Lil’ Orphan Hammies was established in 1992 as a rescue resource for unwanted Potbellied pigs. Founder Susan Parkinson created the organization in response to the overflow of abandoned pigs that began with the late 1980’s "pet pig craze." By 1994, the sanctuary had become a busy 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (EIN: 77-0431195), caring for upwards of one hundred pigs at a time.
Lil’ Orphan Hammies is located in the hills of beautiful Solvang, California. Spanning five acres, the sanctuary grounds feature unique housing and spacious, well fenced, enclosures for plenty of out-door play and naps in the hay or under the trees. Here, we care for pigs from all walks of life. Elderly, infirm, or un-adoptable pigs, find permanent respite here; while other candidates are adopted out to qualified new homes. Since our humble beginning, we have arranged adoption or secured rescue for more than one thousand pot-bellied pigs.
While our primary focus is on the care of our four-legged residents, we are also very active in other endeavors. We participate in educational outreach programs, including school visits. We provide accurate and up-to-date information for current or prospective pig owners. We carry out home inspections and arrange adoptions. We rehabilitate "problem" pigs. We provide assistance to shelters and general rescue assistance for animals that are being neglected or abused, and we network closely with other rescue groups.