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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.


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PIGS Animal Sanctuary
1112 Persimmon Lane
Shepherdstown, WV 25443

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Deadly Horse Racing

Deadly Horse Racing

Many people are swept away by the glamour of horse racing, and maybe that’s what keeps them from doing what is right.
I’m referring to those who attended the Kentucky Derby, famous athletes, movie stars, musicians, and captains of industry. So many people turning a blind eye to an industry that destroys the lives of such a majestic animal —the horse.
“As the recent tragedies at race tracks like Santa Anita, CA have illustrated, thoroughbred horse racing in the United States is at a crossroads,” the Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita and Pimlico in Baltimore, among other tracks, said in a statement. “The fact that horses running in America are five times more likely to suffer a catastrophic injury than horses running in international venues is unacceptable and must ­immediately change.”

Horses jockey for position to win a race.

There were 23 horses who died in recent months at the famous Santa Anita Race Track, but reforms at one track likely won’t be enough to fix the sport’s systemic problems. Did you know that last year, 493 horses died or were euthanized within 72 hours of sustaining a catastrophic race injury? That’s about 10 horses each week. In the last ten years, a total of 6,134 horses have died. That tally doesn’t include deaths from training. Not to mention what happens to these majestic horses once they are done racing…not making money any longer. 
Thoroughbreds are freakish athletes with huge, muscular bodies atop thin, sinewy legs and a massive heart that pumps 10 gallons of blood through it all. The average adult human has between a gallon and a half of blood. Susan Stover, a professor of anatomy and physiology at the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, said despite the heavy-on-top appearance “thoroughbred racehorses are not inherently weak or highly susceptible to injuries under normal circumstances.” “Just like any other elite athlete that performs an activity at an intense level repetitively, racehorses can incur injuries,” she wrote in an email response to questions. “Racehorses become susceptible to injuries when the intensity of training exceeds the ability of the skeleton to recover from training-induced damage between bouts of exercise.”

George, safe and sound at Pigs Animal Sanctuary.

It’s sad, just awful

Race-day drugs and the jockey’s whip are horse racing staples receiving new scrutiny. Both are used to drive thoroughbreds — sometimes beyond their physical capabilities — to win. After the 22nd horse death, the Stronach Group announced a unilateral ban on certain drugs and cut in half the allowable day-of-race dosage of Lasix, a diuretic and anti-bleeding medication that also can be used to mask the presence of performance-enhancing drugs. The company also announced limits on whipping, a regulation on hold until the state board adopts similar rules for tracks statewide.

Matt, relaxing on a sunny morning at Pigs Animal Sanctuary.

Horses like George and Matt are sent to slaughter after they are no longer racing and making money from this sport. Many more like these two suffer great abuse after being forced to race from a very young age. This is the other side of horse racing no one is really talking about. They need too! 

It’s because of people like you we can care for these loving and majestic horses…horses like Matt and George. Ex race horses who were sent to slaughter and suffered by the hand of man for so long. They are now safe, and well cared for each day. George is actually in his mid-thirties and has lived well beyond what anyone had expected. 

No more racing for these horses – just peace and comfort.

We love our sweet horses and hope one day others like them won’t have to suffer for a sport that is made out of man making money and pushing their limits well beyond what’s safe and natural. 
Consider making a gift today in honor of Matt and George.

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“Thank you for letting me know peace and comfort!” – George
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