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A Federally Registered

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Little OinkBank Pig Sanctuary

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We work hard here at LOBPS to create a wonderful home for the Babes in our herd. This is ongoing work providing the nutritional, medical, emotional, physical care these, and all Earthlings need and deserve.  You can help!  Please consider a monthly sponsorship option, or a one-time donation.  Click on the Earthling you would like to sponsor and follow the instructions on CanadaHelps for monthly donation options!


MONTHLY SPONSORSHIP

PIGS:  $50 PER MONTH

COWS: $100 PER MONTH

GOATS AND SHEEP:  $25 PER MONTH

DUCKS AND CHICKENS:  $15 PER MONTH

DOGS AND CATS:  $10 PER MONTH

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Angel

Angel, along with her companion Happy, her daughter Frannie and another little guy named Oakley all came from a backyard butcher. It’s likely Angel was used to breed babies for meat. Her mate Happy is a mini pig, so Angel’s daughter Frannie is half mini pig, half Yorkshire.

Angel is fiercely protective of Frannie. Can you blame her? They were tortured in addition to having their family members ripped away, with rocks and bricks thrown at them until they bled.

Fortunately a fairy godmother named Geana saw this horrific abuse and got them away from this backyard operation. But she couldn’t keep them. And then she found us and we were able to get them all here safely to Little OinkBank, their forever home.

Angel has always been sweet and affectionate, now best friends with Grace, our other big girl. We have had to work hard to build Happy’s trust and Oakley and Frannie are still works in progress.

Angel is proof that “locally sourced”, “small batch”, “family farm” “meat” is just as terrible as any large scale animal processing facility.

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Apple

Apple is one of the smartest babes here. Her person worked with me for a year to try to curb the aggressive tendencies that come with being an only house pig. One thing pigs absolutely need is consistency and when not everyone in a house is able to be consistent, training just won’t work on someone as smart as Apple. She only tried her old tricks a few times with us before she was met with the consistency that was needed. Now she is as happy as can be. She knows she’s not top hog so she doesn’t need to stress about it. Her absolute best pal is Wilbur with Buttons rounding out their trio. Even though she is fully an outdoor pig, Apple still manages to make mischief, sauntering out of the pasture through the gate as I go in with my hands full. She ignored all the food in sight, determined to have an adventure around the (fenced) yard (looking for a freezer door to open, I’m sure). But at heart, she’s always a good girl and she came back for dinner soon enough.

Apple is an example of the lie that having a pig in your house is the same as having a dog. Pigs are MUCH smarter and much stronger.

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Archie

Archie is one of Bear's babies.  He's her only boy.  Archie is the only ginger in a sea of black sisters, but he more than holds his own with them.  You will find him cuddled with his mom, sisters and cousins.

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Artemis

Artie is Bear's baby.  A big, strong, fearless girl, she is little sister to Honey, and big sister to Star and Archie.  She was always the most brave of Bear's babes, which was why we named her after the goddess of the hunt. 

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Axel

This big fluffy babe is one of Momma’s original surprises. He has the same body shape and white tail tip as his Momma. Axel took her teachings to fear humans the most to heart and he is a very timid boy, sticking close to Momma all the time, but we continue to work with him. He is just the sweetest soul who would never hurt anyone.

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Babe

Omg. I love this pig! Babe came to us with her sister JubeJube. Both of them were very timid but Babe is so sweet and trusting and she was flopping for belly rubs soon enough. For obvious reasons, she doesn’t like to have the top of her head touched, but bellies are very far from ears. Her favourite pastimes are being adorable and suntanning at every opportunity.

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Baker

We caught Baker running along the Trans-Canada Highway last spring. We got him neutered and he joined the “Backyardigans”. Once we moved to Oliver, he snuck in with Ellie, our little gal who is separated from the main herd because of hind end mobility problems. He’s been by her side ever since, so it just made sense for him to move in with Ellie and Daphne (her original mate) when they got new digs this week. Baker Baxter is just the sweetest, most loyal and laidback little babe around.

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Beatrice

Beatrice. One of SweetPea’s babes, Beatrice, aka Bean entered the world April 25, 2018, stealing my Vancouver Sun Run glory and changing our lives forever. She likes a good scritch on her terms and, with her twin sister Francine (Frankie), likes to remind her little brother Cartman that they are the boss of him (when they’re not cuddling him). Always a source of joy, we love this little gal.

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Bear

My shady lady, how I love you. Sweet Bear is one of the OG OP trio of Momma, Bear and SweetPea. Here she is snuggled with her surprise babies in the straw this morning. Bear was afraid of people when she first came here but now she loves a good ear or belly scritch. My familiar and muse, if I started a detective agency, she would be my partner.

