"When the mother arrived at the sanctuary, she was just a shell of a creature," said Ahern. "Her sad eyes and frightened nature coupled with the physical cuts and abrasions to her body told us life hadn't been very kind to her. In fact, the first time she saw grass was the day she arrived at the sanctuary and the pig farmer pushed her out of his trailer. He even astonishingly remarked, 'oh my, that's the first time she's seen grass and look at her go.'"
Ahern named the pig "Alice" after Alice Walker, who famously said, "The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men."