Matilda had been given up because the farmer raising her said she was simply "too clingy." She was given away to Tusk and Bristle Sanctuary in upstate New York.
Then one day someone came along whom Matilda was determined to befriend: Mr. T.
When a pig farm closed down, all of its pigs being raised for their meat were sold off and Mr. T was the last one left. The owner even considered shooting Mr. T when she couldn't find a buyer for him.
Luckily, a neighbor took him — unluckily, the neighbor was planning to raise Mr. T for meat, too. "He kept him in a mud-filled pen with no clean water, where his small amount of food was thrown into the muck and turned rancid," Terry Cummings, director of Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Poolesville, Maryland, explained. "Despite living in these horrible conditions, Mr. T remained friendly and would come to the fence for pets and scratches whenever neighbor Ellen Crain visited him."