Healing comes from love. And loving every living thing in turn helps you love yourself. - Portia de Rossi
Portia was also born on 2nd September 2018, on a different type of pig farm than most people might imagine - one that breeds so-called "miniature" pigs. Not much research was undertaken into the reality of living with a pig prior to Portia's purchase - although she was very well cared for and loved, her family did not check whether their council allowed people to keep pigs (they don't, many do not), their neighbours started threatening to harm the pig, and their dogs were causing her some stress.
Portia is indeed a smaller breed of pig than those used in commercial piggeries, but there are no true miniature pigs in Australia - she will still likely grow to 150kg. We are regularly asked to take in pigs purchased on impulse - and we want to take this moment to stress once again that a pig, like any companion animal, is a commitment for their lifetime. Living arrangements may change, work commitments may change, you may have health issues, these things are a part of life and somewhat unavoidable. Animals in our care rely on us - if you do not have reliable back up arrangements in place, please think twice before taking on any animal, especially a pig.
You can sponsor Portia and her friends below.
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