For Immediate Release

Feb. 10, 2015

Charlotte the Pig Gets a Second Chance at a Happy Life

Albuquerque, N.M. – A pig found in a burlap sack on the side of a Bernalillo County road in late January found her forever home thanks to several New Mexicans concerned for her safety. When Bernalillo County announced Charlotte’s auction on television, people became worried that the highest bidder would take Charlotte to slaughter. Through Animal Protection of New Mexico (APNM), several citizens rallied together to raise the winning bid and save the pig. On behalf of these compassionate donors, APNM facilitated her purchase and helped Charlotte off to her new home.

“APNM was happy to do our part to help Charlotte find her place under the sun,” said Alan Edmonds, APNM’s cruelty case manager. “Charlotte will now live in a farm sanctuary setting with other rescued animals, including pigs, and plenty of space to root and live a comfortable, natural life.”

Though the funds came directly from donors, APNM brokered the deal and submitted the winning bid of $700 to Bernalillo Animal Services on January 28, 2016. Charlotte was then transported to her new home, a farm sanctuary setting in northern New Mexico.

WATCH NOW: Video of Alan Edmonds, APNM Cruelty Case Manager, speaking at the Bernalillo County Press Conference.

Charlotte doesn’t need to speak any human language in order to convey how grateful she is to have escaped whatever fate waited on the other side of that burlap sack.

On a sunny, but chilly, February afternoon, Charlotte roots around in the hay, scattering a handful of noisy roosters, then immediately runs off to the water trough with about a dozen rescued geese and turkeys. Two other rescued pigs lounge nearby, where Charlotte struts over for a nice long back scratch against the peeling bark of a plump, light dogwood. Charlotte is so friendly, knowing no stranger, that she’ll skip over frequently for a pat behind the ears, all while nuzzling your knees and munching on your shoelaces.

She’s also a big fan of belly rubs.

“By their nature, pigs are incredibly friendly and social,” Edmonds explained. “They experience feelings and emotions, like happiness or sadness, fear or love. Pigs are as playful as dogs, affectionate, and very smart.”

WATCH NOW: Video of Charlotte at her new home, a farm sanctuary setting in Northern New Mexico.

The APNM supporters responsible for funding Charlotte’s rescue believed that she, as well as all creatures, deserves a chance to have a life filled with freedom and space, love and happiness. Pigs raised to be slaughtered experience extreme anxiety and pain when confined and while they are killed.

“Pigs are highly intelligent and that’s part of the reason why they experience so much trauma and suffering when they are raised for slaughter,” Edmonds explained. “Charlotte gets to run around in a field and snooze in a soft pile of hay, but that’s sadly not the reality for the 65 million pigs on factory farms.”

Fortunately for Charlotte, she’ll never have to know that fate.


Photo Captions and Additional Images: (For high resolution images, please email

Charlotte 4: Pigs, like Charlotte, are curious and extraordinarily friendly, and not just with other pigs. Charlotte’s new friends include humans, dogs, chickens, rabbits, turkeys, cats and goats.

Charlotte 6: On this farm sanctuary, Charlotte has the freedom to make her own choices – she sleeps when she wants, eats when she wants and plays when she wants. When these choices are taken away in confinement for slaughter, pigs start engaging in self-destructive behaviors like tail biting and cage chewing.

Charlotte Belly Rub: Very social creatures, pigs love giving and receiving affection. A worker on the sanctuary farm stoops down to give Charlotte a belly rub, which she thoroughly enjoys.

From Charlotte's View: Charlotte’s view of the farm is one of happiness and serenity, much more natural and inspiring than her view from the inside of a burlap sack.

Charlotte on the Farm: Charlotte confidently strides across the snowy acres of her new home. Highly intelligent, pigs can become tense when they are in a dangerous situation, and comfortable when they know they are in a safe place.

Charlotte with Roosters : Pigs love to root around in the ground and in hay. Charlotte has plenty of space to roam, root and engage in natural behaviors with other animals.

Media Contact:
Sara Palmer, Communications Director, APNM
Tel: 505.908.0622

Cruelty Case Manager Contact:
Alan Edmonds, Program Manager, APNM
Tel: (505) 265-2322

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