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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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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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National Kids & Pets Day!!
April 26th

Show us your favorite photo of your pet pig!
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NAPPA will be offering another micro grant competition soon. Sanctuaries and Rescues should watch for details!
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Some Bunny Loves you!

At a local pig rescue, you can find a sweet pig. The possibilities are endless and you can find one that speaks to you and compliments your lifestyle. When you adopt, you're freeing up a place in a rescue or sanctuary for another pig who needs the care and attention they can provide.

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Potbellied Pigs

Potbellied pigs have individual personalities, but initially many do not like to be held especially if they have not been well socialized. Even well socialized potbellied pigs may take a while to learn to trust their guardians. When you bring your pet pig home you first need to gain their trust in order to have them accept handling readily, then work on training behaviors such as leash walking.
Positive reinforcement is the key to success with most pets, including potbellied pigs. They won't respond to force or punishment very well at all. To a pig, the most obvious kind of positive reinforcement is food. Most pigs will be happy to work for small tidbits such as air popped popcorn. When your trying to tame a stubborn pig, you may want to hand feed them all of their food, since the quickest way to a pigs heart is through their stomach.
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Fun Facts Friday!
Pigs and Understanding Objects

The ability to categorize objects might be demonstrated by having a pig put all items of the same color together regardless of the items shapes. In a study, understanding that there are more blue circles than red circles in a group of objects or that there are no circles present at all, is an example of abstract thinking. They are experts at distinguishing objects.
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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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