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10/17/14 As I laid in bed the other night, I was thinking about this last large
rescue and what it took to get it done. These large type of rescues
could never be done without the help of donors and volunteer drivers and
the vehicles to haul them in. Even then it is not easy. I had sit in my
garage after helping Dawn Camp feed and water large type farm pigs kept
in the trailer for easy movement. I thought to myself while watching
Dawn do this, that she was really going to be black and blue come
morning. She had the trailer divided into 3 compartments. One pig by
itself with it's head turned to facing the wrong direction; three pigs
in the front of the trailer and two of the burn pigs by the backdoor but
next to the single one. When they smelled the food they began to push
and shove and vocalize their need to eat and to eat NOW. They pushed
against the gates and a couple came undone so we kept having to hold and
then in she climbed. She spoke quietly to them until she got forward
enough to feed the ones in the front. Then she ask would or could I get
the large bottles of water so she could water them. For me with my
problems it was a chore but how I loved doing it knowing it was helping
the pigs. Again the push and shove was on but Dawn persevered and got
them watered. We noticed one wasn't getting up. He was older and
arthritic so once she got him up and fed and watered she went for the
medicine. What a relief.

While all of the above was going on, Richard Hoyle, Dick Hollenback, Su
Lee, Jan Alber-Senn and Gia Martin was up at the Preserve helping to get
the trailer fixed to haul them home. When we looked up from feeding,
here they came. Then it made me think of what a farm sanctuary has to go
through. Everyone jumped in to help back up the trailers together and to
get five over into the next trailer to head to GA and SC while Dawn took
the remaining two on to NY by herself. But within a couple hours they
were well on there way and this concluded the movement of 30 animals to
safe homes.

Many thanks to all the donors that hung with us through all this. We
normally don't have to fund raise twice for one rescue but this was one
that if anything could go wrong it did. From the car towing, blowing an
engine and Su having to be flown home only to rest up to give it the
second round. But all you donors never stopped and all the pigs are safe
because of you. Pat yourselves on the back and accept our sincere thanks
for giving and helping. Many thanks also to Dottie Eggmen who stepped up
and loaned us her truck. Could not have completed it without her help.
Love you Dottie. And Richard began looking for wiring and tow bar so
that when it got here we could hook it up. Thank you Sue Levitt for
loaning us your trailer and for not giving up on us that we would find a
way to get it home to you. Many thanks to Su Lee and Jan Alber-Senn and
Gia Martin for all your help and determination to get them to their
final destinations. A big thanks also goes to Dawn Camp for helping with
it all. And thank you goes also to Dick and Greg for jumping in to help.
Also thanks to Buddy Baswell for giving a home to 3 of these that
traveled this time. It takes a WHOLE COMMUNITY to do rescue and
placement. You are all wonderful and this trip will never be forgotten.
It is a rescue that would not have happened without each of you. Love
you all.

--
Lana Hollenback
Forgotten Angels Rescue& Education Center
1822 Meister Hills Rd
Deer Lodge, TN 37726


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