Well, we didn't quite make our goal, but I am very, very happy with our final total of $1308.00! Thank you to all who participated - I know it is a big relief for Janice at Hearts on Noses, and especially for Carport Penny and the rest of the piggies at the sanctuary who will benefit from the new accommodations.
In fact, several pigs are benefitting directly. Carport Penny has made a friend! Pebbles Piggy, whose home and yard is just behind the carport, has decided she would welcome some company, and yesterday found her way into Penny's little fenced area. It looks like they may well be happy sharing space, so the wheels are churning for the best way to reconfigure some yard/shelter/shed/carport space to benefit the two of them.
I should state here that having two adult pigs who are from different herds become friends and share space is the exception rather than the rule, and piggy caregivers can never just throw two pigs together in the same space. Some will never get along and will do great harm to each other. So this turn of events is truly heart-warming and gives Janice the opportunity to rethink some plans. In rescue, that is the name of the game - listening to the animals themselves, and being flexible and adaptable in order to meet their needs in the best possible way.
Meanwhile, the little red shed that we were able to pick up from craigslist, and whose previous owner kindly delivered out to the sanctuary, is now in place and will be used to resolve another problem. Comet, a young, very large potbelly with a very pushy attitude, will be the beneficiary, making life much easier for another pig he was pushing around. Schoolyard bully, that's our Comet, but in a very sweet and funny way. As with Penny and Pebbles, Comet made his needs known and showed us the way; he saw the red house being set up and headed right over to claim it for himself.
You can read all about Penny, Pebbles and Comet at the Hearts on Noses blog, here.
Again, thank you everyone for your help to raise the funds for the house and renos that will give each pig a cosy home and a private yard. Your generosity warms my heart. Blessings and piggy kisses to each one of you.