Helping a Friend or Placing the Potbelly Pig...
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 animal. Please know that they are telling you the truth. The minimum cost for a potbelly pig, bearing 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 placed most places ask for 6 months of 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.