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Canadians offer their homes, support for Priscilla the pot-bellied pig

A desperate pet owner is thrilled with the outpouring of support she has received since going public with her pot-bellied pig problem

Earlier this month, Nicole Harris was given 29 days to re-locate her treasured pal, Priscilla, out of Calgary city limits because it was in violation of municipal bylaws. 

After speaking to Postmedia about the devastating circumstances that could tear her family apart, she received hundreds of messages offering support and even a home for her pet pig. 

“The support for Priscilla is just amazing,” said a tearful Harris. “She’s out just piggin’ around right now. She doesn’t know what’s going on. I’m just staring at her and I’m happy.

“It’s tears of joy at this point rather than sorrow.” 

Despite the city’s tight timeline, Harris is confident she will find a home for Priscilla by July 13 — offering some comfort as she continues to hunt for a new house outside of city limits. 

“People are offering their homes. They’re offering their farms. They’re offering to build a house for her,” said Harris. “It’s just unbelievable. There are people all over Canada wanting to help Priscilla.” 

Offers of help and a home have flooded in from residents close by. Even people from Burlington, Ont., and Ottawa have offered the pig accommodation. 

Harris is visiting a handful of homes tomorrow in hopes of finding her beloved pet a temporary home. “I’m crossing my fingers and praying to God that everything goes well,” said Harris. 

Nicole Harris poses with her dog Rider and her miniature pot-bellied pig, Priscilla. Tuesday June 27, 2017 in Calgary, AB. DEAN PILLING/POSTMEDIA

Although she was hesitant to reach out for help following her encounter with bylaw officials in mid-June, she’s beyond happy. 

“With my depression and anxiety, I didn’t want to reach out to people. But this is the way to do it,” said Harris. “People share and share and share, and you never know who’s going to pick up on it and boom there’s the one.”

The GoFundMe page set-up to help with expenses has also jumped from about $300 on Tuesday to $1,150 Thursday afternoon. 

While Calgary’s bylaws forbid Priscilla from living within city limits, other major cities in Canada do not. In fact, police in Burlington actually helped return a pet pig to its home on Thursday. 

Chanel, a one-year-old miniature pot-bellied pig, wandered down a neighbourhood street before residents and two officers caught and returned the pig to its owner.

Despite the roller-coaster of emotions Harris has felt since the bylaw complaint, she is feeling excitement for the future and is confident her little family, with Priscilla and her English bulldog, Ruff Rider, will be together in a new home soon.

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