Some Pig: OCHS welcomes special four-legged resident

Prissy, a two-year-old pot-bellied pig, cools off in her swimming pool at the Oktibbeha County Humane Society’s animal shelter (Photo by Ryan Phillips, SDN)

There’s a new face at the Okitbbeha County Humane Society’s shelter on Industrial Park Road - and she comes complete with her own swimming pool.

Prissy, a two-year-old pot-bellied pig, was brought to the shelter this week by her owner, and has since spent her time roaming the green grass in the shelter’s back yard and spending time in her very own kiddie pool to escape the heat.

Pigs do not have sweat glands, so it is important they keep cool in the warmer months to avoid heat-related issues.

General Manager Christy Wells brought out a bowl of dry food for a grateful Prissy, and then explained the shelter’s approach to keeping pigs brought to them.

Wells told the Starkville Daily News the shelter in the last few years has only had four or five pot-bellied pigs brought in.

“We try to keep them housed separately from the dogs because they get stressed out pretty easily so we try to get them placed pretty quickly into a home last two pigs went to a sanctuary,” Wells said.

Prissy, who lived outdoors before coming to the shelter, has a laid back personality, according to Wells, which speaks to how different pot-bellied pigs can be.

“She’s really funny,” Wells said. “She had some water yesterday, but as soon as we gave her that pool it was game over.”

Wells said every single pot-bellied pig is unique in how they approach the world around them.

“Our last pig liked certain people, but if she didn’t like you she would chase you around the yard,” Wells laughed. “Overall, (Prissy) has been laid back while our other ones have been a little more active, but her favorite thing right now is her swimming pool.”

Prissy was scheduled to be checked by a veterinarian this week before the next steps would be taken to get her placed.

Wells said normally the shelter will only see a handful of people call to inquire about their pigs, but there is a big misconception that they are like any other domesticated pet.

“A lot of people think they want a pig but sometimes, I think they really need to do their homework and make sure it’s the right thing to do for their family because it is a lifetime commitment for this animal and it’s a little bit different than a dog or a cat.”

To learn more about Prissy and the many other prospective pets at the Oktibbeha County Humane Society, call 662-338-9093.