Howard came to the CAPE Animal Sanctuary thanks to several caring folks who helped facilitate his rescue. When his family could no longer care for him, he was brought to a facility where he was scheduled for slaughter. He was rescued from the facility, then brought to the Monterey SPCA who contacted CAPE about Howard's plight. We were told that he was severely obese and and that he was blind. Howard had gained so much weight, that the fatty folds over his eyes caused corneal abrasions. Howard's hooves were severely overgrown which made it difficult for him to walk. And to top it all off, his tusks had grown long and sharp. Due to his obesity, the veterinarian at the SPCA was reluctant to anesthetize Howard in order to perform any medical treatments.
Howard arrived at the CAPE Animal Sanctuary on Saturday, April 8, 2017. As soon as all four hooves touched the ground, Howard waddled away, sniffing at the dirt and nibbling at the grass. The goats and Rootie, CAPE's other resident pig, strolled over to see what the fuss was. Rootie was the most curious, so the CAPE staff carefully monitored their introduction.
Howard is already under the care of CAPE's veterinarian. He is on a new, strict and healthy diet. On April 14th, our veterinarian decided he was well enough for anesthesia so his hooves and tusks are now nice and trim. Howard is walking comfortably around the pasture that he shares with Rootie, eight goats and a turkey named Bogart.
Already Howard knows how to find his hay-filled stall in the barn. He understands there is one step to enter and exit the barn. The first time Howard waddled out of the barn, he stepped down with his front legs, then did a sort of hand stand to bring the rear part of his body down the step!
We have a feeling that Howard is full of surprises and personality. And we are so happy he will live the rest of his life at the CAPE Animal Sanctuary. Welcome to CAPE Howard!
“Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace." ~Dr. Albert Schweitzer