Pot Belly Pig Rescue Sanctuary is in Trouble

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.

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