Virginia Pig Sanctuary Gives Aggressive Male Pigs a Second Chance

Many, many, many pigs out there are in need of a home. With so many to choose from, often the cutest and kindest pigs are taken first. Rarely do people give a home to boars…older male pigs who have not been neutered. The reason for this is simple. Boars are aggressive, unpredictable, and can be very dangerous to people unfamiliar with pig behavior.

When we learned about two boars needing a home from Lexington Park, Maryland we knew we had to step in and give them a home because not many places would want or be able to handle them.

The two male pigs are named Bailey and Reggie. Their previous owner had them since they were young and bought them from an Amish market to make sure they would not be slaughtered. He loved them and gave them the best type of home he could, but realized that they were getting too big for him to handle after they had escaped from their pen several times.

A neighbor helped him list them as needing a new home. At first hesitant of sending them far away to a place in Virginia, a phone call from our executive director Aaron Riddle helped assure the owner that Bailey and Reggie would be going to a pig paradise here at Piggins and Banks.

Reggie (left) and Bailey at their new home at Piggins and Banks.

We made a day long trip with our trailer in two to pick up Bailey and Reggie on Sunday, March 7, 2021. It was quite a chore to get both boars into the trailer, but a sorting board and large crate will do the job everytime!

This video below shows their aggressive nature as un-neutered male pigs. Notice the hair standing up on end, the constant pacing, and the chomping. Entering their pen without a sorting board for protection is asking for trouble as boars will try to jab you with their tusks or bite you if you don’t keep an eye on them. They see people as other pigs, and are only doing what their instincts are telling them to do …try and be top pig!

Both Bailey and Reggie were taken in for a successful neutering operation on March 23, 2021. Male pigs should always be neutered not only to help with aggression, but it greatly enhances their life expectancy as it reduces the chance they will have a terminal cancer. After they have healed over the next few weeks, we will begin working with them to earn trust and will help them become sweet and gentle pigs like the rest of the gang here at Piggins and Banks!

Help Support Bailey and Reggie

We are able to take in pigs like this because of support from people like you! Every pig we take in results in another mouth to feed, veterinary appointment to schedule, and more…all of which cost money. Please consider making a small donation or even sponsoring Bailey and Reggie as a virtual pig parent. All donations make a positive difference in the lives of our pig residents.

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