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Phone: 805-693-9953
PO Box 924
California 93464

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Target demographics: provide Rescue and a Sanctuary for Miniature and Pot-Bellied Pigs that people no longer want.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 140 pigs

Geographic areas served: Solvang, CA

Programs: Education, networking with animal control and humane societies, transportation of animals needing rescue, a life-long sanctuary, adoption services. 100% of the donations go directly to the pigs. Lil Orphan Hammies has been rescuing pigs since 1992. The founder, Sue Parkinson, works tirelessly and cares passionately for these amazing animals.

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.


<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.
2014 marks our 22nd anniversary. During the last 20 years, Lil' Orphan Hammies has rescued more than 1000 miniature pigs. Eligible pigs are adopted to qualified new forever homes. Elderly, infirm, and unadopted pigs find permanent respite in our sanctuary.

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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... more »
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' ... more »
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. ... more »
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