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Alaina Holdread, a nine-year-old girl from Michigan, founded an organization to support abandoned pet pigs.
Holdread wanted to raise awareness about the nature of pigs and help people make informed decisions when choosing pigs as pets. She also wanted to educate people about misleading terms like teacup, micro, nano, and pocket pigs. This led her to creating Pink for Pigs.
Through Pink for Pigs, the third-grader not only accomplishes her goals but also raises funds for pig shelters. She sells jewelry and other handmade merchandise with pig-themed designs through the organization’s Facebook page.
Currently, Pink for Pigs has raised $5,000 for food, medical care, and other needs of pigs.
Holdread’s advocacy began in 2017 when she brought home a potbellied pig. She and her family were told that the pig would remain small, but in two years, it weighed 68 kilos.
The girl soon found out that she was not the only one given bad information about potbellied pigs. Many people believe that potbellied pigs remain teacup-sized their whole lives and are suitable pets for apartment-dwellers, but these are misconceptions. Holdread said that these misconceptions are sometimes spread by breeders trying to trick people into buying pet pigs to earn money. As a result, many pigs are left behind in shelters when they eventually become too big.
Holdread also shows commitment to her advocacy by sponsoring one pig at a rescue facility in her area. Christy Guipe, the facility owner, said that she is grateful for Holdread’s efforts because the rescue center had struggled to receive enough financial support in the past.