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VISITING THE SANCTUARY

OUR TOURS AT THIS TIME OF YEAR ARE MOST SATURDAYS AT 10AM.

YOU MUST MAKE AN APPOINTMENT AHEAD OF TIME TO TOUR THE SANCTUARY. THANK YOU!

To arrange a tour, hopefully a Saturday, please email ironwoodpigs@yahoo.com with your preferred date to visit, the number in your party and whether anyone will need the service of a golf cart. Unfortunately, we are not wheelchair accessible. We will respond with a confirmation on the date you have selected.

We love having visitors but due to limited staff time, we prefer that all tours be scheduled on Saturdays. Exceptions can be made for visitors from out of state. During the winter and spring months our tours are set up for Saturdays at 10:00am. During the warmer months tours are set up for Saturdays at 9:00am.

We are closed for tours from mid May to mid September due to the intense heat when temperatures can range from 100-115 degrees. Again, exceptions can be made for out of town visitors, but be aware that the heat makes it very uncomfortable plus the pigs are hiding in the shade and are seldom out during the hot times of the day.

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Please click on “Contact Us” or click here for Directions to Ironwood. Please do not depend on GPS or mapping services as some of the roads are inaccessible or unsafe. This is a rural area with dirt roads, some of which are not county maintained. Our directions will put you on the safest routes.

A tour of the sanctuary is a 1 to 2 hour walking tour through the various fields. You will be out in the sun for the entirety of the tour. Please consider the following to make your visit pleasant:

*Wear comfortable walking shoes.

*Wear a hat.

*Wear sunscreen.

*Bring a water bottle. Refills are available.

Remember to plan ahead and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. We are happy to have the opportunity to share the sanctuary and our pigs with you!

Mission Statement

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The Ironwood Pig Sanctuary is dedicated to eliminating the suffering of pot bellied pigs in Arizona and surrounding states by promoting spaying and neutering, assisting owners and other sanctuaries, and providing a permanent home in a safe, nurturing environment for those that are abandoned, abused, neglected, or unwanted.

We are home to almost 600 pot bellied pigs.

Do You Want To Donate?

The Ironwood Pig Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and any donation is tax-deductable. It just takes a few minutes to make a secure donation by PayPal using your credit card. Click the donate button to make a donation. You do not need a PayPal account.

1) Select the amount of your donation and how you want to pay either by means of your PayPal account or your Credit Card then go to the next page.

2) If you want to make a donation in the name of another person, for a special reason like a birthday or anniversary or for a special purchase such as a 2017 calendar just describe what you want on the PayPal form by clicking on the "Add Special Instructions to the Seller" and describe what you want with names and addresses if needed.

3) If you want to sponsor a pig or make a monthly sustainer donation please go to the SUPPORT page for more ways to support your Sanctuary such as sponsoring a pig, being a sustainer or double or triple your donation by using your company's matching gift program.

Winter Is Here!!!

Winter is here across the country. The Midwest has already received serious storms so take special care with your outdoor animals. Make sure you have a dry, cozy, warm, shelter, some shade and plenty of water for all of your pets. Even in the winter it can be warm in the sun so make sure your critter has some shade.

Best Friends' Article on the Ironwood Pig Sanctuary

Best Friends, in their News and Features page have written an article about the Ironwood Pig Sanctuary. Click on the image to the left to read the article.



Introductory Video of the Sanctuary.

Click on the link below to view an introductory video of the Sanctuary. Click the lower right hand corner of the video for full screen. Depress the escape key to return from full screen.

From the President

January, 2017

Dear Supporter,

We closed out 2016 with another successful year here at Ironwood. Success being measured by our ability to provide our 563 plus pigs another year with all the amenities needed for a good quality of life and a place they can truly call home with friends and family of their own. Another 72 joined our family, including two litters of piglets who were born shortly after mother Ruby and mother Tabitha arrived here at Ironwood. Sadly many of our friends of so many years passed on this year, but they lived their lives to the fullest with us and passed peacefully and without fear. We witness the cycle of life here on a daily basis. While 2016 has now left so many behind, 2017 shows the promise of life here at Ironwood for so many as a place to grow and play, make new friends and welcome the New Year with hope that their lives will be filled with the security, safety and care that they have always known since they came to Ironwood.

Beyond the gates of Ironwood so many challenges remain to improve the lives of animals here and around the world. Since we struggle here with our small staff and volunteers to give our pigs the life they deserve, we know firsthand how much effort and how many committed people it will take to turn this ship around. Don’t wait for politicians to do the right thing for the animals because most won’t. People are awaking and seeing that only they can make the changes through their voices, their actions and their donations. Giving Tuesday this year asked people to give with a purpose instead of buying on Black Friday. Get fired up! It is you and your passion for animals who can make a difference this year, not them or they. I have said it before but it is worth repeating at the beginning of a new year that we as individuals have the power to make a difference for animals not just in what we do for them but in what we don’t do. Don’t buy any companion animal, adopt. They are not commodities and their lives are not for sale. Consider your choices this year in how it affects the lives of animals along the way whether it is your choices of entertainment, clothing, eating habits or your whole lifestyle that can make a difference for many animals.

I wish you a very Happy, Healthy New Year from all of us at Ironwood and thank you so much for all of your support so that 2017 can be yet another successful year for the pigs at Ironwood. These guys truly thank you for their lives.

Sincerely,

Mary Schanz

President & Co-Founder

Louise & Thelma

Location

Sanctuary:
Ironwood Pig Sanctuary, PO Box 35490, Tucson, AZ 85740-5490
Please e-mail when you want to visit for confirmation on the day and time and for directions to the sanctuary since we are in a remote location and GPS and mapping programs are not accurate. We generally do tours Saturday mornings at 10am in the winter and 9am in the summer. However, we generally do not do tours during our hottest months of June, July and August. We do not do tours every Saturday so you need to get a confirmation for your visit. Sometimes we can do tours on other days for out of town visitors and for other circumstances.
Phone:
520-631-6015
Email:
ironwoodpigs@yahoo.com

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