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To the Rescue: Bringing Them Home, But Not For Bacon

Joint effort saves Iowa farm pigs from Midwest flooding

Joint effort saves Iowa farm pigs from Midwest flooding

Rescuers herd pigs into a trailer near Oakville, Iowa, after flooding forced the animals to survive in the wild for nearly two weeks. Pictured from left are Mike Brammer of the Animal Rescue League of Boston, Julie Janovsky of Farm Sanctuary, Terry Donaldson of the American Humane Association (AHA), Nick Gilman of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, and Manny Maciel of the AHA. INTERNATIONAL FUND FOR ANIMAL WELFARE
In the course of saving dozens of dehydrated, malnourished, and severely sunburned Iowa pigs stranded on a Mississippi River levee by flooding, rescuers found they had to move beyond the initial rescue plan.

Way beyond.

“We jokingly said by the end of the operation we were on Plan 76,” says Dick Green of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), director of operations for the rescue, which was facilitated by IFAW, Farm Sanctuary, the American Humane Association, and the Animal Rescue League of Boston. “And even [with] Plan 76, which was our last plan, I think we were on Version D.”

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