Mindy Mallett is the original heart and soul of Sunrise Sanctuary.
She started Sunrise Sanctuary in 2001 to give animals a place to be accepted and loved. Mindy cares for the animals on a daily basis; giving healthy food, fresh water, proper vet care, and lots of love. She knows and respects each animal's personality.
She does a lot of rescue work, which gives the animals an opportunity to get out of inhumane and miserable treatment, and many times, an upcoming horrible and painful death.
You will find Mindy has an aversion to cages. Sunrise animals are free to roam, bask in the sun, cuddle in the straw, slop through a puddle, and sleep as long as they want to. After all, they have earned it.
Sunrise Sanctuary is one big happy furry and feathered family, thanks to Mindy.
Mercy for Animals Hope Award Recipient
We are thrilled to announce Mindy received The Hope Award from Mercy For Animals (MFA) in 2009 for her rescue work.
As you may have seen in the movie Fowl Play, Mindy was interviewed after one of MFA's undercover investigations at a Ravenna, Ohio "farm" discovered an abused hen left for dead, lying on the top of a full trash can of dead hens. MFA took this poor animal, who was barely alive, to a vet for treatment. They named her Hope. Nathan Runkle brought Hope to Sunrise Sanctuary.
Hope flourished, and within a few days started all the natural behaviors of a hen (socialize, dust baths, fresh air, sunshine, walking freely, roosting, love and care). Hope had never seen the sun, walked freely or had fresh air before.
Hope lived in a dingy, filthy cage so small she couldn't even expand her wings. Hope was lucky to have the opportunity to be freed. She now lives like a chicken should!