Allegany County SPCA Animal Shelter’s Potbelly Pigs Need a Home

It’s been a crazy week at the SPCA Serving Allegany County.

The animal welfare group is used to sheltering abandoned, neglected and abused pets like cats and dogs, but when 27 pot-bellied pigs were turned over to the agency on September 19, there was no not had a grunt of protest. There were plenty of pig puns, though.

Lynda Pruski, executive director of the SPCA Serving Allegany County, said the pigs came from a farm in Allegany County. She said they were voluntarily turned over to the SPCA by their owner and there were no criminal charges involved.

Pot bellies include both young pigs and adults, male and female, and all are considered to be smaller, weighing less than 100 pounds.

“When it all happened it was a little overwhelming, but we’re working on it,” Pruski said. “Traditionally we house cats and dogs, but we (house) farm animals and other types of animals.

“We’ve had one or two (potbellied pigs) in the last ten years. Maybe we had four (in total) in that time, but never 27 at a time. This is what makes things much more difficult.

The SPCA’s Facebook page had fun with puns, posting on Sept. 19 that it’s home to nearly 30 Juliana Mix Belly Pigs and hoping they don’t break the “piggy bank” because they still want “cope”.

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Where are the pigs now?

Pruski said finding housing for the pigs was tricky, but a northern Allegany County resident came up with an offer the SPCA was happy to accept.

“A very nice person lets us use his barn to house the animals, which helps us tremendously,” she said. “We wouldn’t have the proper housing in our shelter right now for that many pigs. If it was one or two, we probably could.”

Even with the pigs housed off-site, the SPCA absorbed some expenses.

What do pot-bellied pigs eat?

“At first we had to rush out to buy feeders, water tanks, all kinds of supplies because we weren’t prepared for it,” Pruski said. “We also use the pork pellets. You can buy them at Tractor Supply.”

Pruski said all the pigs have been vetted by a veterinarian and the SPCA hopes to have many males spayed to make them more likely candidates for adoption in the future.

The SPCA serving Allegany County houses more than two dozen potbellied pigs - young and adult - at its animal shelter in Belmont.  The SPCA welcomed Juliana's mixes on September 19 and is looking for food, donations and adoption options.  Contact the shelter at 585-593-2200.

For now, the SPCA is helping pigs settle into their new homes while grooming some new arrivals.

“Some of the female pigs are pregnant, so we will have more piglets,” Pruski said.

The average potbellied litter size is six to eight, but up to 10 to 12 piglets can be born.

What can you do to help?

The SPCA welcomes financial contributions and pig feed donations. The SPCA shelter is located at 5440 State Route 19 in Belmont.

Those interested in future adoption can call 585-593-2200 or email the agency at [email protected]

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