About Esther



Esther is some pig. At just 4 pounds, she was misrepresented as a "micro pig" and sold to Steve and Derek in the summer of 2012.  Over the next two years Esther just kept growing and growing. In fact, her dads often “wondered” when she would stop! Well, just 2 years later Esther weighed in at 600 pounds and had fully earned her nickname: Esther the Wonder Pig. Even though she had totally outgrown their small suburban home, by then Derek and Steve loved her and she was family. Now an “almost” full-grown house pig, Esther took her dads, along with her dog, cat and bunny siblings on the adventure of a lifetime!

We hope this website will help you take a minute to think about the food you choose to eat. We understand how hard that can be and how easy it is to turn away and not think about it. We did that, too…until Esther broke down that wall. Esther is special to us, but she’s exactly the same as all of her brothers and sisters who are not so lucky to be loved. All pigs are loving, intelligent and compassionate animals and they deserve better than the brutal life they are born into. Please consider leading a cruelty-free and compassionate lifestyle for yourself, and for all the Esthers out there in the world.


Esther's Stats:

D.O.B. – July 1, 2012
Colour – Pink
Weight – it can vary from 500-600 pounds (+ or - her tiara!)
Personality –  Princess
Funny – Very!
Food – Yes please!


Oh, did we mention eating?



Steve Jenkins, a Realtor, and his life partner, Derek Walter, a Magician, were living an ordinary life when a rescued would-be mini pig came into their lives.

Esther quickly stole their hearts and turned their lives upside down. Never ones to turn away from a challenge, Steve and Derek buckled up for the ride of a lifetime as "Esther the Wonder Pig" turned into a social media powerhouse.

In just two short years, Esther had amassed hundreds of thousands of followers from all over the world, and her Dads, Steve and Derek, had become among the world's most well-known and successful animal activists.

In 2014, with help from Esther's followers, Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary was born. Now Esther and her Dads rescue and rehabilitate abandoned and abused farmed animals, and spread Esther's style of love and compassion known as The Esther Effect!