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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Vegaspigpets is a 501(c)3 federal non-profit organization with volunteers supporting the health and welfare of all pigpets, large and small. To provide education as to the specialized needs of potbelly pigs and provide support to all current and prospective pig owners to assure the best quality of life for our pigpets! We also rescue and place unwanted, abandoned & abused pigpets in need of a new, permanent, loving homes.

Results: We have been successful in raising a portion of the funds for the storage unit that houses all the blankets and crates we need to help our pigs. And have been able to build the new pens at the new property so we can help more pigs in need in the future!

Programs: Pet-a-Palooza, St. Rose's annual Pet Blessing, Kiss-a-Pig events, NVBigGive

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 1

I just had some simple questions about my pig and they were awful towards me. I am just a pet owner trying to do good by my pig and they talked to me like elitists, like I was an idiot . And while I still thanked them for their time they literally had no response..... I am just blown away I just wanted to talk to people in the pig community to share information.

2 Kelly25

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Crystal wants nothing more than a forever home for her pigs and people who care and love them. If you are in an area that allows pigs and you are interested, check with Crystal first. She will give you any and all info she has learned and knows about pot bellied pigs.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Crystal has been more help to me with the raising of my pig than anyone else. She sincerely loves all the pigs and goes above the call of duty to help nurse them back to health,find loving homes, teach them that humans can love. I can't say enough good about this organization.

3 Victoria O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found Vegaspigpets on Facebook and visited it daily as we already have a Potbelly Pig and I wanted to learn as much as I possibly could about Potbelly Pig Care, maintenance and training, from a Trustworthy, Experienced source. Eventually over the year, our attention was drawn to Pumba, the poor rescue pig that had issues with his eyes that eventually led to a surgery requiring his eyeballs be removed. We followed Crystal's efforts to raise money for his surgery, she kept everyone posted on Pumba's recovery and she spent Long Hours dedicated to nursing Pumba and giving him the Best Post-op care. We wanted to Adopt Pumba into our family!! We live in Mississippi! We were approved as a home for the placement of Pumba, yet still faced tackling the issue of getting him from Las Vegas to MS!! Crystal was tireless in raising money to arrange a flight and van rental, in order for us to get him here. Thanks to Crystal and her Wonderful Vegaspigpet Supporters, she was able to raise the funds to allow us to get Pumba safely in our home!! When Michele got to Vegaspigpets she found the property to be a Wonderful, Safe place for pigs!! They were all Healthy (right down to the White Teeth! ha ha), Well Behaved with wagging, welcoming tails. We informed Crystal that Pumba would be an "indoor" pig... she went the extra mile of bringing Pumba into the house and spent HOURS crawling in and out of the pig door to train Pumba Not to be afraid of it. She spent HOURS teaching a Blind Pig to use "manners" like sitting before he gets a treat and to take it Nicely when he does receive his treat!! Crystal was Very Thorough with feeding and care instructions, in regard to Pumba. Naturally we were required to sign a contract insuring that we had a proper Veterinarian for him, we would keep him in a safe environment, care for and nurture him and in the event it didn't work out, he would be returned To Her! It also goes without saying that she insisted on updates and made herself available to us at all times, in the event we had and questions or concerns. He is the Perfect Love of our lives!! We HIGHLY recommend you select Vegaspigpets as your PBP destination (if you live close enough to do so) ..... I'm not sure Crystal could do the long distance adventure again to save her life!! ha ha ha ha Vegaspigpets is a CLASS A operation and we will continue to support this operation through as many donations as possible!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is by far my favorite Pig charity/sanctuary. When I was having trouble with my pig, Crystal called me and tried to help me save her. Unfortunately, I was unable to, and most of the issue was through my own fault. Even after I lost my pig, Crystal and Vegas Pigs took me in and helped me with my grief recovery. I have seen Crystal go out of her way to help people, share her knowledge and put everything she has in to the Piggies! I admire this Charity and Think Crystal is amazing. Not only am I willing to donate to this charity, I have quite a bit! I would/ and have suggested this charity to anyone thinking about, or has a pig. If/when I get another pig, I will feel more confident with VegasPigpets help!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and family adopted a pig from Vegaspigpets. We were required to apply for, visit with the pigs and Crystal came out to do a home check. There were many things we were not prepared for, but she helped us get our property ready, both inside and outside, in case we wanted to ever let the pig into the house. We did not realize how smart they were but with Vegaspigpets help, we are so happy to have welcomed Wilbur into our family! We had a lot of questions and Crystal was there for us every step of the way! She even gave us his favorite bed, blankets and food to start us off! We feel very confident Wilbur will have a very long and happy life here even being first time pig owners!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been to Vegaspigpets shelter and they take wonderful care of their pigs. They have some blind pigs and a pig that was rescued from a place that kept him in a horse stall. He had bad seizures but looks great now! I saw first hand how clean and well maintained this place is and the animals are so well taken care of!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

