Piglets Found Wandering Busy Street Now up for Adoption at MSPCA-Nevins Farm

March 4, 2013

Methuen, Mass.— March 4, 2013 – It was a freezing day in January when two scared and underweight piglets were scooped up by an animal control officer in Lowell, Mass., taken to a local veterinary hospital and ultimately surrendered to the MSPCA-Nevins Farm.  No owner came forward to claim the four-month-old piglets, named George T. Angell and Harriet Nevins—an homage to historical MSPCA figureheads—and so they have been made available for adoption.

George and Harriet’s Not So Excellent Adventure

It was clear to the Nevins Farm team that the piglets were not well cared for.  “Both George and Harriet were very thin and had patchy coats—making it difficult for them to stay warm in the freezing cold weather,” said Melissa Ghareeb, who heads the barn program at the sprawling property, which is a temporary home for hundreds of farm animals awaiting adoption.  “Despite their condition they were friendly and very attached to one another.”

 George and Harriet settle into a warm stall at the MSPCA-Nevins Farm after they were rescued from the streets of Lowell, Mass. (credit: MSPCA-Angell)


The pigs’ special bond was made more evident when the Nevins veterinary team decided to spay Harriet.  George accompanied his friend to the surgery suite and stayed by her side to comfort her throughout her recovery.  Now, two months after their arrival they are available for adoption.  Because they are so committed to one another they must be adopted together.

George and Harriet’s availability for adoption comes on the heels of National Pig Day, an event held annually on March 1.  The purpose of National Pig Day is to “accord the pig its rightful, though generally unrecognized, place as one of man’s most intellectual and domesticated animals.”

Readers interested in more information about George and Harriet can email barnstaff@mspca.org.



The MSPCA-Angell is a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provides direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, it is the second-oldest humane society in the United States. Services include animal protection and adoption, advocacy, humane education, law enforcement, and world-class veterinary care. The MSPCA-Angell is a private, non-profit organization. It does not receive any government funding nor is it funded or operated by any national humane organization. The MSPCA-Angell relies solely on the support and contributions of individuals who care about animals. Please visit www.mspca.org.