Meet the Campers!
Penny - FigWig
Penny- AKA – FigWig came to us as a three month old baby with sores on her tiny little body. She was bought from a breeder and was quickly abandoned once the reality of owning a pig became too much for the purchaser. Baby piglets are extremely vocal and needy, and Penny was no different. She has grown to be a true mini pig weighing in at 220 pounds. Some of Penny's favorite things include apples, cuddles, laying in the dirt, and her pig bed under the kitchen counter, where she can hang out with her momma while making soap.
This adorable baby girl was abandoned when she was just seven months old at the Halifax Humane Society with no crate, no blankie, no toys, no food-just a half-eaten bag of Goldfish Crackers. Sophie was covered with mange and had bugs and mites completely infested in her skin. She cried every single day for three weeks straight. I ended up sleeping on the floor with her for those three weeks until she began to feel better. A true mini pig, Sophie has grown to 220 pounds. Sophie loves to sleep in bed and cuddle. Some of her favorite things include pulling the blanket off her dad while he is sleeping in the recliner, pushing chairs over, bugging her big sister Penny, digging holes and laying in the sunlight.
Whisper and Willow
These two twin girls were purchased from a breeder to be raised for food. The living conditions were so horrific, neighbors contacted Code Enforcement and the animals were required to be removed from the home. Camp FigWig was contacted and when we arrived, we saw these animals had been living with no shelter, no clean water, no food, broken beer bottles, dead animals, and boards with rusty nails. The conditions were atrocious to say the least. These two beautiful baby girls are extremely vocal, and Whisper even snores! Their favorite things include Apple Jacks, tummy rubs, kisses on their heads, and finding fallen twigs and branches with sweet leaves and tasty bark to munch on. Whisper loves a good dirt and mud hole, while Willow prefers to stick close to her momma.
Marley AKA Mr. Peabody! - Marley came to us initially for help. He had a huge abscess on his tummy and his owners could not afford medical care. Camp FigWig raised the money, and Marley had three surgeries and countless vet visits to remove the huge, grapefruit sized abscess. Once he was healed and ready to head back home, his family informed us they were just too busy to give Marley the care and attention he deserved. His nickname is Mr. Peabody because when he came to us, he was not yet potty-trained, most likely due to the huge abscess on his tummy. Some of Marley's favorite things include his treat ball, caring for his chickies, running amok in the yard, playing with his vulture friends, hanging out in his baby pools, and cuddles.
William was two years old and used as a male breeder for two females to breed for-slaughter piglets. Once the male has been bred, it is said the meat is no longer good, so the animal is simply killed and dumped. William was a mere two hundred pounds, living in ankle-deep muck with no shelter, no water at all, in an enclosure he could hardly turn around. The sadness in his eyes was heartbreaking. Camp FigWig saved him against all odds. Since Camp FigWig is unable to house such a large farm animal at this time until our Sanctuary is built, William found the most incredible home with the best parents who truly love him like a child. His new father is a general contractor, so William is spoiled with the biggest barn, two huge fans to keep him cool, a shade placed at the window of his barn to ensure the sun does not get into his beautiful eyes, his own in-ground pool, complete with a custom sprinkle system William simply has to 'snout' to activate. William is now a plump six hundred pounds, fuzzy, happy, and a true rags-to-riches story. His favorite things include naps, story time with his mom, tummy scratches with his favorite rake, lounging in his private pool, and selfies with his dad.
Annie is a small black lab who was dumped on the side of the road with her three brothers. A friend of Camp FigWig saw this happening and was able to pull over and rescue the animals before they wandered into traffic. Severely dehydrated and starved, they were thought to be chihuahuas. Because of their conditions, the local humane society initially decided to euthanize the pups, but our animal rescuer wouldn't have it! She stepped in and saved their lives yet again, and Annie made her way to us. Some of Annie's favorite things include car rides, visiting the neighbors, carrying around a piece of bread, hanging out with her cat friends, and working in the shop with her dad.
Little Oliver was dumped at the pound as a pup because he was "deaf- and would not listen to commands." Thinking no one would want him due to his 'disability,' Oliver was in danger of being euthanized. Poor Oliver was in quarantine for the first three weeks at his new home due to a horrible case of Kennel Cough. But he has made it through and living the good life. Oliver's favorite things include walks to the lake, swimming in the lake, eating anything the pigs are eating, being close to his momma, and car rides.
Little Hammy was surrendered to Camp FigWig when he was a year old. The family had purchased him from a breeder, and he lived his entire life in a dog crate. He never left his crate, never went outside. He ate, lived, and went potty inside his little crate. The family was moving and could not take him with them. Since Camp FigWig was over capacity, we were able to find an incredible farm in Virginia willing to give Hammy the great life he deserved. Little Hammy was going on an adventure! Camp FigWig drove a five hour round trip for Hammy Retrieval, brought him home, bathed him, fed him, and watched as he played in the yard for the very first time in his little life. He found a stick and it was the greatest day of his life, until, of course, he discovered the mud hole. The next day and another bath later, Hammy was loaded up again, and Camp FigWig drove Little Hammy to Savannah, Ga, where his new family met him to drive him the rest of the way to his furever home. Little Hammy is living it up on sprawling acres of hills and green pastures, and lots of friends on the farm. He has his own room, but Hammy prefers to be outside most of the time. Some of Hammy's favorite things include apple Nutrigrain bars, warm blankies, crisp veggies, and being out in the sunshine.
Lenny and Stella
Lenny and Stella were purchased from a breeder to be raised as food, however, they were abandoned by the owner and the landlord wanted them gone immediately. Their living conditions were some of the most horrific Camp FigWig has ever seen. These poor babies were living in four inches of standing mucky water, feces and urine. Filthy water dishes, dried corn and weeds pulled from the yard as their only food. We pulled our rain boots on, climbed in and got right to work. Camp FigWig mucked those stalls, shoveled as much of that nasty water out as possible, brought wheelbarrows of freshly dug dirt for each pen. Each pig received a bale and a half of fresh hay, brand new, sparkling clean water and food bows, actual pig food, and of course, cheerios. Due to overcapacity at Camp FigWig, Lenny and Stella had to stay where they were for the week until we could find their furever home. That didn't stop us from driving an hour round trip twice a day to care for them, feeding, clean water, kisses, tummy rubs, and of course, cheerios. The pair were adopted together. Lenny has a little girlfriend and Stella is a social butterfly, both strolling their fifteen acres farm at the leisure Pig Oinks.