A Farm Animal Sanctuary
On the Russian River, Sonoma County, CA
FLOOD EMERGENCY – WE NEED YOUR HELP!
On February 27th When Pigs Fly Ranch was wiped out by the Russian River flood.
All of our animals are safe and have now been moved to temporary homes. But – it was a crazy situation because we had 2 pigs that we couldn’t evacuate before we flooded. We had to move them to higher ground on the road across from our house for 2 nights while we waited for them to be rescued because roads were closed.
We had about 5′ of water flow through the sanctuary, so we’re now assessing the damage, and are hopeful that we’ll be able to recover and salvage some of the equipment and shelters that were under water.
It will take months to get the sanctuary back to being safe and secure so the animals are able to return to their home, and longer for it to return to how it was before the flood. Now is when the real work begins.
If you prefer to send a check instead of donating online, here is our mailing address:
When Pigs Fly Ranch
12866 River Road
Guerneville, CA 95446
When Pigs Fly Ranch is a lifelong dream come true …
I’m Marybeth Hall, and I decided to start When Pigs Fly Ranch in November, 2016 when I met a 400 pound pig and fell in love. I’ve been doing animal rescue since the ’90s, volunteering for dog and cat rescue organizations, serving on the board of directors of a prominent San Francisco senior dog rescue group – Mutttville – and rescuing dogs and cats as pets. Since I was a child, I knew helping animals in need was my calling – a passion beyond just loving animals – more like feeling an absolute need to help them.
I’ve been in the corporate world for over 20 years, but I’ve always felt that there is something bigger than just working in that environment. Starting an animal sanctuary, while a dream, has also been a big commitment, especially while running the company that my husband founded. But honestly, when I look into their eyes and scratch their heads or watch them roll over for a belly rub, I realize that what we as humans do for our furry or feathered friends goes beyond the words “I’m too busy”. So – learning to balance all of this is a challenge, but more rewarding than anything I’ve ever done.
Meet the animals
Piggy is the inspiration for When Pigs Fly Ranch, so she has a very special place in our hearts. She was captured as a wild piglet as a companion for another wild pig that was rescued when he was attacked by coyotes and lost a leg. Piggy was a loyal companion until...read more
Oh Monsieur Pierre! What a sweet, wonderful boy you are. Pierre was found as a wild piglet and raised by a very loving woman who loved and cared for him like a pet. When she found herself unable to keep him, she reached out to us and we immediately took him in. Pierre...read more
Fellow animal rescuer, and now our Board President, Deirdre, called me one day and said she was doing a rescue dog transfer in Fresno, CA, and Animal Care and Control there had picked up a young pot belly pig. The dog rescue group didn't know what to do, but Deirdre...read more