Pigs

Our lovable pigs are the primary reason we started Piggins and Banks.

Click on a pig below to learn more about them and their unique story.

Mary Piggins

Vietnamese Potbelly Pig
Founding Resident
2 years old

One of the namesakes of Piggins and Banks, Mary Piggins is a certified Therapy Pet Pig by the American Mini Pig Association and also an internet celebrity. As a certified therapy pet pig she is able to volunteer at public organizations, retirement homes, schools, etc. where she can visit and bring smiles to those needing a good cheering up.

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Mr. Piggy Banks

Painted Mini / Potbelly Mix Pig
Founding Resident
17 months old

Mr. Banks is one of the namesakes and inspirations for us starting Piggins and Banks Pig and Animal Sanctuary. Wanting to get a friend for Mary Piggins, we found Mr. Banks as a piglet available on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in June 2020. His ear had a chunk taken out of it and his tale was cut off…which we assume was because Mr. Banks had been marked to be sold for meat. Saving Mr. Banks from this horrible fate inspired us to not only train him as a certified therapy pig (allowing him to visit places like schools and nursing homes), but also led us to the decision to start a nonprofit pig sanctuary to save other pigs like him. Mr. Banks is truly one of a kind…with his handsome eye lashes, positive attitude, and smarts for investment tips! He was certified as a therapy pig by the American Mini Pig Association on his first birthday and now is one of the main attractions of our private tours given at Piggins and Banks. He even has his own t-shirt! We saved Mr. Banks’ life…and he is directly responsible for saving the lives of over 50 pigs that we give a forever home to.

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Rosie

Potbelly Pig
Founding Resident
10 years old

Rosie is the first pig that the Riddle Family ever took in opening the door for them to learn how smart and special pigs are. She is such a sweetheart and loves to get her belly rubbed.

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Zeus

Potbelly Pig
Rescued October 23, 2020
15 months old

Zeus (twin brother to Bert) was advertised as a free pig to be used as a pet or meat in the Winchester, VA area. We quickly rescued him and have given him a home here. He is the more bold and brave one of the brother pigs, and has a constantly inquisitive personality. (Learn more about his history: We Have Rescued Two New Piglets from Possible Death)

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Bert

Potbelly Pig
Rescued October 23, 2020
15 months old

Bert (twin brother to Zeus) was advertised as a free pig to be used as a pet or meat in the Winchester, VA area. We quickly rescued him and have given him a home here. Bert is more passive and shy than his brother, but just as sweet. (Learn more about his history: We Have Rescued Two New Piglets from Possible Death)

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Tyrion

Juliana Pig
Rescued November 1, 2020
7 years old

Tyrion came to us from Brooklyn Park, MD. His family gave him a wonderful home for six years which shows when you see how great of shape Tyrion is in. However he outgrew their apartment living space and was beginning to show signs of aggression towards their new baby. Since coming to Piggins and Banks he has become one of the lead pigs, and is in heaven with lots of room to run, root, and socialize. (Learn more about his history: Tyrion the Pig Comes to Piggins and Banks from Brooklyn Park, MD)

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Dude

Potbelly Pig
Rescued November 6, 2020
18 months old

You could say a little bit of destiny brought Dude (or The Dude as we like to call him) to Piggins and Banks. You see, he is from Pasadena, MD where two of our founding team members grew up (Aaron and Joshua Riddle). He is one of the absolutely sweetest pigs you will ever meet. His owner felt he would be happier in the country amongst other pigs rather than stuck in a community without a friend. We love having Dude here with us! (Learn more about his history: Welcome Dude the Pig from Pasadena, MD)

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Jimmy

Potbelly Pig
Rescued November 15, 2020
1 year old

There is always someone that likes to push the boundaries and rules in any group, and that would be Jimmy. He is one of the sweetest most happy pigs we have ever met, but he uses that sweetness to distract you so he can get into some playful mischief such as pushing gates open and knocking down food containers. No matter because we love him anyway! (Learn more about his history: From Walkersville, MD: It’s Jimmy the Pig!)

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Charlotte

Potbelly Pig
Rescued November 29, 2020
20 months old

Charlotte is one of the gang we call “The Three Pigs”, which also includes her friends, brothers Babe and Wilbur. They came from the Eastern Shore of Maryland and are all pink in color. Their owner loved the three pigs very much but had to re-home them because they were moving and could not take them.

Shortly after taking her in we had her spayed to help with temperament and long-term cancer risk. The vet told us it was a good thing we brought her in when we did. She was diagnosed with a condition known as “pyometra” which is an infection of the uterus and a life threatening condition. This is part of the reason that it is recommended to spay pigs at a young age. Thankfully the vet was able to give her proper treatment and all was well!