I may go out tomorrow if I can borrow a coat to wear.

Oh I’d step out in style with my sincere smile and Shady Bear.

Outrageous. Alarming. Courageous. Charming.

Oh who would think that Care and Bear would be well-accepted everywhere. It’s just amazing how fair people can be.

Seen at the nicest places where well-fed faces all stop and stare.

Making the grandest entrance is Carrie Shogan and Shady Bear.

They’ll love us. Won’t they?

They feed us! Don’t they?

Oh who would think that Care and Bear would be well-accepted everywhere. It’s just amazing how fair people can be.

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Bertram

Bertram Hugh, my little Cray brother, is 1/3 of who I lovingly call The Goon Squad (Bunsen and Dudley rounding it out), in that they will follow me around and chase any pig I’m loving on away until they have had their fair (100%) share of the Mummy Cuddles. Bert is far from the biggest babe, but his personality is enormous, as his capacity to love. He came to us from a New West animal shelter and immediately settled in to the House Herd alongside his brother Bunsen and if there is trouble to be made, you can bet they are behind it. Bert makes every day a wonderful one.

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Bunsen

Dr. Bunsen Ryan Honeydew

Bun is 2/3 of the Goon Squad terrorizing everyone for Mummy Cuddles. He is also by far the most beautiful boy here, of which he reminds us constantly, and we can’t disagree. He is also a lap pig, despite the fact he weighs almost 250lbs. Worth every minute with him as, like with his brother Bertie, his love is boundless as is his personality.

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Buttons

Buttons came to us with a lot of digestive problems and it took us a long time to regulate them. But that’s over now and her weight, as well as her skin is as good as it has ever looked. Buttons loves to cuddle with Wilbur and Apple and has a lot to say when it comes to tractor maintenance. We are so grateful she’s here.

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Cartman

The first boy baby born at LOB to SweetPea on April 25, 2018 (infamous date of the DENIAL of my SunRun accolades), Cartman was named as such because of his being constantly doted-on/bullied by big sisters Francine, Beatrice and Periwinkle (aka Frankie, Bean and PeeWee). Cartman is a cool young dude now, resembling his grandma (Momma) from his body shape right down to his sweet white bolero jacket markings, though he is still a mama’s boy at heart and snuggles with SweetPea at night. We are so in love with Cartman and couldn’t imagine life without him. 

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Charlotte

Charlotte came to us when another sanctuary closed its gates and she was a tough customer even then. When we lived in the Lower Mainland Charlotte was 100% food aggressive, and 60% life aggressive. But she was a sweet girl under that and longed for the attention and love we showed everyone regularly. We would give her scritches and she could tolerate them for so long, then she would swipe or charge. We knew we had a long road ahead.

Turns out that road led to Oliver. Since integrating with the whole herd, Charlotte is calm and collected. One of the babes. She floops for belly rubs and always has to loudly say good morning in the sweetest voice. Of all the pigs, we have seen one of the biggest changes in Charlotte and we are so happy she can finally relax and enjoy her life. 

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Daphne

Sweet little Daphne came to us with her partner Ellie when another sanctuary shut its gates. They were always together, bossing each other around adorably, when not cuddling.

When we moved the sanctuary Ellie came separately in a crate because of her mobility issues and Daphne travelled with the herd. We had already integrated many of them so there weren’t too many new faces for her. But Ellie went to a separate enclosure right beside the others and Daphne stayed with the main herd. No matter what, we couldn’t persuade her to get even close enough to Ellie’s area to see her. For several months, Ellie and Baker stayed together (little guy was small enough to sneak in and out whenever he wanted) but Daphne was alone. She had not made any friends and we could tell she was lonely.

Finally, with the completion of their new enclosure, we have been able to reunite Ellie and Daphne (and Baker, of course!) and they have resumed their loving, grumbly relationship as if no time has passed. 

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Daught

Sweet timid Daught is Momma’s little girl. Like her very big brother Axel, she listened well to Momma’s warnings about people. We are working slowly to teach her that we love her and she is safe with us.

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Dobby

I could post a million photos, a thousand videos of Dobby, and maybe I already have. I don’t have a favourite. You’re not supposed to have a favourite. But Dobby was our first “house pig” (hence the name), the first medical crises (from his uncertain future right at birth, to the terror of a 106* temperature and pneumonia, to the heartache of watching him with Dippity). And Dobby was the one who shattered my notion that we were somehow separated by species. He’s cool now. So cool, always big brother to Mini, and only gets cuddles when I go to him. But he always lies belly to belly with me, his nose cradled in my palms and sleeps deeply in the straw, content. I don’t have favourites, but Dobby keeps my heart locked snugly behind the white patch on his chest and I’m so glad it’s safe there.

