In 2013, Hog Haven Farm founders Erin and Andrew brought home a little pig named Pipsqueak; she was only five months old and needed a new home when her family decided to move to Brooklyn. Little did they know, Pippy would steal their hearts, open their minds, and completely turn life upside down! Just over a year after adopting Pippy, Erin and Andrew founded a rescue and sanctuary for pigs--Hog Haven Farm. Over the next five years, they would move twice to accommodate the growing demand of unwanted pigs, and save over 200 lives!
Need for Expansion: Infrastructure
Currently, Hog Haven Farm is located in Deer Trail, about 55 miles east of Denver, Colorado. Home to 111 pigs, 7 equines, 4 cats and 1 dog, there are currently 18 separate pig pens on site, each complete with a variety of shelters for the pigs. Many of the shelters are insulated, and have provided a cozy environment for the pigs during the cold winters on the eastern plains. Hog Haven Farm rescues pigs from a variety of situations; some are unwanted pet pigs, who outgrew size expectations from under-educated owners; some have been transferred from area shelters, picked up as strays or abandoned by their owners; some came from hoarding/cruelty/neglect situations; and some were saved from slaughter.
Given the types of storms prevalent in eastern Colorado during the winter and spring seasons, a central barn to house all of the pigs is necessary moving forward, for several reasons. Feeding during snow storms can be a difficult and dangerous task; visibility can be poor or impossible during snow storms, given the strong winds on the plains that lead to blizzards. Additionally, feeding the pigs outdoors in subzero temperatures is not ideal, and we currently do not have a means to feed them within their shelters.
During spring 2019, Colorado saw a "bomb cyclone," or a severe snow storm that included hurricane-level winds, drastic drop in pressure, and heavy accumulation. The aftermath of this storm included 4 to 7' snow drifts, pigs barricaded inside their shelters, needing to be dug out, and snow blowing inside shelters through doorways. While this specific type of storm is unusual, blizzards and heavy snows are not; as such, a central building in which to safely and comfortably house the pigs, as well as a central location to feed, is vital to the continued success of the organization and well-being of the pigs.
Building a barn will improve the quality of life we are able to offer the pigs, as we will include a sanitary hospital room for pigs to recover from routine surgeries (spays and neuters), quarantine for sick or injured pigs, and the ability for us to temperature control the entire building for maximum comfort during cold weather. At the end of the day, our primary objective is to provide the best possible care to keep our pigs happy, healthy, and safe--they are our family members! Our design is a 40x60x12' pole barn, with insulated roof, walls and a cement floor; solar power; and plumbing. Our herd dynamics will likely change when we move pigs to the new facility, and we plan to house anywhere from 2-10 pigs per stall. We will have both heating and cooling systems in place to ensure maximum comfort year-round.
Your support is vital to our infrastructure expansion, as we rely on donations to sustain the care of the pigs and fund new projects to help more pigs in need. Hog Haven Farm is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and all donations are tax-deductible; any additional funds raised will go directly to the pigs in our care, including feed and vetting bills. Thank you for believing in us and allowing us to save lives.
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Here is a sample of the type of barn we are constructing, though the specs are not exact.
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