October 29, 2015 – Urgent
Gumby the pig is considered a “throw-away” animal by its owners. Two month old Gumby has an umbilical hernia which has been left untreated and could rupture at any time. An umbilical hernia is a tear in the stomach muscles, and his intestines have protruded through the tear. As you can see in the picture, the hernia is quite large, and it is getting larger by the day. When it gets to the point where it ruptures from dragging across the concrete floor of his pen, Gumby will die. If he happens to live to December, his owners will slaughter and eat him, as he is not considered fit for sale to others.
It has never been our practice to buy animals, but Gumby’s situation is dire. We are asking for your assistance in rescuing him, so we may 1) get him away from his owners; 2) get him the surgery needed to repair the hernia; and 3) provide him with care during his rehabilitation period. We will gladly keep Gumby on as a “lifer” on our organic, vegan farm, and he can live in the company of Rosanna and Yolanda, two pig rescues from nearly 10 years ago.
We need help offsetting the cost of his purchase and medical care. Although it is not much, we have the constant expense of food and care for all of our rescue dogs, pigs, chickens, cat and horse. The funds needed are as follows: purchase Gumby from owners ($80), hernia repair surgery ($100), medical supplies for rehabilitation ($20), temporary housing to keep Gumby isolated during rehabilitation ($80 supplies and labor).
A donation of just a few dollars toward the $280 needed will help rescue this adorable piglet and save his life! Thank you!!!
Update March 25, 2016 – Thanks to your help, Gumby is safe and secure on the farm! He has a huge pen, and is living right next to Rosanna and Yolanda, the full size pig sisters that have been on the farm for a decade. Gumby has undergone two surgeries. The first was to correct his hernia. While recovering back on the farm, we noted urine seeping from his stitches. We returned him to the vet that performed the surgery, and we learned the vet had stitched over Gumby’s urethral opening. Poor little guy! A second surgery was performed by the vet to correct his error.
After Gumby’s stitches had healed for the second time, we noted another pouch sagging from his stomach in the same area. We thought it was the hernia opening back up again. We took photos and video and submitted them to the veterinary university in Heredia, near the capitol. One of the few surgeons in the country with experience in such matters evaluated what we had sent and determined that Gumby had a congenital defect called umbilical urachus, which causes urine to seep into a pouch on his stomach, giving him no control over his urination. Yet another surgery is required to correct this condition.
We appreciate your help in giving Gumby a long, healthy, comfortable life!