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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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Pigs are very social by nature. This choice is necessary for the survival of the pig. Being a prey animal, their only means of defense is their speed and numbers. Pigs will look to their herd for security. They live in a matriarchal society with a definite pecking order. ...

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Pet pigs are wonderful animals and can make great pets if you are prepared for their size and special needs. You should not assume that any pig you adopt will stay mini.

However, if you understand that they will grow into a large animal that can easily weigh over 100 pounds, adopting a pig in need of a home from a rescue may be right for you.

If you're thinking you can adopt a tiny pig that will be content to live in your apartment like a cat or small dog, a pig is definitely not the right pet for you.

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Ways to Share your Pet Pig's Love with Others

It's the season of giving, and if you're a pet pig owner you know well the unconditional love and support that your pig gives you each and every day. At this time of the year, you may be wondering how you can give back to your community, but what you might not have considered is that your pet pig can give back too. In fact.... you could team up and do it together!

You can volunteer as a therapy team.
Foster another pet pig

Of course, one of the best ways of all to give back is to adopt a rescue pet pig in need of a loving home. If you have room and if your city ordinance allows another pet pig to welcome into your home, it's one of the most rewarding give backs you can take- for both you and your pet pigs!

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The pet pig is by nature friendly and loving. They will be eager to make friends with another animal.
Cats are usually easy to predict. They most commonly will either choose to be friends with your pig or shrug their shoulders and ignore the pig altogether.

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Pet pigs raised in an outdoor environment, will at least once and often twice a year, "blow their coat". All their hair will fall out, and they will shed a layer of skin. Of course, this causes extreme scratching on the pig's part, as this is the animal's natural way of removing the old hair and dead skin. Within a few weeks, a new coat of hair will begin to grow, which will also aid in removing the layer of dead skin. We recommend brushing your pig as a way of aiding this shedding process. However, the hair of pet pigs raised in an indoor environment does not grow as long, and these pigs often takes longer to complete the shedding process. Copyright NAPPA ...

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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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