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In comments on the Home page someone asked:
hi my name is Roxanne I have a 6 month old pot bellshe is not fix I’m trying to find her a for ever home do u take them or do u know of any one who would love to have her thank u I need help.
Sorry, no I wouldn’t take her. There are rescue organizations – I would suggest googling for one near you or contacting your local animal shelter which may know of one. The problem is people buy Pot Bellied Pigs thinking they will stay small but they get big, to about 200 to 300 lbs. Yes, that is small compared to the 800 to 1,775 lbs that our farm pigs get to be but that is still too big for most people in domestic situations.
Then the people realize that pigs are not really such good pets for the size, eating, manuring and behavioral issues and want to get rid of them. This creates a market for Pot Bellied Piglets and a problem with juvenile and adult Pot Bellied Pigs. Some of the rescue places charge a fee to take the pigs since they’re going to have ongoing costs.
The other option you might consider is eating the pig. Pot Bellied Pigs were originally developed as a breed in Asia as kitchen pigs that would eat the food scraps from a family and then be slaughtered to provide meat for the family’s table. I have read they tend to be a bit fatty but fine eating. Many small homesteaders raise Pot Bellied Pigs for meat. The biggest problem being that they are slower growing than typical farm pigs so it costs more to feed them to finish size.
If you don’t want to slaughter the pig yourself you might give it to someone who is interested in slaughtering it for meat by advertising it on your local Craig’s List or newspaper classifieds.
Also see these articles about pet pigs.
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