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Animal Farm as Written by Gandhi

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Lisa is a big pig: More than 1,000 pounds, and when she goes into heat she can and will go through just about anyone or anything; so it is sadly not surprising that the farmer who owned Lisa used to whack her upside the head with a two-by-four. What is surprising is that Lisa was rescued from a life of battery. Given that Lisa is too big to be safely spayed, what’s most surprising is that Lisa now spends most days with a couple of other huge pigs, rooting in the dirt and getting her belly scratched by schoolkids and military vets. Each month, instead of tearing down the stalls and mounting people, she chills over a six-pack of beer in a private enclosure.Lisa is in hog heaven, an idyllic 55-acre “care farm” called Sanctuary One along the Applegate River in southern Oregon. With her, at least until they found other homes, were a cat that had been deliberately set afire and a dog that had been shot through the mouth. There’s also a horse once owned by a hoarder. Some people, it turns out, hoard animals like old newspapers and treat them as well. Many “hoarder” horses end up so weak they have to be put dow …

Sanctuary One internships provide hands-on experience working with people, animals, and the earth. Interns perform a wide array of farm chores, including feeding and herding farm animals, mucking out the barn, moving irrigation pipes and hay, and working in the gardens, to name a few. Interns also help guide tours, learn and practice the principles of permaculture, help rehabilitate and socialize farm animals and dogs and cats, and participate in special projects. Interns typically stay three to four months, but some have stayed as little as one month and as long as nine months. Visit the farm's website at

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