I take photos of the pigs at the sanctuary to be used for promotion so that they can get more volunteers and funding.
Located in Mission, BC, Hearts on Noses (HONs) was established in 1999 as a sanctuary for potbellied pigs. "Mini pigs" were a popular pet in the 1980s, and continue to be bred and sold as companion animals today. However, many purchasers are ill prepared or misinformed about the adult size, behaviours, and needs of potbellied pigs, and fail to carry through with a lifetime commitment. In other cases, these pigs fall into the hands of abusers where they suffer cruelty and neglect.
The sanctuary now provides a home to more than 40 pigs (including potbellied pigs and full size pigs who were destined to become food), as well as a few other animals.