This story breaks my heart. Hundreds of pigs were rescued after being found malnourished on a Kentucky farm but, there are so many of them that they're in danger of being euthanized. The 458 pigs "ballooned" in number because of "out-of-control" breeding.
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife took custody of the pigs last week and organizations like Pig Advocates League (PAL), Cotton Branch Farm Sanctuary, Ziggy's Refuge, Red Oak Animal Rescue (ROAR), Esther's Army, and Atti's Acres are working to place the animals with rescue organizations and through adoption and fostering.
However, all pigs going to homes/fosters have to be spayed/neutered and microchipped. The cost of these procedures for pigs is extremely high, we're talking tens of thousands of dollars, and any pigs that aren't placed by October 14 are at risk of being euthanized. Initially they were given until September 14 but Cotton Branch Farm Sanctuary has since updated that they were given an extra month.
Though New Jersey is a ways away from Kentucky there are a few things you can do to help:
- Adopt - If you're zoned to have a pig, you can fill out an adoption/foster application online.
- Volunteer - With so many pigs, help is needed onsite. If you're able to volunteer your time, fill out the form to do so here.
- Drive Transport - If you can help with transporting some of the pigs, fill out a transport form here.
- Donate - Donations can be sent via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org or on the Pig Advocates League website.
Read the USA Today story here.