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Pigs experience some of the most horrific conditions of any farmed animal species in the meat industry. Most mother pigs in the U.S. spend their entire adult lives confined to cramped metal crates. On factory farms, piglets are taken from their mothers at only a few weeks old and raised in filthy conditions. Pigs are fed high quantities and are genetically manipulated to grow rapidly so that they can be slaughtered when they are only six months old.

Potbeliled pigs face different challenges and are one of the most requested animals we are asked to rescue, as there are so many unwanted pets. Cute internet videos of so called “teacup pigs” has resulted in a trend of purchasing pigs from breeders, though many owners soon discover that they are unprepared to care for them. Pigs require a specific diet and are extremely social, thriving in the company of other pigs. When they are no longer wanted, potbelly pigs may face neglect, abandonment, or ending up on someone’s dinner plate.



– Pigs are one of the smartest domestic animals, matching dogs in their cognitive abilities. Pigs can learn approximately 300 different commands, solve challenging problems, and even use deceptive tactics to trick other pigs!

– Newborn piglets learn to run toward their mothers’ voices, and mother pigs sing to their young while nursing.

– Contrary to popular belief, pigs are very clean animals who are careful not to soil areas where they eat or sleep when given sufficient space. They roll in the mud in order to keep themselves cool and protected from sunburn.


Pigs are amazing animals – affectionate, curious, and smart! Their intelligence, size, and strength can make them challenging to deal with, and their unique needs mean they aren’t the right pet for everyone. However, with the proper environment and care, pigs can be a rewarding addition to your family. Click here for more information about pigs and what they require to keep them happy and healthy!


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