Since the founding of Sunrise Sanctuary in 2001, we have lost many dear friends who have crossed the rainbow bridge. They may be gone from this earth, but will forever live in our hearts and continue to inspire all who knew them to keep fighting to save every precious soul they can.  We are so lucky to have every member of the Sunrise family in our lives and to those who are no longer here, thank you for the joy you brought.  Until we meet again.

Baby Nathan

Baby Nathan is the only known rescued pig of the Xenia semi wreck in early June of 2015. The tractor trailer was hauling 2,200, 10-day old piglets. The piglets were on their way to a “nursery” to learn to cope without their mothers prior to being sent to a factory farming facility, and eventually slaughter.   1,100 of the piglets perished in the accident. The remaining piglets were rounded up and sent on to their original destination. Luckily for Baby Nathan, a good Samaritan found him tangled in the wreckage and took him to Animal Control, ODNR then contacted us. Nathan is home safe at Sunrise where he will be forever loved!  We decided to name him Nathan in honor of Nathan Runkle, founder and President of Mercy For Animals (MFA). We are thankful for everything that MFA does for the animal community and for their assistance with this rescue.  Baby Nathan had a respiratory infection and nutritional loss when he arrived. We fought with him to recover his health. Sadly that may have played a factor in his heart failing.



Precous Julie passed on March 28, 2017 at the ripe old age of 17.  She had been at Sunrise for most of her life, she came her with her mother Angel years before Sunrise Sanctuary was even founded as a Sanctuary. Back then it was just Mindy rescuing animals as always.  Julie was the last of the original animals rescued Sunrise came into existence and lived a wonderful long life here at the Sanctuary.  Julie’s bonded partner, Larry, passed years before and we know they are together again.