An absolute sweetheart, Charlotte is a gentle treat taker and loves to be pet and scratched. While Babe and Wilbur are more energetic and lively, Charlotte is calm and relaxed always living in the moment and never making a fuss about anything.

(Learn more about her history: The Three Little Pigs Come to Piggins and Banks)

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Babe

Potbelly Pig
Rescued November 29, 2020
19 months old

Babe (brother to Wilbur) is a go-getter. He is more shy than his brother, but has a lot of energy. As you can see in the photo above, he is particularly fond of pumpkin. Notice how Babe’s nose has a gap where the black coloring is. It was pointed out to us by one of our donors that it looks like a tiny French mustache! (Learn more about his history: The Three Little Pigs Come to Piggins and Banks)

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Wilbur

Potbelly Pig
Rescued November 29, 2020
19 months old

Wilbur (brother to Babe) is the more outgoing of the two brothers. He is very inquisitive and will come up to greet you when entering his pen. How can you tell him and his brother Babe apart? Wilbur has the black all along the top of his nose! (Learn more about his history: The Three Little Pigs Come to Piggins and Banks)

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Zelda

Potbelly Pig
Rescued January 10, 2021
5 years old

Zelda came to live with us thanks to the Harford County Humane Society in Maryland. She is a big girl…but very sweet and gentle. She loves to be pet and has a slow, but steady, approach to her day’s activities. When taken in by the Humane Society she was very overweight, but is already starting to lose some pounds after being given a nice outdoor area to root and roam around in. (Learn more about his history: Harford County Humane Society Helps Three Pigs Come to Piggins and Banks)

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Gloria

Potbelly Pig
Rescued January 24, 2021
21 months old

Gloria was captured in the wild by a good samaritan after escaping a neglect situation. She is a true survivor and is fortunate to have a loving forever home here. While her body shows many scars and blemishes from her horrible past, she has lost much of her shyness from when we first welcomed her and is now a very friendly pig. (Learn more about her history: Escape Pig Given Second Chance by Piggins and Banks Pig Sanctuary)

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Bertha

Potbelly Pig
Rescued January 30, 2021
10 years old

Bertha was placed into our care through Pigsburgh Squealers Pig Rescue. She had a very rough life of over breeding, neglect, and was even discarded in a ditch left for dead until she was found by a kind man named Christopher Kirtley. She makes her home with us now where she is safe, loved, and has a wonderful friend in fellow pig Fern. (Learn more about his history: Rough Life No More: Bertha the Pig Finds a Forever Home)

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Otis

Julianna / Potbelly Pig Mix
Rescued February 28, 2021
7 years old

Otis didn’t have to go far when he came to live with us! He grew up in Winchester, VA with a family that got him when he was a piglet in 2014. In 2020 he became very sad and lonely when their family dog passed away. Seeking to find him new friends and companionship, his family was delighted when they learned of our pig sanctuary and we were delighted to take him in. (Learn more about his history: Winchester VA Pet Pig Stays Local Thanks to Pig Sanctuary)

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Bobbi

Potbelly / Mixed Breed Pig
Rescued March 1, 2021
5 years old

Bobbi was a forgotten pig. Abandoned as a stray in southern Virginia she was picked up by animal control and no one came looking for her. Given to the SPCA of Pittsylvania County, they contacted us and we were happy to take her in to give her a forever home. She is a gentle soul and loves it here among her pig friends. (Learn more about her history: Forgotten Pig No More: Stray Pig Given Name and Forever Home)

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Bailey

Mixed Breed Pig
Rescued March 7, 2021
2 years old

Bailey came to us with his friend Reggie and is the bigger pig of the two. He is very smart, inquisitive, and used to be quite aggressive due to not yet being neutered when we first welcomed him here. However since his neutering operation, he has become a very calm mild-mannered, sweet pig. He likes to be pet on the head for a nice scratch at mealtime. (Learn more about his history: Virginia Pig Sanctuary Gives Aggressive Male Pigs a Second Chance)

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Journey

Potbelly Pig
Rescued March 28, 2021
3 years old

Journey came to us from the town of Berryville, Virginia…only 45 minutes away from our location. Her owner passed away after battling cancer which left Journey in search of a new home which is how she came to live with us. She is a very calm and sweet mannered pig…and absolute delight to be around. (Learn more about her history: Rescued Pig Doesn’t Have to “Journey” Far to New Home).

