Norton, MA - January 29, 2013: In late October of 2012, drivers along Interstate 495 in Bolton, MA, reported seeing a piglet grazing along side the highway. The piglet was ultimately rescued from the dangerous freeway by police, assisted by the Animal Rescue League of Boston. Since the rescue, the piglet has been living at the Animal Rescue League's shelter in Dedham, MA. Several attempts were made to find the owner, but no one came forward to claim the

Willow will arrive at her new home,
Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary,
on Friday, February 1, 2013.

little lost piglet. Chances are, she was most likely destined for auction or slaughter. Since no owner was found, the piglet was put up for adoption.


Willow, now about six or seven months old, is believed to be a Yorkshire pig, the type typically used for meat for human consumption. When found, she had an auction tag number in her ear. The wire on the tag was so tightly twisted that as Willow grew, the tag embedded itself in her ear and had to be removed by the veterinarians at the Animal Rescue League of Boston. Her ear has completely healed since the removal of the tag.


Willow was spayed at Tufts Large Animal Hospital in Grafton, MA, the cost of which was paid for by League donors. Finding a home for a piglet is not an easy task. Great care must be taken to find just the right home for a still growing pig that requires ample space to grow and exercise with an adoptive family that can provide her with the right diet, companionship, and of course, lots of love and attention.


The Animal Rescue League of Boston began calling different zoos and sanctuaries in the New England area. Unfortunately, no one was able to house a pig, and those that already had pigs in their care were unable to add to their current populations. The organizations contacted were helpful and tried to help by forwarding some potential leads.


An anonymous Animal Rescue League donor, who had helped to cover the cost of Willow's spay, mentioned that perhaps Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary might be able to help. Debra White, President of Winslow Farm, was contacted and told about Willow. Debra met with the Animal Rescue League and agreed to give Willow a permanent home at the Sanctuary.


When asked about Willow's personality, Ashely Arseneau of the Animal Rescue League of Boston said, "Since Willow has had quite a bit of exposure to people and other animals here at the shelter, she seems to be well rounded. She enjoys hanging around people, belly rubs, and scratches. She can be a bit of a food hound. She will beg for food and gets very excited over it. She will squeal very loudly during feeding time!"


Debra White said this about Willow, "Willow is one of the lucky ones. She was most likely on her way to life of suffering, crammed into a gestation crate until she was slaughtered, which is where most pigs for human consumption are kept. They are literally born to suffer and then die. Willow will exercise in the fresh air, she will see the sun, and she will be free. These are the least of what every animal deserves." (More information regarding the use of gestation crates can be found at http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/confinement_farm/facts/gestation_crates.html.)


Debra is now building a new living space for Willow at the sanctuary, the cost of which was covered by the same generous donor who has helped to support Willow from the beginning. Debra is now comfortable with the final construction, and Willow will take her place among over 200 other animals who have found a safe haven at Winslow Farm on Friday, February 1.


Since Willow and all rescued animals that reside at Winslow Farm will be able to live out their lives there, public support is crucial, and donations towards the housing and care of the animals are truly appreciated.


Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary is a nonprofit, stay-for-life sanctuary, established for the rescue and care of abused and abandoned animals and animal education. Winslow Farm is owned and operated by Debra White, President, and is home to over 200 animals including, sheep, goats, horses, llamas, alpacas, exotic birds, pigs and more. Visitors to Winslow Farm can enjoy a guided tour of the sanctuary, as well as its many amenities including, nature trail, full playground, campfire, perennial garden, and on-site eatery. Winslow Farm offers year round fundraising and educational events, those events can be found on their website at www.winslowfarm.com. All donations to Winslow Farm are tax-deductible.


Founded in 1899, The Animal Rescue League (ARL) of Boston is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing domesticated animals and wildlife from suffering, cruelty, abandonment, and neglect. In addition to the organization's animal rescue, law enforcement, shelter, and veterinary headquarters in Boston, the ARL of Boston operates shelters in Boston, Dedham, and Brewster, Massachusetts. The ARL of Boston also maintains a fleet of specialized animal ambulances and rescue vehicles and a mobile Spay Waggin' providing subsidized spay/neuter services throughout Massachusetts' South Shore and Cape Cod.