MSPCA-Nevins Farm Pet of the Week: Alfie the Pig
Yes it’s true: the MSPCA takes in thousands of dogs and cats every year and places them into new homes. But it’s also true that the MSPCA-Nevins Farm in Methuen has a barn program: a temporary home for hundreds of rescued cows, pigs, goats, ducks, geese and other farm animals. One of those animals is an adorable red and white Hampshire farm piglet named “Alfie.”
Alfie was the runt of his litter who tugged at his previous owner’s heart strings. Rather than Alfie meet the usual fate of pigs born onto working farms (read: converted into bacon), he was surrendered to the MSPCA-Nevins Farm where he will live until he can placed into a forever home. All of the farm animals living at Nevins Farms are pets. They are not adopted into homes to be used as working animals, and they are not eaten as food. They are companion animals just like the dogs, cats and other pets who call our homes their own.
Alfie will be fairly large when full grown – about 500-600 lbs. He will need a good deal of space to root around and forage, and his pen will need to be sturdy and strong enough to contain him, with an enclosure to protect him from the elements. Alfie loves to go for walks on a leash and is being clicker trained to sit for a treat. His adopter should have experience with pigs so Alfie can continue to grow into a well-trained and well manner pig-panion.
Anyone interested in adopting Alfie can email the MSPCA-Nevins Barn Staff at firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more about Alfie and the many other animals available for adoption at the MSPCA-Nevins Farm—click here. The MSPCA-Nevins Farm Adoption Center is located at 400 Broadway in Methuen, Mass. Hours of operation are Tuesday and Thursday from 12:00p.m. to 6:00p.m., Wednesday and Friday from 11:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.