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Peter Curleytail

Mangalitsa Pig
Rescued April 4, 2021
8 months old

Peter was born to be a pig sold for meat. A supporter of Piggins and Banks (wishing to remain anonymous) purchased him from a local farm. Instead of keeping the pig for meat, the supporter brought Peter to Piggins and Banks to live a fully, healthy, and happy life. Being a Mangalitsa pig, Peter will grow to be at least 300lbs in size! He will have curly, soft hair almost like a sheep. (Learn more about his history: Easter Pig will NOT be a Ham Dinner: Gets a Chance at Life)

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Hank

Mixed Breed Pig
Rescued May 10, 2021
19 months old

Hank came to live with us after he became too much to handle for his previous owner in Culpeper, Virginia. He was always trying to escape, getting into trouble, and basically…being a pig! He is youthful, full of energy, and loves to take a roll in the mud pit on a warm summer afternoon to keep cool. (Learn more about his history: Culpeper, VA Pig Finds His Forever Home at Piggins and Banks)

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Sunday

Potbelly Pig
Rescued April 24, 2021
2 years old

Sunday came from the same rescue operation as our other pig Madison known as “The Virginia 155”. After giving birth to four male piglets, her and her babies were rescued on a “Sunday” (hence her name) from the farm by fellow sanctuary owner Lorelei Pulliam, and brought to us for her forever home. She is a big girl and one of the most protective mother pigs we have been around. She is a sweet pig now that her piglets have grown older. (Learn more about her history: Virginia Pig Sanctuary Welcomes Sunday the Pig and Her Piglets)

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Don

Potbelly Pig
Rescued April 24, 2021
7 months old

Don is one of Sunday’s four male piglets that we rescued together as a family from the Virginia 155 pig farm rescue. His name (submitted by Olivia B.) was picked out of a hat as part of a fundraising raffle we held to chooses names for the piglets. He is one of the larger piglets and you can tell him apart from his brothers by the white coloring he has on three of his four legs. (Learn more about his history: Virginia Pig Sanctuary Welcomes Sunday the Pig and Her Piglets)

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Fats

Potbelly Pig
Rescued April 24, 2021
7 months old

Fats is one of Sunday’s four male piglets that we rescued together as a family from the Virginia 155 pig farm rescue. His name (submitted by Matt W.) was picked out of a hat as part of a fundraising raffle we held to chooses names for the piglets. He is the largest of the piglets and you can tell him apart from his brothers by the white coloring he has on his front legs. (Learn more about his history: Virginia Pig Sanctuary Welcomes Sunday the Pig and Her Piglets)

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Norman

Potbelly Pig
Rescued April 24, 2021
7 months old

Norman is one of Sunday’s four male piglets that we rescued together as a family from the Virginia 155 pig farm rescue. His name (submitted by Kat D.) was picked out of a hat as part of a fundraising raffle we held to chooses names for the piglets. He is all black in coloring like his brother Stefan, but larger and more muscular. (Learn more about his history: Virginia Pig Sanctuary Welcomes Sunday the Pig and Her Piglets)

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Stefan

Potbelly Pig
Rescued April 24, 2021
7 months old

Stefan is one of Sunday’s four male piglets that we rescued together as a family from the Virginia 155 pig farm rescue. His name (submitted by Tatiana V.) was picked out of a hat as part of a fundraising raffle we held to chooses names for the piglets. He is all black in coloring and the smallest of the group compared to his three brothers. (Learn more about his history: Virginia Pig Sanctuary Welcomes Sunday the Pig and Her Piglets)

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Lucky

Blue Butt and Spot Mixed Hog
Rescued June 26, 2021
9 months old

Lucky will grow to be the biggest pig here at Piggins and Banks. He is not a miniature pig but a farm hog and will grow to be nearly 800lbs! While our primary mission is giving a home to miniature pigs that have been kept as pets and are no longer wanted, we have a soft spot in our heart for pigs that are born with the ultimate goal of being slaughtered which is why we decided to save Lucky. (Learn more about his history: Lucky the Hog in Heaven at Piggins and Banks)

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Benjamin

Mixed Breed Pig
Rescued June 3, 2021
14 months old

Benjamin comes to us from The Humane Society of Harford County in Maryland. He was given up by his owner after being too much to handle, despite his good temperament. He is very friendly, loves to sing for his food when excited (a high pitched squeal), and lives in one of or main pig pen areas with many other pig friends. (Learn more about his history: Benjamin the Pig Ready for a Squealing Good Time)

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Hamilton

Mulefoot Pig
Rescued June 3, 2021
13 months old

Hamilton comes to us from The Humane Society of Harford County in Maryland. He was purchased as a gift by a lady for her husband, who was not very accepting of pigs. After getting him in great shape, the Humane Society brought him to us. Hamilton is definitely a crowd pleaser! He is always at the gate to greet you at mealtime and absolutely LOVES to get a pet and belly rub. (Learn more about his history: Welcome Hamilton the Mulefoot Pig)

