A Farm Animal Sanctuary
On the Russian River, Sonoma County, CA
When Pigs Fly Ranch is a lifelong dream come true …
I’m Marybeth Hall, and I decided to start When Pigs Fly Ranch in November, 2016 when I met a 400 pound pig and fell in love. I’ve been doing animal rescue since the ’90s, volunteering for dog and cat rescue organizations, serving on the board of directors of a prominent San Francisco senior dog rescue group – Mutttville – and rescuing dogs and cats as pets. Since I was a child, I knew helping animals in need was my calling – a passion beyond just loving animals – more like feeling an absolute need to help them.
With lots of experience with dog and cat rescue, but none with pigs, I was fortunate to meet a woman who raised pigs for over 25 years when I was first considering starting When Pigs Fly Ranch. She helped us get set up, and taught us the fundamentals of keeping pigs. She’s been with us since the beginning when Piggy first made her home here! We’re also fortunate to have met many wonderful experts along the way, including vets, who have acted as mentors, advisors and sounding boards throughout this journey.
I’ve been in the corporate world for over 20 years, but I’ve always felt that there is something bigger than just working in that environment. Starting an animal sanctuary, while a dream, has also been a big commitment, especially while running the company that my husband founded. But honestly, when I look into their eyes and scratch their heads or watch them roll over for a belly rub, I realize that what we as humans do for our furry or feathered friends goes beyond the words “I’m too busy”. So – learning to balance all of this is a challenge, but more rewarding than anything I’ve ever done.
Meet the animals
Piggy is the inspiration for When Pigs Fly Ranch, so she has a very special place in our hearts. She was captured as a wild piglet as a companion for another wild pig that was rescued when he was attacked by coyotes and lost a leg. Piggy was a loyal companion until...read more
Oh Monsieur Pierre! What a sweet, wonderful boy you are. Pierre was found as a wild piglet and raised by a very loving woman who loved and cared for him like a pet. When she found herself unable to keep him, she reached out to us and we immediately took him in. Pierre...read more
Fellow animal rescuer, and now our Board President, Deirdre, called me one day and said she was doing a rescue dog transfer in Fresno, CA, and Animal Care and Control there had picked up a young pot belly pig. The dog rescue group didn't know what to do, but Deirdre...read more
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