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***WE DID IT!***
Many thanks to each of you who donated to NAPPA’s matching fund effort to help Houston Mini Pig Rescue & Network. We just received a contribution of $20, making our total received $1500. Doubled that will give HMPRN $3,000 to use for food or other needs as they work to recover. We wish to extend special thanks to Joyce Aleckna of Happy Hill Farm and Animal Refuge for sending $700. We are equally grateful to Sharyn Meryl (Sammy the Hammy’s mom) for raising $600 from her raffle. Last ,but not least, we very much appreciate those smaller donors who made up the remainder, giving us a total of $3,000 to send to Texas!

North American Pet Pig Association

Joyce Murdoch Aleckna Thank you for making the match so the money will make a difference for Houston

Patty Hunter Amazing! You all are such a blessing to us down here in Houston! ❤

Thank you all!

The North American Pet Pig Association, Inc. founded in 1989, is dedicated to providing education to enable pet pigs to have the highest quality of life possible. This mission aligns with the mission of Forgotten Angels Rescue & Education Center, Inc., recently closed due to the retirement of its president, Lana Hollenbeck.

FAREC and NAPPA have formed a partnership, whereby volumes of valuable material on the FAREC website will be carefully incorporated into the North American Pet Pig Association (http://www.petpigs.com) website.

The NAPPA board thanks Lana for many years of service and guidance to the pig community. Lana has spearheaded conferences, coordinated rescues of large numbers of pigs, worked with new sanctuaries, helped advance pig medicine, and more.

We also welcome FAREC supporters. We hope you will continue to receive the same high level of support from NAPPA.

North American Pet Pig Association Board of Directors


Preserving and protecting pet pigs since 1989, NAPPA has a love for all pigs, both big and small! We are completely run by volunteers, and have always been a non profit organization. All funds we raise go into helping pigs by providing emergency medical assistance for injured or sick pigs, spay and neuter funds, sanctuary grants to pay for straw, feed, and other supplies, sponsoring the Swine Medical Database, and so much more. We work hard to educate, whether it be pig parents or the general public who have misconceptions about pigs. Its our goal to enact changes in legislation to change pet pigs from livestock to companion animals, giving them the same rights and protections that dogs and cats are allowed. We advocate for adoption or rescue when you’re thinking of adding a pig to your family, and are here to provide a network of support with your new friend!

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Since 1989, the North American Pet Pig Association has been unequivocally committed to helping improve the quality of life of pet pigs through education and grant support to the general public, pig guardians, and sanctuaries.
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North American Pet Pig AssociationMonday, December 10th, 2018 at 9:59am
Taking Care of Your Pig's Teeth
Most pigs do not enjoy their teeth cleaned with a toothbrush, but you can rub their teeth with a washcloth using human toothpaste, not dog toothpaste.
Pigs' have forty-four permanent teeth. All pigs have tusk teeth. These teeth are the same as canine teeth. Based on a pig's genetics, their sex, and if the male is neutered, these teeth may or may not grow out of your pig's mouth. Long tusk teeth are very sharp. Each time your pig moves their mouth up and down, as in an eating action, they are sharpening their tusk teeth. In most cases if the tusks do not grow beyond the lips of the pig, they do not present a real danger.
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North American Pet Pig AssociationSaturday, December 8th, 2018 at 10:59am
Since pigs cannot tell us when they are sick, it is important to pay special attention to your pig's condition and health during the winter season. Like all of us, pigs seem more susceptible to illness in the winter. Copyright NAPPA 1989- 2018 Make sure you take your pig to a Veterinarian before giving any over the counter medications.
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North American Pet Pig AssociationFriday, December 7th, 2018 at 10:19am
Holiday Times
During all the hustle and bustle in your home, it is wise for guardians to keep a normal schedule for your pig. Regular feeding times, regular sleeping times and most importantly regular snuggle times will help your pig adjust to all of the holiday celebrations. When activities seem to be just too much for your pet pig a quiet room away from the celebrations is a great idea!
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North American Pet Pig AssociationThursday, December 6th, 2018 at 7:26am
It is important that your pig has identification at all times. Many pigs become lost each year. Tragically, few are reunited with their guardians. Pigs can and should be microchipped behind the left ear. Microchips are designed to last for the life of a pig. They do not need to be charged or replaced. The best thing a guardian can do to protect their pig is to be a responsible guardian. Keep current rabies, vaccines, consider microchipping as reinforcement, and never allow your pig to roam free outside of your property. If your pig does become lost, more identification can increase the odds of finding your beloved pet pig.

NAPPA encourages all pet pigs to be microchipped as it will help keep them safe from entering the production chain.
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North American Pet Pig AssociationTuesday, December 4th, 2018 at 9:45am
Fostering Saves Lives: Open your Door to a Pig in Need

It's no secret that we've got a serious case of pet pig overpopulation in this country. Sanctuaries and pig rescue groups across the nation are continually dealing with over-capacity making it difficult for them to save as many pigs as they'd like.
So what can you do? While the possibility of adopting from a pig rescue or adding one to your family may not be in your plan for you right now, becoming a foster parent is an excellent and unbelievably rewarding way to help decrease pig homelessness and increase adoptions. The rewards are well worth the difficult times of saying goodbye to your foster pig going to another home. And if you just can't bring yourself to let go. Consider by making it official with an adoption.
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North American Pet Pig AssociationMonday, December 3rd, 2018 at 10:22am
How to Bond with Your Pig

Allow your pig time to get to know their new surroundings. Do not overwhelm your pig with all the family members and friends at once. Try to keep everything as calm as possible. To help in the bonding process, you can sit on the floor and allow your pig to warm up to you. Do not move quickly, be patient. You can use food to encourage your pig to make the choice to walk to you. Also, keep in mind that to be touched on top of their head and to be picked up is a learned behavior. In a pig's encoded experience, the only animal that does this is a predator.Copyright NAPPA 1989- 2018

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About us:
With the input, help, and encouragement of people from all walks of life, and from all over the United States and Canada, the North American Pet Pig Association (NAPPA) was organized in 1989, making it the oldest potbellied pig service organization in the United States. NAPPA is a non profit organization and holds a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service. NAPPA was organized specifically to preserve and protect the potbellied pig breed, with an emphasis on education. The activities of NAPPA are guided by the input, contributions, and energy of its members and directors. Membership in NAPPA is open to anyone interested in potbellied pigs, whether pet owners, potential pet owners, rescue/sanctuary, veterinarians, or just friends.

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