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Out to Pasture Animal Sanctuary's annual cider squeeze draws big crowds in Estacada

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - A cider squeeze participant takes a photo with a donkey at Out to Pasture on Sunday, Sept. 24.

Last weekend, many people visited with four-legged friends while enjoying fresh apple cider.

On Sunday, Sept. 24, more than 100 people stopped by Out to Pasture Animal Sanctuary for the nonprofit organization's annual cider squeeze.

In addition to creating fresh drinks with the sanctuary's cider press, participants enjoyed spending the afternoon with some of the 150 animals that call Out to Pasture home. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO -  At Out to Pasture's cider squeeze, this farm pig enjoys attention after taking a mud bath.

Kit Collins, who runs the sanctuary with her husband John and a team of volunteers, said both animals and people enjoyed the day.

"The animals all came out to visit. The pigs took mud baths and got belly rubs," Collins added.

In addition to visiting with the animals, participants also helped with projects around the pasture, such as laying wood chips in the pig pen and picking catnip plants.

John and Kit Collins started the sanctuary on their three acres at 33190 S.E. Regan Hill Road to take in animals that would have otherwise been abused, neglected or homeless. Out to Pasture is home to pigs, llamas, goats, lambs and a miniature donkey, among other creatures.

For additional information about Out to Pasture, including upcoming events and ways to support the sanctuary, visit www.outtopasturesanctuary.org.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - A young cider squeeze attendee makes a new four-legged friend at Out to Pasture animal sanctuary.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Out to Pasture's annual Cider Squeeze, which took place on Sunday, Sept. 24, connected participants with a variety of friendly animals. Here, a pig enjoys a belly rub.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Cider Squeeze atttendees interact with a friendly pig at Out to Pasture's cider squeeze.

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