Welcome Baby Alexis Tuesday, July 14, 2015 This little piggy WILL NOT be going to market thanks to a caring college student (Matthew – pictured below) who won her freedom. Lexi was born at a small farm in New Jersey that raises pigs and other animals for meat for farm-to-table-type restaurants. Matthew, a caring college student, had worked at this farm during his culinary studies to learn animal rearing and slaughter. That experience set his life on a different path as he found himself traumatized by killing animals he had cared for and grown to love. Soon after, Matthew decided to quit culinary school and become vegetarian. When he learned that the farmer he had worked with was looking to quickly sell off a litter of piglets, he successfully talked him into giving him the runt of the litter. And for that we and little Alexis (“Lexi” for short) are forever grateful! Since Lexi was separated from her mother within days of her birth she longs to be nurtured. We’re taking turns with night duty so she can have the comfort of her substitute moms and pops and never feel alone or scared. She has stolen the hearts of everyone here so there is no shortage of volunteers looking to pig-sit! She is currently living in our Animal Treatment Center but has frequent trips outside to run and play and get the exercise she needs. What ensues is nothing short of pure joy. Check out the video below and see for yourself! LEXI NEEDS SPONSORS! MAKE A ONE-TIME GIFT IN HER HONOR OR YOU CAN GO HERE TO SPONSOR HER MONTHLY OR AS A MONTHLY GIFT FOR A FRIEND OR LOVED ONE. Lexi’s rescuer Matthew Lexi likes dogs Did you know that pigs are incredibly smart? When in their natural surroundings (not in factory farms) are social, playful, protective animals who bond with each other, make nests, relax in the sun, and cool off in the mud. Pigs are known to dream, recognize their own names, learn “tricks” like sitting for a treat, and lead social lives of a complexity previously observed only in primates. They also enjoy music, playing with toys and massages!