Jeka, Violet, & Ophelia – our one-year old Yorkshire Cross pigs – have been lucky in life. Since birth, they have only known love & kindness from people. They were born and raised by an ASPCA foster home in Florida prior to coming to Farmaste.
Their mom’s start to life was not as happy. She is a breeding sow who was rescued from the largest farm animal cruelty case in the Northeastern US. With the Westport Massachusetts Police Department, the ASPCA assisted with the rescue of over 1,000 farm animals from a 70-acre property. The conditions from which she was rescued were deplorable – many of the animals were showing signs of neglect and had no access to food or water. Deceased animals were mixed in with living animals throughout the property. These girls’ mom was one of the survivors, and the ASPCA placed her in a foster home where shortly after her arrival she gave birth to a litter that included Jeka, Violet, and Ophelia. You can see more about the rescue here.
We are so grateful for the ASPCA for assisting in this rescue and giving mom and her piglets a chance at lives filled with love, rather than neglect. We are also extremely thankful for the grant we received from the ASPCA to prepare adequate housing for these girls.
It has been a joy to get to know these girls and see their personalities emerge! Ophelia is the calm leader of the group. Her favorite activities are napping in the shade and wading in the pond. Jeka is always the first to great us. She is the smallest and most energetic of the group. She loves to play with her sister Violet. Violet loves human visitors and is always the first to flop over for a tummy rub. She will often stay tummy-up for an entire tour group. They are all so smart & affectionate – we couldn’t love them more.
Consider sponsoring one of these sisters to help provide for their ongoing care costs.