Animal sanctuary 'overwhelmed' after posting ad for pig cuddlers

There has been no shortage of people wanting to help.
There has been no shortage of people wanting to help. Photo credit: Cotton Branch Animal Sanctuary

An animal sanctuary in the US is overwhelmed by offers of help after advertising for volunteer "pig cuddlers"'.

The Cotton Branch Farm Animal Sanctuary in South Carolina had earlier rescued 225 abused and neglected pigs from a property in Kentucky, reported local TV station WIS.

While it had found new homes for many of the pigs, the remaining needed socialization with humans before they could be adopted.

The sanctuary put out a call out for volunteers to help as "pig cuddlers."

"Do you want to make a huge difference in the lives of the pigs at Cotton Branch," it said in the advertisement.

"Come help socialize our adoptable residents so they can move into our adoption programme with ease

"Belly scratches, cookies, sitting with them and even talking to our pig friends can get them ready for their new home."

The sanctuary had been flooded with offers of support, from across the US and around the world.

It had now set up a timetable to manage the number of people wanting to help.

"We have been overwhelmed to our piggy cuddler request," it said in a Facebook post.

"To keep up with demand we continue to are add time slots/days"