Nestled within the State of Illinois is a small haven for unwanted potbellied pigs. There are no big signs leading into it. Basically if you aren’t aware of the plight of so many unwanted potbellied pigs, you might never know the love that is shared there in this safe haven for the unwanted potbelly pigs.
The owner, Pauline Myers and her husband, has been known to drive all over the state and surrounding states to come to the rescue of those potbellies that have no place to go and are unwanted. Her love of pigs show in their care. Each pen has it’s own fruit tree planted and guarded with fencing so it has time to grow and produce fruit for the pigs living within those pens. Then there is a larger area where they can roam free during the day and cool off in pools and mud holes made just for them.
This place is heaven sent and full of love and can be found near Rockford IL. A place filled with love and caring for a lot of little potbellied pigs.
Sometimes with all the right intentions and plans, it is not enough. Life sometimes throws a punch. And that is exactly what has happened to a sanctuary in Polk City, Florida with 189 animals. Now they must downsize and do it quickly. We need to place over 100 pigs from Polk City Florida.
Please help by adopting one or two; or fostering; or by helping to find homes that will take a couple at a time. Simple math is that if we, working together, can find 50 homes willing to take 2, then that will be 100 pigs placed.
If you can do none of the above, then please consider making a donation to help feed them until homes can be found. Time is of the essence and food is a must. You can make a donation through FAREC by using and sending to Just be sure to mark it for the FL rescue pigs. You may also mail a check to FAREC 1822 Meister Hills Rd, Deer Lodge TN 37726-4307 Also in the memo put for FL rescue pigs. This way we can call it right in to the feed store. Please don’t allow them to die without food. That is a slow painful death.
We also need help in Florida with helping to feed them while homes are being found. One day or a week. Just need help. Also need help with fencing that is coming down. Water is a must for them also. Need someone to water daily and also funds to keep the electric on so they can be watered. This is all urgent.
Once we have homes lined up, we will work on a fundraiser to transport all of them to their new homes. But remember, we can not do it without you. Please help the pigs today. Call us at 931-863-2202 or email us at YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
We always love good updates. When we took in Malcomb, now renamed Sherwood, we had no idea if you could ride him. We just knew he was a logging mule for the Amish in the NE. His new owner, Linda fell in love with his picture and when she came to meet him. She then decided to see if he would ride and he does and is doing great. He has gained some weight and they are working short rides to build his muscle up. Here is what she sent along with the picture.
"Sherwood is doing great, enjoys his little rides, gaining some weight along his topline & some muscle. He sends you a mule kiss..."
We miss him very much but know he is happy and loved
One of the most important things of pet pig ownership or rescuing is knowing how to move the pig. We hope that some of these tips will help not only the first time pig owner adopting a piglet but the one with the larger pet pig that needs to get to a vet.
Training a baby piglet.
When you first bring your piglet home and while it is small there are some things you can do that will help not only you but your veterinarian in the future.
Halter and lead train it
Buy a large or Xlg crate and train it to sleep in it. This way as it grows and you need to move it or take it to a vet, it will not stress when being crated. Teach it that the crate is a good safe place. Why an XLG? Because the pig will grow and it will always need extra room. It is one of the best investments you will make for your pig(s).
Teach it to come when called
Teach it to walk up and down a ramp
Getting an older larger pet pig to a vet -
At this point, if the pet pig has been trained as a baby, you will have no problem but if not here are some tips.
Teaching it to walk a ramp.
Make sure there are sides on the ramp and that if homemade the boards are close together. This will make him feel more secure.
Use outdoor carpet or the heavy kind of carpet used for cleaning off your shoes and boots before entering the house.
Every few inches nail on "cross slats" even though you have it carpeted, this will help them be able to maneuver it without slipping. If a pig slips, it will be harder to convince him to try again but you can do it.
Use your pigs favorite food, such as cheese, and lay it out up the ramp. Be sure also to repeat it when you are training him to come down.
Never hurry them but keep them moving either up or down.
Use a sorting board behind the pig to keep him going in the direction you want.
Always praise them for doing what they are told. Pigs love praise.
Crating it
If it has never been in a crate before, you need to exercise patience and perseverance.
First make sure there is some thing in the bottom of the crate, such as a rubber mat, newspaper, hay or old blankets.
Put the pig in a small area and open the crate door. If at all possible, back him into it. If you get him lined up so that his butt is near the crate, you can use a large bucket or large box and slowly back him up into the crate. Do not hurry but move steady and stay calm.
Never haul in the back of a pickup truck unless it is cool and short distance. Re-enforce the crate door with a bungi cord and make sure that the door is facing the rear so that the wind doesn’t blow directly into the crate. You can also put the crate near the back tailgate to help prevent the door from coming open. Use this method with caution.
It is best to load crate into a van or into an enclosed horse trailer for transporting.
You can help if you wet the hay or blankets in the bottom of the crate or horse trailer if that is what you are using.
Never leave the animal in a car locked up as it will over heat and then the pet pig will die. Remember that pigs cannot stand extended high heat since they can’t sweat. It is up to you to maintain them in a cool area when transporting.
Never haul a pig loose in the back of a pickup truck.
 Loading a pig into a horse trailer or crate by yourself -
Invest in a hydraulic lift table or have boards such as 2 X 6's or 2 X 4's to push the crate up into the trailer or truck. When unloading stand in front of it and bring it down the boards slow backwards so that the pig is not forced into the door of the crate with his snout. Be aware of his weight and have help if he is to large for you to hold.
If you need more information, please feel free to contact Forgotten Angels Rescue & Education Center at 931-863-2202 or on the web at or by email at Never allow the pig to be come over heated in hot weather.
We all love good heartfelt stories and because of each of you who care, these stories and many others have very happy endings. But we can't do it without your continued help.
Please donate today to help the next ones in need. Our coffers are empty so any and all donations will be appriciated and put to helping animals everywhere.
 You can donate through to or you can mail a check to FAREC, 1822 Meister Hills Rd, Deer Lodge, TN 37726-4307.
 You may also designate where those funds must be used. You will recieve a tax deductible thank you letter for each donation. Every dime you donate goes to the animals in need.
 All the animals thank you. You are their voice.
Forgotten Angels Rescue & Education Center Inc.
Forgotten Angels Rescue & Education Center Inc. • 1822 Meister Hills Rd • Deer Lodge • TN • 37726-4307
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