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Who Is VegasPigPets and What We Do

At VegasPigPets, we are dedicated to helping potbelly pigs to have the best life possible. We want to help them find good homes and families that will take care of them. If you want to help our cause, donate to us today!

Don’t Buy Teacup Pigs

The largest amount of inquiries ever since VegasPigPets was started has been “Do you have any Teacup Pigs for Adoption?” After all these years of running our collaborative website, www.teacuppig.info, with other rescues and sanctuaries across the nation, we can’t seem to make people understand that there’s no such thing as a teacup pig! Starving a pig to stunt its growth is inhumane! If we have to pick one goal for our rescue, it would be that people should stop believing and buying these lies. Here is an article we did in The Modern Farmer magazine March issue: Never Buy a Teacup Pig

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Important Events for VegasPigPets

In the past years, we encountered both sad and happy moments. Below are some
of the very memorable events.

For VegasPigPets, 2014 is off to a great start! In December of 2013, I, the founder of the organization, had to quit my job to pursue a special use permit for VegasPigPets. There is no zoning or permits for breed rescues, so being forced to pursue a general special use permit means rallying my neighbors, obtaining permits, and etc. Finally, in March, we won! VegasPigPets was awarded our request to keep on helping potbelly pig pets! Here are some articles and interviews from our “15 minutes of fame!”

Stay tuned for more exciting updates for our piggies!

2013 was just a blur. We lost Reggie in March to his seizures, Curly from a heart attack in September, and taking in and losing a little two-pound piglet named Bogey to respiratory disease in December. We may not have sent any Christmas cards or newsletters out this year, but we thank everyone for their continued support. Hopefully, we’ll have some good news to share in 2014!

It’s been an exceptional 2012 year for our piggies! From all of us at VegasPigPets, we wish you a Very Merry Pigamus Chrisamus! Read our Christmas Newsletter here

Here’s hoping 2013 is even more snortin’!

On October 20th, 2012, we had so much fun! We had so many people; we didn’t have enough volunteers! Everyone got to know the piggies and learn about the specialized requirements of caring for them! People brought blankies for the piggies and lots of fruits and veggies, which the piggies always appreciate! We hope to do it again soon. Thank you all for coming and making our first open house a great success!

The 13th annual Pet-a-Palooza was held on April 21, 2012, and it was 96 degrees! Last year, it was like 50, raining and windy, so we hit the opposite weather this year! 18 volunteers turned out to help us raise funds for Pumba and Percy’s eye operations (see their story on their special page), and we brought in $611 in donations, which is more than double last year’s donations! See our full recap here! 

We want to thank all who donated over $1500 in prizes and to each and every one who supported our booth and pigs! We hope to see you next year!

On March 12th, 2012, the Laura Stinchfield’s Pet Psychic Radio Talk Show invited us again! Our first guesting in the show was on November 17, 2011. Laura talked with Pumba again and he told her he wanted to stay, so here he will stay! We love him and probably wouldn’t trust him with anyone else anyway! If you have 10 minutes, please listen in!

April 9, 2011 - Pet-a-Palooza! This was our first year setting up a booth at the mostly dog/cat fair. It was quite a cold and windy day, but we got our piggy information out there and received great support and a lot of donations. We’ll certainly be back again next year! Click here to read all about it!

2010 was fun for our organization because and we gained a lot of support for our piglets. We really appreciate the people who were a part of making the year special for us.

In April 25, 2010, we participated in the AFAN AIDS Walk. Thanks to Valley Press of Las Vegas who made it possible. To all who volunteered, came out, donated, and even walked for this wonderful event, thank you! Special thanks to the sponsors, Valley Press of Las Vegas, who made this happen for us! Please support this wonderful business that supports the rescue of our special piglets!

Leslie Kawamoto, who writes the animal blog for the Honolulu Advertiser newspaper, was gracious enough to turn our February blog into a newspaper article! Thanks to Leslie and the Honolulu Advertiser; we were able to reach across the Pacific Ocean to help pigs in need!

We met Leslie by accident, whose dogs play together in Hawaii! Leslie is passionate about animals, and it shows! She understands and wants to help the animals that get euthanized every day. And as overbred pig pets become a problem in the shelter system, we must step up and do something! Education is knowledge, and knowledge is key to saving any animal! Please, don’t breed or buy, while shelter animals have to die!

