Uplands PEAK, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was founded in 2012 and opened its barn doors in October 2013 to its first residents, Andy and Annie: two brave piglets who escaped a backyard butcher and ran for their lives. Located in Salem, Indiana, PEAK is smack-dab in the thick of animal agriculture country–there is even a chicken factory farm less than a mile from the sanctuary! Founders Mark and Michelle Pruitt believe that this more than anywhere is where a sanctuary is needed. It’s their belief that people who have the opportunity to meet farmed animals and experience their individual personalities will change their attitudes toward these smart and sensitive creatures, and that these changes will ripple through society, eventually creating a more peaceful world.