South Carolina animal refuge seeks ‘piggy cuddlers’ to help socialize rescue pigs

South Carolina animal refuge seeks ‘piggy cuddlers’ to help socialize rescue pigs looking for new homes

BATESBURG-LEESVILLE, S.C. — A South Carolina farm and animal sanctuary needs volunteers, and there is no heavy lifting involved, at least not yet.

Cotton Branch Farm Sanctuary recently issued a Facebook plea seeking volunteer “piggy cuddlers” to help socialize 100 rescue pigs in order to prepare them for forever homes, WCTV reported.

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Posted by Cotton Branch Farm Sanctuary on Thursday, January 23, 2020
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Joshua Carpenter Costner, the farm’s director of operations, told the TV station the pigs were among some 500 found malnourished and neglected at the home of hoarder in Kentucky.

According to WGHP, prospective pig cuddlers must be at least 18 years old or accompanied by a parent or guardian if between the ages of 16 and 18. Cuddling typically involves feeding the pigs snacks and the occasional belly rub.

“We had one person call from New York City to find out where the nearest airport was to fly in to,” Carpenter Costner told WCTV, adding, “We’ve been getting emails and phone calls from people in Canada, Germany, U.K., people all around the U.S. Our phones, emails, and social media messages have just been blowing up.”

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Eleven piglets born on Jan. 7 are pictured in the nursery at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado, on Jan. 13, 2020. South Carolina’s Cotton Branch Farm Sanctuary recently issued a Facebook plea seeking volunteer “piggy cuddlers” to help socialize 100 rescue pigs in order to prepare them for forever homes.
Eleven piglets born on Jan. 7 are pictured in the nursery at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado, on Jan. 13, 2020. South Carolina’s Cotton Branch Farm Sanctuary recently issued a Facebook plea seeking volunteer “piggy cuddlers” to help socialize 100 rescue pigs in order to prepare them for forever homes. (RJ Sangosti/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)