Whenever I see someone with a pet pig, I think of two things in this order.
1) “Awww how cute!”
2) “But what if it poops in the house…”
And honestly if that second thought didn’t creep into my head, I probably would have like three pet pigs and it would be a hilarious sitcom. But sadly that’s not the case and I just have two dogs.
Anyways speaking of pigs as pets, it’s time for about 450 people to step up and adopt! Recently animal rescuers in Kentucky found a very sad story that I didn’t even know was possible.
The rescuers took away 458 pigs from an animal hoarder and many of them have been malnourished and mistreated during their lives.
Pigs Advocates League posted on their Facebook this message:
“458 pigs in Kentucky have a clock on their precious souls. We have 19 days to vet and place as many of these pigs as possible before the state of Kentucky euthanizes them. There has never been a more desperate time in the pig community as there is right now.
Pig Advocates League has teamed up with Atti’s Acres, Red Oaks Animal Rescue, Cotton Branch Sanctuary, Ziggy’s Refuge, The Pig Preserve, and Esther’s Army to save as many of these pigs as possible. PAL will be collecting all donations for this massive effort and distribute them for spays/neuters, microchips, health certificates, feed, and any other care needed for these animals.”
The post then goes onto explain how you can help the cause. If you aren’t in Kentucky or feel like making the roadtrip, you can donate here. If you are able to give a home to a little piggy, the foster and adoption application is here.
Speaking of adoption, take a look at this beautiful story of this woman knowing she just had to help this little pup.
When you move in together with a significant other, your life changes greatly. Recently Jessica Williams did this with her boyfriend Jared and the building they moved into allowed dogs so you know that was high on their priority list.
Originally Jared told Jessica they would get a dog for her birthday in November but that’s a million years away in dog years so she figured why not just look.
(Trust me never just look, it’s a gateway.)
Jessica didn’t get a chance to hear my advice though, and she began perusing different shelter websites in preparation for November.
That’s when she saw Benji. He was a stray that had been found in Los Angeles and was taken to a shelter nearby.
He was very scared of people and if anyone passed by his cage he would snap and growl. On top of that he also had a bad flea allergy which was causing him to lose his hair. Even though there were red flags, Jessica couldn’t stop thinking about little Benji.
She told The Dodo:
“He was at the shelter for 10 days and wasn’t handling it well. He would snarl and snap at people as they walked by. I had never seen a sadder dog and knew we couldn’t leave him there.”
The couple were in Sacramento, but knew they needed to drive the six hours to rescue this poor little guy. Once they got to the shelter, even the staff tried to tell them Benji wasn’t suitable for them. Jessica went onto say:
“The shelter also told us he wasn’t friendly and refused to take us into a calm waiting area to get to know him because ‘he wouldn’t be a dog that would come over to us to be cuddly.’ We knew that he had a high possibility of being euthanized and didn’t want him to die.”
They heeded the warnings of staff and eventually began the journey home with Benji in the car. At first Benji was very confused, as would any dog, to be traveling with strangers in a moving box.
The first few days at home were rough but the new family of three kept trying. Eventually he began to show signs of happiness…
Speaking of the transformation they saw in Benji, Jessica said:
“He loves to come up and lick our faces and play with his toys. He is such a goofball now! He has crazy zoomies after he gets bathed. He will also start barking the second we get in the car as if to say, ‘We have to start moving! Let’s go!’”
This just goes to show you that dogs just aren’t born bad. With the right amount of love and care, any dog can understand that humans just want to love them. Once they figure that out they are more than ready to reciprocate.
If you are looking to adopt a pup in your area, take a look at Facebook pages in your area or look at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals here.