Farmed animal sanctuaries across the nation are uniting once again for the third-annual Goat Games, hosted by Catskill Animal Sanctuary. Running from Aug. 12-15, the virtual event raises awareness and funds for farmed animals.

Goat Games is a virtual event that challenges animal lovers to walk, run, bike, hike, or complete an activity of their choice to raise funds for a participating sanctuary. A goat “team captain” is designated for each participating sanctuary, while athletes rally behind the goat representing the sanctuary they want to support. 

This year, Heartwood Haven in Gig Harbor will join 13 other farm animal sanctuaries for the 2022 Goat Games. Ruby the pig will be the designated goat team captain for the animal sanctuary. Although they currently don’t have goats at Heartwood, they believe Ruby is the G.O.A.T (Greatest of All Time). Ruby arrived at Heartwood unable to walk but with love and care, Ruby is now able to walk and is considered a “swimming queen.”

In 2021, Heartwood competed alongside 10 other sanctuaries and collectively raised over $217,000 to help rescued animals. 

"We are looking forward to participating in the Goat Games again this year. Heartwood Haven believes in supporting other sanctuaries and working together to further our mission of compassion for all animals. We will be in great company because each participant shares that same goal. This year, the Goat Games will help us raise funds for a big expansion to a 45-acre farm sanctuary,” said Kate Tsyrklevich, executive director of Heartwood Haven. 

To support Heartwood and Ruby the pig, click here. Watch the virtual games, here.

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