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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Studies Suggest that Pigs Dream

An adult pig will spend a little less than eight hours sleeping. Pigs go through a phase of sleep called Rapid Eye Movement (REM) stage. In humans, this is a deep sleep where most of our dreaming takes place. Studies suggest that pigs dream during the REM phase too.. Learn more at petpigs.com Copyright NAPPA 1989-2018
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Share Some Lovin'
If you're looking for a porcine friend, please make adoption from a rescue group your only choice! Learn more at petpigs.com Copyright NAPPA 1989-2018
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NAPPA proudly supports rescue groups, but we do not endorse breeders. Learn more at petpigs.com
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Pigs are naturally social animals and they need companionship. Companionship of another pig from a rescue or sanctuary can greatly benefit your pet pig. You will need to spend significant time training your pig. Pigs are very intelligent and can develop an assortment of unpleasant habits if not taught how to behave properly. Learn more at petpigs.com Copyright NAPPA 1989-2018
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Fun Facts About Pigs' Teeth
Some species of pig, such as wild pigs, have tusks and large front teeth that the pig uses for defending itself and for digging roots out of the ground.
* Baby pigs have 28 teeth which fall out when the piglet is around 12 months old and are replaced with stronger 44 teeth that adult pigs have.
* All pigs have tusks which are the sharper canine teeth and pigs use their teeth for digging.
* Much like human teeth, the teeth of the pig have an enamel coating which makes teeth of the pig stronger and less exposed to disease.
* Pigs are one of the few animals that properly chew their food as pigs have a digestive system that is similar to that of the human. Learn more at petpigs.com Copyright NAPPA 1989-2018
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Who is The Boss?

Many pigs display dominant behaviors, which means that if you give them half an opportunity, they will show you they're in charge. You must therefore be unerringly sure that you are the dominant one, and demonstrate this to your pig. This sounds easier than it actually is, since everyone in the household must be the "boss" of the pet pig, or else their dominant behaviors will continue. Learn more at petpigs.com Copyright 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.

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