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Freddie

Potbelly Pig
Rescued June 12, 2021
6 months old

Freddie is a member of the four-piglet group known as the Harrisonburg Four and is the most outgoing of the bunch! He is super friendly and is always in the mix of it at mealtime with the other pigs. He also will let you pet him during mealtime. His distinguishing features are his two front high white legs and back white toes. (Learn more about his history: The Harrisonburg Four: Sweet Piglets Saved by Piggins and Banks)

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Houdini

Potbelly Pig
Rescued September 6, 2021
2 years old

Houdini comes to us from The Virginia 155 pig rescue operation (a farm in which 155 pigs roamed free breeding out of control). He and his friend Teddy were two of the last pigs to be re-homed from the property. We named him for his escape act he pulled on us while capturing him for the first time. He has since become a lovable resident here. (Learn more about his history: It’s Magic! Pigs Houdini and Teddy Come to Piggins and Banks)

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Teddy

Potbelly Pig
Rescued September 6, 2021
2 years old

Teddy comes to us from The Virginia 155 pig rescue operation (a farm in which 155 pigs roamed free breeding out of control). He and his friend Houdini were two of the last pigs to be re-homed from the property. Since we named his friend Houdini, we chose the name Teddy as Houdini’s real-life brother was Theodore. (Learn more about his history: It’s Magic! Pigs Houdini and Teddy Come to Piggins and Banks)

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In Memoriam

We remember those pigs that we have lost over the years and know they had a wonderful life at Piggins and Banks.

Mick

Kune Kune Pig
Founding Resident
8/29/2012 – 9/1/2021

Mick was one of the biggest pig here at Piggins and Banks, partly because of his type of breed which fell on the large side (Kune Kune). We watched him grow from a little piglet in 2012 and he was one of our pet pigs that came to Piggins and Banks as a founding resident. He may have looked intimidating with his dark color and tusks, but he was a gentle giant and loved any attention and a good ear scratch. One of our most popular pigs, his sweet face was beloved by so many. He passed away in his sleep at the age of 9. We miss him dearly.

Read about Mick’s passing: Mick the Pig Has Passed Away

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Tuck

Potbelly Pig
Founding Resident
10/15/2011 – 9/2/2021

Tuck came from the same farm as Rosie, so they were practically brother and sister and could always be found close to one another. He was the second pig Aaron and Christie Riddle ever owned. His full name was Friar Tuck, but we always called him Tuck for short. He was always in a good mood and loved pets and belly rubs. He passed away suddenly of a heart-attack on September 2, 2021. We are glad that he was able to live the last full year of his life seeing Piggins and Banks grow and welcome many new pig friends.

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Lana

Potbelly Pig
Rescued
5/1/2003 – 2/3/2021

Lana was a breeder pig from Florida where they sold her babies as “teacup pigs”. She was abused until rescued by Ross Mill Farm and adopted to a family in Virginia that could no longer keep her after a death in the family. We took her in as a pet in 2012 and she lived out her later years surrounded by pig friends and was one of the four original pigs that came to Piggins and Banks when founded in 2020.

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Tulip

Potbelly Pig
Born at Piggins and Banks
12/31/2020 – 5/21/2021

Tulip was the female pink-colored pig of Madison’s piglets. She had no markings or coloring and was completely pink all over from head to tail. When going in for a routine spay operation, she had to undergo an emergency procedure to repair a ruptured bladder. Two days after her procedure we made the incredibly difficult decision to euthanize her. She was getting worse and in a great deal of pain. She was not drinking nor eating and our vet recommended humane euthanasia so she did not have to suffer any longer. Both Mr. and Mrs. Head Hog were by her side when she passed on a peaceful morning surrounded by the trees and nature that she so enjoyed. Shortly afterwards she was buried in a meadow not far from the barn she was born in on New Year’s Eve (after rescuing her mother Madison who was pregnant at the time). We have named this area “Tulip’s Meadow” in her honor, where other pigs will be buried when they move on from this life. Fields of tulips will also be planted there. (Learn more about her history: Madison, Our Rescued Pregnant Pig, Gives Birth to Piglets)

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Fern

Potbelly Pig
Rescued January 19, 2021
9/13/2020 – 10/1/2021

Fern was brought to Piggins and Banks by Sussex County Animal Services in the Richmond area as a bonus pig rescue (she tagged along the trip with Bruce and Onyx). She was a sweet piglet who took right to the routine at Piggins and Banks of knowing when mealtimes are and how to get on our good side for a treat. As a piglet she was a great friend to older pig Bertha and kept her company. Unfortunately Fern came down with a respiratory illness and despite our best efforts and vet care, she rapidly declined and passed away. Her death shocked us greatly and she is missed by us and all the other pigs here.

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