Adoption is the Best and Cost-Effective Option For Responsible
Pet Pig Owners
Pigs can make good
pets, contrary to what most people believe, since they are
affectionate and intelligent creatures that can be easily trained.
And belaying their reputation as smelly creatures, pigs are
odor-free if they are kept clean; they likely give the impression
that they smell bad because they like to wallow in mud and root
around in their own manure. Of course, not all pig breeds make
suitable pets; the most common domesticated pig species are the
miniature pot-bellied pigs, like the one that George Clooney had as
If you would like to have a pot-bellied pig as a pet,
is a valid option, as well as a cost-effective one, since most
sanctuaries and rescue shelters are willing to give you pigs that
have been abandoned by their owners for free or for a small fee.
However, before considering pig adoption, you should know what you
are in for if you have a
pig as a pet.
First, you should realize that while a neutered pig can be
sweet-natured and sensitive, their intelligence means they can be
easily bored if they are not given constant attention. Thus, they
can be destructive while looking for ways to entertain themselves.
Just as if they were outdoors, they can root out carpeting, linoleum
and even eat drywall.
Second, pigs can also be aggressive when they reach a certain age
and start to vie for a top position in the herd (your family). This
means that they may exhibit dangerous behavior towards family
members or guests, such as swinging their head and snapping.
Third, you should be able to provide the proper living environment
for a pig. They need a pool for cooling off since they do not sweat.
Their sleeping quarters should also have plenty of bedding,
particularly during the colder months, since they love burying
themselves under blankets or straw.
Another obstacle to pig adoption is your local zoning laws, since
pigs are classified as exotic pets and there may be restrictions
against their ownership.
If you believe that you can be a responsible pig owner, however,
adoption is strongly recommended. Do not buy pigs, particularly for
large sums of money, since you are not sure if the seller has cared
for the pig properly or given it the required shots. Before allowing
pig adoption, most responsible sanctuaries will make sure the pigs
are healthy and check out the family wanting to adopt to make sure
the pig will have a good home.