Emergency Barn Raiser: Donna Knauber's Sanctuary

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URGENT!!! Trotters On The Tallgrass Pig Sanctuary needs our help!

Trotters On The Tallgrass is a pig sanctuary in Minnesota run by Donna Knauber and her husband, John.

At the beginning of March, disaster struck the sanctuary when a heavy snow load collapsed the roof of the main barn. Amazingly none of the 25 sanctuary residents were hurt, but now they have no shelter from the extreme elements of the prairies. All the stored hay and straw is also out in the open.

The building is a total loss. The 40 X 80 Quonset hut was used for pig housing and feed storage, meal prep, hay and straw storage and sick/isolation rooms. Now the remains need to be removed – a delicate and dangerous task – and a new barn built.

The goal is to build a 30-foot X 40- or 50- foot pole barn, with insulation, water and electricity and also prepare the location against flooding concerns.

The total bill for this new work: $60,000 USD.


About Donna Knauber and Trotters On the Tallgrass

Donna has been rescuing pigs for 25 years and is widely recognized in in the North Americacn pig-rescue community as a wise and compassionate porcine matriarch and angel of mercy.

She’s given her retirement years and dollars to running the Sanctuary. Her husband, John, is semi-retired. The duo are on a fixed income, so a disaster like this is well outside of their budget.

This is where we come in: Let us help them build a new barn for these and future rescued pigs and give them a safe and happy home!



  • Jace Pasuale 
    • $50 
    • 18 mos
  • Donna Urff 
    • $100 
    • 26 mos
  • Gianni Far 
    • $10 
    • 31 mos
  • Katy Bailey 
    • $25 
    • 32 mos
  • Lynn van der Valk  
    • $25 
    • 32 mos
See all

Fundraising team: Friends Of Trotters On The Tallgrass Pig Sanctuary (6)

Etoile Volante 
Organizer
Raised $325 from 5 donations
Sabin, MN
Donna Knauber 
Beneficiary
Michela Rebuli 
Team member
Raised $60 from 3 donations
Ally Chapman 
Team member
Erin Gardener 
Team member
Faith Ching 
Team member
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