The consensus was if Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary could find a foster home, our rescue group would be able to take Truffles into our rescue program, in spite of false pretenses – we know there is NO such thing as a “micro mini” pig of any breed. But Truffles had indeed been sold to his previous families – two of them – as “a micro mini pig.” Here’s our story of the baby potbellied pig effect, and why Truffles needs a savvy home to truly find furever.
The Baby Potbellied Pig Effect
The emails and phone calls came all at once as Christmas melted away leaving us with the grey skies of January. With the long winter ahead, our thoughts were preoccupied with the upcoming trip to Florida.** Then we were asked to take in a “micro mini” pig. The messages were quite frantic.
We learned Truffles had made his way east to Ontario from Chilliwack, British Columbia. Thats where a breeder had advertised “pigs that stay small” for the hefty price of $1000 + tax, and that’s not including transport or delivery.
He was purchased by owners who were unfortunately either duped or forgot to undertake a little research. After having Truffles for just five months, his first owners posted Truffles on Kijiji. He was snapped up by an unsuspecting young student. She too neglected to do a little pig homework.
She arrived at the family home for the holiday break with Truffles in tow. Everyone in Truffles’ second home quickly realized he was not the ideal pet for their lifestyle.
After less than a month of ownership, they contacted both BCFS and the Niagara Falls Humane Society.
The Niagara Falls Humane Society called us here at BCFS. We promised to talk to the family regarding Truffles. Their conclusion was quite correct, theirs was not a viable home for him now, or as he grows to his natural size – which can be anywhere up to 200 pounds!
We discussed it together as a family, a rescue group and a home. We had one pig living in the house already, Hershel, who is a young male about 2 years old. Pigs are not known for getting along with each other. Actually, pigs are known for fighting violently with each other due to their proclivity for protecting their own territories. We had watched it first hand when we introduced Charlotte and Ginger.
Fortunately, one of our volunteer foster families agreed to take Truffles in, but need a little time to set things up. So Truffles ambled into our home, all 22 adorable pounds of him, six months old and cute as a button on January 4 at one in the afternoon.
Then promptly urinated in the kitchen. Ten minutes later he urinated in the bathroom. At least he was getting the real estate figured out.
When we introduced Ginger and Charlotte it got bloody for two weeks until they determined the hierarchy between them. The introduction between Hershel and Truffles did not go as badly as expected. That is to say, they’ve inflicted nicked ears, fierce stares and a lot of dramatic squealing upon one another so far, but thankfully no broken skin. Perhaps that’s due to their comparative youth, or the threat of “outside time,” in any case we are happier for it.
Hershel is currently napping under the computer desk and Truffles is behind bars in the laundry room keeping Donkey the bunny company. Both are snoring loudly.
Baby Potbellied Pig Truffles Available for Adoption
Given that there are no medical or behavioural issues with our healthy little friend, Truffles is available for adoption right away. However the potential adoptive family MUST do their research about Potbellied pigs. They must be prepared to give Truffles a forever home – for the rest of his life.
He will get larger and continue to grow until he’s about five years old. The average size of a healthy Potbellied pig is as “small” as 120 pounds up to potentially 200 or 300 pounds.
Note that the term “miniature” used by some is relative to the size of the average domestic pig. That is to say, 200 pounds IS miniature compared to 1000! But Truffles will not be the size of a fat Shih Tzu (sorry Bailey!) like he is now, not for long.
If he resides in the house, the family must be prepared for the fact that Truffles will rearrange your furniture, your shoes, your children and your laundry.
Truffles will only be adopted to a family where city bylaws will not be broken. Most cities do not allow farm animals to be harboured within city limits. Meaning, for example, in the Niagara Region your residence must be zoned Agriculture in order to legally house a potbellied pig. Please check your local bylaws before applying, because we will be checking them too.
By the time he is ensconced in his foster home, Truffles will have had four homes in six short months. That takes some confidence away from a baby potbellied pig. We do not want to see Truffles bounced around any more than necessary, so will be diligent in both searching out a perfect home and adjudicating adoption applications that come our way.
We will be posting a follow up profile with more details of his personality as we come to know him.
In the meantime, if you are interested in giving baby potbellied pig Truffles a loving forever home please fill out an application from our documents page and email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
** Amy and Brent will be away from the farm on their annual "re-charge the stamina" trip from Feb 3 - 26; Judith will be manning the farm, with the help of our BCFS volunteers.