After Months Of Waiting, Two Not-So-Little Piggies Squeal “We We We Got Rescued!”


Gertie the pig was a victim of neglect in Johnson City, Tennessee.  She, and other animals, were seized by Animal Control and brought to the city facility.  Concerned that she might be returned to her abuser’s home, Pig Advocates League, a wonderful organization, took up her cause.


According to records,

Gertie was forced to live with no food, no water and a collar – which pigs should not wear – embedded in her neck!   It was so embedded that the AC officer smelled a stench in the air when he arrived on scene… the stench of infection.

A few days after she was taken to AC, Gertie gave birth.  Sadly, none of the babies survived.  Since it was a court matter, Gertie remained in the AC facility.  Her medical needs were seen to, but she was living in what amounted to solitary confinement.  Not the ideal situation for pigs, who are extremely social animals.  Advocate Angel Campbell was the first among many to reach out to the community in Gertie’s behalf.


In December, nine months after she was taken from her abusers, and shortly before the case was due to come to court, PAL took Gertie’s case to the public, and within just three days, almost 4,000 concerned advocates had petitioned the judge to set her free.



And it happened! And Gertie had applications in place to rescue her!  PAL Board member, Brittany Kayanne, told ShelterMe,

“the supervisor of AC is super nice, and I think he’ll do right by Gertie!”

Gertie, with Wayne Thomas from AC heading to freedom!

Everything fell into place.  The Judge gave Gertie her freedom, AC checked out the rescue, and Gertie was released into the custody of Susan Swafford with Gracie’s Acres!

Ms. Swafford writes, “I wish I could have seen the judge’s face when he was presented with our petition with its many thousands of signatures.” 

Sniffles, making new friends at Gracies’ Acres.

Not only did Gertie earn her freedom, but another pig named Sniffles, a December owner turn-in to the same shelter, also got her freedom ride to Gracie’s Acres.


Interested in becoming a pig parent?  PAL has terrific tips here on their website, with this link to many pig rescues across the country.  Want to help out, or adopt Gertie, Sniffles or any of the other piggies, like the ones below,  at Gracie’s Acres?  Here’s a link!  And for some sweet pig videos, check out PAL’s Facebook site!

Geezer at Gracie’s Acres

Harmony at Gracie’s Acres

Lisa Blanck

Writing articles about animals for more than 22 years, she dove into the rescue world with the onset of Hurricane Katrina. As an outspoken advocate for animals, she's covered everything from paws to hooves, fins to feathers. She was the Orlando Animal Rescue and Worldwide Animal Issues Examiner for seven years. She's always thinking pawsitive, looking for ways to improve the lives of animals. She lives with one dog, one cat and one patient human. She welcomes your suggestions and is thrilled to be part of the family!


  1. Kathy Brown says:

    Awesome….thanks for sharing….

  2. Kathy Brown says:

    Awesome!!! Thanks for sharing…I’ll have to check out Gracie’s Acres….I live across the River Bridge from Lebanon……

  3. Brittany Kyanne says:

    Beautifully written, PAL was happy to lend a helping hand to ensure Gertie was safe and never ever returned to the same abusive situation. Angel Kerns worked hard at making sure that petition fell into all the right hands. It was because of EVERYONE who cared and took the time to sign the petition and call the courts and animal control that this sweet girl got to go to a loving home. Thank you so much for writing a follow up. There were so many people that helped make this happen and it’s nice for everyone to know she’s ok. Better than ok, she’s living the good life. ❤️

    1. Lisa Blanck says:

      Thank you! Rescues, shelters, fosters, etc… you all do the really heavy lifting!

  4. Nicole Garcia-Brooks says:

    We adopted our sweet piggy, Emily, from Gracie’s Acres, a week before Christmas. My 13 year old daughter asked for one for 11 years. Susan answered a post I made that I was looking for a pet pig for my daughter. She had just rescued a litter and the piggy parents, the day I posted my ISO. She and her husband do such amazing work with these incredible animals. Our family is so grateful to her for her caring commitment to saving these animals

    1. Lisa Blanck says:

      what a great pigtale! thanks for sharing!

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