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“We got our first pig as a pet in 2004,” says Leslie Stander of Pigs’n’Paws in Hennops River, “and realised that there was a need for a Pig Sanctuary in South Africa.” Too many people were buying piglets from pet shops and breeders without realising all the consequences of owning a pig, she added. “Although they make wonderful pets, they are not easily manageable, they are highly intelligent, manipulative and destructive if lonely or bored.”
PigsnPaws (a registered Non-profit Corporation) is based in Hennops River. “We take in unwanted, abused and abandoned pet pigs and give them sanctuary, allowing them to live as natural a life as possible. All our pigs are free-roaming, constantly interacting with us and one another.”
People don’t realise that ‘farm’ animals are not allowed within certain urban areas, Leslie explained. “We have taken in Pot Bellies from Sandton, had a pig flown to us from George, taken in pigs from pet shops when they could not be sold, rescued pigs abandoned on properties when people moved - which gave their neighbours plenty to complain about.”
Questioned whether neighbours in Hennops River had any concerns, Leslie replied: “People are generally supportive but we do our best to allay fears when they arise.”
PigsnPaws welcomes feed - vegetables, fruit, leftover bread, oats, hay - anything edible that people don’t need. Add to that building materials such as corrugated iron, bricks, shade cloth, pallets and fencing, plus blankets and straw for bedding. Contact them via firstname.lastname@example.org.