Be Thankful


There is always something to be thankful for. It’s important to pause and remember to be thankful for what we have.


a fortunate pig with a prosthetic leg 

Most pirates have an eye-patch and an injured limb. Similar to them, I have a condition that requires me to wear a prosthetic leg.


I guess that’s how I got my name! I’m a Berkshire Tamworth cross pig and will weigh over 700 lbs when I’m fully grown.


Had it not been for the kind folks at RASTA, my brother Prince and I would have ended up on someone’s barbecue grill. Both of us were very weak and infested with parasites when we arrived at the sanctuary.


Every morning at breakfast, someone helps me put my prosthetic leg on, and at night it’s taken off so that it can be cleaned and kept ready for me to use the next day. The prosthetic leg allows me to run and play with other animals at the sanctuary and enjoy life, just like any other pig!


I am very grateful to the folks at RASTA who are taking such good care of me.


I'm Pirate, and I'm a fortunate pig.


The RASTA Sanctuary is one of only two farm sanctuaries on all of Vancouver Island and the need for our help is constant and great! If you see value in the work that we do, please consider making a donation to help support our efforts. 


The RASTA Calendar 2020 is crafted with love by a total of 7 volunteers from 3 different organisations, RASTA, Mystic Lights, and Vyugam Business Consulting & Climate Emergency Solutions, who are experts in their area of work. We would like to take a moment to thank each one of them as well as the residents of RASTA for sharing their love and wisdom with all of us.