A small farm off Route 17 in Jefferson has become a haven for rescue dogs, goats and pigs, including a pot-bellied pig who accompanies the farmer on errands.
At the farm on Circle K Lane, Scott Barbour and his significant other, Michelle Atwood-Beaudoin, treat the animals like family.
In addition to six rescue pigs, animals at the farm include three cats, six dogs, four goats and three rabbits.
“All the animals have names and everyone gets along with one another,” Barbour said. The pigs at the property are Eddie, Flower, Groot, Maple, Muffin and Violet.
The farmers’ love for animals led them to start a home for creatures in need. Barbour described himself as an advocate for farm animals and elderly house pets who require a substantial amount of care.
“My job as an advocate for these animals is to bring more awareness to the reasons why they are here in the first place … if you’re not prepared to care for an animal for their lifetime, you really should rethink your decision,” Barbour said.
He said animals such as pigs can start out as attractive novelty pets until, a year or two later, their owners realize the amount of money, time and work that goes into raising the animals.
Barbour urges anyone who is considering adopting a pet to only do so with an understanding of the work each animal requires.
“Not just kids but adults need to look in the mirror and see if this is really what they want to do. The electrical bills and feeding bills, it all adds up,” Barbour said.
A former employee of Bath Iron Works, Barbour now owns the property-management business Camp Security Plus. Having great employees allows him to devote the necessary time to the animals’ care, he said.
“Everyone has a calling in life and I think, for me, this is it,” he said.