Remember Scotch, Soda, and their ten little piglets - the family I fostered for Hearts on Noses Pig Sanctuary from 2007-2009? Soda passed away this fall, but the rest are doing well at the Sanctuary along with their many piggy friends - forty three of them in all!
If you are stuck for gift ideas for the people who have everything, or if you hate shopping as much as I do, or if you just want to reduce over-the-top consumerism and subsequent waste and environmental impact........making a donation to one or more of the amazing charities out there is a great way to make a positive contribution to the world. And if you enjoyed my many stories of life with the critters, perhaps you'll consider one of the rescues or sanctuaries that I've mentioned frequently in this blog. Like Hearts on Noses.
|Belle herding all the piglets in 2007|
I hear rumors that the piggies have written their letters to Santa Claus and what they are hoping for is stockings full of money to pay for food and veterinary care and soft warm straw and maybe even a few treats. In fact, they are hoping to find a total of $100 in each stocking Christmas morning.
|My former foster piggies checking out the empty pan|
Hearts on Noses has created a fundraiser page with 43 squares - one with each pig's name on it. When a stocking reaches $100, that square turns green. Of course, I'm partial to Scotch and the kiddies (now seniors!), so I stuffed a little into each of their stockings. I'm hoping some of my followers on the blog might add a little more. If you use the page to donate through Canada Helps, your tax receipt is issued automatically and immediately. In the message part, just tell my friends at Hearts on Noses, which pig's stocking your money is to go into. The link is at the end of this post.
|RobRoy's wondering if Santa is hiding in the shed|
If your memory is failing, or if you are new to the blog but still want to help, the names of my former fosters are: Scotch, Whisper, RobRoy, Tom, Lizzie, Derby, Toddy, Fizzy,, Rickey, Mica and Switzer (those last two were called Swizzle and Spritzer when I was fostering them.....somehow their names were changed over the years!)
|Treats for my babies|
I don't get over to the sanctuary very often, but every time I go there I am awed at the progress Janice and her amazing team of volunteers have made - they provide an awesome, beautiful, safe haven for 43 very happy pigs and a few other critters as well. Let's make their Christmas special.
|Visions of sugarplums dance in his head|
Here's the link to their page - just follow the directions on there: http://www.heartsonnoses.com/