MY STORY | Pigs bring me the greatest joy – that’s why I’ve dedicated my life to them

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When Leslie Giles saw a picture of George Clooney holding a pig, she knew she wanted to have her own pigs. (PHOTO: Instagram / @pigsnpaws)
When Leslie Giles saw a picture of George Clooney holding a pig, she knew she wanted to have her own pigs. (PHOTO: Instagram / @pigsnpaws)

Running an animal welfare shelter is not for sissies and rescuers confront abuse, cruelty and neglect every day. 

But it’s not just dogs and cats that are taken in – pigs are becoming a growing concern. Many people adopt so-called “teacup pigs”, then find themselves unable to cope when the cute little porker grows into an enormous animal with specific and challenging needs. 

Many end up being taken into shelters, like Pigs ’n Paws in Cullinan, Gauteng. It’s a labour of love that’s punishingly expensive but for founder Leslie Giles (59), the rewards outweigh the sacrifices. 

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