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August 22, 2013
This little piggy made it all the way home

Remember Isaac?

This little piggy was found alone on a levee, facing the floodwater of Hurricane Isaac in the fall of last year. The piglet was transported to an emergency shelter in Plaquemines Parish, just south of New Orleans, where RedRover Responders volunteers deployed to help care for horses rescued from the storm. Named after the hurricane that threatened his home, “Isaac” was the only piglet at the barn. He stayed in a crate at the entrance where he greeted all visitors with his happy, little grunts.

Though scared and new to his unfamiliar surroundings, Isaac began to bond with Howard Edelstein, a RedRover Responders volunteer who deployed to Louisiana following the hurricane. As Isaac fell asleep in Howard’s arms one morning, Howard decided he was going to help the little piglet find a new, safe haven.

Since there were no farm animal sanctuaries in the area, Howard knew Isaac’s chances of being adopted in this flood-ravaged town were not good. After making a few calls, he offered to drive the piglet to a farm sanctuary near his home where he volunteered.

Together, Howard and Isaac went on an 18-hour car ride to Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Poolesville, Maryland. Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary is 400 acre nonprofit refuge that offers care, rehabilitation and permanent sanctuary for farm animals.

After a long car ride filled with lots of hay and piggy pit stops, Isaac arrived safely and began his new life at the animal sanctuary where he would get enjoy “just being a pig.”

We’re happy to report that Isaac is doing well today: He’s happy, safe, and HUGE! Howard recently visited the now full-grown pig and shared photos of the day they spent together at Poplar Spring.

“He's really grown up, and he's very smart,” Howard reports. “He knows how to sit for treats and came when I called him.”

Here at RedRover, we know the human-animal bond is being strengthened by relationships like Howard and Isaac’s. We’re sure Isaac would give his “oink!” of approval to Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary, Howard and all the caring RedRover Responders volunteers who helped him find his forever home. OINK!

Learn more about Howard and Isaac's rescue story


Submitted by Paola Potts (not verified) on
What a beautiful story. Pigs are extremely intelligent animals. One more reason for humans to become vegan. I appreciate all the animal rescue work done by Red Rover.

Submitted by Lisa Stevens (not verified) on
Thanks for remembering Issac, Howard! Pigs are so good at remembering people who have been kind to them. I think your visit enriched Issac's life, based on my experience with my pig Yaggi. Bless you for making yourself available to help rescue and visit.

Thanks for the wonderful job done to save this special animal (Howard) and to Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary. Also...thanks to Red Rover for being in the right place at the right time....a wonderful job.

Submitted by Connie (not verified) on
Pigs are so intelligent and kind which just makes it so much more horrible to know that they spend their lives in gestation crates confined for life. It is truly a horrfying thought and yet pork is such a favorite food of so many people. It seems that somehow the message of kindness and non-cruel methods for the lives of food animals just doesn't get thru to enough people. Please keep up your wonderful work and when possible, remember Isaac and help get the message of humane treatment to pigs out to as many people as possible.

Submitted by Helene Jones (not verified) on
its so nice to see and hear a happy ending of such a beautiful animal thank you for taking the xtra effort saving this guy

Submitted by Maria (not verified) on
Thanks to all the wonderful RedRover volunteers who do such great work to ensure the survival of all these beautiful animals!

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