Adopt a pig at Pima Animal Care Center

Adoptable pig, yet to be named
Adoptable pig, presently called “B.B”


This just in from Pima County Communications:


One of Pima Animal Care Center’s more unusual intakes – a potbellied pig. This 133-pound fellow had a run-in with a dog out near Three Points and was rescued by an Animal Care Officer Dec. 28.

So far, no owner has claimed him and he’s been placed up for adoption. PACC staff estimate he is about 5 years old, appears to be housebroken, is neutered, walks on a leash and is fairly affectionate. Pigs of his breed will live between 10 and 15 years, so he is full-grown and relatively young.

PACC doesn’t turn away any animal brought to its doors and while most animals brought to PACC are dogs and cats, the occasional rodent, reptile or bird are dropped off or rescued. PACC tries to save every animal and find it a new, loving home.

B.B., as the PACC staff are calling their porcine charge, is a little more difficult to find a home for.

Small pigs require special diets and care; therefore PACC is hoping an experienced pig owner will adopt him. PACC had to make special accommodations for B.B. but as it does with dogs and cats, PACC plans to care for B.B. as long he remains healthy and adoptable until he finds a new home.

His adoption fee is $30 and PACC will microchip him if the new owner wishes.

For more information about B.B., contact PACC’s live release manager Justin Gallick, (520) 724-5929, or

Call PACC if this is your lost pig, or consider an unusual pet adoption for 2015. One of my son’s friends once owned a boa constrictor, so I’ve seen unusual pets. Happy New Year.

UPDATE:  Sounds like “B.B” has found a new home for the new year. See comments below.

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Update from Pima County Communications: “As word spread today, a family with experience raising potbellied pigs called and offered to adopt him. They are expected to pick him up Friday”.

  2. It looks like BB has found an new home. A family that has other pigs called and offered to adopt BB. Don’t ya just love happy endings?

    • Yes, sounds like “BB” has found a new home for the New Year. Good job everyone who helped adopt this pig, certainly not Isabel.

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