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Adoption Information: Adopt or Buy?

BEFORE you adopt or buy a potbelly pig please do your homework FIRST!

Where To Adopt

If you are looking to adopt a pig or, in the most extreme of circumstances, find a pig a new home, you may want to start at one of the sanctuaries or rescues listed here.

You can also donate money to these wonderful people to help them in this most difficult endeavor.

Click to see the List of Sanctuaries and Rescue Centers.

Check your zoning!

You need to make sure that you are zoned to have a potbellied pig as a pet. Unfortunately many cities/towns still do not allow them or have ridiculous restrictions on owning one. I cannot stress enough how important is to check your zoning laws first.

Be sure you are ready for the 12-15 year commitment that it will take to care for a potbellied pig. I believe potbellies are the greatest pets out there, BUT THEY ARE NOT FOR EVERYONE! Please figure this out BEFORE you get a potbellied pig or any animal for that matter.

I am often asked what is the cost or price of pigs. Prices go any where from free on up. But, there is NO MARKET for them anymore. If there was a market then there would be no need for sanctuaries and/or rescue centers and they wouldn't be overflowing with dumped pigs.

Many shelters, rescue centers and people that do rescue work are happy to give you a pig free of charge. Some may have a small adoption fee and others may do an on-site check first to be sure the pig will be well cared for. Their main concern is that it go to a loving home where it will be cared for its entire life.

Price does not make one pig better than another. It is just what one person can charge and what people are willing to pay. Some people selling pigs charge large amounts of money because of the pigs 'special' breeding line. Well, here is a little secret: All potbelly pigs in North America come from one line, called the Lee - Connel line. Yes, there are different markings, different sizes, etc., but they all can be traced back to this line.

The worst thing you can do is buy a pig on the spur of the moment. Check out who you are buying this pig from.

Family with Pot Belly PigsDo Your Research!

I have no problem with people who charge a fee for this pig to cover spay/neuter costs. If you cannot afford this then you shouldn't have a pig.

PIGS4EVER DOES NOT SELL POTBELLIED PIGS! WE DO NOT ENDORSE BREEDERS WHO DO! They are all adding to the unwanted pig population.

I was recently asked "If I were to adopt a pig from a sanctuary, would I just be getting someone else's problem pig?" NO!

No respectable sanctuary or rescue center will adopt out a pig that does have a problem. Most of these pigs are in these sanctuaries and shelters because someone didn't do their homework. They didn't realize that they weren't zoned and a neighbor turned them in. The pig got bigger then expected. The pig was becoming aggressive (didn't bother to have it spayed or neutered). The family dog attacked the pig (extremely common), etc., etc.

So, we will repeat ourselves: If you are interested in getting a pot belly pig, DO YOUR HOMEWORK FIRST!

I do realize that many of you would like to buy a piglet and this is why you are looking for a breeder. It is possible to adopt a piglet as many times rescue centers and sanctuaries do get in pregnant sows and need to find homes for the piglets.

Need to Adopt Out Your Pig?

So, you have a pig and you need to 'dump' it? We sure hope not. Pigs are living creatures with emotions. They are not an old chair you just throw away. They are extremely intelligent and become attached to people and surroundings quite easily. If you are going to do this, here are a few guidelines to make the transition easier for the pig and you.

Pigs are where it's at.

ALL pet pigs should be spayed or neutered before sold. They should be at least 6-8 weeks of age and weaned from mom.

PLEASE do your homework before getting a pig for a pet. Make sure that you are zoned for pigs as pets. Is there a vet in your area that will see mini pigs?

Please make sure that you're ready to commit to this pet for the next 12-15 plus years. The truth is that the potbellied pig is only a good pet for those who take commitment and responsible pet ownership very seriously.


"Potbelly pigs are not products you just throw away when you get bored or become overwhelmed. They are intelligent, caring creatures who depend on you for their survival.

PLEASE: Do your homework BEFORE getting one. Don't be stubborn or worse, ignorant. Know the facts before you get into unexpected problems."

Richard Slayton
Proud Pot Belly Pig Dad.
Animal Poison Control

The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center is your best resource for any poison-related emergency, 24/7, 365. If you think your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call 888.426.4435. A $65 per case fee may apply.