You’re in For a Big Surprise if You Decide to Raise a Mini-Pig!

petpig2 They’re adorable, sure. Pink, curly-cue tails, and a snout that snorts. We’re talking about pigs, those porcine cuties that liven up any barnyard with their intelligent antics and general awesomeness. But pigs as indoor pets? Yes, it’s a thing — and it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.

If you’ve ever thought about bringing a pig into your home, read on for the full scoop on what life is like with a piggy sidekick.

A very smart individual once said, “there’s a sucker born every minute.” And boy, was he right. There is no such thing as a Teacup Pig.

You’re laughing, aren’t you. Seriously, though, go search “teacup pig.” I’ll wait… See? Teacup pig. Mini pig. Dandie pig. Miniature pig. Pocket pig. Juliana pig. So many names for all the same thing: your basic, run-of-the-mill, farm pig. No? Yes! The one exception is the potbellied variety, the only pig considered to be a miniature breed topping out at an average of three feet long, 15 inches tall, and sometimes more than 200 pounds. Not so mini, after all.

Breeders across the world are scamming countless people into paying upwards of $750 – $3,500 for these so-called smaller pigs, promising a nice, compact companion who will easily integrate into the home. They’re lying. Do many breeder websites feature an adorable photo of a baby pig sitting in a teacup? Yes.
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And that’s how they get away with claiming the existence of such pigs. After all, the pig did fit into a teacup — at least for that one moment in time.

petpig1But what happens when the tiny pig grows — and grows, and grows some more? The average home owner does not have room to house a 600 pound pig, period. Many are being abandoned in places like Florida, where their surge in popularity has led to a “Hogpocalypse” of sorts, with hundreds of unwanted pigs being dumped in rural areas to fend for themselves. Shelters and sanctuaries are stepping up and taking in as many pigs as they can. But there’s only so much room — and, as you now know, pigs are B.I.G.

So what can be done to help these innocent pigs? They didn’t ask to be misrepresented. Never dreamed of being welcomed into a home only to be dumped once they outgrew their expected size. And for animals thought to have the emotional intelligence of a three-year-old, that’s a tough pill to swallow.

How about helping the pigs and fulfilling a little girl’s dream? Catherine’s Rescue Barn was created in loving memory of Catherine Violet Hubbard, one of the first graders lost in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT on December 14, 2012.

63075“Catherine and I had read Charlotte’s Web together,” recalls Jenny Hubbard, Catherine’s mother. “She loved the fact that all the animals lived together as a community in the barn. Our hope is that the rescue barn will be a home where farm animals find safe haven. We are fortunate to have a place on our property to accomplish this function of our mission and grateful to have the support that we have in helping to realize Catherine’s dream.”

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Lydia Lee lives in Seattle with two sweet, if slightly out of control, dogs. She loves reading, food, and the opportunity to make a difference.