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For the Love of Pigs with Susan Magidson

The Rising Lioness hosted by Erica Salvemini

Audio Production by Alex Sanfiz


In this episode of The Rising Lioness Podcast on All About Animals Radio, host Erica Salvemini, chats with Susan Magidson, expert and leader in the world of pigs-as-pets. She is also the Co-Founder and President of the Pig Placement Network (PPN). Since 1998 PPN has been an adoption service, consultant, educator, support to the rescue community, and much more, all for the rehoming of domesticated pigs.


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Susan is a pet-pig-breeder turned rescue advocate.  She says, “the rescue world is overwhelmed with unwanted companion pigs. Sanctuaries and Rescues get numerous calls from caretakers wanting to surrender their pig. They are at their capacity, they can't take in more without putting their organization into jeopardy. PPN assists the rescue world with our Home to Home placements..”


Susan and her network strive to unite potbellied pigs in need of love and sanctuary with their just right humans. PPN does this in order to improve and enrich the lives of pigs and their happy companion humans.


Listen in to this fun and educational discussion where Susan shares what pigs are really like! Find out if sharing your life with a smart, loveable, sometimes stubborn but also therapeutic pig may be right for you. In this episode you’ll learn about pig intelligence, behavior, language and how to avoid adoption pitfalls.


PPN is a National Pet Pig Rehoming Network with over 800 pigs-in-need posted on their website.  PPN works with the overwhelmed rescue community, caretakers needing to rehome companion pigs, and prospective new homes interested in adopting a pig.  All PPN services are provided without cost to the user.  PPN is a non-profit organization that is dedicated and devoted to potbellied pigs.


Susan Magidson, is the owner of Ross Mill (Vegan) Farm and Co-Founder and President of the Pig Placement Network.

In 1998, Susan co-founded Pig Placement Network, which is a service to assist pet pig owners in rehoming their pigs.

Ross Mill Farm is the major foster care facility for PPN, directly placing over 1,000 pet pigs in new forever homes as of Spring 2018. She is also the Founding Board Member and Secretary to The Duchess Fund, which is a medical database exclusively for pet pigs.




  • 1995 Potbellied Pig Symposium, U of Penn, New Bolton Center

  • 1992 – 1997 Potbellied Pig Shows; at the Pennsylvania State Fair and Sussex County Fair

  • 1991 – 2000 Potbellied Pig Booth at Middletown Grange Fair, PA, Schenectady County Fair, NY

  • 1991 – 1998 Annual June Pignic, Annual October Hallowswine

  • 1995 – 1998 Pigstock at Ross Mill Farm, fundraiser for PPN

  • 1999 – 2009 PigFest at Ross Mill Farm, fundraiser for PPN

  • 2010 – 2016 Potbellied Pig Seminar, Quakertown, PA

  • 2011 – 2018 Piggypalooza, a music fundraiser for PPN




  1. 1995 Potbellied Pig Symposium, U of Penn, New Bolton Center

  2. 1996 Guest Lecturer at Harcum College, Veterinary Technician Class

  3. 1999 & 2000 Potbellied Pig Symposium, Ft. Myers, Florida

  4. 2001 Potbellied Pig Symposium, University of North Carolina School of Veterinary Medicine

  5. 2010 – 2012 Potbellied Pig Seminar, Quakertown, PA

  6. 2011 – 2016 Potbellied Pig Seminar, Richmond, Virginia

  7. 2017 Collective Impact for Pigs Symposium

  8. 2017 – 2018 Assisted Dr. Wilbers during Pet Pig Wet Lab at the North American Veterinary Conference, Orlando, Florida












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