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 AssociationTuesday, March 20th, 2018 at 8:39am
Ear cleaning; is something that most pigs love. To them it is another form of rubbing and scratching. If your pig has contact with other pigs, regularly check their ears for ear mites, which are common with pigs. There are preparations specifically for ear mites and a topical pour-on insecticide that will rid your pig of all external pests. Ask your veterinarian about them. If you get water in their ears, you may create an environment conducive to ear infection. Copyright NAPPA 1989-2018
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North American Pet Pig AssociationSunday, March 18th, 2018 at 4:53pm
Kune kune pigs, like their pot belly pig cousins, can battle dry skin just like we do! One of the most common reasons for dry skin in kune kune pigs is a lack of humidity in an environment. Another common reason for dry skin is due to skin parasites such as mites, often referred to as mange. They are unfortunately pretty common in kune kune pigs. A poor diet can also contribute to dry skin on your pig. If your pig gets a lot of junk food and lacks the essential vitamins and minerals that they should be receiving in their diet their skin may be dry as a result. Learn more at petpigs.com Copyright NAPPA 1989-2018
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North American Pet Pig AssociationSunday, March 18th, 2018 at 5:42am
Kindness is Free Spread it Around
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North American Pet Pig AssociationSaturday, March 17th, 2018 at 6:10am
The size of your pet pig is determined by nutrition and genetics. You can not change the genetics of your pig by depriving them of adequate nourishment as this will shorten their life. Overfeeding will create an obese pig who can develop joint, leg, foot, and other health issues. Think about the size of a pig's leg bones, the surface area of the foot, and the weight they carry compared to humans weight.

A pig of normal weight carries about double the weight per square inch of foot as does a human of normal weight. An overweight pig will put undue stress on these bones and joints, which can cause chronic arthritis and joint issues. Learn more at petpigs.com Copyright NAPPA 1989-2018
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North American Pet Pig AssociationFriday, March 16th, 2018 at 10:01am
Leaving a pet pig alone with a dog is like leaving a cat alone with a canary. Many pet pigs have been attacked by dogs, some had been living together peacefully prior to the attack. Remember pigs are prey dogs are predators. Copyright NAPPA 1989-2018
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North American Pet Pig AssociationWednesday, March 14th, 2018 at 9:42am
Pigs have a language all their own. They are very vocal, and communicate by grunting, squealing, and snorting to indicate pleasure, distress, or alarm. They will try to communicate with you, all the while assuming that you understand them completely. You will know you have reached your pig's heart, when they greet you with a "conversation" about how the day has been and how glad they are to see you. 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.

We encourage the use of the information on the website as well as sharing the information and links, but please do not post the information contained within the website without written permission from The North American Pet Pig Association.