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Formal Statement from NAPPA Regarding Ending Pet Pig Homelessness
Issued on : 2/18/2019

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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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A pet pig is an emotional animal who will thrive on being a family member. They cannot tolerate abusive behavior or neglect.

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Outdoor Weather and Temperature
Pet pigs hate cold weather and should always have access to warmer temperatures.

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Cold Temps is coming. Are you ready?
Wind chill makes days colder than actual temperature readings. Hair does not protect a pet pig; therefore be attentive to your pig's body temperature. Limiting the time your pig spends outdoors on bad days. If freezing weather is not common in your area winter's chill can make it even more dangerous to a pig that is not accustomed to cold temperatures. Adequate shelter from freezing temperatures and blowing, cold wind is an absolutely necessary for your pet pig. Keeping your pig warm, dry, and away from drafts is necessary. Your pig is just as likely to get dehydrated in the winter as in the summer; therefore provide plenty of fresh water.

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Does Your Pig Outsmart You?
When a perfectly house broken adult pig has an accident in the house. This had happened for two days, and was totally out of character for the pig. What made this most puzzling was the fact that we had seen our pig "go" outside on both of the days. The change in a pig's behavior occurred in Texas during a bitter weather (Remember, pigs hate the cold). We would stand at the window and watch our pig and allow her quickly back into the warm house. With a closer watch, the mystery was solved. Our pig would rush outside, squat, PRETEND to go to the bathroom all the while watching us at the window. Once we figured out that we were being outsmarted, the solution was simple. The next time she was let outside, I went along and stood beside our pig in the cold and waited until she went to the bathroom. Our pig thereafter, returned to her usual routine.

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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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