Welcome to NAPPA


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

Apology from PAL
Upon the advise of our respective attorneys, the Board of Directors from the Pig Advocates League and from The North American Pet Pig Association have reached a legally signed settlement. All funds have been returned to NAPPA, and PAL has signed the following statement.

To the Pig Community:

Thank you for your continued support and interest in preserving and protecting pet pigs. Over the past several months, you may have become aware of a disagreement that arose regarding the governance of North American Pet Pig Association (NAPPA), which caused some of NAPPA’s directors to separate from NAPPA and form Pig Advocates League (PAL). Regrettably, the disagreement became public and many hurtful and disparaging comments were made regarding NAPPA and its officers and directors. We regret such comments and any harm they caused. While we cannot undo what has been done, we can learn from our mistakes and move forward in a positive and constructive manner.

After much discussion and thoughtful consideration, we have decided to resolve our disagreement and completely part ways with NAPPA. Both NAPPA and PAL will continue their efforts in support of pet pigs. We ask that you respect our decision and continue to support pet pigs and the organizations that support them.


Dianna Ciampaglione
Anna Key
Heather Knox
Brittany Sawyer


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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North American Pet Pig Association

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, June 26th, 2017 at 10:39am
Did You Know ..... Pigs Can See Primarily, Red, Green, And Blue?

Pigs have a paroramic vision of 310 (degree) and binocular.
This means that compared to humans, pigs prioritise their lateral vision of 35-50 (degree) monocular vision and this increases their panoramic capacity for detecting possible danger. And decreases their bifocal vision meaning greater difficulty for calculating distances.
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North American Pet Pig AssociationMonday, June 26th, 2017 at 3:13am
Training Pet Pigs

Once you've accomplished crate training, you will have no problems with transporting him to a vet or training classes. To teach your pig to walk up and down a ramp make sure there are sides on the ramp and if ramp is homemade the boards should be close together as this will keep him safe.
1) By using outdoor carpet or heavy duty carpet the type used for cleaning off your shoes before entering your home. For every few inches nail on, "cross slats" even though it is carpet as this will help prevent from slipping. If a pig slips , it will be extremely difficult to convince him to try it again.
2) Use your pigs' favorite treat such as unsalted popcorn and lay it onto the ramp. As he walks up the ramp repeat with popcorn going down the ramp. Make sure to keep him walking up and down the ramp. Use a sorting board behind him to keep him walking in direction you want, do not hurry him. Remember to always praise, praise, and praise each and every step he takes. Pigs LOVE praises!
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North American Pet Pig AssociationSunday, June 25th, 2017 at 6:13am
Responsibilities of Transporting Pet Pigs for Rescues and Pet Pig Guardians

It is your responsibility to keep pet pigs cool and safe in the warm weather while transporting to a destination. By using wet hay or blankets on bottom of crate will help him from becoming over heated. Remember pigs cannot sweat! Please keep them from overheating as this could result in fatality.
A few helpful tips:
* Never haul a pig loose in the back of a pick-up truck
* Use a large or x-large crate while transporting a pet pig
* Always praise a pet pig after each and every step of the way while transporting them. As pigs respond well to positive interventions
* Trying walking him backwards into a crate so he is facing toward the front of the crate which is easier to have him walk out when its time to open door of crate.
* Secure the latch to keep him safe
Training young Pet Pigs to load into a Crate: When you bring him home and while he is still small there are ways to help with transporting them to a vet in the future. Purchase a large or x-large crate to train him to sleep in his crate. This way as he grows and you need a way to transport him to a vet it will help with keeping him less stressed. Purchasing a crate will be the best investment you will make for your pig(s).
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North American Pet Pig AssociationFriday, June 23rd, 2017 at 4:29pm
An Interesting Pig Study
Six pigs were required to press a lever with their hooves for a specific number of seconds to obtain a food reward. When their hooves repeatedly slipped off the lever, many of the pigs persisted by trying to use their snouts instead, showing that they understand the task and its time requirements and demonstrating impressive functional flexibility.
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North American Pet Pig AssociationFriday, June 23rd, 2017 at 8:24am
4 Tips on Picking the Right Vet
With plenty of factors to consider, deciding on the right veterinarian can feel like an overwhelming process. Here are some tips on picking the right vet.
1) Ask around
Before you start counting stars and reading review after review, try polling your own personal network first. Many rescue folks will point you in the right direction giving names of who they use for pet pigs.
2) Choose Friendly
When calling to inquire about making an appointment, take into consideration the attitude of the staff. If it's like pulling teeth to make a wellness appointment for your pet pig, think about how you'll feel when you have to call in about something more serious. When choosing a vet, keep in mind their overall personality. Are they calm? Does your pig seem to like them? A good vet will know how to soothe a stressful situation, instead of adding to it.
3) Connect on your Pet Care Philosophies
There are a few hot topics when it comes to pet health, including things like euthanasia, cancer care, and planning a spay/neuter. Having like- minded philosophies with your vet can make all the difference when faced with difficult decisions.
4) Busier Usually Equals Better
Can't find a seat once you get to the clinic? Standing room only can be a good sign of what the clinic has to offer. Don't be put off by a busy, hectic or fast paced waiting area as this can sometimes mean a popular, well- liked and hard-working clinic.
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North American Pet Pig AssociationThursday, June 22nd, 2017 at 2:47pm
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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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