Preface: Helping a Friend or Placing the
We often get calls from people who have interceded with a
potbelly pig, saving it from abuse, a shelter, euthanizing or
just taking on the responsibility because the family can no
longer afford to care for their animals. We applaud these people
for wanting to help the animals. Potbelly pigs are a Unique
animal and are working their way back into homes and therapy
programs all over the USA.
Potbelly pigs are a great addition to any family regardless of
"horror stories" of one or 2 persons who have not educated
themselves on care, feeding, zoning, size & weight and quality
of life that the animal deserves. That leads to the following
information. Before you step up and volunteer to take the
animal, make sure that you realize that when you get in over
your head with care regardless if it is something minor or a
tragic accident to the pig from a neighbors dog or some unknown
dog that you have become responsible for the expense, and when
placing the animal in a rescue or Sanctuary that also makes you
responsible for it. Lots of rescues and Sanctuaries have very
limited funds for the animals that they do take in.. and when
they tell you NO, that they are full or do not have the finances
to take on another animals.. Please know that they are telling
you the truth. Minimum cost for a potbelly pig, baring no
emergency medical care or surgery is about 400 to 450.00 PER
YEAR AND THEIR LIFE EXPANECY IS UP TO 20 YEARS. and when they
are place most places ask for 6 months care, and the placement
fee is usually gone with the 1st vet visit.
SO remember to be kind to the facility that you are asking to
help you and your family and the Potbelly Pig, because as normal
the animal is the one who suffers and is not to blame for any of
the problems that have presented themselves.
Q: What am I going to do, I was
guaranteed by the breeder that this little guy wasn't going to
ever weigh over 35 pounds. Full Grown. Now she won't answer her
phone and I have a potbelly pig that is over 150 pounds and it
is no longer allowed in my zoning?
that is telling you that your pig will never weigh over 35
pounds is a breeder who does not do her research before
breeding. They are interested in the money from the breeding,
not the welfare of the animals bred, who do out grow their 35
pounds and end up in a shelter, abandoned on the streets, or
horrible yet, just left in a pen in the back yard with no
QUALITY of life. If a breeder tells you these types of answers
or statements, call a local Rescue or look on the Internet for
Any Rescue will help you find a pet that will work for you, and
a Rescue Person will not lie to you. We have to many proven
I have a potbelly pig that we rescued from
the neighbor when they moved, and now we can not keep it. Can
you take it.? Everyone else has a relinquish or placement fee
and we can't pay. What should we do.
Why can you not keep it, is our 1st
question, 2nd question, is the pig the reason you can't keep it
or is there other reasons? Please for the sake and welfare of
the potbelly pig, rather small, large, indoor or outdoor, tell
us truthfully what you know about the animal... It is in the
best interest of all those concerned. We all ask for placement
fee's as most of the Potbelly Pig rescues are ran out of Pocket
and no Federal Grants are available for feed, medical or
housing. So fee's are imposed and in the Potbelly Pig Rescue 90%
of the fee's are used for the Potbelly Pig as most do not have
paid employees or for that matter volunteers.
things should I consider before taking on the responsibility
of a Potbelly Pig?
the zoning laws in your neighborhood; they may not allow
Potbelly Pigs. Does your job and family allow time for a pig?
Any pet is a commitment, are you ready to make it?
diseases from miniature pigs transmit to humans?
Sarcoptic Mange is one of the most
common. Diseases from humans, such as colds and flu, can
transmit to pigs as well.
does my Potbelly weigh 175 pounds?
Although genetics may be a factor,
improper nutrition is the primary
cause for obesity. Are you over feeding your pig out of guilt?
question? Ask Us!