March 1st, 2010 was National Pig Day! Last year, we spent the day at Pigasus with 70+ live pigs, and this year, we spent it “Pardoning our Porcine” at Famous Dave’s, of all the places! Yes, they are a bbq restaurant, but like they say, “keep your friends close and enemies even closer!” They were actually very cool and let us do our adoption segments right outside their door!

National Pig Day is to be celebrated in whatever way it makes you appreciate your pet pigs! Hopefully, people appreciated our live ones more! This year will mark our first anniversary of “Pardon My Porcine” Day! Hopefully, we will make this an annual event!

Happy New 2010! As we embark on a new year and a new decade, Pork Chop reminds us of our commitments to our families, to our animals, and most of all, to ourselves!
We lost one of our family members on New Year’s Eve, Groucho, my African Grey brother, who was with my mom for 23 happy years; so long, but yet not long enough.

Mom was very sad, but I reminded her that the rest of us are still here and that we need her. Life goes on, as much as we will miss Groucho mimicking mom’s words and calling me “Pork Chop Pork Chop, where are you Pork Chop?” No more of that. But, I still have Jako and Kira, Comet and Maggie, to remind me that I’m not alone and that we all still need our mom and our family.

So, rest in peace my dear brother Groucho and one day we will all see you on the other side of the rainbow bridge! We all love you and will miss you dearly!

Please make the most of your time with the ones you love! Wishing you all health, happiness and prosperity in this new year and new decade to come!
-Pork Chop

On September 1, 2009, we made our newspaper debut in the Spring Valley View section of our Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper. We have received so much positive feedback and are able to assist and educate so many more owners due to this great article! See article here.

Why VegasPigPets Started

Back in 2004, I was looking for a potbelly pig to adopt for a pet. I did not find any networking available here in Las Vegas. I found piglets in pet stores and even, of all places, the swap meet, but no one could tell me about them! I have always adopted all my other animals, dogs, birds, and even tortoises!

I tried going out of state to adopt but didn’t find any pig to call my own. After over a year of homework and looking for that special pig, I felt I had no other choices. In 2006, I brought a piglet home from a reputable breeder out of state. I named her Pork Chop. She was the smartest, most special creature I had ever encountered.

Because I lack knowledge about how to raise a pig, I went looking for someone who could help me. I was able to hook up with Pigs4Ever and took Pork Chop all the way to Reno to meet a “pig” trainer.

I found out that pigs are like perpetual 3-year-old children and was very surprised that my prior training skills were no help with her! Two years later, I felt I had finally mastered the art of raising a pig! She was a little overweight, a little too smart for her own good, but the most special, different animal I could have added to my family.

Because of all my hardships along the way, VegasPigPets got started in April of 2008, not by choice, but by need. Joining a wonderful group called SCAMPP, out of Southern California, and hearing of the chatter from other pig rescue groups and sanctuaries, I knew there must be a problem in Las Vegas.

But where are the pigs that needed saving? Sadly, it didn’t take very long to find them. Pig pets were being given up to shelters, left in backyards to fend for themselves, and even walking down busy streets. It was a sad story, like so many other animals, the worsening economy, the foreclosure crisis, whatever the reason, people were leaving their pets behind.

It was a little harder for the abandoned pigs as they don’t just “fit in” at the shelters! By this time, I had made a good friend out of Marlies of Pigharmony.com and she convinced me I could help these pigs needing homes. She helped VegasPigPets get started, by networking and finding resources that could help, even hundreds of miles away.

Somehow, people got my email, my phone number, and finally, our website was born! It still saddens me to see how bad the problem is and how much worse it is still becoming, but we can all do something, even if it is one pig pet at a time! Our 501(c)(3) was approved in December 2008, so full blast forward, we went to get the word out that there was help in Las Vegas!

People started to volunteer to help, foster homes were found, and people stepped up to provide permanent homes for pigs in need! Our website has provided a valuable resource for pig pet owners in Las Vegas.

How one little piglet named Pork Chop started a whole organization of people still amazes me, but every day, I look at my not-so-little girl and thank her for opening up a new world of wonderful people and resources! If we all just help one animal that cannot help themselves or stop unwanted pregnancies by spaying and neutering our pets, we all may one day say that we helped eliminate the unnecessary euthanization of all pets!