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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Vietnamese Potbelly

Vietnamese Potbelly pigs are a dwarf swine breed which were developed in the 1960's from the breed of Vietnam. They were originally brought into Sweden and Canada and have since moved into a number of countries.

Several years ago, when Canadian Keith Connell imported the first potbellied pigs into North America, he had no idea what he had started. Originally, he intended to supply the pigs to zoos, but Californian Kayla Mull interested in the pigs as pets started the porcine pets on their way to worldwide distribution and fame.

In 1986, when the first potbellies were sold into the U.S., their market price ran well into the thousands of dollars. Recently, as the breeder market became satisfied, the price of pets has come down to match that of pedigreed dogs and cats, making them an affordable alternative to canine and feline pets.

These pigs came to the United States from Canada. The original Canadian pigs averaged 250 lbs. and, therefore, were miniature pigs when compared to domestic swine that weigh 600-1500 lb. Full grown potbellied pigs weigh an average of 70-150 lb. with some reaching 200 lb. or more; they average 3-ft. long and 15-inches tall. Full growth is not reached until about 5 years of age. Colors range from solid black to solid white, with a variety of spots in between.

People ask, "Which make better pets, males or females?" We have found that as long as either sex is neutered or spayed, it really doesn't matter. Unspayed females suffer from "PMS" and strong mood swings; intact males produce a pungent odor in addition to displaying other unpleasant traits-neither are desirable pets. A neutered male is called a "barrow," an intact male is a "boar," a female that has never had babies is called a "gilt" and a female that has given birth is a "sow."

Most people who purchase these pigs want them as pets, but these pigs do not necessarily stay small, cute, or cuddly. As stated above, their average weight ranges from 70- 150 lb., and they do not like to be picked up or held. Unlike cats and dogs, pigs are prey not predators, so being lifted up or restrained causes them extreme alarm.

For Additional Information: North American Pet Pig Association. Permission to reprint from Oklahoma State University of Regents.
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Micro Chipping your Pet Pig

Many pigs become lost each year. With Sanctuaries, Rescues, and Foster homes at full capacity most will end up at shelters. It is important that your pig has identification at all times.

What you should know:
Microchips are designed to last for the life of a pig. They do not need to be charged or replaced.

Some microchips have been known to migrate from the area, but the instructions for scanning emphasize the need to scan the pig's entire body.

A micro chipped pig can be easily identified if found by a shelter or veterinary office in possession of a scanner. Not all shelters and veterinary offices have scanners.

No method of identification is perfect. The best thing a guardian can do to protect their pig is to be a responsible guardian. Keep current rabies vaccines, consider micro chipping as reinforcement, and never allow your pig to roam free outside of your property. If your pig does become lost, more identification can increase the odds of finding your beloved companion animal.
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Pigs Really Do Have Something to Say

Grunts made by pigs vary depending on the pig's personality and can convey important information about the welfare of this highly social species.

A study indicated that pigs with more proactive personality types produced grunts at a higher rate than the more reactive animals. Scientists examined the relationship between personality and the rate of grunting pigs. Male pigs (not females) kept in the lower quality conditions made fewer grunts compared with those housed in the enriched environment.

The sounds they make convey a wide range of information such as the emotional, motivational, and physiological state of the animal. For example, squeals are produced when pigs feel fear, and may either alerting others of the situation or offering assurance. Grunts occur in all contexts, but are typical of forging to let other members of the group know where they are.
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5 Summer Safety Tips for Pet Pigs

Summertime means fun, sun, and hopefully lots of time outdoors. But as much fun as summer can be for you and your pig, there are a few safety tips that will hopefully make the warmest of all seasons safe and carefree for all concerned! Here are some safety tips for pigs:
1) Apply sunscreen: That's right, you should apply sunscreen on your pig if he or she spends more than just a few minutes outside everyday in the hot summer sun. The sunscreen should be fragrance free, non staining, and contain UA, and UVB barriers similar to sunscreen made for humans. Consult your veterinarian, but there are some sunscreens made specifically for pets.
2) Provide plenty of Water, Plenty of Shade: Dehydration in pigs is a real possibility during the summer, especially if your pig is outside for extended periods without drinking sufficient water.
3) Don't leave your pig in the Car: You may think leaving your pig in a car for a few minutes is no big deal, but it can quickly lead to heat stroke in pigs. In bright sunshine your car becomes hotter inside than outside air.
4) Watch for Unknown Grassy Knolls: Pigs love to investigate grassy area. But did you know many lawns are treated with fertilizers and pesticides during the summer? Remember not all grass is created equal.
5) Avoid Antifreeze: Even though antifreeze is something to watch out for year round, cars tend to overheat and leak antifreeze during the summer. Pet pigs find it delicious and even in very small amounts antifreeze is poisonous to pigs.
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Thank you!

To all who have devoted yourselves to caring for pigs, whether by fostering, adopting, re-homing, advocating, or educating.

Because every sentient being wants a loving forever home......

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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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