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Email: pigspals@gmail.com

Phone: 772-633-3512

13835 79th Street

Fellsmere, FL 32948

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a permanent home with long term medical care and healthy diets to all of our rescues, as well as to raise awareness and correct misconceptions and falsehoods promoted by unscrupulous breeders that lead to farm animal abandonment. 

 

We rescue all farm animals, but currently we are especially focused on pot-bellied pigs.

                   

Pot-bellied pigs are being marketed as mini-pigs, nano-pigs, teacup pigs and a dozen other names, and then abandoned because there is no such thing as a teacup pig.  The size range of a pot-bellied pig can range from anywhere between 40 and 300 lbs.  Sadly, many dishonest breeders out there are advocating abuse by recommending diets that keep these animals malnourished in order to keep their weight and growth stunted. Pot bellied pigs are able to reproduce as early as 3 months into their lives, and it takes up to six years to reach full size. Deceptive breeders make matters even worse by breeding them early in their lives when they are still small and allowing people to believe that the parent pig is an indicator of the size the baby pig will become.

 

 

Animal shelters are seeing a drastic increase in the number of pet pigs that are being surrendered, because owners often do not have the means to provide feed, vet care, and property for these 300 lb, highly intelligent and very social creatures. Due to their curiosity, playfulness and high intelligence levels, these animals can become bored quickly and become destructive. Just like dogs, pigs can develop dominance aggression toward members of the family (usually children) and can become unrelenting in their search for food. Pigs can learn how to open cupboards, pantries, and refrigerators as well as upset trash cans and more. They can live on average between 12-18 years with some living longer than 20 years. The veterinary care required to sustain these animals includes spay or neutering, regular vaccines, and hoof and tusk trims. Owners will also need to check local regulations to be sure that their property can be zoned for livestock and that ownership of pot-bellied pigs is permissible in their area.

 

 

 

When owners realize that their expectations of their new pot-bellied pig does not match the reality of pig ownership, oftentimes these animals are surrendered. Because these animals are so highly intelligent, displacement to animal shelter and then potentially a new home is far more difficult on them than other animals.  Pet pigs are not protected under most laws in the same way domestic dogs and cats are, and for this reason neglect and abuse can become rampant. 

For all these reasons, when an animal is placed with our rescue or surrendered to us, they will not be adopted out. Our animals will live out their lives receiving proper diets and nutrition, vet care, and love.