Charles the Pig vet care

$7,470 of $500 goal

Raised by 295 people in 4 months
Heather Middlebrooks
on behalf of The Holmes Family
 KNOXVILLE, TN
During the Gatlinburg wildfires, the Holmes family had to leave Charles the pig behind as they fled their home. Unable to get the cars out, Rob, his wife Amy, their daughter Andrea, and their 18 month old Wyatt were able to make it to a neighbors house. Many have described the escape from Gatlinburg like driving through Hell. They were able to meet up with other family members at a hotel, but were heartbroken over Charles. The next day the neighbor called to tell them the devastating news that there was absolutely nothing left of the house but that miraculously Charles had survived. Rob went to get Charles and was amazed that the pig had buried himself in the mud to survive. The Sevier County Fair has volunteers at the fair grounds taking in large farm animlas affected by the fires so this is where Charles went. After a couple of days of trying to maintain his needs, it was decided that Charles the smart pig needed to go to the University of Tennessee Veterinary Hospital for smoke inhalation and pain due to his burns. Today it has been reported that Charles is doing well and is eating and drinking however his medical expenses will continue to grow. Everyone has reached out and volunteered in so many areas affected by the wildfires and some are still looking for something specific they know they are contributing too. My name is Heather and I was volunteering at the Sevier County Humane Society, temporarily set up at the fair grounds, and walked over to the livestock barn and met Charles and his family. Since then I have been helping spread the word about Charles and his needs including setting up  a Charles the Pig social media page. We would appreciate it if you would help Go Fund Charles the Pig to cover his care at UT Vet.
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Update 3
Posted by Heather Middlebrooks
3 months ago
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Thank you all so much. I tried to send each of you individual thank you notes but I can't keep up.
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Update 2
Posted by Heather Middlebrooks
4 months ago
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Hello! You all are amazing. I looks like the vet has been taken care of as long as his stay is not extended. Most have posted that they want the extra money to be used for the family but I just wanted to be upfront with that as well. The family will need money to get back on their feet and even take care of Charles and his needs one he gets home. So any more extra will go for this.
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Update 1
Posted by Heather Middlebrooks
4 months ago
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Wow. You all have blown me away. I set the goal low just because this was a secondary way to donate. However it certainly made it easier to share and to know it's going to go directly to Charles the pig's care. We definitely know that his care will be in the thousands. If any money is left over here it will certainly go to his owners. They will also need to rebuild his housing at their current location.
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Amy L Holmes
4 months ago
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Heather Middlebrooks, YOU ARE AN AMAZING WOMAN. THANK YOU FOR DOING THIS FOR OUR PIGGY. AND TO EVERYONE WHO HAS AND MAY IN THE FUTURE, THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP TO SAVE HIS LIFE. WE MAY NOT KNOW EACH ONE OF YOU PERSONALLY, BUT MYSELF AND MY FAMILY LOVE YOU ALL FOR HELPING TO SAVE OUR CHARLES. HE MEANS SO MUCH TO US. MAY GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU.

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Heather Middlebrooks
4 months ago
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Amy, You are so very very welcome! I am so amazed at how many people posting have pigs! I never knew it was such a thing. But boy we love Charles!!

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Barbara Lofgren
4 months ago
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So happy this is helping, hopefully there will be money left over to help the family, no one deserves this more than you

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Heather Middlebrooks
4 months ago
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Wow. You all have blown me away. I set the goal low just hoping it would help make the donations easier coming in this way. We definitely know that his care will be in the thousands. If any money is left over here it will certainly go to his owners. They will also need to rebuild his housing at their current location.

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DL Chipman
1 month ago

Would love to know how Charles is now?

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DL Hancock
4 months ago

Great story and happy that Charles made it. To survive that fire had to be a scary thing, even for a pig. Merry Christmas to everyone...

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$7,470 of $500 goal

Raised by 295 people in 4 months
Created December 3, 2016
Heather Middlebrooks  
on behalf of The Holmes Family
$10
Donna Su
27 days ago

i remember reading about this when it happened and was filled with emotions. first of the horrific fires and you losing everything especially a dear part of your family Charles. Then how you must have felt finding out he was still alive... What a smart pig.. He must love all of you so much to find a way to survive to be with you. Would love to read an update on Charles and the family... I am going to post it again on my FB page..

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Anonymous
28 days ago
GE
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Grant England
28 days ago

Hopefully there'll be a few extra bucks that'll help a little in recovery for you all. God is good to preserve what counts.

$25
Peter Cohen
28 days ago

thank God Charles made it..... let's all learn from this that we need an emergency plan for all of our furry friends in case of a disaster. I understand you did what you could at the time.. Good luck to all of you ..and to Charles of course.

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Anonymous
28 days ago
JP
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joan peterson
28 days ago

Thank you for Charlie's update. Sorry for your loss. wild fires are terrible. Lots of love and wishes for everyone's recovery.

$25
Anonymous
28 days ago
KC
$25
Kathleen Caito
28 days ago

God Bless you all!

TC
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Tatiane Carroll
2 months ago
BL
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Bill Langford
4 months ago

For Bill!

Amy L Holmes
4 months ago
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Heather Middlebrooks, YOU ARE AN AMAZING WOMAN. THANK YOU FOR DOING THIS FOR OUR PIGGY. AND TO EVERYONE WHO HAS AND MAY IN THE FUTURE, THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP TO SAVE HIS LIFE. WE MAY NOT KNOW EACH ONE OF YOU PERSONALLY, BUT MYSELF AND MY FAMILY LOVE YOU ALL FOR HELPING TO SAVE OUR CHARLES. HE MEANS SO MUCH TO US. MAY GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU.

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Heather Middlebrooks
4 months ago
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Amy, You are so very very welcome! I am so amazed at how many people posting have pigs! I never knew it was such a thing. But boy we love Charles!!

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Barbara Lofgren
4 months ago
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So happy this is helping, hopefully there will be money left over to help the family, no one deserves this more than you

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Heather Middlebrooks
4 months ago
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Wow. You all have blown me away. I set the goal low just hoping it would help make the donations easier coming in this way. We definitely know that his care will be in the thousands. If any money is left over here it will certainly go to his owners. They will also need to rebuild his housing at their current location.

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DL Chipman
1 month ago

Would love to know how Charles is now?

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DL Hancock
4 months ago

Great story and happy that Charles made it. To survive that fire had to be a scary thing, even for a pig. Merry Christmas to everyone...

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