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Can you provide this orphaned Hampshire pig with hogs and kisses?

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Can you provide this orphaned Hampshire pig with hogs and kisses?

Published by Lettie Buxton at 5:04pm 2nd March 2020. (Updated at 5:21am 3rd March 2020)

A "very friendly" pot-bellied pig is on the hunt for a permanent home after he was left alone when his owner died.

The four-year-old pig, who is named Dad Pig, is currently being cared for in his smallholding in North Warnborough, Hampshire.

Now the search is on for someone who can provide him with a forever home with the company he needs.

RSPCA Inspector Jan Edwards explained that pigs are very social and they need company:

“So it would be great to find Dad Pig somewhere he can go to live alongside other pigs.

“Sadly his owner passed away just before Christmas.

"Since then people who live nearby have been kindly looking after him but he desperately needs to find a new home so we’re appealing to anyone who can help to give him the second chance he deserves.

"He’s four years old and very friendly.”

Jan encouraged anyone who is thinking of rehoming a rescue pig to research what is needed to meet the welfare and legal requirements.

She also said pig owners need "licences to move and certificates to exercise their animals".

Jan added that rehoming a pig is a big commitment because some breeds can live to 25 years old: 

"They need a lot of specialist care as well enough space and the right living conditions.

"Pigs need plenty of space and they are strong animals so owners should have secure, safe fencing to stop them escaping.

"They need housing with a clean, straw bedding, which is not drafty and protects them from the cold and sun as they have difficulty keeping cool in summer and warm in winter."

To find out more about Dad Pig and offer him a home, call 0300 123 8018 and leave a message for Inspector Jan Edwards.