Help Eve finally have
the joyful life she deserves.
Eve is a mini pot-bellied pig, about 3 years old. She was rescued from a miserable, terrifying, and desperately lonely life, where she was tied to the outside of her owner’s house, all alone, with no protection from the elements, and nothing to eat but human trash. She was repeatedly viciously attacked by her owner’s dogs. Thankfully, a caring neighbor took her in, and brought her to Skanda this January.
When Eve first arrived at Skanda, she wagged her little tail and walked up and down the horse aisles, allowing the horses to reach down and kiss her. The horses embraced her completely, and became her family. With us humans, Eve was affectionate and cuddly: she loved belly rubs, and trotted after the hay cart when we fed the horses. At night, she burrowed into her piles of hay and blankets, snorted, and seemed content. Sweet Eve is such an incredible addition to the Skanda family, and we feel so lucky to have her. She has touched our hearts, and brought a special new joy to Skanda. But the trauma of what she survived is still very much with her.
Over the next days, we saw that Eve is, understandably, easily triggered by noise, commotion, too many people in the barn, or any limits on her freedom. We easily adjusted barn activities to make sure she feels safe and supported.
Then Eve went into heat, and she seemed to turn into an entirely different person. The combination of her traumatic past plus hormones caused her level of frustration to intensify, and she became aggressive, lunging and biting at people, and even sometimes at the horses. Her aggression made it unsafe for children or volunteers to be in the barn, so we restricted access for the 3 worst days of her cycle. Then we learned that this would happen every 21 days! It was hard for us to imagine Eve experiencing this level of frustration and torment every three weeks. We also learned that un-spayed adult pigs are at high risk for ovarian tumors. We knew we needed to spay Eve, to finally give her a truly peaceful and healthy life.
For all these reasons, we have sought and found a veterinarian willing to do spay surgery on Eve — most veterinarians will only perform surgery on very young pigs, so this took some research to find. Eve is scheduled for surgery February 20th. The surgery will cost $600, and, having taken in several rescued animals this winter, we need help raising the funds to cover the cost. All donations are tax-deductible.