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The Truth About Pigs As Pets with Crystal Kimhan of

Don't buy a Piglet, adopt a PigPet" is the slogan for, a non-profit organization helping re-home abused and abandoned potbelly pigs, and educate owners about their specialized needs. Charly Kayle gets the truth about pigs as pets, and the "mini" myth, from founder & CEO Crystal Kimhan. Please know, there really is no such thing as a "teacup" pig.... it's a piglet who still grows up to be a large potbelly pig!

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CrystalKimhan3_933316079.jpgCrystal Kimhan started out with one pet pig in 2005, then quickly learned there was a humongous problem with unwanted and abandoned pet pigs in Las Vegas. After volunteering at local shelters, she felt forced to start a specialized pig rescue herself, so in 2008, she founded VegasPigPets, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to help re-home potbelly pigs. She quickly realized the need for better education and laws. In 2012, with the help of other pig parents, she helped pass changes to make pigs "companion animals" in Clark County, NV, subjecting them to the same required spaying and neutering as dogs and cats, AND requiring backyard breeders to become licensed. She bought a half-acre property to foster and adopt out more pigs, but could only get a zoning permit for up to 8 pigs at a time, so she is always at capacity. 

The "mini" pig lies continue to grow, as more breeders become desperate to sell litters of piglets. Find out why there really is no such thing as a teacup pig at Crystal concentrates on education and support to help owners keep their pigs, even as they outgrow their expectations. Sadly, the number of unwanted pigs keeps growing exponentially, as she works to help those she can, and network for the others. More about VegasPigPets at 


About Charly Kayle:

A self-professed #crazycatlady and dedicated dog lover, Charly loves ALL animals and living creatures. After decades of hosting top-rated morning shows across the country, Charly was pulled onto the healing path as a Reiki practitioner for both animals and people, in-person and long-distance.

She lives by the ocean in San Francisco with her two dogs & three cats, who help her run Charly Kayle Reiki: Healing Energy For People & Paws. She also serves as Events Manager at Vin Debut, a wine bar in the West Portal area of San Francisco. She believes animals & wine combine the best of both worlds! And shouldn't we manifest the best?