Arizona pig shelter overwhelmed by surrenders

STORY: This shelter has rescued and relocated some 800 pigs

Location: Phoenix, Arizona

But Better Piggies Rescue has hit its maximum capacity

Many owners bought baby pigs during lockdown

only to abandon them after they had grown

[Dwight Dixon, Rescue Operations Manager / Better Piggies Rescue]

"A lot of people don't do their research with these animals. Again, these aren't dogs or cats so a lot of people don't understand necessarily what they're getting into. A lot of people don't understand that because they're called mini pigs, that's the nickname for them, or micro mini pigs or teacup pigs, they're pixie pigs. All these fancy terms that breeders make up to explain, you know, a small pig and a lot of people don't understand that, although it's a creative spin on words, those animals do get a lot bigger."

Dixon says inflation is also to blame for the abandoned pigs

"The feed costs that we've noticed just in the last, I don't know, 18 months has gone from where we would get our our feed in bulk, say, around $21 a bag of food, which we go through three per day, is now upwards of $30 a bag within 18 months. I can only imagine how somebody who is working on a more limited budget with just one or two animals, just alone in trying to feed and take care of those animals, that inflation would have a factor."