Near the end of February, Heartland was contacted by a humane officer about a potbellied pig in absolutely dire circumstances. For months, this potbellied pig lived alone in a dark and windowless cramped space with no access to fresh air or sunshine. She didn’t have straw to keep her warm. Water was scarce. Food came in the form of corn and rotten table scraps thrown to her every few days. That was the extent of any social interaction. Her days were spent in darkness, alone. She wasn’t even given a name.

Now, her life has changed. Heartland staff, with the help of the humane officer, rescued the potbellied pig who has never known love or kindness. She was taken from her locked, dark shed and brought to the UW Veterinary Clinic, where she gulped down the first fresh water she’d received in some time. She’s dehydrated, extremely overweight from her poor diet, her hooves are severely overgrown, and her skin is patchy with mange and open, painful wounds. She has a long road ahead of her. But at last, she has a name – say hello to Harriet.

Donate to help with Harriet’s vet care

After a night at the vet, Harriet came home to Heartland. She enjoyed a proper breakfast (potbellied pig feed and fresh veggies) and was led to her new stall. She rooted around in fresh straw and blankets – a first for her. She eventually let out a loud, contented sigh, and promptly fell asleep. It had been a long 24 hours for this girl.

The beginning of Harriet’s story was filled with heartbreak. But now, she will only know love and kindness.

Donate today to help with Harriet’s lifelong care and vet bills. Or you can sign up to be her sponsor.

With your help, this will be the beginning of Harriet’s happily ever after. Make sure to stay tuned for more photos as she blooms and heals at our sanctuary.

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