What is the Pig Placement Network?The Pig Placement Network is an adoption service for pet pigs, which is part of the Society for Advancement of Pet Pigs, a non-profit corporation. As with all pets, potbellied pigs can lose their homes or become abandoned. Our group, made up of volunteers, strives to assist these pets by finding new, suitable, homes. We also work closely with many pet owners, shelters, veterinarians and the general public to provide education about pigs as pets. Often, through education and support of a pig parent, we are able to solve a problem and keep a pig in its original home. The Pig Placement Network maintains a descriptive list of pet pigs that are up for adoption. These pigs are either living with their current owners or being temporarily cared for in foster homes. We need homes for both indoor and outdoor pets, some are babies, some are older, some have disabilities and require special care, others are overweight and need to be placed on diets, but most of all, each pig needs a loving home. Our volunteers recruit and educate prospective pig parents before matching an adoptable pig to a new home. Our goal is to make a successful match by carefully screening new parents and providing the information they will need before deciding to make a 15 - 20 year commitment to a pet pig. As is true for so many pets, the potbellied pig is not for everyone, but can be a source of great joy for the right person or family. Once a pig has been placed, our volunteers remain available for questions about care and training for the new pet. For the new owner, learning all about the proper care of their new pet pig is the best guarantee for a long happy companionship. Donations from our volunteers and the general public fund our efforts. Donations are used to defray veterinary, housing, transportation and administrative costs. We request a donation from each new pig parent to cover any expenses which we have incurred for the pig and to help defray expenses for other pigs. Whenever possible, we also request a donation when a pig placed in foster care which is used to defray the expenses for the surrendered pet. Donations of dog houses, dog crates, blankets, food and water dishes, disposable cameras, film, hog panel fencing, fence posts and other materials are always appreciated too. Volunteers homes are always needed to assist us in finding new prospective pig parents, making the public aware of our existence, educating the public about pigs as pets, attending events and other administrative activities. Foster homes are always needed to take in pigs who are abandoned in shelters or who are in danger of being harmed or neglected by their current owners. For pig lovers who cannot volunteer their time or adopt an unwanted pig, "Pig Sponsorships" are also available. A sponsor can make a donation designated to help one particular pig or several pigs with food, veterinary and living expenses. If requested, the sponsor will receive a photograph of their pig and information on the pig's new home when it is adoptedWe strive to bring together potbellied pigs and people in order to improve and enrich the lives of not only deserving pets, but their new owners as well.