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Pigs in the Wood

Living Naturally
-Animal Sanctuary
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Pigs in the Wood is a non-profit sanctuary for pigs and other animals that have been rescued from various situations. We are based in the village of Scissett, Huddersfield in 10 acres of woodland where the pigs roam free and live naturally. The wood is currently home to 20 pigs that are cared for by our team of volunteers who work 7 days a week ensuring the needs of our residents are always met.

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Our Aim

Our aim is to provide a home for pigs and other animals that have been abused and mistreated. In order to develop the sanctuary further we need to raise funding to build shelters for them and for fencing to make the wood more practical and safe for both the residents and visitors.  We have regular opening times and opportunities for people to help look after the pigs and the woodland.


Where we are unable to take pigs in to our sanctuary, we help to find them a home and are building contacts to give them more prospects to find them a safe, loving place to live.  See our Rehoming page for more details.

We have recently rescued the last 15 pigs and 3 calves from a farmer who has agreed to stop breeding them.  See our special page Success Stories for more details on this and other rescues we have been involved in.



Some of the work we do to promote the sanctuary includes school visits, where we talk about Pigs in the Wood and welcome students to come to us to learn about the pigs in their natural environment. We will also encourage colleges and individual groups to visit the wood for educational purposes.


In addition, we hold events at the wood for occasions such as Easter, Halloween and Christmas, and host a music festival in the Summer - Pig Gig!  See our Events page for more details.  We also attend events such as festivals and fairs where possible.

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Visit Us

We are open to visitors, so why not come along, meet our residents, and enjoy the unique experience of seeing our pigs roaming free and living naturally in our wood!  All visitors must book in advance.

We also have other animals including goats and chickens and even a cat or two.  How many will you spot?

To find out more,  and to book your place on one of our weekend tours, please visit our Visits page for more info, or click the button below to book now.

Sorry - no dogs.

Adopt a Pig


We are completely reliant on our supporters and volunteers. 


You can help us to care for our residents by adopting one of them!  Visit our Adoptions page to find out how you can sponsor one of our pigs or goats.  They make great gifts for family and friends too! 


Visit our online shop


We have a brand new online shop, where you can buy adoptions and a range of pigs in the wood merchandise.  Why not treat yourself or a loved one to a unique gift and support us at the same time.  


For more information on other ways you can support us, visit our Donate and Support page. 

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