An animal sanctuary in the Moorlands is appealing for donations as it tries to keep its explorative pigs out of harms way. Greenacres Animal Sanctuary in Dilhorne recently acquired the lovable rogues after finding out they would be sent for slaughter if a new home wasn’t found.
An animal sanctuary in the Moorlands is appealing for donations as it tries to keep its explorative pigs out of harms way.
Greenacres Animal Sanctuary in Dilhorne recently acquired the lovable rogues after finding out they would be sent for slaughter if a new home wasn’t found.
However, despite being very friendly creatures, Hyacinth, Petunia, Daisy and Rose were not pen-trained under their original previous owner and would often let them go AWOL.
This has come to the detriment of the animal sanctuary who are finding that the big pigs are frequently escaping their enclosure – something that could become quite dangerous to themselves and other people.
Kiera, sanctuary owner, and mum Michaela, both run the vegan Greenacres Animal Sanctuary and described the problems they have been facing.
“We think because they were used to having so much room before and having to scavenge, they’re used to working for their food,” Kiera told the Times & Echo.
“I was just putting food in the trough but they were breaking out for more food and thinking ‘this is more natural to us’.
“They’ve got the mind set of a three-year-old toddler and are smarter than dogs so when they get bored – they get bored.
“They know what they want so if that’s to run around or to play or eat something, they’ll find a way out.”
Michaela added: “We’ve managed to get them back from all the places they have been.
“They’re really friendly, they love being belly-rubbed and having their backs scratched.
“They love having their ears tickled.
“But one might get out and get hit by a car or get shot by a farmer when they’re on land that they shouldn’t be on.
“We’re close to the main road that goes through Dilhorne. If at any given time they get out onto that road and a car or a motorbike, God forbid, or a lorry or any vehicle comes down, they can get run over and could write a car off.”
The sanctuary has had to have help from donations and loans from family members to erect a run that the pigs cannot escape from.
However, due to limited funds, they have not been able to purchase the required amount of material needed to secure the full pen, meaning the pigs are being kept in half the area desired.
So far, the total amount spent on the run is in excess of £1,500 and Michaela believes the total cost will double by the time everything is finished.
“We are desperately in need of some more fencing,” she said. “These ladies of ours are very strong.
“We need wooden posts and stock fencing, like what they use in sheep fields, and 12 foot half-rounds that go between the posts to make them stronger.”
As well as donations, the sanctuary would also be hugely appreciative of anyone who could lend a hand towards putting the fence structures in place.
Friends and family have been working around the clock to construct and reconstruct the fencing with even Kiera’s 84-year-old grandfather helping out at times.
Michaela added: “What we do need is help.
“Kiera’s boyfriend comes home from work at four, goes out, has tea at half nine then goes straight to bed because he has to get up for work at four in the morning and he’s absolutely shattered.
“Myself and my partner have spinal problems and are basically disabled although we do try and go out and help as much as possible but are limited to what we can do.”
Since acquiring first resident Timothy the duck, the sanctuary has blossomed into a vast refuge for quails, Shetland ponies, guinea pigs, snakes, giant African snails and many more animals.
Michaela had a message of thanks for those who have supported the sanctuary since its establishment.
She said: “We wouldn’t be where we are now if we hadn’t have had the help and kindness that we’ve been given from family, friends and people that we don’t know.
“So a big thank you to everybody that’s helped and a thank you in advance to anybody that can help.”
The sanctuary is accepting donations from anybody, whether it be a sponsorship from a business or single-donations from the public.
To get in contact with them, either contact Michaela on 07910 463873 or visit ‘Greenacres Animal Sanctuary’ on Facebook.
There you can find a Paypal donation link in the page’s description to donate directly to the service online.
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