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Dudley

3/3 Goon Squad member for mummy cuddles, Dudley is forgiven everything. My favourite squeaky mouse, Dudley came from a rough start with many homes in his first year before he came to us. But Dudley is a study in how people don’t speak pig, unless they really try. What was seen by everyone as aggression, was simply Dudley being Dudley. He flops for belly rubs when you get within 10 feet of him and you can see there’s not an aggressive bone in his body. Dudley gets as many cuddles as we can give him and it’s still not enough. But we’ll keep trying.

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Ellie

Star of my current favourite TikTok video, Ellie came to us with her gal Daphne, when another sanctuary closed its gates. Ellie is very opinionated and not afraid to let her views be known. She loves a good belly rub and is currently receiving laser treatments twice per day, which we were able to purchase thanks to The Billy Fund from PEACE, which assists with medical equipment and treatment for disabled sanctuary residents.

No one was able to tell me what happened to Ellie when she was originally injured before she came to us, but we were able to ascertain with the help of the VeryGoodVet that there doesn’t appear to be permanent spinal damage, just muscle atrophy. So our goal is blood and tissue stimulation, plus on-the-spot physical therapy, then sling-assisted walking therapy come the spring. We would love nothing more than to see Ellie using all four feet as she bosses Daphne and Baker around their enclosure in 2021.

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Felix

Felix and his three sisters came to us from an abuse/neglect seizure. They were muddy, terrified and malnourished. And they were nameless. Nobodies. They had been an afterthought, left to rot. It was important to us we acknowledge they were each someone special, worthy of love and life. We chose beautiful names for them to represent that: Vivian, Greta, Marigold and Felix. Slowly, they have come out of their shells and Felix is a unique, cool guy. As their bodies healed and thrived so did their personalities emerge. Felix is wary. He watches. He protects his little sisters. Felix comes from the Latin meaning “happy” or “lucky”. I hope he is lucky enough to find happiness and love that is here for him.

This video is Felix today. He is relaxed, he doesn’t run from us anymore and he interacts naturally in the herd. We believe he is healing from his past. He is a very wise and handsome babe and we love to watch his transformation into who he was meant to be. 

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Francine

The biggest, the bravest, and next to brother Cartman, the cuddliest of SweetPea’s babes, Frankie had no qualms stealing my Sun Run spotlight when she was born unexpectedly. She is always up for a scritch or belly rub, and loves hanging out with her twin sister Beatrice. She is a gentle girl, except when she flexes on her cousins if they start to forget she’s the oldest and biggest. We absolutely adore sweet Frankie.

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Frannie

You can’t have Angel without her sweet daughter Frannie. Rescued from the terribly abusive conditions of the good old “small family farm” backyard butcher, Frannie was understandably terrified of people. She, her mom Angel, her dad Happy and another little guy named Oakley were beaten, had rocks and bricks thrown at them till they were bleeding, and of course saw countless family members taken for slaughter, likely in front of them. Pretty grim, but that’s the reality of local, family-owned operations. Even fewer regulations than the big industrial facilities, and rampant, sadistic abuse goes unchecked.

Meanwhile, Fairy Godmother Geana worked her butt off to get these babes to a safe place and  Frannie and her family found safety with us. It has been a long road, but Frannie lets us give her some scritches on her back now. Angel is always close by, making sure her little one is safe, and is the perfect display of the incredible maternal bonds that form. Frannie’s personality is starting to shine and she’s a little mischievous one, likes to zoomie and absolutely adores her mom. No different than humans, really.

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Grace

Big Mama Grace took the long road to us. We got her from SaltSpring island when a backyard butchery facility had a change of heart after Grace jumped off the slaughter truck, she, her babies and their dad were on. She came back to LOBPS, but only for the night as we and a network of fairy godmothers had secured Grace a home at a sanctuary on the Sunshine Coast. It was a scary late November trip as neither our truck, nor our stock trailer were equipped to handle the changing winter conditions. But we made it and Gracie went home. We missed her before we had even said goodbye to her sweet, beautiful face.

Fast forward some time, and the wheels has been turning in a tenacious blonde woman’s head. She had seen a desperate need for transport and sanctuary support, and from this experience, a seed was planted in her furiously working mind. Sometime thereafter PEACE was born as the brainchild of Fairy Godmother Sarien Slabbert and the rest, as they say, is history.

Meanwhile Grace spent nearly a year on the Sunshine Coast being loved and spoiled. But as often happens, life got in the way and the sanctuary had to close its gates. Grace was coming home to us.

