Homeless pig in Hampshire Looking for New Home

Homeless pig in Hampshire Looking for New Home

The four-year-old pot-bellied pig, who is named Dad Pig, has been cared for at a farm in North Warnborough, Hampshire since his owner died.

Pig in Pen
The four-year-old pot-bellied pig is named Dad Pig

Now the search is on for someone who can provide him with a permanent home with the company he needs.

Pig being stroked
Dad Pig is looking for a new owner Credit: RSPCA

Pigs are very social animals and need company so it would be great to find Dad Pig somewhere he can go to live alongside other pigs. Sadly his owner passed away just before Christmas. Since then people who live nearby have been kindly looking after him but he desperately needs to find a new home so we’re appealing to anyone who can help to give him the second chance he deserves. He’s four years old and very friendly.

– RSPCA INSPECTOR JAN EDWARDS

The RSPCA encourages anyone who is thinking of rehoming a rescue pig to thoroughly research what is needed to meet the welfare and legal requirements.

Pigs need plenty of space and they are strong animals so owners should have secure, safe fencing to stop them escaping. They need housing with a clean, straw bedding, which is not drafty and protects them from the cold and sun as they have difficulty keeping cool in summer and warm in winter.

– RSPCA INSPECTOR JAN EDWARDS

Contrary to popular belief pigs should not eat kitchen scraps, it is illegal in order to prevent the risk of disease.

They need to eat a commercially prepared pig feed which contains the correct balance of protein, vitamins and minerals.

They can drink up to 20 litres of water a day and need regular health checks. They are social animals so need company and also need regular exercise and plenty of stimulation.

Pig owners also need licences to move and certificates to exercise their animals.

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