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!

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 AssociationFriday, October 19th, 2018 at 1:03pm
How Do I Determine if my Pig is in Good Condition?

A method of determining that your pig is in good body condition, not too fat and not too skinny, is to place your fingers on your pig's back at their hip bone and press down gently. You should be able to feel a layer of muscle between your fingers and your pigs hipbone. You should never be able to see their bones through the skin. Your pig's nutritional needs are directly tied to their emotional and physical well-being.
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North American Pet Pig AssociationWednesday, October 17th, 2018 at 7:21am
Social Dominance

Pigs are one of the few animals that, at a very early age, establish a definite social order based on dominance. This hierarchical system is formed by the second day of life. The placement in this rescued group of pigs is influenced by how they perceive themselves and their ability to defend this placement by means of shoving, head swiping and fighting with each other. This type of dominant behavior within a group of pigs is carried forward for the rest of their life.
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North American Pet Pig AssociationMonday, October 15th, 2018 at 12:05pm
How Well Do Pigs Hear?

Pet pigs have good hearing through their upright small ears, but since they have relatively immovable ears, they must turn their heads to find out exactly from where the sound is coming. Hearing is one of their main defense mechanisms; therefore, they can be easily panicked by a sudden, loud or unusual noise. When they hear something and don't know exactly what it is, pet pigs will freeze and hold their breath until they can figure it out. Pet owners will agree that they can have selective hearing.
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North American Pet Pig AssociationSaturday, October 13th, 2018 at 5:58pm
Pet Pigs

The pet pig you take into your family will need proper care (vaccinations, worming, tusk and hoof trimming and spayed or neutered). It is up to you to provide a bed, harness, leash, and bowls. Establish the cost of properly caring for a pig in your area, evaluate your budget, and ask yourself if you really can afford a pet pig.
They can be an excellent choice for people who truly love small children and animals. Pet pigs are gentle and loving, but are not for every family.
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North American Pet Pig AssociationFriday, October 12th, 2018 at 11:13am
Considering a Pet Pig as a Pet?
Owning a pig can either be the beginning of a wonderful future for your pet pig or an overwhelming responsibility for which you may not be fully prepared. Since this will be a long - term relationship, it is wise to ask yourself a few serious questions to determine if you are ready to become a pet pig owner. Think about the following issues carefully. Be sure to spend the time you need to totally investigate how a pig fits into your family. There are many sources to learn more about the pet pig, the Internet, books, talking to other pet pig owners and to pig rescues.

You and your new pet will have the opportunity for the future you both deserve!
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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.