This little piggy needs a home

SANDUSKY Petite, brown-eyed female seeks long-term companion. But beware: This girl c
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010



Petite, brown-eyed female seeks long-term companion.

But beware: This girl can be a bit of an attention hog.

Four-month-old Petunia is the first pot-bellied pig to reside at the Humane Society shelter in Sandusky.

"She's so cute, it's going to be hard to part with her," said Amy Porter, director of the Humane Society of Erie County.

When Petunia came to the shelter two months ago, she was underweight and in need of veterinary care.

"Somebody dumped her in the country," Porter explained. "She was running down the street chasing after the car that left her."

A swine specialist at York Animal Hospital of Bellevue cared for Petunia.

"Once she got on a good diet, she bounced right back," said Kail Ott, veterinary technician at York Animal Hospital.

Petunia is spayed and ready to find a forever home. For now, she is keeping company with the dogs in the Humane Society shelter.

She oinks and wags her stubby little tail when anyone approaches her cage.

But don't let that sweet face fool you. Petunia is a bright girl with plenty to say.

"(Pigs) are very vocal," Porter said with a laugh, recalling how Petunia squealed with delight during a recent bath.

"She needs a very special parent," she said. "For the right kind of person, she'd be just perfect."

Already 25 pounds, there's no way of knowing just how big of a pig four-month old Petunia will be.

Pot-bellied pigs often live 10 to 15 years and can weigh more than 100 pounds, Porter said.

Ott said pot-bellied pigs are very intelligent and can be litter-trained.

"We know clients who keep them in the house," Ott said.

The Humane Society is now accepting applications to adopt Petunia. Her adoption fee is $200 to cover all of the medical expenses the shelter incurred while taking care of her.

"Anybody is welcome to come visit her," Porter said -- even those who aren't necessarily going to adopt Petunia.

Petunia will receive visitors during regular adoption hours: 1-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and 1-4 p.m. Saturday.

The Humane Society of Erie County, 1911 Superior St., is a non-profit organization run entirely by donations and adoption fees. It does not receive any city, county or public funding.

For information visit the shelter Web site at