Last year, a Chesterfield family’s fight to keep Tucker the pig as a pet captured the attention of people across the country, from news outlets to fans.
“To people that have decided to no longer have pork in their diet to people who are now open to understanding that other animals make great pets,” Tucker’s owner, Mark Johnson, told 8News reporter Mark Tenia.
The Johnson family eventually won their fight after Chesterfield’s Board of Supervisors approved a conditional use permit allowing them to keep Tucker for one year, but say the experience opened their eyes to so many different organizations and problems people without ordinary pets run into.
“Because of the whole process and everyone we met, this has opened up a whole new world for us,” Johnson said.
Johnson says his family wants to have more land so they can help more animals – from animals that need foster care until they can find a new home to organizations looking for land where they can rehabilitate animals – saying they never would have thought of leaving their Brandermill home had Tucker’s story not touched so many people and groups.
“The community that we live in is a wonderful community, and it’s going to be very difficult to leave the wonderful neighbors that we have,” Johnson said.
The family is looking at a 12-acre property in Powhatan County, but have to sell their home first. Johnson says they decided as a family that this was the best home, saying they hope to take the positive impact Tucker has had on them and spread it to other animals and people
“Both of our sons, they are looking forward to our next adventure,” Johnson added.