New York, USA
Our real life superhero, Piggy, spends most of his days fighting for animal rights and protecting his furry friends. When he finally takes a moment to take of his cape, Piggy knows that his work is still not quite over. In his free time, Piggy visits schools throughout the USA spreading Humane Education. Piggy teaches kids about the importance of caring for your animal friends, taking responsibility for their health and well-being and knowing what a each animal needs to stay happy and healthy. Piggy also teaches kids about caring for our environment and its importance in our every day life, and the lives of animals around us.
Not only a proponent of animal and environmental care and respect, Piggy is a inspiration to many – especially those who have faced some hardship in their lives.
Piggy had a tough beginning. Born a street pup like many unlucky animals out there, Piggy started his life trying to fend for himself, searching for scraps of food in bins and huddling into small dark corners to try to survive cold or scary nights. As if life wasn’t tough enough for Piggy, he was one day hit by a car while crossing a street. The poor pup had never felt so much pain in this life. Piggy was sure that that was the end.
Lucky for him, Piggy was eventually found by two humans – the same two humans that founded Darwin Animal Doctors – Andrea and Tod. Andrea and Tod could see how much pain Piggy was in and just how scared and injured he was. They rushed him to a veterinary clinic where he was given the best medical attention possible. One of Piggy’s legs was so damaged from the incident that there was nothing that could be done to save it and it was amputated during the surgery.
Since his accident, Piggy has returned to full strength and has the life and energy of any four-legged pup you meet out there (actually, probably more energy)! His loves his new life with his loving family (including a best friend cat) and wakes up every morning with a smile – happy and excited for every new day.
But Piggy remembers that life was not all that easy, and that is why he has made it his life’s mission to spread Humane Education – raising a generation of people who care for animals and the environment. Furthermore, Piggy knows that some humans have faced difficult times just like he did and loves to share his story of strength and recovery. Piggy’s happy, smiling face as he rushes around a room on three legs reminds everyone that you attitude is what determines how you experience life – and a positive attitude can change everything.
Over the last month, Piggy was out on another road trip, visiting four schools. During these trips, Piggy taught the kids that he met both about the importance of respect and care for animals and the environment, and about the power of a positive attitude and the decision to never give up. Piggy inspired hundreds of children in April alone (and we think that he also quite enjoyed doing it)! The reactions to Piggy and his story where, once again, so heart-warming, that we thought we would share some photos with you all.
Piggy enjoys a quiet moment with students from the PSII School while everyone reads his story in comic form (“A Piggy’s Tale”) – and he knows he will always get some pats if he waits patiently!
Piggy’s favorite job is teaching students how to give the perfect belly rub! (Piggy with students from the Gillen Brewer School)
Piggy takes some time to read his story to students from the Reece School.
(And of course has time for pats afterwards!)
Piggy and his human, Tod, read his story to students from the Little Missionary pre-K School, and give everyone an educational coloring-in book.
And, of course, still makes sure to have some time for pats!
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