Stray pig found in East Palo Alto up for adoption

Piggy Smalls, fond of apples, seeks new home

Update: Piggy Smalls has been adopted by a family with a small farm where she "can enjoy life to the fullest," the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA announced in an Instagram post on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

She's small, she's adorable and she's looking for a new home. Piggy Smalls, a stray pig spotted wandering in East Palo Alto earlier this month, is now available for adoption, the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA announced Wednesday.

East Palo Alto police found the adult female pig at Alberni Street and Laurel Avenue on Nov. 8. She has since been placed under the care of the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA Center for Compassion in Burlingame. No one has come forward to claim her.

"As an open admission shelter, we accept all kinds of animals, including pigs, although they are not common animals that come through our doors. It is surprising that this is the third pig we've admitted into our shelter this year," SPCA spokeswoman Buffy Martin Tarbox said in a press release. "We are committed to finding her a loving home where she will be kept as a pet, not a source of food, just like the other two pigs we received earlier this year."

Potential adopters should have ample space to house Piggy Smalls, who could grow past her current weight of 45 pounds, according to the Peninsula Humane Society.

"Piggy Smalls is extremely friendly and will make a wonderful pet for someone who has the space she'll need to thrive and live a happy life," Tarbox said.

Shelter staff wasn't able to figure out her age, though a pig can live to be on average 12 to 18 years old. Piggy Smalls is a sucker for apples, as seen through a video provided by the shelter. Pigs typically eat fresh alfalfa hay, fresh vegetables, pig pellets.

Anyone interested in meeting Piggy Smalls, whose adoption fee is set at $100, can contact the Peninsula Humane Society/SPCA at 650-340-7022.


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13 people like this
Posted by Jamie Pearson
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 28, 2018 at 11:47 am

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She is lovely.

15 people like this
Posted by Laura
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 28, 2018 at 11:57 am

My not-so-inner child: I want a pig! I want a pig! I want a pig!

16 people like this
Posted by Pigs Can Be Troublesome
a resident of Los Altos
on Nov 28, 2018 at 1:52 pm

Having lived with a housemate who once kept a pot-bellied pig in the home...pigs are prone to peeing/pooping all over the house, they make horrible loud squealing sounds when frightened and have a voracious appetite, thus the phrase, "eats like a pig". Eventually the pig had to go because it was considered livestock and housing them in one's dwelling is against some city ordinances.

In the Hollister area, feral pigs (escaped domesticated pigs) have been known to roam in packs and dig up vegetation. Every season, temporary hunting licenses are issued in order to eradicate them.

I prefer my pig in the form of bacon, pork chops and/or ham.

1 person likes this
Posted by Lydia
a resident of Menlo Park
on Nov 28, 2018 at 9:28 pm

Apparently you can take them for walks!

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