Marshall’s Piggy Paradise at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary: A safe haven for pigs

Potbellied pigs make wonderful pets. They’re highly intelligent and yes, they are very clean. But pigs frequently lose their homes because people don’t expect them to grow as large as they do, or they lose their homes because of zoning laws classifying them as farm animals instead of pets. The pigs at Marshall's Piggy Paradise were brought to the Sanctuary because they were abandoned, ignored, hoarded or even outlawed.

The residents of Marshall’s live in a short, squat, adorable piggy village of warm homes. A combination of open space, modern, efficient structures and a gorgeous landscape make Marshall's Piggy Paradise a very popular destination for volunteers. The pigs enjoy mud baths, healthy food, exercise and, most important of all, love and attention for as long as it takes them to find loving homes of their own.

Keeping pigs healthy and happy

Though most people don't associate pigs with pristine hygiene, the task of keeping these adorable chubs clean and buffed is actually vital to their well-being. Trimming hooves, dental work, cleaning ears and (for the boys) trimming tusks all take place on what caregivers playfully refer to as “spa day.”

The pigs at Marshall's take character to a whole new level. Their grunting, snorting and wallowing, signs that they are happy and content, combine with their wonderful personalities to make them truly lovable. Meet some of our residents and see for yourself.

Volunteering or adopting

At Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, we're always busy keeping the animals happy, so we're unable to offer animal interactions to walk-in guests. To ensure you get quality time with the pigs at Marshall’s Piggy Paradise, please sign up for a volunteer shift.

To adopt a pig from the Sanctuary, check out a list of our adoptable pigs. After you fill out an adoption survey, one of our adoption specialists will be in touch.


PJ the potbellied pig in a mud pit