These are the most common reasons we see with regards to people trying to find their pig a new home. ALL of these things could've been addressed BEFORE these people got a pig. We all know pigs grow, they don't stay teacup sized. A pig that grows much bigger than someone expects is probably the number 1 reason why a pig needs a new home. Unfortunately, it is also the most misrepresented aspect of "mini pigs". They are not mini at all, but this term has become a standard to use in order to distinguish the difference between a farm pig and a smaller breed like potbellied pig. The term itself can be misleading though.
The 2nd most used excuse is aggression. Intact pigs do not make great pets. Matter of fact, pigs can act like straight jerks at times. YOU have to train your pig to be a well mannered pig though. Your pig doesn't know how to act until you teach him/her how to act.
The number 3 place goes to zoning issues. Someone didn't check zoning before they brought a sweet little piglet home and one day they get a notice to remove the pig in 10 days or be faced with citations and/or fines. This usually coincides with a pig reaching about the 6 month-1 year mark, you know, the time when they start being "pig-headed" and slightly disruptive....
NONE of these excuses are good enough to leave your best friend behind. Please know what you are getting yourself in to before you bring a pig home. We have plenty of information, real pictures of real people's pigs that are more realistic than what someone may tell you the size will be. Just know that people will 1. lie, 2. exaggerate, 3. some honestly don't know because they're breeding babies. they have no idea how big these pigs will be at 3-5 years old because their pig is 2 years away from being 3 years old. Practice common sense, there are no healthy pigs under 50 pounds that are considered fully grown or 5 years old. This is debatable, of course, because some will say their pig is healthy, but I don't know that to be the case, sometimes the damage from malnutrition takes a toll on the body and that damage isn't seen for a few years. It is all very subjective. So use your best judgement, but look at the information that is out there. People have been dealing with pigs for 20+ years, rescues are full, there are pages and groups and organizations that have been created to find pigs new homes due to the high number of homes needed. Check with some of the well known organizations to see if they have an adoptable pig available before you pay 1500.00 for the same pig you would be able to adopt for a fraction of the cost.
Adding a porcine family member really boils down to education. If you know what to really expect, you are zoned to have a pig, how to prepare and are ready for a lifetime commitment, then you may make a great pig parent. If any one of those things aren't 100%, then you are likely not ready for a pig yet. Keep researching. Wait until it is the right time. Pigs don't do well with change. They can't be rehomed over and over again. They're sensitive and it is extremely hard on them to be placed in home after home and it isn't fair to do that to an animal because you failed them. Please do your research and be sure you are ready.
Here are some links to get you started.
Realisitc sizes of pigs- Click here.
What having a pet pig is like? Click here
Breeds of pigs- Click here
The "teacup" or "micro" pig MYTH- Click here
Is a pig the right pet for you, right now? Click here
Common myths about pigs- Click here
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