World, meet Pig. Pig isn’t actually a pig, of course, she’s a dog; albeit an unusual looking one. The 8-month old mutt has scrawny legs, a square, stout body, and bemusingly, no neck. Unable to swing her head side to side, Pig spins her whole body to see what’s beside her.
One year ago today we rushed to the rescue of an abused pregnant pig. We brought her to sanctuary just in time, because hours later she gave birth to 16 piglets. Julia has been an amazing mother and we delighted in her healing and transformation from the loving care she received. It also fills our hearts that her children are one year old today because in the industry, they would have been sent to slaughter at just six months old.
The terror is gone from her eyes now. Those who stayed there will know nothing but terror until they die. Just because people deem them as mere commodities. Just because they were born the wrong species.
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From glancing at her puppy photos, you would think that Pig is just a normal, adorable puppy. She was found in the woods near Atlanta, abandoned by her feral mother.
The vets noticed something very different about Pig and advised to have her euthanized. But her dedicated human Kim Dillenbeck, an experienced fosterer gave her the chance to grow up and enjoy the life of a normal dog.
You see, Pig has numerous abnormalities; parts of her spine and several ribs are missing and she has twisted and fused vertebrae. Her spinal cord splits into two cords near her neck and her hips and joints are rotated in the wrong positions.
Despite her adversities, Pig is a happy dog that doesn’t seem bothered by all the technicalities. She loves running, playing fetch and has a talent for standing up on her hind legs.
No one knows Pig’s prognosis, but she’s enjoying life to the fullest everyday and that’s what matters. “Whatever time we get with her is our gift”, Kim said, “I’m the lucky one. She makes me laugh every day.”
Lemme tell you guys about a casualty of Alabama’s new “Conservation” orders.
We had this one opossum. Lil Red. His mother came in three-quarters dead from starvation. We named her Grace. She put everything she had left into making sure her babies were okay. We still lost three of the babies because it was just too late by the time we got to them. We managed to bring her back and 6 of the little ones, but it was a hell of a fight. Every twenty minutes for weeks at one point it was fluid and banana mush, esbilac and pedilite.
Little Red… we thought we were going to loose him on several occasions. He was the tiny one. At three months old he was the size and weight of a one month. He fought every hour for his life and he would look up at us with those sunken eyes in such a way that said Don’t Give Up On Me. At six months old he finally broke the 100 grams mark and his fur began growing back, his eyes came back. But he was still the size of a four month old. Due to the starvation he was permanently dwarfed. He could never be released. And he was so sweet. He’d sit on my shoulder and lick my neck. When someone walked by he was right there. HI! I LOVE YOU!
The Kill Order states very clearly there are no exceptions. I will never forget him.
Please. Sign Big Bend’s Petition so this never happens again.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ACNR) have established new policies targeting many of our native wildlife. As of September 1, 2013, the State of Alabama has authorized a state wide kill of bats, raccoons, opossums, feral pigs, coyotes, foxes and skunks as soon as they are admitted to licensed rehabilitators. They have directed that all licensed wildlife rehabilitators euthanize without regard of the condition of the animal. Euthanization during rehabilitation is a last resort tool for the rehabilitator. It is not to be used as a weapon of extermination of a species by the state.
Help us save our Alabama wildlife by signing this petition. Let ACNR know that what they have done is unethical and nothing short of murdering our native wildlife by the stroke of a pen. If you want more details on this issue you can go to the official website of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources http://outdooralabama.com/watchable-wildlife/rehabbers/ This new policy is NOT CONSERVATION!