Since then she has lost some weight, which makes it easier for her to run (an incredible, joyful thing to see), she has become best friends with Angel (us big gals gotta stick together), and she has found motherhood again in the four siblings I discussed briefly yesterday; Felix, Vivian, Marigold and Greta, ensuring many hearts can find healing.

Our giant bunny rabbit, Grace is everything her name implies and we are so grateful she wound her way home to us eventually. 

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Greta

Sweet little Greta came to us with her brother Felix and sisters Marigold and Vivian. We don’t know their story except that it was not a good one. Greta was so tiny and thin. She was timid and afraid. When Big girl Gracie came, a family was formed and hearts began to heal. These babes had a Big Mama and Grace had recipients for her love. Greta is now a perfect little troublemaker. Everyone’s little sister and she lets us pet her for periods of time. While we understand they come from sadness and fear, we are always rewarded to see it slowly crumble away to reveal the amazing individual behind it. Watching Greta emerge is a joy.

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Happy

Frannie’s dad, Happy came to us with Angel and the gang from the horror show that is the backyard butcher as living proof that there is no such thing as “humane meat”. Happy was sad. He was traumatized and terrified of humans with the best of reasons, having been beaten, abused and forced his watch his loved ones endure the same fate and worse. But he had a lot to tell us. He always had things to say and talked so much. We went out of our way to listen to him. Eventually he would let me give him a gentle boop on the nose and now we give him one every morning when he fills us in on the goings-on of the herd. He also now enjoys a good scritch as he and every babe should, as long as we move slowly. I think Happy carries his past with him, but I also think he is closer to his name now than he has ever been.

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Herschel

Herschel came to us in a blizzard with his sister Olive. They came from the island and a neighbour called us to get them. Approximately eight or nine months old, Olive had already lost a litter of piglets in November, due to cold, improper nutrition, who knows what all else. They were being fed cat food when their owner remembered them and they would not let us near them when they came inside the house for quarantine. Olive gave birth to five babies two days after they came to safety and Herschel went for neuter surgery. Of the five babies only one lived and Joaquin is the perfect spitting image of his mom and his dad. But we were never able to reunite them until we moved to Oliver. Now Herschel is part of the old House Herd gang, usually cuddled beside Dobby and loves a good belly rub. Life is peaceful for him now. He never wonders what or when his next meal will be and he sleeps deeply in warm straw with good friends. His smile is radiant.

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Honey

Honey is the biggest of Bear’s babes, even bigger than her mom. She is always seen with her slightly smaller sister Artie, and with both of their being solid black, you had better get a good look if you want to make sure you’re calling her by her proper name!

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Joaquin

Our Little Big Pig, Joaquin is Olive and Herschel’s son and is the spitting image of both of them. He has nearly identical markings to Olive and his face and smile is all Herschel. But his attitude is all Joaquin.

He was born two days after we rescued his mom and dad in a blizzard and is the sole survivor of the five piglets who arrived that day. He is fearless and brave and loves a good belly rub and his personality is twice the size of his body. Though he is fiercely independent, you will always find him snuggled with his mom and often a cow or two for extra warmth.

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JubeJube

JubeJube came to us with her sister Babe. She was very timid. Babe would let us love on her right away, as long as we stayed away from the top of her head. JubeJube was a much harder sell. She watched and watched and we patiently loved on whoever would let us, always being sure to show her it was safe. It paid off and now JubeJube loves a good scritch. Still cuddling with Babe, JubeJube is also Auntie to all of Bear and SweetPea’s babes and helps keep them in line. One of the sweetest babes here, JubeJube’s personality has definitely come through. 

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Ludo

Ludo is Momma’s mystery man. Once inseparable from from his sister Luna, Ludo is fiercely quiet and definitely an introvert. But he is also brave and solid and walks with confidence. Such a beautiful boy, we are so grateful he is with us.

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Luna

Luna is Momma’s baby, inseparable from her brother Ludo. Like all Momma’s babies, Luna took her mother’s lessons to heart and stays away from people. Confident amongst her kind, we give her her space. We are nothing if not patient. We will be here when and if she and her siblings ever decide we are safe. 

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Marigold

Like her sisters, Greta and Vivian, and brother Felix, Marigold is someone special and she needed a name as special as she is when she got here. She came from neglect, but she is feisty and brave and a little survivor. It has been a pleasure and honour to meet her and get to know and love her spirit of survival.

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Millie

Millie came to us with Momo, Charlotte and Grace when another sanctuary closed its gates. She was fat blind and very timid with the other pigs, but she has since regained her sight which makes her much more confident. She has also made many friends though Momo is still her #1 snuggle buddy. Millie will stop, drop and roll for belly rubs on site and is the sweetest, most gentle girl. We are so glad she joined our herd.

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