Alicia Pell, national placement coordinator for Farm Sanctuary, told The Dodo that it's not uncommon for the group to receive calls from sad students second-guessing their FFA or 4-H projects. But many children don't realize that saving the animal will mean a change on their end, too.
"Sometimes they don't make the connection that they need to not purchase pigs in FFA anymore," she said. "They think, 'Oh, I'll just raise another animal in FFA next year and find a sanctuary again' ... That just perpetuates the cycle."
But Bruno was different, she said, and Farm Sanctuary jumped in to help. Last week, Bruno and his mother joined Lola and the Farm Sanctuary volunteers on the pig's six-hour journey to her new home at the rescue's Orland, California, location.