Pigs ‘n’ Paws is a registered non-profit company that takes in unwanted, abused and abandoned pet pigs to give them sanctuary, allowing them to live as natural lives as possible. All our pigs are free roaming, constantly interacting with us and each other on our accommodating smallholding lying in the outskirts of Pretoria.
We realised when we got our first pig as a pet in 2004 that there would be a need for a pig Sanctuary in South Africa. Too many people were buying piglets from pet shops and breeders without realising all the consequences of owning a pig. Although they make wonderful pets, they are not easily manageable, are highly intelligent, manipulative and destructive if lonely or bored. And of course, people did not realise that ‘farm’ animals are not allowed within certain residential areas which gave their neighbours plenty to complain about!