We’re going a bit off topic today. As you may know, I have two pig brothers. GG & Miggy are Vietnamese Pot Bellied Pigs. Both of them were rescues & my huMom knew well in advance what she was getting into living with pigs; she did her homework. GG came from the Quinte Humane Society but Miggy came from a sanctuary for pigs & that’s what I want to touch on today.
Pig sanctuaries. They very fact they exist is a warning sign that something is wrong. The fact that they are overwhelmed is even more cause for concern. The problem is this, the “tea cup” or “micro pig”. Unscrupulous breeders take advantage of people & sell them these “tea cup” pigs as adorable pets. But here’s the thing, “tea cup” & “micro” pigs are a myth. The pictures you might see are of baby pigs being presented as full grown adults. The famous Esther the wonder pig was sold as a “micro pig” & she’s over 500 lbs. now.
People who have done too little research buy a pig thinking they’ll have a cute little piggy as a pet. Pigs require special food & needs. Often people don’t even check to see if having a pet pig is legal where they live. Too often, after a few months the pig is given up to a shelter or a sanctuary.
Miggy came to us from the Ruby Ranch Sanctuary which is run by my huMom’s friends Sherry & Bob. It seems every day Sherry is on the phone trying to accommodate yet another pig that an owner can’t keep or handle. It’s a terrible situation & breeders just keep breeding pigs to sell as pets.
Pigs are wonderful but they are a huge commitment. They can live 20 years or more, & make no mistake, they get big. Some breeds are the size of say a German Sheppard but most are much bigger & the little “tea cup/ micro” pig that you can hold in your arms, is as I said above, a myth.
If you want to help, please consider a donation to the Ruby Ranch Sanctuary or any pig sanctuary near you. Sadly, they are popping up all over because they are needed. And if you think you may want a pet pig, please do your research.
CEO Olivia ❤