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Event brings people to Out to Pasture Animal Sanctuary, home of more than 150 creatures

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: KIT COLLINS - There are a variety of friendly animals to meet at Out to Pasture.

If enjoying fresh squeezed apple cider while spending time with friendly farm animals sounds like an ideal way to spend an afternoon, be sure to stop by Out to Pasture Animal Sanctuary this Sunday.

The annual cider squeeze will take place from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, at the animal sanctuary, 33190 S.E. Regan Hill Road. Attendees of the free event can drink cider, help out with farm chores and spend time with the pasture's animals.

"It's a really nice, fall day," said Kit Collins, who runs the sanctuary with her husband John and a team of volunteers. "We want (people) to have a good time."

Dozens of organic apples have been donated for the event, and participants can use the sanctuary's cider press to create their own fresh cider.

There are also a variety of animals to visit with at the sanctuary, which adopts animals that would have otherwise been homeless, neglected or abused.

More than 150 critters are housed at Out to Pasture, many of whom cider squeeze attendees will be able to get to know.

Among these animals are four adult farm pigs, one farm piglet and 20 potbellied pigs, all of whom "love belly rubs."

Collins believes some visitors will be intrigued by the larger farm pigs.

"A lot of times people don't get to be around farm pigs that are 700 pounds," she said. "They're very friendly."

Visitors can also meet a miniature donkey named Val "who loves to be petted."

Goats wander the pasture as well, including a one horned creature named Ike.

"He always sticks his face in photos," Collins said. "He's a big goofy goat."

For those who wish to lend a hand while at the cider squeeze, there are several ways to help. Projects will include laying wood chips in the sanctuary's pig pen and picking catnip plants.

Collins is looking forward to the event.

"We want people to see what we do," she said. "We appreciate when people come out and support our events."

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