on behalf of The Holmes Family
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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