• Blossom the pig


    Blossom came from a factory farm, and she was destined to be killed against the thumping wall. She was the runt of the litter, probably trapped the wrong side of mummy in the farrowing crate. She had not suckled properly and was suffering from severe complications due to calcium deficiency. Her hips were deformed and she was covered in abscesses. Blossom arrived when she was just ten days old. The vet arrived within a couple of hours to start her lengthy process of rehabilitation. She needed several surgeries, extensive physiotherapy and unconditional love. Blossom has grown into an athletic, intelligent person, but remains bashful and easily intimidated by the other…

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  • Luna

    This little lady needed our help urgently. She has suffered an unknown traumatic event which has caused paralysis in a rear leg. The farmer, who called us direct, wanted her to get better and have a life where she was cared for. He did not have the time to give to her and it was unclear if she would be able to stand and, therefore, may not be a profitable enterprise. He did not want to put her to her death, and was very pleased to relinquish her to our Sanctuary. We collected Luna, at that time unnamed, and settled her in our barn. A fundraiser on Facebook helped us…

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  • Willow at Big V


    Willow is Leya’s daughter, so she has only known sanctuary life. She has had a blessed life. She is very close to her mum, but closer in fact to Neptune. She is very sure of herself and confident, very loving – she will walk into you to get your attention. Willow’s favourite pastime is playing and getting in the way of all the other animals, she is completely care-free! But she absolutely loves her uncle Neptune. You have our deepest gratitude for choosing to support our sanctuary and helping us to care for our precious residents. Thank you for being one of ‘the best people’!

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  • The Friendly family at Big V

    The Friendly Family

    The Friendly Family is made up of Belle and Sebastian (mum and dad), Charles, Tom, Florence, Ingrid and Rose from one litter and Phoebe from a previous litter. They are all incredibly loving and loyal to each other. It is a joy to be in their enclosure. They won’t necessarily come up for attention but they are inquisitive and very peaceful to be around. Mum and Dad are fantastic parents; they look after their children incredibly well and there is a strong sense of family unity. You have our deepest gratitude for choosing to support our sanctuary and helping us to care for our precious residents. Thank you for being…

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  • Teddy happy pig at Big V


    Teddy is a cross mangalitsa-duroc pig. Teddy is the brother of Little Bean and Bess. He came to us from an organic farm, free-range, so had never been treated for anything at all so when he first arrived he was hideously covered in lice, to the point that touching him they would run up your arm. He was slightly underweight, but very loving. Right from the start, Teddy has been a teddy bear, hence his name. He has grown into a magnificent little man of around 90 kilos. He will be the first person to come if you sit in the garden, he will come and lie on you. He…

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  • Rose at the Big V sanctuary


    Rose is Belle and Sebastian’s daughter and also Phoebe, Charles and the rest of the friendly family herd’s sister. She is incredibly loving and inquisitive. Very gentle, she will be the first to come to see anyone who walks near the enclosure. She is the first to come to see you when you are cleaning there, with the broom or rake, she will come and sniff and wait for a cuddle. Rose is a member of our family of Vietnamese pigs – Belle and Sebastian’s family. We leave them to interact as a normal family, with the least amount of contact and intervention; we just guard them from afar. You…

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  • Pip the guinea pig at Big V


    Pip faced the fate of many guinea pigs. He was a pet, unwanted by children and passed on for rehoming. He came from the UK. We have other guinea pigs, too, rescued from France because they are overbred, and because people constantly change their minds. Those that are not rehomed or find sanctuary quickly are often eaten in France. You have our deepest gratitude for choosing to support our sanctuary and helping us to care for our precious residents. Thank you for being one of ‘the best people’!

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  • Holly at the Big V sanctuary


    Holly came from a farm that was fattening her up to go to slaughter. Holly broke her leg so she now walks a little lame and it looks awkward. Her leg was plastered so that she would be able to walk up the ramp of the slaughter lorry. All animals have to be able to make their own way to their death. We asked the vet if was worth operating but he does not wish to expose her to further trauma. She was relinquished to us on the day of her slaughter because the farmer had a change of heart. You have our deepest gratitude for choosing to support our…

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  • Hiona at the Big V sanctuary


    Hiona is a French dog, and she came from near Clermont Ferrand. Hiona was victim of a divorce. Sometimes people fight over custody of a pet; the family split and she was no longer wanted. She was incredibly skittish and unable to walk on a lead at all. We don’t know why she is so nervous because it appeared that she came from a loving home, but she is still incredibly hand shy, no matter what we do. Meet Hiona one of the happy residents of the Big V vegan animal sanctuary in the Haute Vienne France, read her story and find out how to help

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  • Finn at the Big V sanctuary


    Finn came to us from near the Belgian border, another victim of a relationship break up. Neither could agree who would have the dog so they drove to a carpark and gave him to us. He had to be lifted into our car. There are many forms of neglect, and he had been overfed to the extent that he could not run at all, although he was still a puppy. However, he got into our car boot and he never looked back, he never pined, never waited for his owners. You have our deepest gratitude for choosing to support our sanctuary and helping us to care for our precious residents.…

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