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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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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Pet pigs are social and highly intelligent animals who make great pets, as long as you have the time for them. They require a well-balanced diet in order to stay well and avoid unhealthy weight gain. Learn more at petpigs.com Copyright NAPPA 1989-2018
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Eye Care for Pet Pigs

Most pet pigs' eyes will run with fluid, and sometimes this fluid is brownish in color. This is normal; The best way to clean a pet pig's eyes is to use a damp cloth and gently wipe away the fluid and goo build up.
As some pigs age, folds of skin and fat will appear around the eyes. As long as your pig is not obese this isn't a problem for them. Elderly pigs' at times may shut there eyes a lot or not open them much. This is also normal. Learn more at petpigs.com Copyright NAPPA 1989-2018
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About Anesthesia & Your Pet Pig

Inhalation anesthesia (isoflurane specifically) is the safest means to anesthetize a pet pig, if available. Halothane is not recommended as it has been linked to PSS (Porcine Stress Syndrome). Some vets might still use halothane, but most have at least one isoflurane machine.
The injectable dissociative drugs are common and effective, but recovery can be rough and delayed. Should disassociative anesthesia be the only choice it is imperative that you crate or hold your pig until fully recovered. By doing this, you will lessen the stress and fear and possibly injury to your pet.
Best: Isoflurane gas
Better: Consider a safe injectable drug that might be more expensive
Good: The dissociative drugs
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Pigs are usually up for eating whether they need food or not. Having healthy treats on hand is key to this, whether you use them for training tools, rewards or occasional snacks. Making homemade treats allows you to control ingredients, quality, and freshness.
Popcorn and Peanut Butter Treats
Pet pigs love peanut butter and popcorn offers them fiber. Mixing the two creates a home made treat. Pop 3 Tablespoons of pop corn kernels. In a large bowl, melt a quarter cup of peanut butter in the microwave, this will take about two minutes, but varies. Add the popcorn to the peanut butter and stir them together for a sticky, yummy home-made treat your pet should love! Learn more at petpigs.com Copyright NAPPA 1989-2018
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Pigs love to explore. If your pig hoovers around the home, they aren't necessarily looking for food, but checking out their environment. This behavior can turn destructive if your pig isn't provided with appropriate distractions. Giving them items in their rooting box or items to keep them busy such as cardboard boxes or newspapers to tear up or even indestructible kids' toys to play with may help them from becoming bored. Learn more at petpigs.com 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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