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Formal Statement from NAPPA Regarding Ending Pet Pig Homelessness
Issued on : 9/1/2020

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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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Potbellied pigs are intelligent and emotional animals who can enjoy human companionship. Many pet pigs enjoy brushing, going on walks, belly rubs, and snuggling close to humans, but they still require pig companions and need to spend lots of time outdoors. They need people who are knowledgeable about their behavioral and care, and are committed to providing them with loving care and mental stimulation. ... See MoreSee Less
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Some people adopt a pet pig without fully educating themselves about the behavior and care of these intelligent animals. As a consequence, potbellied pigs are surrendered to rescues and shelters all over the country, not only for being a teacup or mini pig who grew too large, but for circumstantial and behavioral issues. ... See MoreSee Less
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Learn all you can about the behavior and care of potbellied pigs. Adopting a pig is not like adopting a dog. Regardless of how small or large a pig is, they are still a pig and will have all the behavioral characteristics of a pig. One example, they are herd animals and will try to dominate the herd, which means a pig can become aggressive toward you especially if they are your only pig. Potbellied pigs are also prey animals, so they require time and patience to gain their trust and socialize them to humans. Please check your ordinance before adopting any potbellied pigs from a rescue or sanctuary. ... See MoreSee Less
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We have launched our new website! It is ready for you to explore! The website address is pigsaspets.org and our original website is www.petpigs.com And hopefully something you'll refer to often. This could not have happened without our amazing team and our new Web Master Peggy Wimberly. We invite you to join our Facebook group to learn more on legalizing pigs as pets in your state www.facebook.com/groups/1216594018524309 ... See MoreSee Less
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Pet pigs are usually quiet animals, but they will squeal and struggle when firmly restrained or when frightened or begging for food. Scratching or petting your pet pig's neck, sides or belly can help to keep them calm. ... See MoreSee Less
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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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