“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” ― Dr. Seuss
Birth Date: 15 June 2012 Arrival: 14 Jan 2013
In Victoria, Australia, during the summer of 2012 a lost little piggy was found wandering the streets of a semi rural area. Taken to the RSPCA, Dr Seuss was then lucky enough to find himself taken to a wonderful Victorian animal sanctuary, Edgar's Mission.
At the same time, just outside Canberra, Australia, we had just lost our dear friend, Little Timmy Piglet. Timmy had passed away suddenly after seeming to be on the mend from a long illness. His sibling, Tiger, was heartbroken, and wandered the paddock groaning and crying. Hearing of Timmy Piglet's passing, Edgar's Mission founder Pam Ahern thought that Dr Seuss might be the perfect new friend for Tiger, and right she was.
Those of you who've ever known a pig (or two) know just how distinct their personalities are - just like us - no two are the same. Sadly, most people never get the opportunity to know a pig, or most farmed animals, and never get to know just how incredible they are. At best we'll see farmed animals as we drive past them in a paddock, or see them in a situation like a petting zoo, where they are really not afforded the opportunity to be themselves and act according to their personalities. As for animals like pigs and turkeys, the majority of them are raised in huge industrial shed complexes, tucked away far from the view of the public.
Dr Seuss and his friends show us how pigs and other farmed animals have their own personalities, their own desires, their own fears. If we allow our hearts and minds to open enough to see ourselves in these animals - not that we are the same in all ways - but in the ways that matter - we are - what harm can we afford them?
Dr Seuss is an incredibly sweet, happy boy who loves nothing more than a belly rub, or chasing the tractor - oh hang on, yes he loves bread more than all of those things! This boy holds an essential place in our hearts.
You can sponsor Dr Seuss and his friends here.
Sponsor a Pig
Pigs are the flagship species for Little Oak – indeed it was a pig who inspired us to start the sanctuary and of all animals, they hold a very special significance to us. Pigs are amazing beings, they are smart, funny characters, sadly we rarely get to see them as the individuals they are. Today, over 5 million pigs are confined in sheds across the country each year. Their lives are short and filled with suffering - but it doesn't have to be this way.
When you sponsor a pig you will be helping protect pigs. Your sponsorship will support Little Oak's essential advocacy work – sharing the stories of individual pigs and the plight of their kind across the nation.
Sponsor today, and we'll take you on a journey to learn more about pigs through our regular updates - exclusive only to our monthly sponsors. We'll also keep you up to date on how your monthly gifts are helping to secure a brighter future for the pigs at Little Oak, and their kind across Australia.
Buys a bag of feed for the pigs
Feed a pig for a month
Provides food and vet care for pigs in our care