VegasPigPets has been instrumental in saving many pigs through education, donating funds, rescuing from shelters and homes and other means. They are available night and day with any issues that arise helping pig owners to take the best care of their pets. As a fellow sanctuary, I am outraged that a breeder can come in and cause so much discord for people who are working to make the lives of pigs better at their own expense. Breeders are in it for the money not the welfare of the animals. And this particular breeder is even more dishonest because she claims to be a non profit and takes much needed funds from true rescue non profits.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Crystal provides an invaluable service to the rescue community and has for a long time. Many of us have dealt with her on a personal as well as professional level for years and can vouch for her credibility, love for pigs, kindness and generosity. She goes well beyond the norm when it comes to assisting others and educating and most of us would love to have her energy! One lone detractor in Florida and her misled minions are trying to undo the good that VPP has spent years doing. It is apparent from some of the reviews (see Roseecakes..."clothes" surely means close??) that this detractor is asking either children to write reviews or semi-literate adults who have no knowledge of the pig rescue/sanctuary community. This detractor was invited to join a pig rescue list after posing as a rescuer. Advice was offered BEFORE her pigs became pregnant as to ways to separate the males and females to avoid pregnancies. MONEY was given to her and accepted by her for the purpose of neutering her males, which she never did and had no intention of doing. Separate from the rescue list she joined, she bragged on FB about breeding. She can do that but why did she lie about her plans to the rescue community? From her first posts on the list, it was apparent she was looking for a fight and has very real emotional issues. She has repeatedly lied about HER non-profit status and being registered as a LLC. People should give no credibility to her negative reviews about VPP as she is a lone detractor with an ax to grind. Crystal called her out on her lies and she became angry and is now bent on destroying the wonderful organization Crystal has worked hard to establish. This woman claims to be a Christian but I know many non-Christians who behave in a more Christian-like manner. It is truly bad KARMA to engage in the activities she has and it is hoped that well educated and well intentioned people will look beyond the negative reviews that have been posted and continue to help Crystal and VPP do the wonderful work they do for many more years. We in the rescue/sanctuary community support Crystal and her efforts!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Vegas Pet Pigs is an excellent informational organization for all prospects of the Potbelly Pig. It is also one of the few Tea Cup Information that has 100% correct information on it. I would recommend this site to anyone who is considering purchasing or RESCUING A MUCH LOVED POTBELLY PIG.

Crystal has spent Thousands of Dollars on getting ordinances passed in Las Vegas so that the potbelly pigs there can remain with families, plus Dollar after Dollar of other peoples Potbelly Pigs for spay and neuter and most of all Health Issues.

6

Donor

Rating: 1

I have never been more disgusted with an organization in my entire life. The rescue of pigs is wondeful and I was more than willing to donate. However, when I found out (through following their facebook page) that they spend a great deal of time harrassing others who don't conduct business the same say, I was appalled. I even saw some of their owners/followerers/volunteers personally try to sabotage a fellow organization. I must admit, I do not know much about the other organization as I do not live in that persons area, but their behavior was abhorent. I will NEVER donate another dime. These people are childish and petty. I wish I could get my money back.

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VegasPigPets 01/18/2012

Disheartened Donor, please feel free to email for a refund, we only want supporters! We don't ever harrass anyone, you are obviously not reading our page but just listening to someone's script because you would know we are the ones being harrassed! If our PRIVATELY ASKED QUESTION to a rescue was "are you breeding" and the answer was "yes", does that not make them a breeder? Rescues don't intentionally breed! We also confirmed this "breeder" was not a registered non-profit with the State or IRS, why is it wrong to ask her for proof? We were the ones slammed publicly by this person or you for that matter, not the other way around? Should everyone not ask the proper questions before supporting anyone claiming to be a non-profit organization, rescue or not? I guess it's not that hard to pull the wool over people's eyes as you are already on a website you can easily check if this "organization" is a non-profit, can't you? But, it's just easier to believe untruths so you feel justified in supporting them and trying to defeat our real purpose of "animal rescue"!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I would never give this organization any sort of reward. They have spent months attacking other rescues and publicly dragging them through the mud. Bullying is wrong and I will never stand behind anyone that uses it in their daily practices.

