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PIGS Animal Sanctuary exists entirely because of the generosity and commitment of our donors.  We do not buy or sell donor lists.  Most of our donors have come to know us by visiting the Sanctuary or learning of our work from television or newspaper accounts.

It is the regular support of this small group of compassionate individuals that has sustained the Sanctuary and its animal residents for more than a decade.

Other Ways to Give

Gifts through Will or Trust

When you make a bequest to Pigs Animal Sanctuary, you will ensure that some or all of your assets will be used to help save the lives of abused, unwanted, or unloved animals.

Please call the Sanctuary at 833.257.PIGS or email to receive more information.


Shop with Amazon Smile

Amazon Smile allows you to give back to a charity of your choice when you shop at Amazon! Make sure to use the button below and chose PIGS Animal Sanctuary to support our mission while you shop!


Donate Your Birthday

Instead of getting gifts for your birthday, ask your friends, family, and coworkers to donate to help abused, unwanted, or neglected animals at PIGS Animals Sanctuary instead! It's easy to start your own fundraiser online using the link below.


Buy PIGS Merchandise on Cafe Press

Show your passion for animals by purchasing one of our many customized products like t-shirts, sweaters, mugs, and much more.


Donate Items from our Wishlist

To donate specific items that we use often or are in great need at the Sanctuary, download the wishlist below or visit our Amazon wishlist online to have items delivered directly to us!


Attend an Event

We would love to get to know you more, and coming to one of our events is a great way to get involved with the animals. Check out our events page for upcoming events and be sure to mark your calendar.

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Gifts of Appreciated Stock

Gifts of appreciated stock or securities benefit both you and our animal friends. You get a tax deduction for the full market value of your gift, with no capital gains to pay! The animals receive food, shelter, veterinary care and a safe place to live out their lives in peace and contentment.

Please call the Sanctuary at 833.257.PIGS or email to receive more information.


Corporate Matching Gifts

Contact your company’s Human Resources Department to determine if your employer matches gifts to Pigs Animal Sanctuary. This is an easy and effective way to double or even triple your contribution to us!

Please call the Sanctuary at 833.257.PIGS or email to take it a step further and plan a fundraiser for us at your company!


Workplace Giving

Check with your Human Resources Department to see if Pigs Animal Sanctuary is a designated charity in your workplace contribution campaign.

Please call the Sanctuary at 833.257.PIGS or email to help plan a fundraiser for us at your company.


Send us a Check

Not comfortable donating online - no problem! Please remember to write in the memo section if you wish for your donation to be used or given for a specific purpose.​

PIGS Animal Sanctuary
1112 Persimmon Lane
Shepherdstown, WV 25443

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PIGS Animal Sanctuary History
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Established in 1992, PIGS Animal Sanctuary is a 56-acre refuge for abused, abandoned, neglected and unwanted animals. The Sanctuary specializes in the care of miniature and domestic farm pigs but also provides a safety net to many other species, including, cats, dogs, horses, donkeys, goats, chickens, turkeys, llamas and even a blind cow.

The history of the sanctuary dates back to 1985 when the Vietnamese potbellied pig, a new breed on the exotic market, was first introduced to the United States. The arrival of this pig started a media frenzy promoting a variety of miniature pigs, known as the ‘Yuppie Puppy’. Although the price for one of these designer pets could reach $10,000 – $15,000, the demand was so great that the breeders couldn’t keep up with buyers. Many people began breeding the miniature pig with the hopes of striking it rich, thus what was known as the potbelly pig industry.


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As this trendy pet of the 90’s began to grow, many buyers realized that they had been misled into buying something that really did not exist—a 30-pound pig—when in reality they easily reach 150 to 200 (or more!) pounds.  These perfect ‘pocket’ pets became destructive and aggressive when confined to a house or apartment. Pigs have the brain capacity of a toddler and they rank fourth in order of animal intelligence.

Many ‘owners’ were forced to put locks on their cabinets and refrigerators as the pigs quickly learned how to open everything. Also, their strong natural behavior to root resulted in floors and carpeting being ripped to shreds. As a pig reaches maturity, around 4-5 years of age, she/he will start challenging their herd mates to be the alpha pig. When a pig is raised in a home with a family, they consider their family as herd mates. You can imagine what happens then—suddenly this little baby pig becomes aggressive, ‘herding’ the family.

Another problem that arose is that many cities and municipalities had or created ordinances against owning pigs within their communities. The ordinances state any swine/pig, including miniature pigs, are strictly prohibited. Many families were forced to re-home their pigs. This ordinance still stands in most communities, and PIGS Animal Sanctuary receives countless pleas a year to take in pigs before officials seized them.

Owners began ‘dumping’ their pigs as there weren’t any resources in the early 90’s specifically for unwanted pigs. Pigs were being turned into shelters, where staff did not have the knowledge or means to care for them, or worse, they were simply let loose in the wild to fend for themselves—a nearly certain death.

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So, in 1992 a group of dedicated pig lovers purchased a 5-acre farmette in Charles Town, WV and started offering refuge to unwanted pigs and a few other animals in need. They called this farmette (a farm that doesn’t raise money by typical ‘farm’ activities) PIGS Sanctuary.

In 1999, the board of directors purchased 56 acres in neighboring Shepherdstown, WV and moved the sanctuary the following year. Within the beautiful pastures that exist today, the sanctuary has become a safe haven for hundreds of animals that had nowhere else to go.

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PIGS Animal Sanctuary works to expose the myths of miniature pigs, the horrid plight of factory farm animals, and humane care for all animals through our educational tours and events.

Twenty-five years later and with over 300 animals currently in our care, PIGS Animal Sanctuary believes that every animal deserves to a life without cruelty and neglect. Learn more by contacting us today. Your support will save lives.

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