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Happy Hooves Abound In The Rain, Enjoy Success As Pig Sanctuary

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While the rain may be a hindrance for many people, it is a dream come true for the residents of Happy Hooves Pig Rescue in Pelzer. While the rain may be a hindrance for many people, it is a dream come true for the residents of Happy Hooves Pig Rescue in Pelzer.
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While the rain may be a hindrance for many people, it is a dream come true for the residents of Happy Hooves Pig Rescue in Pelzer. 

Inside pens on a piece of country property in southern Greenville County, 17 pigs roam the land. It is a sight that you may not normally see, but for Jennifer James and her husband, Jeremiah, it is their passion. 

Not long ago, the James' started the non-profit organization after people online  noticed that they had two pet pigs that weighed between 50-60 pounds. Due to their love for their pets, people suddenly began asking the James' to take in their pet pigs, many of which had grown so much that their owners could not keep them, to be part of their family. And the couple more than obliged.

"People get them and before they know it they are 50, 60 and sometime even 200 pounds, like some of ours, or their landlords won't let them have them, so we started a sanctuary to give the pigs somewhere safe to go, so they don't have to go to the shelters," Jennifer James said.  

With an already large extended family, the James' still get requests to add to their pig sanctuary. As a matter of fact, they are even considering holding an adoption to help several of their friends, or "family" as they are affectionately called, find safe homes.

"We have a waiting list for pigs," James said.  "We have six waiting to come here, so we are going to start doing an adoption to adopt pigs out  to people who own their homes, who have the zoning for them, who have the yard for them."

They have many pot-bellied pigs, several Duroc pigs and a pair of wild piglets that were shot by hunters. For many of the pigs, they have not had an easy life, James said. Some have come to them sick, or have been locked in closets or have broken feet, so giving them a place to live their lives is rewarding.

"It feels good to be able to give them a place to live their lives without any danger," she said.   

The feeling is mutual among other people. With already 449 likes, the organization's Facebook page has become highly popular. In the near future, they are going to hold an open house so people can come out and spend time with the pigs, especially since some people cannot own one.

For the James' it is an event they relish, since as a non-profit organization they rely upon the donations of others to keep operating and they are able to give back. And it is likely something they will continue to do.

"I'll probably do this forever," she said. "Most pigs live to be about 20 years so some that we cannot adopt out, we will keep here and let them live their lives out."

So, as the rain continues to fall and the mud rises, the pitter-patter of Happy Hooves can be heard in the small, rural area around Pelzer.

     

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