ARL Pig Duo Celebrates One-Year Anniversary at Brewster Shelter

Pigs rescued from barn fire last year, now waiting to find forever homes...
One of two pigs waiting for an adopter at the Brewster Animal Rescue League shelter. (ARL photo)

Nearly a year after being rescued from a horrific barn fire in Holliston, MA, a pair of pigs at the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) Brewster Animal Care and Adoption Center are still waiting to find their forever homes.

Scarlett and Penelope were just three-months-old when they came to ARL in January 2017. They suffered second-degree burns and smoke inhalation during the fire, and tragically more than 40 other animals did not survive. A third pig that originally came in with Scarlett and Penelope was recently adopted.

The pigs are healthy, happy, friendly, and have grown tremendously; but it is imperative they find a permanent home. The duo are being kept in a barn and are free to roam and graze in an adjacent paddock, but it is not their true home.

ARL’s median length of stay for animals other than cats or dogs is just 21 days – Scarlett and Penelope have far exceeded that. With limited barn space, having animals for this length of time prohibits ARL from helping other livestock animals in need – however it should be noted that the duo will stay with ARL until they find a forever home.

Pigs do make wonderful pets with their heightened intelligence can be trained to live in the home!

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