On September 2, 2016, we adopted Gracie the pot-bellied pig from the SD&G OSPCA.
Gracie was born in 2010. She was surrendered to the OSPCA. She apparently spent some time living in a house, then was banished outside to a filthy, junk-filled pen.
She had been living on Ol’ Roy dog food, Triscuit crackers, and reconstituted pea-soup mix when we got her. We are hoping that she won’t suffer long-term health effects from this completely inadequate diet. Fortunately, she polished off her first bowl of pot-bellied pig food in no time.
Gracie was very overweight when she arrived, which can lead to blindness in pot-bellied pigs, and is also very hard on their joints. Her weight on arrival was an estimated 275 - 300 pounds, and to move her from the OSPCA truck to her pen (in a crate), we had to use our tractor with a pallet and forks. Fortunately Gracie has now slimmed down to a perfect size, and is currently the most athletic of any of our pigs! It is a joy to see her run around the pasture without getting out of breath after a few steps.
Gracie is a prime example of how animals can suffer when people obtain pet pigs without doing thorough research into their needs. Gracie is living a happy piggy life here, with
appropriate food, four acres of pasture, and lots of rooting around and rolling in mud baths.