelly Hawley-Yan is organizing this fundraiser on behalf of Burrow.
Giving Tuesday marked the beginning of the Testicle Tuesday campaign with the goal of raising $1,500 to have three pigs neutered. The number reached six pigs that needed to be neutered and the goal of the fundraiser is growing.
“We get calls constantly about pigs, but a lot of them tend to be about unneutered males,” said Burrow. “I can’t rehome them if they’re not neutered.”
Donations to this campaign can be made directly on the ralphysretreat.ca website.
Along with these two campaigns there is also a Christmas sponsorship campaign.
On the Ralphy’s Retreat Animal Sanctuary Facebook page there are photos of all of the pigs that are available to be sponsored, and they are asking people to consider giving a pig sponsorship as a gift to an animal lover in their lives.
“Sponsorship is the lifeblood of the sanctuary,” said Burrow. “This is the perfect balance so people can help the pig out, help us out, and come visit the pigs here.”
Ralphy’s is housing over 100 animals at the moment, both on the property and those that are in foster care. All of the animals at Ralphy’s are rescues that have come from abusive situations, have been abandoned, or neglected.
“This is their place where they can come and be safe,” said Burrow. “Even though we’re full, if someone was to call me about a bad neglect case tomorrow we would absolutely go above and beyond to help, it’s what I’m passionate about.”
Burrow added that this is currently a difficult time for them because the SPCA is no longer doing animal welfare in Ontario and no one has begun monitoring it.
“Whenever there is a horse by the side of the road or other situations, I get called. It’s quite a lot.”