Rhode Island April 08, 2019
This Colorful Rhode Island House Is Actually A Little-Known Pig Sanctuary
When driving down Ten Rod Road in North Kingstown, there is one house that is sure to catch your eye. A lavender two-story colonial-style home with a front lawn full of buoys and other fascinating decor is the stand out of the neighborhood. Hiding behind the colorful facade is a little-known pig sanctuary that gives new homes to cast-off animals from Rhode Island and states beyond.
Smith & Agli's Potbelly Manor was established at this vibrant farm by Elizabeth Smith and Audrey Agli. They first adopted a pot-bellied pig named Randolph in the early 1990s. Soon after they added a rescued pig, Skipper, into the mix. The house in Kingston was purchased in 1995 and its status as a grandfathered farm allowed for the creation of the Potbelly Manor.
Many people who plunge into pig ownership fail to get all the facts first. Sometimes they think they're purchasing a miniature pig only to be astounded when it grows into a full-sized farm animal. Others may not realize that a pig usually lives 15 to 20 years, turning a pig purchase into a long term commitment. Sometimes people don't check their local zoning laws and end up with a pig that they just can't keep. Whatever the reason, Potbelly Manor is a place where these pigs can go. The sanctuary coordinates adoptions and tries to match the pigs to owners that can provide loving homes. Since the manor was first established, Smith and Agli has helped more than 900 pigs!
The residents at Potbelly Manor are not all pigs though. Included in the menagerie are Gillian, a Jersey steer, and a pair of llamas named Coal and Malachite. Bunnies, ducks, pigeons, turkeys, and goats are also on the roster of residents. There is also a lovely Saint Bernard named Heaven and a handful of cats that are part of the family. While there are many types of animals at the manor, they are a permanent part of the family. The sanctuary
only takes in and rehomes pigs.
Potbelly Manor's success can be attributed to two very caring owners, a dedicated staff of volunteers, and donations from businesses and individuals. There is always work to be done and animals to be fed at the pig sanctuary.
You can learn more about Smith & Agli’s Potbelly Manor by visiting their
website or Facebook page. This pig sanctuary isn’t the only spot in Rhode Island helping out animals, check out this Ocean State refuge for parrots.