"I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals."

– Sir Winston Churchill, UK Prime Minster (1874-1965)

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A $20 donation will feed 2 pigs for a full month. Why not help a pig in need?

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Are you interested in adopting miniature pigs?

Pig Pals of NC has been educating the public about the true nature of this incredible species since 1995.

You can be assured that we will give you accurate, truthful information.


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About Miniature Pigs
Pigs are the 4th most intelligent mammal after humans (primates, whales/dophins, pigs).
Most dog breeds are natural predators to pigs and will attack, hurt, kill them.
  The terms teacup, micro-mini, and nano are simply marketing names for the same breeds introduced to the U.S. over 25 years ago. 
Pigs are not full-grown until they are 4 years of age. It is considered rare to find a pet pig in the U.S. that stays a healthy body weight under 30#.
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Surrender and Placement


Is there a pig in need in NC? If so, contact us so we can put you in touch with others that might be able to help

Pig Pals of NC is an educational organization that also provides sanctuary for miniature pigs in need.


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Our Mission - Brief Overview


Pig Pals of NC began in 1996 as a social club of pig owners meeting to talk about their pig pals. The need for rescue was quickly recognized and so began the journey to help miniature pigs.

Pig Pals of NC has a 501c3 status with the Internal Revenue Service.

As the journey of Pig Pals of NC comes full circle through another decade of dealing with unscrupulous people who want to make money from animals, our organization must concentrate its effort on the over 50 abandoned, neglected, and abused pigs currently in its care. Pig Pals of NC continues its efforts through educational outreach to schools, retirement facilities, fundraising events, etc... and through this website strives to make sure that everyone receives the most up-to-date information on the behavior, care, and management of miniature pigs.

Pig Pals of NC does NOT take owner-forfeited pigs UNLESS the pigs were adopted from Pig Pals of NC. All pigs adopted from Pig Pals of NC are required by law to be returned to our organization if the adoptive family can no longer keep them.

To maintain the health and well-being of our animals, all of our pigs are spayed/neutered.

 We encourage you to browse our information and use it as a tool in your journey of learning about potbellied pigs as pets. As of 2011, there have been no new breeds of miniature pigs introduced into the U.S. that stay under 40# by the time they are full-grown at 4 years of age. Don't get "duped". Check out our educational document.

If you wish to contact us, please email pigpalsofnc@gmail.com

PIG PALS OF NC is now on Facebook! Simply search for Pig Pals of NC and then click "Like" to become a fan.

It's a fun way to keep up with what is happening with Pig Pals of NC.

Follow us on Twitter at PPNC1


What Are We Doing?

Bi-annual hoof trimming at The Fine Swine Retirement Center, October 2015.

Annual Fundraiser Feast and Music at The Pittsboro Roadhouse on Sunday, October 6 2013 from 11-3pm. Join us at 39 West St, Pittsboro NC 27312

Want to hear a great radio talk show featuring Penny S. Jeffrey, Ph.D. (founder and executive director of PPNC) with Dr. Kristie Mozzachio (attending veterinarian for PPNC). Turn up the volume and enjoy! http://t.co/321kGMnC

Animal Advocacy in Durham, NC. Read Beth Wilson's wonderful article about Pig Pals of NC at: http://www.examiner.com/animal-advocacy-in-durham/pig-pals-of-north-carolina-the-triangle-s-only-miniature-pig-rescue

Follow us on Facebook by searching for Pig Pals of NC

Follow us on Twitter at:   PPNC1

We visited Penny Road Elementary School in Apex, NC. Watch this funny video with Bo-D at


Look beyond the other articles about people killing animals and check out this wonderful article about Pig Pals of NC in the REI based Outdoor Woman Magazine (on pdf page 32 or 60 for the magazine )


Pig Pals of NC was featured in an awesome local animal rescue publication called Heart2Home. Read the article at:  http://www.heart2homemagazine.com/images/nov2011.pdf

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Advisory Board

Penny S. Jeffrey, Ph.D., Founder and Executive Director

A. Dawson, Ph.D., Swine Fine Retirement Center

D. Meyer, M. Ed.., Journalist

Kristie Mozzachio, D.V.M., DACVP, Attending Veterinarian

M. Derynck, Treasurer

Mikael Hardy, Communications and Adoption Coordinator

We all have years of experience with animal rescue and miniature pigs. Click on our names to see a brief bio (in progress)

We strongly support Gerber Animal Law Center