Pot Bellied Pig Campaign

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Heartland has officially launched our Pot Bellied Pig Campaign – a campaign aimed to educate the public about the realities of these smart, challenging, and wonderful animals. Though not really a typical farm animal, these pigs need our help: approximately 95% of them are abandoned or surrendered within the first year! This campaign includes helpful pot bellied pig information, rehoming assistance, consultation to pot bellied pig homes and educational trips into the community with our pig educator and ambassador, Percy.

Would your school, club or organization like a weekday visit from our ambassador pig Percy? If so, please email our TeacupExecutive Director & Founder, Dana Barre, at Dana.Barre@HeartlandFarmSanctuary.org or call (608) 219-1172. 

This summer, Heartland took in our ninth pot bellied pig (PBP), Tank. Tank, like the other eight, was a pet who didn’t turn out to be quite what his human family expected. Pot bellied pigs, sometimes misrepresented with names like “micro pig” or “teacup pig”, are touted as great house pets who will reach a top weight of 22-38 pounds. This is simply not true. In fact, Heartland’s largest “mini pig”, Lucy, weighs almost 190 lbs! Read on to learn more about these unique animals…Micro Pig

DID YOU KNOW?
  • PBPs have little or no odor.
  • Pigs do not shed the way dogs shed. Most pigs will “blow” their coats once or twice a year. They will lose all their hair in the summer months and it will reappear by winter.
  • With proper care, a pot bellied pig can live an average of 12 to 15 years.
  • They need a diet consisting of grain, vegetables and an occasional taste of fruit. Guinea pig, cat or dog food is not appropriate for PBPs.
  • PBPs continue to grow until they are between ages 3 and 5.
  • PBPs can range between 80 and 300 pounds, with the average pig weighing around 135 pounds at maturity. All potbellied pigs are miniature in relationship to their cousins, the farm pig. Farm pigs can grow up to 900 pounds or more.
  • PBPs bond with their people. They are social animals and need companionship – whether that’s a pig friend or their human companion.
  Check out this Inside Edition video which tells a story we at Heartland hear all the time: Someone gets a pot bellied pig as a pet, and their tiny piglet ends up weighing much more than 30 or 40 pounds! While each story is a little different, the message remains the same: There is no such thing as a teacup pig. 

Are you considering adding a pot bellied pig to your family, or simply want to learn more about them? Then take a look at our informational packet, put together by our wonderful volunteer, Vicki Lynn Tobias. Download it here.

Do you have a pot bellied pig that you’re looking to rehome? Heartland receives calls nearly every week from individuals looking to rehome pot bellied pigs, for one reason or another. For every pig we’re able to take in, we have to turn about 20 others away. We are happy to place pot bellied pigs looking for a new home on our Animal Rehoming page. Additional resources are below.