Hannah, the pig, was shut away in a barn for 11 years. She is finally learning what it feels like to get belly rubs from someone who loves her.
Since Hannah arrived at Happy Tails Farm Sanctuary in Kingston, Ontario, she has been renamed Anna, to signal the positive change in her life.
Carla Reilly Moore founded the sanctuary with her husband, received a call from Ralphy’s Retreat Sanctuary, an organization that rescues potbellied pigs, about the pig formerly known as Hannah. Hannah ended up at the Sarnia Humane Society after her owners were charged with neglecting her. But because she was a senior pig, she had little chance of finding a new home.
“This poor pig had been purchased as a baby and then put in a barn,” Moore said. “She sat in that barn for 11 years.”
Moore adopted Anna, regardless of her extensive medical needs and the questionable amount of time she has left in her life. Anna arrived at the sanctuary that is now her forever home.
Moore put a blanket on Anna and stood guard, keeping other curious rescued animals away from her so that she could adjust to her new surroundings.
“This is Anna’s spot,” Moore informed a curious goat who stood in the doorway.
Anna’s hooves had never been trimmed, so not only was she an emotional wreck, she was also in terrible pain. “She could not stand without crying out, and only kneeled or stood back on her heels,” Moore said. Anna had to be put under anesthesia to get her hooves trimmed because she was in so much pain.
When Anna returned from the vet after the first of a series of hoof-trimming, and after a nice relaxing bath, she was almost unrecognizable.
“She is a different pig! When she first got home she let me scratch her while she was still in her crate and I was amazed!” Moore said. “Then I helped her get out of the crate and fed her grapes from my hand!”
Anna can now stand up and walk around without crying and Moore is spending some really good quality time with her.
Hannah is still too scared and sad to be touched is finally enjoying belly rubs. Moore can hardly believe the progress in just four days.
Anna will undergo treatments for her skin and hooves, and will likely still suffer from arthritis for the rest of her life because of the neglect she suffered.
“In time we trust that Anna will be running through the meadows and acting like a regular everyday potbellied pig,” Moore said. “It will just take a lot of time, a lot of effort, probably some heartbreak, and a whole lot of love.”
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