Lil' Orphan Hammies

Rating: 5 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: PO Box 924 Solvang CA 93464 USA

Mission: At Lil' Orphan Hammies, our primary mission is to provide rescue, a safe environment, enrichment, and excellent care for pot-bellied pigs that are homeless, abandoned, neglected, or abused. This includes ensuring appropriate medical care, encouraging socialization, and careful rehabilitation of pigs with behavioral problems. We adhere to a strict "No-Kill" policy; never euthanizing an animal unless it is suffering from a mortal wound or terminal illness. OTHER ASPECTS OF OUR ONGOING MISSION: <3 Alerting the public to issues with unscrupulous breeders, the prevalence of misinformation, zoning ordinances, neglect, and abuse. <3 Promoting pot-belly adoption or rehoming with well informed owners who have been screened to ensure that they can provide a proper environment and accommodate all of the pig's needs. <3 Strongly encouraging the spay or neuter of all pet pigs and providing spay and neuter resources to those in need of assistance. <3 Providing additional educational outreach by participating in local and state events, manning booths and distributing materials, participating in school events, accepting public speaking engagements, and functioning as advocates, ambassadors and educators when media outlets are available. <3 Aggressively combating unscrupulous breeders by providing accurate, up-to-date information about pig breeds and the care they require; and dispelling some of the prevalent myths that potential pig owners are subjected to. <3 Actively networking with other rescue resources for purposes of rescue, adoption referral, and the exchange and distribution of information. <3Providing assistance to shelters and other rescue organizations by sharing our skills, resources, and equipment.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Sue and Lil Orphan Hammies is a rescue pig's dream home. Sue and her wonderful volunteer friends tirelessly tends to the individual needs of each of her rescues. The pigs have individual areas and Sue ensure they all get along and get fed. She is an angel!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Lil' Orphan Hammies does what few rescue organizations do...take care of abandoned and neglected pot bellied pigs. Too often these piglets are sold to unsuspecting buyers who believe the pigs will always remain small. When they grow to over 200 lbs they are often neglected or abandoned. Lil' Orphan Hammies gives these pigs a chance at a life they wouldn't otherwise have. I'm happy to support Lil' Orphan Hammies and the terrific work they do.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I cannot get enough of Lil Orphan Hammies! Each pig is so unique and Sue knows each one's name just by a glance. From "little" Bentley to massive Valentine it is such a joy to spend time with these wonderful animals. Sue has shared so much knowledge with her visitors and the surrounding community. Her love and devotion for pigs is obvious from the first moment you meet Sue and you can't help but grow in love for them with each visit.

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Rating: 5 stars  

In my many years of rescuing potbellied pigs I am proud to have worked directly and indirectly with Sue, the Joan of Arc who owns and operates Lil'OrphanHammies. She has saved countless pigs over the years from cruelty, starvation and abuse. She has provided shelter, food, vet support and most important loving care for one of the most misunderstood creatures on our planet. Her tireless efforts have saved many pigs lives and she has provided a forever home for hundreds of pigs to just be pigs. Through her educational promoting and numerous spearheaded events she helps to inform and enlighten the world about the wonderful friends pigs can be as the fifth most intelligent animal in the world. ZPH

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Rating: 5 stars  

Sue took care of my pig when I couldn't. He was there for many years and Sue treated him like her own as she did all the others. I never worried knowing he was there. Even when he got sick she gave him medication, hand fed him and helped him any way she could. I could not have asked for a better situation for him. It's been 7 years since he died and Sue and I are still friends and I still go visit the sanctuary once or twice a year. She really gives her everything for those pigs.

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Give them more funding so Sue could put all her great ideas into action.

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2013

Rating: 5 stars  

Sue of Lil Orphan Hammies gives her blood, sweat and tears for pigs. She has so much patience and love for these wonderful creatures and gives so much of her time trying to educate the public. She takes in the elderly and sickly that would not otherwise have a chance at knowing love and kindness.
Her years of experience have given her the knowledge necessary to give these "unwanted" pigs a safe, nurturing environment to flourish in. She is always willing to answer any questions and help us newbies in loving our pigs. Her dedication to the cause is inspirational!

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Life-changing

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2013

Rating: 5 stars  

When I got my piglet in 1998 I found Lil Orphan Hammies on a yahoogroups list and we got to know Suey and what she does for pigs. She has saved countless lives of pigs. She also educates the public about the care and welfare of pigs. Suey is my hero for what she does. She has devoted her life to supporting and caring for her rescue pigs. She keeps them clean, fed and loved. They have a great habitat at Lil Orphan Hammies. I hope she gets the credit she deserves. I treasure her.

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No changes are needed except more help

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2013

Rating: 5 stars  

Not only does Sue rescue pigs, but she helps other rescuers as well. In 2007, when my health started failing, Sue flew to New Mexico to help get my pigs ready to go to other sanctuaries.

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2013

Rating: 5 stars  

I have an adopted pig. His name is Mac and he is such a joy to my life! These animals are so smart I highly recommend giving them a lovable home!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Lil' Orphan Hammies is a great resource for humans who want or have pigs as pets. I like that they put out PSA on Facebook the truth about getting a pig of your own. Like, there are no mini, micro, pixie or any other name for a miniature pig. Had we saw this before getting Emily I'm pretty sure we would not have done so. She's also very much into rescuing and re-homing piggies.

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