A friendly pig who loves company is hoping someone can help him after he was left alone after his owner sadly passed away.

The four-year-old pot-bellied pig, who is named Dad Pig, has been cared for in his smallholding in North Warnborough, Hampshire since his owner died but the search is on for someone who can provide him with a permanent home with the company he needs.

RSPCA Inspector Jan Edwards said: “Pigs are very social animals and need company so it would be great to find Dad Pig somewhere he can go to live alongside other pigs.

“Sadly his owner passed away just before Christmas. Since then people who live nearby have been kindly looking after him but he desperately needs to find a new home so we’re appealing to anyone who can help to give him the second chance he deserves. He’s four years old and very friendly.”

Jan encouraged anyone who is thinking of rehoming a rescue pig to thoroughly research what is needed to meet the welfare and legal requirements.

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She added: “Rehoming a pig is a big commitment as some breeds can live to 25 years of age and they need a lot of specialist care as well enough space and the right living conditions.

“Pigs need plenty of space and they are strong animals so owners should have secure, safe fencing to stop them escaping.

“They need housing with a clean, straw bedding, which is not drafty and protects them from the cold and sun as they have difficulty keeping cool in summer and warm in winter.

“Contrary to popular belief pigs should not eat kitchen scraps, it is illegal in order to prevent the risk of disease. They need to eat a commercially prepared pig feed which contains the correct balance of protein, vitamins and minerals.

“They can drink up to 20 litres of water a day and need regular health checks. They are social animals so need company and also need regular exercise and plenty of stimulation. Pig owners also need licences to move and certificates to exercise their animals.”

Anyone considering rehoming a pig from the RSPCA can find out more by visiting rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/farm/farmanimals/pigs

To find out more about Dad Pig and offer him a home, please contact 0300 123 8018 and leave a message for Inspector Jan Edwards.