Staff at the Nebraska Humane Society found someone quite special in their overnight drop off kennel this week – Jimmy the potbelly pig. Spokesperson Pam Wiese says shelter staff were surprised to hear grunting coming from one of the kennels but they have learned to expect the unexpected.
Wiese says, “We’ve found really big dogs that looked like Jiffy Pop popped in there, just barely fitting in. However, it is a very safe place. We are very comfortable with people leaving animals in there and there is a pan of water in there and a blanket. Most of the time it is dogs and cats. Once in a while we will get an iguana or guinea pigs or something odd but usually we don’t get pigs in there.”
Wiese says the pig, named Jimmy, was a bit unsure of his surroundings at first but they were able to tempt him with some treats and he quickly warmed up. She says the previous owners left all of his paperwork. The shelter received about fifteen calls from folks interested in Jimmy so they will not have a problem finding him his forever home.
Wiese says potbelly pigs are legal to own in Omaha if they meet size regulations and Jimmy qualifies. She says they typically rehome six potbelly pigs a year.