As with all pets, potbellied pigs can lose their homes or become abandoned. Our group, made up of volunteers, strives to assist these pets by finding new, suitable, homes. We also work closely with many pet owners, shelters, veterinarians and the general public to provide education about pigs as pets. Often, through education and support of a pig parent, we are able to solve a problem and keep a pig in its original home.
The Pig Placement Network maintains a descriptive list of pet pigs that are up for adoption. These pigs are either living with their current owners or being temporarily cared for in foster homes. We need homes for both indoor and outdoor pets, some are babies, some are older, some have disabilities and require special care, others are overweight and need to be placed on diets, but most of all, each pig needs a loving home.
Our volunteers recruit and educate prospective pig parents before matching an adoptable pig to a new home. Our goal is to make a successful match by carefully screening new parents and providing the information they will need before deciding to make a 15 – 20 year commitment to a pet pig. As is true for so many pets, the potbellied pig is not for everyone, but can be a source of great joy for the right person or family.
Once a pig has been placed, our volunteers remain available for questions about care and training for the new pet. For the new owner, learning all about the proper care of their new pet pig is the best guarantee for a long happy companionship.
Donations from our volunteers and the general public fund our efforts. Donations are used to defray veterinary, housing, transportation and administrative costs. We request a donation from each new pig parent to cover any expenses which we have incurred for the pig and to help defray expenses for other pigs. Whenever possible, we also request a donation when a pig placed in foster care which is used to defray the expenses for the surrendered pet. Donations of dog houses, dog crates, blankets, food and water dishes, disposable cameras, film, hog panel fencing, fence posts and other materials are always appreciated too.
Volunteers homes are always needed to assist us in finding new prospective pig parents, making the public aware of our existence, educating the public about pigs as pets, attending events and other administrative activities. Foster homes are always needed to take in pigs who are abandoned in shelters or who are in danger of being harmed or neglected by their current owners.
For pig lovers who cannot volunteer their time or adopt an unwanted pig, "Pig Sponsorships" are also available. A sponsor can make a donation designated to help one particular pig or several pigs with food, veterinary and living expenses. If requested, the sponsor will receive a photograph of their pig and information on the pig's new home when it is adopted.
We strive to bring together potbellied pigs and people in order to improve and enrich the lives of not only deserving pets, but their new owners as well.
Pig Placement Network is part of the Society for the Advancement of Pet Pigs, a non-profit corporation.
Did you know that Potbellied Pigs have a personality all their own? Did you know that they are very smart and extremely inquisitive? Did you know that they need to be fed a special diet?
We are all taken by an adorable little piglet face, but not all of us are able to take care of one for the long term. There are differences in owning a Potbellied Pig than owning a dog or a cat. In an effort to help you make sure you are making the best choice for you and your pet pig, here are a few questions that you should answer. If you can say "YES" to all of the following questions, you are on your way to a wonderful life with the greatest of pets. If you find yourself saying "NO" to any of them, you might need to reconsider your decision for the time being or just make some adjustments.
Are you willing to make a 15 to 20 year commitment to your new pet?
I hope you said YES because a Potbellied Pig can live 20 years. Pet lovers every where cringe at the thought of those that purchase a pet only to give it away a short time later. Many unwanted pets, left in shelters and euthanized, are victims of an uneducated purchase. Not all pigs are lucky and end up on this site. Not all of them will find a loving home. We hope to avoid those situations by making all potential Potbellied Pig owners absolutely sure they are making the right decision.
Are you willing to keep your pet on the appropriate diet?
Contrary to the belief that Pigs should eat everything and anything, your new pet should be fed an appropriate diet in order to keep your pig healthy. Overweight Potbellies will gain weight everywhere, including on their heads. This can result in fat deposits hanging over thier eyes and causing blindness. Overweight Potbellies find it hard to walk as they have short legs. The last thing you need is to be faced with a blind pig that can't get around. That is just a sampling of what could go wrong if diet is not considered.
Are you willing to spay or neuter your pet and provide regular vet care?
We aren't worried about stray piggies getting into your yard, we just want to make your life easier. Potbellies are strong animals and when they become frisky... watch out! They can run pretty fast when they want to. Spaying and neutering your pet will keep your pet friendlier with less behavioral problems. As for vet care, just like any other animal, they need to be vaccinated and should have their hooves and tusks trimmed on a regular basis.
Are you prepared to provide appropriate shelter and bedding for your pet?
Potbellies are not 'fend for yourself' types of pets. They need to be warm in the winter and shaded in the summer. If your plan is to keep your Potbelly outside, you should consider a heater for cold days and a fan for hot ones. They also like lots of hay or blankets to nest in. They find comfort in burrowing into a pile of softness and need that to sleep comfortably. Preferably, Potbellies like to be inside as well as outside and that leads us to the next question.
Are you willing to treat your pet like a member of the family?
These sensitive animals like human companionship and can be very loving. Not all piggies are loveable, but some can be real lap babies. Their behavior can very much be like a two year-old. Ignored piggies can be desctructive in order to get your attention.
If you have said 'YES' to all of those questions and are comfortable with all of those brief explanations, then CONGRATULATIONS! You are a perfect fit for a new Potbellied Pig. There are two more things we would like you to agree to before you take that step. First, you agree to provide unconditional love to your pet and, second, you agree to contact us in the event you have any problems or concerns with your new Potbellied Pig. If you're still answering 'YES,' then please go on to filling out the application.
Thank you very much from all the people who care about our Potbellied friends and good luck with your new pet.
For as little as $35.00 per month, you can give one of our homeless pigs a second chance For your donation you will receive:
A photograph of your pig (you can request an adult to a baby or one of our special needs pigs) and a little story of his or her life;
A sponsors certificate with your name and the name and photograph of your pig;
Updates about your pet pigs life and it's new home, when its adopted;
Call 856-468-0665 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-322-1539 or e-mail email@example.com for more information to get additional information about sponsorship
Or -- Send a "sponsorship" donation to:
Pig Placement Network
Sewell, NJ 08080
**Please be sure to indicate on your check that you are interested in "Sponsorship".