With almost 160 animals here at the Refuge, we have a lot of mouths to feed!
In addition to Cooper here, who is recovering from a hoof infection, vet bills from our elderly pigs are piling up. We believe in giving all of our animals the best care for as long as possible in order to assure they have the best quality of life they can.
Getting the vet bills paid off is now our most pressing concern. We will never give up on our animals, but the balance must be paid off by the end of the year for us to continue sending them to the Unviersity of Tennessee for their care.
We would like to renovate the cabin to be a multi-purpose residence at our sanctuary– to house volunteers staying for long stretches, to serve as a relaxing get-away for veterans, to host sponsors getting to know their sponsor-animals, and more opportunities, yet to come. We hope for our guests to be able to experience the joys and catharsis of living amongst our rescued farm animals, surrounded by the Blue Ridge mountains. One of our volunteers has created a GoFundMe for this specific project.
Our main pig barn needs walls and better flooring and drainage, especially as winter starts to roll in. When it rains, the stalls flood; additionally, the walls of the main pig barn currently allow air to pass through. We can't have that on cold winter nights!
One of the paddocks has a large hole in it that must be filled in with rock in order for us to put a new pig barn on top.
After the hole is filled in with rock, the pigs in that paddock will need a new barn to keep them warm throughout the winter.