Woman Saves a Slaughterhouse-Bound Piglet’s Life Twice

Francesca McAndrews was driving to her job as a social worker at Lancaster General Hospital in Pennsylvania last month when she saw what she thought was a dog darting in and out of traffic.

The good Samaritan blocked traffic with her car, got out and tried to get a hold of the stray – which turned out to be a piglet that had probably fallen off a livestock truck. Its tail had been cropped, which is typical of pigs that are being raised for food.

“It seemed like forever, but it was maybe five or 10 minutes before I caught her,” McAndrews told Lancaster Online. “I was shaking and crying … and she was bleeding. Traffic was stopping, and people were taking photos.”

McAndrews also took a photo – a selfie of herself holding the piglet. She sent it to her boss with a message explaining why she’d be late for work. Then she took the piglet to a nearby emergency animal hospital.

Although the bleeding wound on its leg wasn’t too severe, the 2- to 3-week-old piglet – who McAndrews named Enzo when she thought it was a male – had suffered a hernia. If the hernia grew, it could burst and kill the young piglet.

McAndrews checked with the local police, who had received no report of a missing piglet.

As word spread about Enzo and the $600-plus surgery she would need, businesses in Lancaster stepped up to help. The Candy Factory, a co-working community, will host a “Wine & Swine” fundraiser Aug. 22. Rachel’s Creperie is having a “Crepes for Enzo” event Sept. 6.

McAndrews also started a GoFundMe campaign to cover the cost of Enzo’s care. It has raised nearly $1,800 as of Aug. 9.

Enzo weighs only about 20 pounds now, but she may eventually weigh up to half a ton as an adult. When she’s grown large enough for the hernia surgery – probably within a month or two – it will be performed by Dr. John Hall at VCA Bridgeport Animal Hospital. Enzo will also be spayed. In the meantime, she’s being given medications to relieve her pain and prevent infection. She’s being temporarily fostered by Lorrie Dunn, an animal lover who already has several pigs.

Best of all, after Enzo recovers, she will never end up on someone’s dinner plate. She has a forever home waiting for her with McAndrews, the woman who saved her life two times. McAndrews and her husband live in a rural area with plenty of space for Enzo to roam.

This very lucky piglet who didn’t have to go to market may become the mascot for “an animal-driven support service for women who’ve suffered trauma,” according to Lancaster Online.

You can keep up with her adventures on the Enzo the Escape Artist Piglet Facebook page.

Photo credit: GoFundMe/Enzo's Empowerment Fund!


Marie W
Marie W29 days ago

Thank you for posting

Margie FOURIE5 months ago

So pleased. My neighbours used to have a pig, called Babe, and then they got rid of him. Wish I knew where he was now.

Helene L
Helene L6 months ago

Thank you Francesca for your beautiful heart and to all that help little Enzo. This story like many others is why I can't lose faith in humanity and this is why I am a vegan.

Cindy M. D
Cindy M. Dutka6 months ago

A great big thumbs-up to Francesca and her very kind and caring heart. A great big thumbs-down to the face book picture posters who didn't lift a finger to help. SHAME ON YOU!

Past Member
Past Member 6 months ago

We all need hearts this huge!

W. C
W. C6 months ago

Thank you.

William C
William C6 months ago


Anne Cassimatis
Anne Cassimatis6 months ago

God Bless you Francesca McAndrews, you beauiful lady, and all who have helped dear little Enzo.

Angeles Madrazo
Angeles Madrazo6 months ago

God bless all the rescuers around the world. Thank you

Georgina M
Georgina M6 months ago