Come Visit Us!

Open Barn Days are a monthly events where we open our Sanctuary to the public, allowing you to visit and get to know the animals on a personal level.  All funds raised go directly toward caring for the approximatley 170 animals that call Sunrise home.  This is a self-guided tour through the Sanctuary with volunteers located throughout the Sanctuary and available for questions.  You are welcome to take pictures, we just ask that you do not bring food of any kind for safety reasons.   Open Barn Days are scheduled from 1-3, however, you may come anytime during that period of time that you like.  We close promptly at 3:00 to allow our volunteers to depart timely.  We hold this day rain or shine, and it is very rare that we would cancel or reschedule.

We appreciate your purchasing tickets in advance so that we will have enough volunteers on hand to be able to answer your questions and help ensure a safe interaction with our animal family. However, we do allow you to purchase tickets the day of, assuming we are not sold out.

2018 Open Barn Days

Saturday, May 19, 2018 1-3pm
Saturday, June 16, 2018 1-3pm
Saturday, July 21, 2018 1-3pm
Saturday, August 18, 2018 1-3pm
Saturday, September 15, 2018 1-3pm
Saturday, October 20, 2018 1-3pm

Our Open Barn Days have became so large we just could not accommodate everyone who wanted to come visit, so we have a limit on the number of tickets available for each date to ensure you and the Sunrise family has a safe and enjoyable experience.  We wish we could open the farm up more but the main focus is on caring for special beings that call Sunrise home.

Tickets are required and the cost is $10 for Adults 18 and over, $5 for Youth ages 4-17, and Children 3 and under are free.  You will also be given the option to make an extra donation when you purchase your tickets. The cost of the tickets is non-refundable, but they are transferrable should you not be able to attend.  You can give them to a friend or we can change the date if you contact us. To get tickets, click on the link below:

Open Barn Day Tickets*

*Please note – Open Barn Days ends promptly at 3pm as we have limited volunteer staff and duties to attend to around the farm, please plan your arrival time accordingly. We thank you for your understanding! And although we do not foresee a change to this schedule, please check the website, your email given upon registration and/or FB for rescheduling due to weather or a farm emergency.  We thank you for understanding!

 

Tips for A Safe and Enjoyable Visit!
  • Dress for the weather and no umbrellas, they scare the animals
  • Wear closed toed shoes that have good tread on them
  • Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty
  • ​Do not bring your pets, for the safety of your animals and yours
  • Do not feed the animals or bring food of any kind inside the main gate
  • All youth must be supervised at all times
  • Be respectful of the animals, no running, yelling or chasing them
  • Wait for a volunteer to open gates
  • Please park in the grass, do not block the driveway
Open Barn Day FAQ

Q – Can we bring food for the animals?

A – We do not allow food to be given during the event, for safety reasons.  Some animals are food aggressive.  Feeding some animals, particularly with a larger crowd, could be dangerous.  Also, some of our animals are on restricted diets.  However, we do accept and love to receive produce donations for feeding during their regularly scheduled feeding times.  They particularly love, greens, apples, melons, banannas, pears, pumpkins and winter squash.

Q – Can we pet the animals?

A – Yes, you are able to interact with and pet most everyone.  If anyone is less than interested in being loved on, we will have a volunteer with that animal to help ensure a safe interaction.

Q – Can we take pictures?

A – Yes, pictures are welcome and we love being tagged on social media.

Q – Why do you charge for the visit?

A – We are a non-profit sanctuary for abused and abandoned farmed animals.  Our animals require a lot of care, food and housing.  We rely on donations, events (such as these days), other fundraising efforts and grants to support the Sanctuary and keep the doors open.  We receive no government funding.