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VegasPigPets 01/18/2012

Mrs. Parks, you should do your research first, we never bullied or drug anyone through the mud! If our PRIVATELY ASKED QUESTION to a rescue was "are you breeding" and the answer was "yes", does that not make them a breeder? Rescues don't intentionally breed! We also confirmed this "breeder" was not a registered non-profit with the State or IRS, why is it wrong to ask her for proof? We were the ones slammed publicly by this person or you for that matter, not the other way around? Should everyone not ask the proper questions before supporting any non-profit organization, rescue or not? I guess it's not that hard to pull the wool over people's eyes as you are already on a website you can easily check if this "organization" is a non-profit, can't you? But, it's just easier to believe untruths so you feel justified in supporting them.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I would never do business with them with the owner takes months to attack another organization that is just trying to save pigs. Apparently, she feels she is the only one in this world allowed to save pigs.

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VegasPigPets 01/18/2012

Do you call breeding rescued pigs and bringing more pigs intentionally into a world where so many other pigs are already being euthanized saves pigs? If our PRIVATELY ASKED QUESTION to a rescue was "are you breeding" and the answer was "yes", does that not make them a breeder? Rescues don't intentionally breed, these piglets aren't any accident! We also confirmed this "breeder" was not a registered non-profit with the State or IRS, why is it wrong to ask her for proof? We were the ones slammed publicly by this person or you for that matter, not the other way around? Should everyone not ask the proper questions before supporting anyone claiming to be a non-profit organization, rescue or not? I guess it's not that hard to pull the wool over people's eyes as you are already on a website you can easily check if this "organization" is a non-profit, can't you? But, it's just easier to believe untruths so you feel justified in supporting them and trying to defeat our real purpose of "animal rescue"!

7 Stella Dora v.

Donor

Rating: 5

Fabulous organization with excellent reputation of putting the animals first and using 100 percent of donations for the pigs. This rescue takes on cases others would not and in the end produces a highly adoptable pig. Has very high standards for adopters. Educational site on Tea Cup Pigs (NOT) is known world wide and used by many world wide.

8 potbellyacres

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved in rescue for 16 years and run my own private sanctuary. I have found this organization to be an invaluable source of support both financially and educationally. VPP has helped with much needed funds for spays and most recently with a pig attacked by a dog. They are both professional and responsive to the needs of rescued pigs. VPP is passionate about pigs and educating the public about these special animals. I can direct people to their website about teacup pigs and know their questions will be answered. Unfortunately, at times, when VPP exposes breeders who are posing as non profits, they come under attack but the truth is VPP is all about what is best for pigs and the truth will prevail. In this particular incident, I also attempted to discuss proper pig care with this breeder and she became very abusive to me and then dishonest. It's too bad the pigs are suffering because of her own agenda. I am still trying to find her non profit as she claims it to be and I can't.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Vegas Pig Pets....Horrible excuse to pigmanity!!! You should be in business about as much as an abortion clinic (NOT AT ALL)!!! Do us all a favor and clothes up shop. How can you possibly claim to Love pigs, and in the same breath want them ABORTED???? It is in my opinion you are MURDERERS!!! As for your claims on certain other NPO's...Try getting your facts straight first, before your slander!!! I have Great Personal Experience with one certain NPO that you continue to Bash & I take Great Offense to your Words of Hate against them. Unfortunately in this case you have been able to have your freedom of speech, so henceforth here is mine...."Back Off" The NPO I have adopted from, they are Wonderful, Loving, Caring & Providing Owners, who are more than will to go to the ends of the earth for their rescued piggies & I am willing to back them to the ends of the earth!!! & help in protecting them from dirty, evil people such as yourselves!!! So if you are such a great NPO and I highly doubt that, then mind your own business & try to take care of your pigs which you obviously do not love wholeheartedly as my piggies NPO does!!! PS~ Say No To ABORTION/MURDER!!! Signed a very concerned Pig Lover!

