Welcome to NAPPA



***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!

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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 AssociationWednesday, December 19th, 2018 at 9:24am
Peanut Butter + Pumpkin Pig Treats
Just 5 ingredients!
2-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
2 Tablespoons peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
There are some vegan pig treats for purchase online, but these peanut butter & pumpkin pig treats are so easy to make & so much cheaper!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F whisk together the flour, applesauce, pumpkin, peanut butter and cinnamon in a bowl. Add water as needed to help make the dough workable, but the dough should be dry and stiff. Roll the dough into a 1/2 inch thick roll. Cut into 1/2 inch pieces. Bake in preheated oven, about 35-40 minutes. Cool completely before giving to your pet pig.
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North American Pet Pig AssociationTuesday, December 18th, 2018 at 12:39pm
Social Dominance
Pigs are very social by nature. In the wild they choose to live in groups. This choice is necessary for survival of the pig. Being a prey animal, their only means of defense is their speed and numbers. Pigs naturally look to their herd for security. They live in a matriarchal society with a definite pecking order. When three or four pigs are gathered together they establish the exact order of dominance in a short time. Should a new pig enter the herd they immediately exhibit their own personal hierarchical position through head swiping, charging and even biting. This action is usually short lived because at some point the less dominant pig will back down allowing the more dominant pig to take charge.
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North American Pet Pig AssociationMonday, December 17th, 2018 at 3:39pm

Do not underestimate the intelligence of a pet pig. Pigs begin forming their habits, attitudes and behavior when they are piglets. Pet pigs have excellent memory skills and form habits. If you begin correctly, reinforcing and rewarding good behavior only, you will save yourself and your pig from a lot of frustration and confusion. Once you have succeeded in establishing a solid routine of good behavior, the future should be a piece of cake. A pet pig's intelligence include the ability to reason and use logic. You cannot force a pig into any behavior they find uncomfortable or non rewarding much like a kid.
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North American Pet Pig AssociationSunday, December 16th, 2018 at 4:26pm
Potbellied pigs, just like kids, are much more comfortable with the same routine every day. It is important to try and maintain this routine as your pig ages. Along with the normal feedings, time outside, and quality family time, a time regularly scheduled for pig trick training can be fun for you, your family and your pet pig. Whenever you teach your pig a new trick or a new way of being with your family remember patience is very important. Your pig will respond much more positively if they learn in increments and under as little stress as possible.
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North American Pet Pig AssociationSaturday, December 15th, 2018 at 5:29pm
If your pig lives outside or spends any length of time in the backyard they need fencing strong enough and high enough to protect them from stray dogs and to make sure your pig does not wander off. Most pigs will gladly stay near the house, but there are a few that get so interested in following their noses that they just do that. When they look up they are lost. So, to protect your pig properly sturdy fencing is suggested. It is your decision as to exactly how much of the yard you are willing to give to your pig. Some guardians allow their pig to occupy their entire yard, while others provide a smaller, secure fenced pig area.
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North American Pet Pig AssociationFriday, December 14th, 2018 at 5:41am
Winter begins in 8 days

Remember wind chill makes days colder than actual temperature readings. Be attentive to your pig's body temperature. You might consider limiting the time your pig spends outside on bad days. If freezing weather is not common in your area winter's chill can make it even more dangerous to a pig that is not accustomed to cold temperatures.

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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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