Kaley Zappini has loved animals as long as she can remember — and finally she's been able to put that lifelong love into action.
Three years ago, she and her husband bought a piece of property in northern Florida. "I was in heaven having my horses in my backyard. Then I started to do research," she told The Dodo. Zappini found out about "kill pens," places unwanted horses, donkeys and other farm animals get auctioned off for slaughter.
She also learned about the problem with "mini" pigs — pigs sold as little pets who end up homeless once they grow up and their owners realize there's no such thing as a mini pig at all.
So Zappini decided to start Bentley's Barnyard Rescue, a home for animals in desperate need of love and safety. About a year into running the sanctuary, she came across the story of Kahlua, a pig being raised by a backyard breeder who realized he didn't want her anymore and put an ad up on Craigslist.
"I found her on Craigslist advertised as a 'good BBQ' pig," Zappini said. "Of course, seeing her little face I had to reach out."