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 AssociationThursday, August 16th, 2018 at 5:11am
Pet pigs love to graze on grass and plants. Check to see that no toxic plants are in the area and that no harmful chemicals or fertilizers have been used on any plant material they may consume. Rooting behavior is a part of grazing and is performed when the pig is looking for succulent roots and grubs or just for the love of rooting! Copyright NAPPA 1989- 2018 Learn more at petpigs.com Photo is from Pinterest
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Although we think of a pig's snout as hairless, they have many short hairs scattered over the surface. The snout contains the nostrils and many glands. It is movable by the pig at will, and contains a cartilaginous disc. This disc is further supported and strengthened by an unusual bone, the prenasal. Though it is used as a tool by the pig, for digging and rooting, it is a very sensitive part of their body. Copyright NAPPA 1989 - 2018 Photo is from Pinterest Learn more at petpigs.com
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Gift of Support

Share your love of pet pigs and remember that every membership supports NAPPA's mission. Your thirty five dollars will give you access to NAPPA's articles and bi- monthly educational newsletters. Learn more at www.petpigs.com Thank You for your support!
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Choosing Your Veterinarian
Many veterinarians specialize in particular species of animals. A veterinarian specializing in dogs and cats may not have the experience and expertise to treat pet pigs, or may wish not to treat pigs at all. The immunizations and medicines your pet needs are specifically for pigs, and a veterinarian may not have them available. Many country veterinarians develop their practices around both large and small animals and will have the necessary medications and expertise for treating your pig. Copyright NAPPA 1989- 2018 Learn more at petpigs.com
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North American Pet Pig AssociationFriday, August 10th, 2018 at 4:49am
A pig that is handled too much or is never left alone can become a problem when they are older, because they may be very demanding. Please do not constantly give your pig treats, or you will become a "food machine" to your pig. When the food stops, they will begin nudging and then become rougher when the food does not appear. Be sure your pig has time alone during which they can play with toys, investigate the room or yard, and become mentally active. Learn more at petpigs.com Copyright NAPPA 1989- 2018
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North American Pet Pig AssociationSunday, August 5th, 2018 at 8:52am
Pig's Intelligence

Just like humans, they can be manipulative! They are intelligent enough to know a weak spot, remember it and use it to their advantage. This is true when food is involved. Pigs can learn new tricks easily. They are also intelligent enough to know which trick benefits them the most. They will learn how to sit for food just as they will learn to open the fridge, cabinets and any doors that stands between them and food. Learn more at petpigs.com Copyright NAPPA 1989- 2018 Photo is from Pinterest.

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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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