When we read about Poppy at The Pig Preserve, we knew we had to help and she’s the latest recipient of a Pigs & Pugs Project $150 micro-grant.
Here’s her story: “She was seized from an abusive home during a cruelty case. Her owner would put her out into the fenced yard every day and shoot her with bb guns (he is currently serving a 6-year sentence). She was terrified of people, had broken skin and weakness in her rear end. She was placed in a rescue where vets tried unsuccessfully to treat her. It was recommended she be euthanized but the rescue looked for alternatives, knowing she deserved every chance. They asked if we could help, knowing our pigs have a lot of freedom here and she could take as long as she needs to heal. We have had her seen by two vets, tried several different treatments and she did improve. The weakness disappeared, her skin started healing up, but there was an “L” shaped patch that just wouldn’t close. We have started using a natural honey paste, and over the last couple weeks, look at the difference! Under the flakes, new healthy pink skin is showing, instead of angry broken patches! We are so excited about her progress! During all this, she’s also decided that she can be friendly with us! We love her sweet spirit!”
And so do WE! Here’s the update we just received on her:
“She is a sweet and loving little pig and we are so happy that she is finally responding both to the medical treatment but also the time and love we have spent with her trying to rebuild her trust in humans. Her progress has been slow but remarkably steady and she has really come around a great deal in the time she has been here. Now that she is living with several other pigs her own size and age, she seems extremely happy. Despite the hell of her earlier life, we know that she will be safe, loved and happy for the rest of her life.”
We visited The Pig Preserve in 2016 and it’s a stunning setting for these beautiful pigs. They’re currently hosting an Indiegogo campaign and you can learn more here.