Donation to PugHearts of Houston

Meet sweet baby Glory! She’s the recipient of our latest $150 micro-grant, six months old, and cute as a button. Sadly, she was severely neglected and, since making her way to PugHearts, is on the road to recovery.

Here’s one of their Instagram updates: “She is holding her own. She is moving back to our primary vet this morning.
Body Temperature, Blood pressure and Blood sugars are holding in the normal ranges
She tried to chew on her IV catheter, so now in a cone.
She has a fractured femoral head on the right rear leg (FHO will happen in the future)
Her left rear leg has a patella out of place and swollen (suspect trauma)
She has pneumonia
She has demodex with a severe secondary infection
She will lose one eye and has limited sight and severe dry eye in the other.
She is severely underweight
She is septic
She is anemic and did receive a blood transfusion last night.
She is a fighter and we will help and support her through it all.
She is so small and so young. Glory has been through TOO MUCH in her short life.
PugHearts and Glory so appreciate all the love, prayers and support (emotionally and financially) that you all are sending her.”

Follow Glory’s story and support her recovery with PugHearts. We’re already in love!

Donation to The Pig Preserve

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.

Donation to Gracie’s Acres

Meet Chanchito of Gracie’s Acres in Tennessee. This sweet boy was a stray who had been attacked by dogs and required emergency veterinary care. He’s now a three-legged pig in good care. They named him Chanchito because, according to their Facebook page, “Chanchitos are good luck charms in Chile. Chanchitos can be seen hanging in homes, restaurants and shops. Bringing a sense of comfort. A three legged pig being able to stand is a sign that he/she must be lucky.”

We donated a $100 micro-grant to contribute to his recovery. You got this, Chanchito!

Donation to PugHearts of Houston

After seeing Vicente’s story on Instagram, we knew we wanted to contribute a $100 micro-grant to his recovery.

According to the PugHeart’s website, “Vicente is our newest south of the border baby. He is a 12 pound neutered fawn male. He’s at least 5 pounds underweight. We call him Guapo (handsome) for obvious reasons. He was found in deplorable shape; eyes ruptured, oozing and infected; starving and flea ridden, yet such spirit, he never stopped wagging. He is the poster child for PugHearts’ ingenuity and teamwork. People messaged, rallied, and stepped up to get him to Houston (inclement weather be damned) within 1 day, so he could get the emergency care he so desperately needed. Our gifted veterinary staff performed all necessary surgeries. Remarkably, he is heart worm negative. He is just 2 years old. Enter recovery. Here he will heal and learn to be the loved pet he’s never gotten to be. He is among other my blind rescues and our home is modified safe for them. Don’t tell these dogs they are handicapped; they do not know it. Blind dogs rock. Aside from the dangers of a pool, pokey or oft rearranged furniture, or a careless open door, they’re like any sighted dog. Someone commented on Vicente’s earlier post these 5 profoundly sweet words, “They see with their hearts…”…”

We’re honored to help contribute to his healing. If you’re interested in adopting Vicente, learn more here.

Happy National Pig Day!

Fun Facts About Pigs

1. Pigs are the fourth most intelligent animal (after chimps, dolphins, and elephants). Yes, even smarter than our dogs!

2. Pigs can run a seven-minute mile.

3. Pigs paint. You know Pigcasso, right?!

4. Pigs are actually quite clean. They use mud to cool off since they don’t have sweat glands (happy as a pig in mud!) and use the bathroom away from their living and eating space.

5. Esther the Wonder Pig lives in a home in Canada, wears adorable outfits, and was thought to be a “mini pig” who now weighs 650 pounds. She’s a social media sensation who has helped make pigs beloved globally.

6. Mini pigs grow to 300 pounds and teacup/micro pigs are a myth. Many are ending up in shelters or abandoned in cities (even DC).

7. You can meet (and adopt) pigs at a variety of sanctuaries around the world.

8. Pigs love belly rubs, are active communicators (grunts and squeals), and form close social bonds.

Please join us in honoring these beautiful beings today and every day! Our mission is to make the lives of pigs and pugs happier.