Volunteering and Visiting
Come and Stay at the Sanctuary.
Meredith visited from New Mexico and volunteered 40 hours a week during June, July and part of August at Ironwood. Perhaps you would like to stay at the sanctuary and volunteer for a week or two or three or whatever time period you are interested in. Please give us a call or write to inquire about our accommodations and available times.
We always have plenty of work to do at Ironwood. Getting ready for summer, or winter, or adding shelters, or waterers to accommodate new arrivals. Cleaning up, feeding bread or produce, helping with regular feeding, watering, doing repairs, or socializing our pigs. Come out to Ironwood and get to know us and our pigs. We can use any skill so don't be shy.
Please plan ahead for your visit, particularly if you are visiting from out of state and are only here for a few days.
We try to accommodate every one but are not always able to do so. Visits to the Ironwood Pig Sanctuary are by appointment only. We have one tour in the morning on the days we are open for visitors. These tours start at 10am in the winter and 9am in the summer. We are not available to accept visitors every day due to things like shortage of staff, monthly vet visit, trips to rescue animals, major projects or other reasons where we do not have the time or staff to show the visitors the sanctuary. A typical visit to the sanctuary takes about 2 hours, not including travel time. It is not practical to just come and look around. Our pigs are in large fields scattered over 15 acres. Your enjoyment will be much better if you are able to have a safe visit and pet some pigs.
Names of Veterinarians Who Take Care of Pigs Needed
We often receive calls from people who are either new pig owners or new to an area asking us for the name of a veterinarian that will treat pot bellied pigs. If you have a pig or know someone who does, you could help us compile this list of vets. Please send us the name of your or your friend's vet and the area in which they practice. Please tell us if the vet is willing to make house calls. Many owners are not able to take their pigs to the clinic for treatment. It will help us to provide advice to the community of pig owners.
Employment Opportunities at the Ironwood Pig Sanctuary
We have a need from time to time for workers at the sanctuary. If you are interested in a live-in worker position give us a call.
WANTED: Trustworthy, caring person who loves animals to live at and work at the Ironwood Pig Sanctuary, a non-profit pot bellied pig sanctuary located near Marana, AZ, a rural area of southern Arizona one hour drive north of Tucson. Experience with working with animals and medical knowledge is a plus. The ability to work with others is necessary.
This is HARD work. Job duties include, but are not limited to, cleaning pens and fields, feeding, hands-on care of pigs who are disabled, injured, or sick, or general animal care and help with trimming tusks and hoofs. Handling 50# bags of feed and assisting with moving bales of hay to the various feeding stations. Must be willing to work some weekends and holidays as necessary. Five day work week is standard.
Housing is free and consists of a 40 foot completely self contained 5th wheel trailer. Utilities are provided. TV and high-speed internet access are available in all accommodations.
40 Foot 5th Wheel
References and background are checked. No drugs period. Non-smoker. Vegetarian preferred.
The Ironwood Pig Sanctuary is located in Marana, Arizona on 80 acres in a beautiful Sonoran desert habitat. The climate is moderate in winter and hot in summer. Summer daytime temperatures can be in the 100's with nighttime temperatures in the 60's-70's. The surrounding mountains are perfect for hiking. Southern Arizona is a premier bird watching area.
We are looking for a dedicated person who is ready to commit to the care of unwanted and abused pot bellied pigs. Is that YOU?