Adopt a Pig
Pigs are more than just farm animals at Alaqua. They can be just as much of a companion as any other animal at our facility. We love to encourage our visitors to interact with our pigs, so that they can get a glimpse into their unique personalities.
Keep in mind that there are hundreds and hundreds of potbellied pigs now residing in long-term sanctuaries and refuges because many people thought baby potbellied pigs were cute, and did not think about what it would be like to care for a very large adult pig.
If this is your first pig, please take the time to research very carefully what it takes to keep a potbellied pig as a pet. There are excellent resources available on the Internet and through various miniature pig associations on the care and training of potbellied pigs. Training is important because pigs are smart – they can learn to be obnoxious as well as friendly and cooperative.
Potbellied pigs will bond very solidly with a loving and kind caretaker. They will grieve if something happens and the caretaker can no longer care for the pig and has to let him or her go.
We want to do all we can to insure that our pigs go to homes where lifetime companionship and care is the desire and goal. We strongly encourage only those who own their property to apply. It may be fine to have a potbellied pig at a particular rental house, but then if a move is necessary, it may be difficult to find a new place where it is okay to have a pig.
You will notice that the adoption application has many questions about the routine care of the pig. This is not meant to be a test of any sort; we simply want to encourage you to think ahead about all aspects of care. We feel that it is important for you to be an active participant in the life, training and health care of your pig.