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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

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:

Results: 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.

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.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Such an awesome sanctuary! Rescued pigs of many sizes and colors live happily together here on several acres . They have little houses and various comfy places to snooze and relax, The premises is clean, well fenced and safe. Founder Susan is a great lady who clearly knows and loves pigs, and she knows by heart the name and the story of every one of her rescues. If I had a million bucks the first thing Id do would be to share it with Susan... but donations in any amount are appreciated- please give if you can.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Sue Parkinson, the founder and director of Lil" Orphan Hammies has proved in her actions alone and her commit of words that Sue is a Pig Angel and Pig Herd Mom all combined advocating for the well being of all pigs no matter their size, age, sex or color. She strives
with every breath to rescue, care for and love the most miss understood animal on our planet... PIGS. Her 5 acre sanctuary is dedicated to the housing, sectioned feeding, medical treatments and free explorer for all pigs lucky enough to find their hooves landing in Sue and her volunteers care. Over the past decade I have been fortunate to be involved in many rescues of pigs in need with Sue. She shares her knowledge freely and is always willing to lend a hand to any pig people in need. Her plus 25 years of experience has given her insight towards the proper care, socializing skills, dietary needs and proper health concern of hundreds of pigs passing through her sanctuary over the years. The work of educating the world about pigs has been Sue's life's work and one she takes pride in with anyone and everyone she meets each day. I am extremely proud of the work Sue has done for an animal that has very few people advocates to kindly help them on their journeys through life.

deniseallec

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 ZoomPigsHome

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Kelly85

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Leanne B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Rebecca65

Donor

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I only recently discovered the pig rescue world. I have never lived with a pig and have gotten so much useful information from this organization. Not only do they rescue pigs in need but also provide a huge amount of great literature. It's so important that people have accurate information before deciding to bring a companion of any kind into their home and LOH strives to educate people on what to expect when living with a pig. Thank you LOH for all the awesome info and of course for helping out all the piggies that are in need!

2 j.mager

Board Member

Rating: 5

I first discovered this organization about 16 years ago. I was beside myself with stress and unhappiness at the time; preparing for a move to the Bay Area and dealing with the earth-shattering realization that no Bay Area landlords would permit me to keep my companion Dexter, a rather large potbellied pig. After a chance meeting with LOH volunteers at a local event, Dexter's fate was no longer a quandry. He would have a wonderful new home and plenty of company. While I would miss him terribly, I would never have to worry over the quality of his life or whether or not he was being properly cared for. I went north to the Bay. Dexter went south to Solvang.

Over the years, I tried to look the organization up from time to time; to check on Dexter; to say "thank you" one more time. For some reason or another, I was never able to find them. Then, late in the Summer of 2010, I was feeling nostalgic and searched for them once more. This time, my query resulted in a website for the organization; and, I clicked "Send" for an email that would bring about much more than I expected.

LOH Founder, Sue Parkinson, responded within less than a day. I learned that Dexter had passed away just less than two years before. I was heartbroken, but happy to hear that he had lived so long and so well. Wanting to "give something back," I inquired as to any graphic design services that might be needed. Sue had a list. LOH needed a new website. They needed collateral. They needed edcuational materials. They wanted a new logo. They needed banners. They needed vehicle stickers. I could help! There was something I could do to start to repay Sue for the 10 years of wonderful care she had provided for my pig.

A few short months later, I was asked to join the board. Of course I said yes; and, I am glad that I did. I have found this small, but dedicated, board to be welcoming, active, and receptive to changes that will further best practice in our rescue operations and our sanctuary.

Since rediscovering LOH, I have seen Sue work wonders. I have watched as her skill and devotion restored health to Sammy, a pig who had been systematically starved for five years. I have seen the "before" pictures for Judge, a pig who had suffered terrible neglect and abuse and came to LOH injured, sickly, and untrusting. When I met Judge, I couldn't believe he was the same pig I had seen in those horrible pictures; he looks wonderful. I have watched and learned as Sue helped smaller rescues with veterinary support and and rescue assistance; as she has talked with people to educate them about the renewed plight of miniature pigs, and given unlimited time to concerned owners in advising them how best to care for their pets. And I have watched as she has cared for anywhere from 75 to 100 pigs on a daily basis; feeding and watering; providing medical attention; providing individual attention and enrichment; to all these pigs she knows by name.

I am truly proud to be on board!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Sue Parkinson has devoted her life to saving pigs that have been abandoned, abused, or for whatever reason, could no longer stay in their previous homes. Her sanctuary is a beautiful place where pigs can roam free in the sunshine, graze on grass, relax in the shade, and enjoy love and affection. Pigs at Lil Orphan Hammies receive any medical care that they need, from hoof trims to necessary life-saving surgery. Sue is the most knowledgeable person I know on the subject of pot belly pigs, and works very hard to educate the public and pet seekers on the true facts of what to expect when adopting a pig. I have visited Lil Orphan Hammies many times, and the pigs here are very lucky to call this beautiful place home.

Theresa16

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great charity that helps piggies - they also help people that have questions on the proper way to care for piggies. They also try and find homes for Pigs that come to their attention via news sources. This is a charity that I am willing to donate too. I believe this organization has life changing impacts on pigs and people that adopt them. With the knowledge they share they can help people not only keep their pigs, but keep them healthy - therefore they live a longer and healthier life.