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About Pigs 'n' Paws

Pigs ‘n’ Paws is a registered non-profit company that takes in unwanted, abused and abandoned pet pigs to give them sanctuary, allowing them to live as natural lives as possible.

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Sanctuary for the Unwanted

Pigs ‘n’ Paws is a registered non-profit company that takes in unwanted, abused and abandoned pet pigs to give them sanctuary, allowing them to live as natural lives as possible. All our pigs are free roaming, constantly interacting with us and each other on our accommodating smallholding lying in the outskirts of Pretoria.

We realised when we got our first pig as a pet in 2004 that there would be a need for a pig Sanctuary in South Africa. Too many people were buying piglets from pet shops and breeders without realising all the consequences of owning a pig. Although they make wonderful pets, they are not easily manageable, are highly intelligent, manipulative and destructive if lonely or bored. And of course, people did not realise that ‘farm’ animals are not allowed within certain residential areas which gave their neighbours plenty to complain about!

Sanctuary for All Pigs and Paws

We have taken in Pot Bellies from Sandton, had a pig flown to us from George, and taken in 5 pigs from a lady whose husband threatened to send to the abattoir – to name just a few examples. We have also gone into informal settlements and educated people on how to keep their pigs to ensure better living conditions for these wonderful animals.

As for the Paws part of the NPC, we also foster rescue dogs and rehabilitate and re-home them using proper adoption procedures, applications, and home checks. We use the “pack” method of rehabilitation, allowing the dogs the freedom to live around us and in our home. This gives the lost and the traumatised the warmth of being in a home and the stability and companionship of being in a pack. All our dogs are sterilised, vaccinations are up to date and are de-wormed regularly.

Founders and Directors

Meet the heart and soul of Pigs ‘n’ Paws. Starting from the left standing at the back is Darrell Olivier and next to him is Nicky Malot. Sitting in front of Nicky is Leslie Giles and on her right is Antoinette Steyn and the last lady in the row is Shelly Drynan. This team of people are dedicated to the well-being of all their rescues and is willing to go the extra mile for their animals.