A north-east animal sanctuary is appealing for people to support its rescued pigs.
Willows Animal Sanctuary and Animal Assisted Therapy Unit in New Pitsligo, near Fraserburgh, have urged people to lend a hand in sponsoring the pigs at the centre.
Willows is currently home to 17 pigs, which have been taken in by the centre after suffering serious trauma and neglect, or were given up after being viewed as an unwise pet choice.
They stay in a large group with more than two acres to move about in, and live in pig huts which are full of straw.
Due to the rising price of hay, straw and feed needed to keep the pigs living a comfortable life, staff at Willows Animal Sanctuary are appealing for people to support the pigs by assisting with their running costs.
Vikky McDonald, of the sanctuary, said: “Sadly, they are not very popular among most people to sponsor as they are largely seen as food.
“A pig has the same awareness as a three-year-old child yet sadly remains one of the most exploited and abused animals in the world.
“If you’d like to show the Willows’ pigs some support by becoming a supporter and sponsoring them all for £10 per month, we’ll give you a free visitors’ pass and we’ll even put your name up on our piggy supporters board.
“Rescuing them is only part of the story, caring, feeding, covering their vet bills and providing them with everything they need all costs lots of money and if 20 special people chip in they can bring security to this small piece of heaven and be part of something truly wonderful.”
Pigs rescued by the centre include Truffles, who broke out of a pig farm aged only one or two days old, and was found running for her life down a small road, before being picked up and transferred to the sanctuary.
Another rescue was Babe, who fell from a lorry and was hit by a passing car, just outside the Willows Animal Sanctuary.
Other pigs have had longer journeys to safety including three rescued from being shot at a petting farm in Norfolk which had closed down. An animal rescue network raised enough money for their transport to Willows.
Anyone who would like to sponsor a pig should contact Willows on 01771 653112.