By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Four pigs living at the Kindness Ranch whose transport were partially supported financially by pop singer Ariana Grande received new houses this week made by Wyoming students.
Fluffy, Dream, MaryEllen and Daya received new insulated houses on Tuesday made by SkillsUSA students from the Guernsey-Sunrise School.
“Today, we are so very, very honored to receive some custom built pig houses for our newest residents from our local community,” ranch Director John Ramer told Cowboy State Daily. “When word got out that we had received some very special residents all the way from California, a local teacher, Troy, reached out to see if we needed anything for them.”
Squeals of joy could be heard from the four pigs who would get their first chance to sleep in their new warm homes Tuesday night.
The houses were particularly special for the pigs, as each one bore its resident’s name above the door.
SkillsUSA is a national organization that promotes skilled trades among middle and high schoolers.
“Our local chapter focuses on community service to develop strong work ethics, interpersonal and trade skills amongst the chapter members and the community,” Ramer said. “Amazing things happen when we all focus on building relationships, and not just networking.”
The Kindness Ranch houses animals that have been the subjects of tests in laboratories, and the animals that live on the ranch range from beagles to cats to livestock like pigs, cows and sheep
The pigs came from California in August. Grande partially funded the transport of the pigs to the farm.
Ramer said that he has shared photos of the pigs in their new houses with Grande, and is waiting to see if she will respond.
“I have not written her in a while and I am quite certain a little man from Wyoming is not the top of her list to respond to,” he said. “Fingers crossed.”
Grande has a fondness for animals (she has at least nine dogs), with pigs being no exception. She actually adopted a small pig, Piggy Smallz, with her former fiance, comedian Pete Davidson.
Editor’s note: The original version of this story said that Grande financially supported the pigs’ room and board. This was not correct.