Archive for September, 2010

4 Do’s and Dont’s for Adopting a Pot Belly Pig

September 24, 2010

If you're thinking about welcoming a pot belly pig into your home, please adopt!

Thinking about adopting a pot belly pig? There are many pigs that have been abandoned by their families and need a loving home. After you’ve properly researched how to care for your pot belly pig and you’re positive that you’d like to welcome one into your home, the only thing left is to find one in need of some TLC. Here are 4 do’s and dont’s to keep in mind when finding a pot belly pig to adopt.

Do consult the list of shelters provided by the North American Potbellied Pig Association. It’s a great place to start when you’re looking for a pig in need of a good home. Also browse pigs on Petfinder.com where you can search the listings by region and view photos and bios of abandoned pot belly pigs. Also check message boards on online pot belly pig communities.

Don’t forget to ask lots of questions about why the pot belly pig was abandoned and find out if the pig has aggression or unresolved behavioral issues. If you are going to be a first time pig owner, you won’t want a pig that is already hard to handle.

Do ask about the pot belly pig’s current living conditions. If he or she is coming from a shelter, ask the caretaker what a typical day for the pot belly pig has been like. This will help you make the pot belly pig feel more comfortable in your home and make the transition from place to place less shocking.

Don’t take in a pot belly pig before you’ve checked your local zoning laws. Many cities outlaw pot belly pigs and you wouldn’t want to adopt one only to find out that you need to give him or her back to the shelter because your neighbors are complaining and your city is charging you with a fine.

Pot belly pigs are very smart animals that make wonderful pets. Although they do need a lot of attention and can be expensive to raise, the companionship they provide makes all the hard work worthwhile. PBPTLC always encourages adoption rather than buying a pot belly pig from a breeder because there are so many abandoned pot belly pigs that deserve a second chance and a good home.

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Amazing Pot Belly Pig Entertainers

September 17, 2010

Pot belly pigs are extremely intelligent animals, which is why they are able to be trained at a young age. The pot belly pigs in this video can dunk mini basketballs, ride skateboards and use their amazing problem solving skills to achieve their goals, even if they’re having difficulty with the task. As the woman in the video says, “everyone should take a new look at pigs, they are not just pork chops!” Isn’t that the truth!

Watch this video of amazing pig performers then tell us, what tricks have you taught your pot belly pig?

Pot Belly Pig Rescue Sanctuary is in Trouble

September 10, 2010

Many pot belly pigs grow to weight between 150-200 lbs. When they get too large, many people abandon them and they end up at animal shelters.

According to an article on CTVCalgary.CA, the only rescue sanctuary for pot belly pigs and other farm animals in the Calgary area is suffering from a financial crisis. Although this particular sanctuary is in Calgary, Canada, the same problems are happening in the U.S.

Up until now, over the last 10 years, around 3 pot belly pigs have been living at the Rescue and Sanctuary for Threatened Animals or R.A.S.T.A. However, during the last several months, they’ve taken in 18 new pot belly pigs. Most of these rescued pot bellies need special medical attention, due to neglect or abuse. Pot belly pigs are expensive pets in general, because they need to see an exotic animal vet, which is more expensive than a vet you would take a dog or cat to.

Many people buy pot belly pigs under the assumption that they will stay small forever. When they end up growing to be 150-200 pounds, they don’t know what to do with them. Many pot belly pigs are abandoned or neglected and end up at facilities like R.A.S.T.A. Because of the recent teacup pot belly pig trend, this is happening even more often in the U.S. and all over the world.

Another problem is that many pot belly pig owners keep their pigs in a city environment, where they don’t have enough space to move around. Also people do not take into consideration their city’s laws concerning pot belly pigs. Many cities do not allow them, and when neighbors complain, the owners are forced to give their pets up. Where these pot belly pigs end up? At facilities like R.A.S.T.A. No wonder they are having a financial crisis.

It is important to be responsible when you decide to welcome a pot belly pig into your home. Although they are great pets and have a reputation for being extremely smart and loyal, they do require a lot of TLC. Being a pot belly pig owner is a huge commitment. This is something many people do not understand, which is why so many pot belly pigs end up abandoned or victims of animal abuse.

If you are considering becoming a pot belly pig owner, please adopt. There are many facilities just like R.A.S.T.A. in the U.S. and all over the world that have many pot belly pigs that need a good loving home. Visit this site to find a shelter near you.