Richard and Laura are the Co-Directors of Mini-Pigs, Inc.  They have been together for 15 years, owned potbellied pigs for 14 years and been involved in rescuing potbellies for 12 years.  They have been happily married for 12 years.  The formation of Mini-Pigs, Inc. as a non-profit, no-kill sanctuary evolved as Richard and Laura became increasingly dedicated to the animal rights movement, a vegetarian lifestyle, and as they recognized the desperate need for a sanctuary to provide  for  the  many  abused,  abandoned 

and neglected miniature pigs.  For the past 12 years their rescue efforts have been funded out of their own pocket.  Recognizing that they had reached the limit of what they could afford to do on their own, they have created Mini-Pigs, Inc. in hopes of building a regional sanctuary for miniature pigs (and eventually other animals) who are outside the mainstream of traditional animal rescue efforts.  Richard and Laura have dedicated themselves and their lives to making a difference to reducing the suffering, abuse and exploitation of all animals-especially those miniature pigs-who so often have no other rescue alternatives.  Together with their Board of Directors and with the help of friends and other caring supporters they are slowly transforming Mini-Pigs, Inc. from a dream into a thriving place of refuge for the animals. 


Richard was born overseas in Panama where his father worked for the U.S. Government.  He attended The Citadel in Charleston, S.C. for three years and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BA in Political Science.  He served 20 years in the United States Marine Corps, retiring as a Major.  He is a veteran of the Vietnam War.  During his service with the Marines, he obtained a Masters Degree in Management at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA in 1978.  Following his retirement from the Marines, Richard began a second career as a firefighter and paramedic with Fairfax County, VA Fire and Rescue Department where he is currently a Master Technician assigned to a medic unit.  Richard has been active as a volunteer firefighter and paramedic in his community for over 20 years and is a former volunteer fire chief.  He is also a certified fire service instructor as well as an EMS and CPR instructor.  Richard has been involved in miniature pig rescue work for over 12 years and was instrumental, along with his wife Laura, in transforming their rescue efforts into what has become Mini-Pigs, Inc.  Richard is a vegetarian and is totally committed to supporting the animal rights movement.  Richard is the proud father of three grown daughters and an even prouder grandfather of two grandsons.


Laura was born in Bluefield, West Virginia.  Her family moved to Northern VA when she was a child.  She graduated from Garfield High School in Prince William County, VA and has attended Northern Virginia Community College.  Laura worked for her father as an automobile mechanic, machinist and book keeper for over 15 years.  Laura is an EMT and a certified CNA.  She works full time for the Culpeper Hospital.  It was Laura’s persistence that resulted in the family’s purchase of their first pig almost 14 years ago.  Laura has been the motivating force behind the transition of the family’s rescue efforts moving from a hobby to the formation of Mini-Pigs, Inc. as a small, high-quality sanctuary over the past several years.  Like Richard, Laura is committed to a vegetarian lifestyle and works tirelessly in support of the animal rights movement to reduce the suffering, abuse and exploitation of all animals.  Laura has one grown son who lives in Northern VA.

Richard and Laura Hoyle
Mini-Pigs, Inc.
Culpeper, Virginia
(540) 937-5229

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