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Peoria Field Feeding

Feeding Peoria Field





We love having visitors but due to limited staff time, we prefer that all tours be scheduled on Saturdays. Exceptions can be made for visitors from out of state. During the winter and spring months our tours are set up for Saturdays at 10:00am. During the warmer months tours are set up for Saturdays at 9:00am.


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Please click on “Contact Us” or click here for Directions to Ironwood. Please do not depend on your GPS or mapping services as some of the roads are inaccessible or unsafe. This is a rural area with dirt roads, some of which are not county maintained. Our directions will put you on the safest routes.

A tour of the sanctuary is a 1 to 2 hour walking tour through the various fields. You will be out in the sun for the entirety of the tour. Please consider the following to make your visit pleasant:

*Wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat and sunscreen.

*Bring a water bottle. Refills are available.

There is no charge for a tour but donations are appreciated. If you would like to bring items for the pigs, please see the Wish List in the latest newsletter or choose from the list below:

  • Canned Pumpkin
  • Prune Juice
  • Cran/Grape Juice
  • Blankets and Comforters
  • Fig Newton Cookies
  • Apples
  • Melons

Remember to plan ahead and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. We are happy to have the opportunity to share the sanctuary and our pigs with you!

Mission Statement

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The Ironwood Pig Sanctuary is dedicated to eliminating the suffering of pot bellied pigs in Arizona and surrounding states by promoting spaying and neutering, assisting owners and other sanctuaries, and providing a permanent home in a safe, nurturing environment for those that are abandoned, abused, neglected, or unwanted.

We are home to almost 550 pot bellied pigs.

Do You Want To Donate?

The Ironwood Pig Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and any donation is tax-deductable. It just takes a few minutes to make a secure donation by PayPal using your credit card. Click the donate button to make a donation. You do not need a PayPal account.

1) Select the amount of your donation and how you want to pay either by means of your PayPal account or your Credit Card then go to the next page.

2) If you want to make a donation in the name of another person, for a special reason like a birthday or anniversary or for a special purchase such as a 2017 calendar just describe what you want on the PayPal form by clicking on the "Add Special Instructions to the Seller" and describe what you want with names and addresses if needed.

3) If you want to sponsor a pig or make a monthly sustainer donation please go to the SUPPORT page for more ways to support your Sanctuary such as sponsoring a pig, being a sustainer or double or triple your donation by using your company's matching gift program.

Summer Is Here!!!

Summer is here across the country. The Midwest is still receiving serious storms so take special care with your outdoor animals. Make sure you have a dry, cozy, warm, shelter, some shade and plenty of water for all of your pets. Even in the summer it can be cold at night so make sure your critter has a good shelter.

Best Friends' Article on the Ironwood Pig Sanctuary

Best Friends, in their News and Features page have written an article about the Ironwood Pig Sanctuary. Click on the image to the left to read the article.

Introductory Video of the Sanctuary.

Click on the link below to view an introductory video of the Sanctuary. Click the lower right hand corner of the video for full screen. Depress the escape key to return from full screen.

From the President

January, 2018

Dear Supporter,

I wish you a Happy 2018 and a big welcome to everyone who has just joined Ironwood in the past couple of months. We are so grateful for your support. This enables us to continue our mission to provide a safe home for abandoned, abused, neglected, or unwanted pot-bellied pigs and a couple of hogs who have recently joined us as well.

The world continues to change in so many ways as California burns and Puerto Rico remains in the dark in so many regions after horrific hurricanes that struck this year. With Climate Change we here at Ironwood are not left untouched. We have experienced the hottest October on record and only now in December are we rolling up shade cloth to provide sun for the pigs to enjoy. This is usually done before our Open House in November. But compared to other areas of the country our sanctuary here at Ironwood remains a safe haven and thankfully life goes on with relative stability. We are not under the threat of hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, or floods. With your support we have been able to continue to bring unwanted pigs to Ironwood and our outreach efforts to help with spay and neutering pigs for many in the community continues as we have time and resources. Ours and others’ efforts to stop the breeding of these innocent animals remains elusive, but I hope as the word spreads we will make progress toward that goal.

So while others suffer through the threat of other natural calamities, we suffer through the relentless heat. But the Sonoran Desert is extremely beautiful and when we walk our little dog in the evenings I feel so fortunate to be in a rare place of peace and beauty. Our sunsets are some of the most spectacular in the world. We often hear the coyotes howling or the owls hooting from on top of one of the gigantic saguaros. As we walk we can hear the sounds of the pigs arguing over their coveted spot in their shelter shared by their favorite companion pig or pigs and this is how it should be. I smile to myself knowing all is well in the fields as they settle down for a good night’s sleep with nothing to fear, knowing they will get up the next morning and we will be there to greet them with breakfast.

These are the things that make me look forward to the coming year. I hope in your life you share moments with your family, friends, and companion animal friends that make you smile and give you strength and joy. Happy 2018.


Mary Schanz

President & CoFounder

PS Happy Holidays and have a great New Year. Thank you for all your support.



Ironwood Pig Sanctuary, PO Box 35490, Tucson, AZ 85740-5490
Please e-mail when you want to visit for confirmation on the day and time and for directions to the sanctuary since we are in a remote location and GPS and mapping programs are not accurate. We generally do tours Saturday mornings at 10am in the winter and 9am in the summer. However, we generally do not do tours during our hottest months of June, July and August. We do not do tours every Saturday so you need to get a confirmation for your visit. Sometimes we can do tours on other days for out of town visitors and for other circumstances.


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