Albuquerque, N.M. – A pig found in a burlap sack on the side of a Bernalillo County road in late January found her forever home thanks to several New Mexicans concerned for her safety. When Bernalillo County announced Charlotte's auction on television, people became worried that the highest bidder would take Charlotte to slaughter. Through Animal Protection of New Mexico (APNM), several citizens rallied together to raise the winning bid and save the pig. On behalf of these compassionate donors, APNM facilitated her purchase and helped Charlotte off to her new home.
"APNM was happy to do our part to help Charlotte find her place under the sun," said Alan Edmonds, APNM's cruelty case manager. "Charlotte will now live in a farm sanctuary setting with other rescued animals, including pigs, and plenty of space to root and live a comfortable, natural life."
Though the funds came directly from donors, APNM brokered the deal and submitted the winning bid of $700 to Bernalillo Animal Services on January 28, 2016. Charlotte was then transported to her new home, a farm sanctuary setting in northern New Mexico.
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Charlotte doesn't need to speak any human language in order to convey how grateful she is to have escaped whatever fate waited on the other side of that burlap sack.
On a sunny, but chilly, February afternoon, Charlotte roots around in the hay, scattering a handful of noisy roosters, then immediately runs off to the water trough with about a dozen rescued geese and turkeys. Two other rescued pigs lounge nearby, where Charlotte struts over for a nice long back scratch against the peeling bark of a plump, light dogwood. Charlotte is so friendly, knowing no stranger, that she'll skip over frequently for a pat behind the ears, all while nuzzling your knees and munching on your shoelaces.
She's also a big fan of belly rubs.
"By their nature, pigs are incredibly friendly and social," Edmonds explained. "They experience feelings and emotions, like happiness or sadness, fear or love. Pigs are as playful as dogs, affectionate, and very smart."
WATCH NOW: Video of Charlotte at her new home, a farm sanctuary setting in Northern New Mexico.
"Pigs are highly intelligent and that's part of the reason why they experience so much trauma and suffering when they are raised for slaughter," Edmonds explained. "Charlotte gets to run around in a field and snooze in a soft pile of hay, but that's sadly not the reality for the 65 million pigs on factory farms."
Fortunately for Charlotte, she'll never have to know that fate.