Pig-loving Florida pair welcome oinkers with issues at Yesahcan Sanctuary

ARCADIA – A truck crashed on the way to the slaughterhouse, suspending Milo’s date with death.

That fortuitous incident is how Milo the pig finished up at Yesahcan Sanctuary, a 10-acre animal rescue in DeSoto County run by Jody and Karla Dumas.

Four decades back, Jody and Karla bought the land 10 miles west of Arcadia. They ended up living in Sarasota but experienced just rescued a hen – an obese gal named “Lady Gaga” who couldn’t wander mainly because she was so fat – and they required the room to help save a lot more.

Given that then, they’ve began the “Yesahcan Sanctuary” nonprofit, recruited about 20 standard volunteers and welcomed more than 100 animals, including cows, goats, horses, ducks, chickens, sheep, turkeys and puppies.

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Karla Dumas pets 1,5-year-old Milo, one of many pigs at Yesahcan Sanctuary, the 10-acre animal rescue she runs with husband Jody Dumas in DeSoto County.

Yesahcan Board member Samantha Gentrup initial uncovered about the sanctuary when she observed somebody making an attempt to offer a cow on Craigslist as a “lawnmower or beef.” For a 7 days, she nervous about the cow ending up in a yard slaughterhouse or tied to a tree in the suburbs.

When she figured out about Yesahcan, she bought the cow and delivered her there individually.

“When I obtained there with her, I informed her that her title was Elizabeth, and she was going to be there for good,” Gentrup said. “It just can make me so delighted.”

White Pekin ducks Gloria, Kesha and Macklemore are among the more than 100 animals in the care of Yesahcan Sanctuary.

‘Kinship’ with pigs

Even with Noah’s Ark-like demographics, pigs continue being Yesahcan’s contacting card.

The DeSoto farm has grow to be a refuge for the oinking masses yearning to breathe free of charge, which Karla attributes partially to a “kinship” she’s felt with pigs simply because of her maiden title, “Pignotti.”

“I was shocked at the amount of money of pigs just in basic that have to have properties,” claimed Karla, who is the director of food support innovation for the Humane Society of the United States. “For me, there is a deep level of sadness possessing to say no to any rescue.”

There are several explanations why pigs are in have to have of a duo like Jody and Karla. Pigs arguably have the worst disorders of any animal in the meat business, although also currently being among the the most intelligent, Karla explained.

Bernie is missing one ear and part of another, possibly because he was used as bait for dogfighting, a common and cruel fate for potbellied pigs.

They are well known animals but normally outgrow their houses. And they can survive in the wild, where they can be deemed a nuisance when they root up the grounds of house owners.

All of Milo’s buddies at Yesahcan have equivalent accounts of dodging the Grim Reaper, and a lot of arrive to the farm with injuries or pre-present situations that experienced them slated to be set down.