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Peoria Field Feeding

Feeding Peoria Field





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.


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Please click on “Contact Us” or click here for Directions to Ironwood. Please do not depend on your 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, a hat and sunscreen.

*Bring a water bottle. Refills are available.

There is no charge for a tour but donations are appreciated. If you would like to bring items for the pigs, please see the Wish List in the latest newsletter or choose from the list below:

Canned Pumpkin

Prune Juice

Cran/Grape Juice

Blankets and Comforters

Fig Newton Cookies



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 550 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.

Summer Is Here!!!

Summer is here across the country. The Midwest is still receiving 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 summer it can be cold at night so make sure your critter has a good shelter.

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

September, 2017

Dear Supporter,

As I begin my September letter, I am devastated by the continuing pig crisis here in Arizona.

In the past few weeks, we have received calls or emails to take groups of 30, 19, 10, 6, 20, 12, 5, 13, and 2 pigs that are ALL in breeding populations with intact males and females. We have also received requests to take another 30 or so individual pigs or pairs of pigs that are NOT breeding. That is a total of 145 pigs in less than a month! We currently care for over 500 pigs and are not able to bring all these pigs to the Sanctuary. We simply do not have the room or resources. While we want to save them all, we have to make painful choices and I have been losing sleep over these choices. Each time I open our email account my gut gets tight. With no homes to go to and no agencies to help, what will be the outcome for all these animals? Of the 145 we have been able to take 9 so far, which is a mere drop in the bucket. And of those, several were pregnant.

To make things worse, we know that the remaining 136 will soon be 250 or way more. In cases where we take the pigs, we have them spayed or neutered. People call and want an instant resolution of their situation by having us take their pigs. If we tell them that we cannot take their pigs but offer help with spaying and neutering they often will not even answer our emails or phone calls. I agonize over this when I think of the babies that will be born, suffer and die. There are no legal protections for these pigs and Humane Societies, Animal Control facilities and the AZ Agriculture Department most often do not take them and if they do, they often do not find homes for them.

So my thoughts are how can these animals be helped? We cannot lead this effort. Our work at the Sanctuary takes every hour of every day. We need people to help us work toward a future where we are not just a dumping ground for pigs owned by people who have acted irresponsibly. Even in a facility with as much support as Ironwood has there are limits.

In order to aid in controlling the breeding and unwanted piglets being born, we are going to start to spend more of our resources on helping people with spaying and neutering their pigs. This will not just be the cost for spays and neuters, which would be the easiest part, but the time and effort to transport pigs and deal with the aftercare which is another large component. Pigs have a right to live and die in dignity and that is not happening.

We are so grateful for the support you give us that allows us to save and care for so many. Now we are calling on you again to consider what role you could play to help us. Social media is a great source that nearly all of you can use to help us spread the word about the overpopulation of pigs and to not buy or breed. You can do it yourself and be creative.


Mary Schanz

President & Co-Founder

Shakira (middle) and her remaining babies from two litters.


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.


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