Update: Tubba-Love was adopted on August 24th!
Tubba-Love is a baby pot belly pig, adorable beyond words.
He has a colorful personality and loves people, sneaking treats, going for walks in his harness (he is already housetrained), and living the good life in the air-conditioned indoors.
Tubba-Love is approximately 5-6 months young. He was neutered last week, recovered well, so he is now ready for adoption.
He is being socialized in the free-roaming Cat Condo playrooms at Nevada SPCA. The cats do not mind him -- he only weighs 30 pounds, so he's not that much larger than the heftier cats.
But this small size will not last. He's on his way to well over 100 pounds in adulthood as he grows during the next two years.
Pot belly pig breeders frequently deceive buyers into believing that the pigs can be starved to remain small. What a repugnant notion - starving an animal to go against his or her nature - and it is also untrue. There is no doubt whatsoever that Tubba-Love will grow to an enormous size.
Besides their growth, pot belly pigs have a second substantial challenge in finding good, suitable lifelong homes. They are brilliant animals with high IQs.
We have adopted more than 30 rescued pot belly pigs to great new homes over the past few years. In every single case, regardless of how experienced and prepared they are, the adopters are stunned by the pig's intelligence. They quickly realize they have extra work to do to keep the house pig-proof for safety, as well as keep their new companion mentally stimulated.
This is why Tubba-Love reportedly needed our rescue. His owners were not equipped for such a smart animal and providing for his needs.
It is critically important not to adopt, or heaven-forbid purchase (please do not support breeding!), a pot belly pig on impulse. Pot belly pigs can live beyond 15 years of age, and a full commitment to making one a member of your family for his or her entire life is all-important.
Pot belly pigs are also prohibited in many city limits and neighborhoods. Please check into these limitations carefully as part of the planning process if you are considering a pig adoption. Most of the pig adoptions locally have been to homes in unincorporated sections of Clark County on ranches and estates.
The bottom line is that in the right home, Tubba-Love will provide a lifetime of tremendous love.