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VegasPigPets 01/18/2012

Well RoseeCakes, you sound a lot like the woman is is slandering me, not the other way around! It's very easy to check this NPO as you call it, as you are on the website that you can find it! Hmmm, I checked this website, and I could not find it, could you? Why do you keep calling us murderers? How many pigs have you, I'm sorry, have they lost or have died?! Or did you not want to make that information public? Intelligent people will do their proper investigations, we don't have to brain wash anyone like this NPO (as they falsely call themselves) does. You will see them for who they really are when the full state and federal investigation comes to light, but if it makes you feel better to slander a legitimate rescue, by all means... at least our supporters are real and what we do is real!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have followed VegasPigPets website via Facebook and online. They were of great help when I lost my piggy Harley suddenly and were an even bigger help/assistance when a friend of mine needed guidance with her pot belly piggy. Like the saying goes "a picture is worth a thousand words". Just look at the pictures posted on Vegas Pig Pets and read what Crystal is doing says it all....They are happy, cared for pot belly pigs..

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've watched Vegaspigpets help so many pigs in need. Crystal's heart is just huge. She has taken in pigs that nobody wanted. Supposed teacups that were over 300 pounds that were discarded by people who thought they would stay tiny. Sometimes these pigs were being looked at by people who were going to slaughter them for food. She is a huge advocate for spay/neuter as well as the proper care and nutrition for these animals. I have been at her place and helped her load pigs that were hard to place in a home, but she was able to put into rescues that would give some of these unwanted pigs a forever home. She has driven them to California, Utah and Colorado. She's driven them when she had migranes so bad her face swells up. She went to the Casinos here and got one of them to donate something like 5,000 comforters to her organization. She had to rent a storage unit, there were so many. She then called pig rescues to come and pick up FREE blankets to keep their pigs warm during the cold winter. Vegaspigpets is an angel, she doesn't breed, she makes NO money off of these animals; every penny she has goes into the care of pigs. She finds homes for pigs and works with the new owners to make sure they have the proper facilities, food and love. She is there anytime they have a question or concern. She has picked up pigs that were used as bait for fighting dogs, pigs abandoned on the side of the road, pigs that were kept in a trailer for their entire lives and the trailer was over a foot deep in pig crap, pigs that couldn't walk because their hooves were so long, pigs that had been mistreated and were scared of people, overweight pigs that had lived on a diet of donuts and dogfood, skinny pigs that had lived in a dirt lot and weren't fed at all. Crystal of Vegaspigpets puts her money where her pigs are. She is passionate about these little (and many times HUGE) guys. She LOVES, LOVES, LOVES, LOVES pigs and is an outspoken activist for their proper care. Bless you Vegaspigpets for your deep devotion to these wonderful creatures!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Crystal has helped me on SEVERAL occasions with advice, helpful tips and follow up to see how her ideas are working. VegasPigPets has always been the most loving, kind and supportive resource for all my Porcine questions. Ziggy our 8 yr old female is not always in as good a mood as Pork Chop or Reggie...but with Crystals help we keep trying. She is the BEST !!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Always eager to help others with questions and provides excellent information about pigs. She takes wonderful care of her rescued pigs. I noticed a few very negative reviews which were clearly submitted by a breeder who was trying to falsely claim nonprofit status and her cronies. Thank you VPP for exposing this fraud! I hope your courage does not negatively affect donations of time or money to VPP.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Vegas Pig pets is a well established organization and greatly respected by legitimate pig rescues/sanctuaries nationwide. Combined, there are well over 150 years of rescue experience in these sanctuaries and they absolutely know a good, HONEST organization when they see one. A newcomer to the pig world, not a rescue, but a breeder, is trying to destroy the reputation of VPP and its supporters. Educated people will see the lies for what they are and should not be influenced by one troubled person and her followers, who presumably know little or nothing about rescue/sanctuary work. Instead, they should look closely at the breeder and determine for themselves if she is honest about HER non-profit status. Research has shown that, despite her claims, she is NOT a registered Non-profit nor a legitimate LLC and is decieving contributors on FB. VPP is an excellent organization and has earned the respect of sanctuaries across the country due to honesty and integrity, hard work and respect for those of us "in the trenches"