Sunrise Sanctuary is home to 1 thoroughbred horse, 1 standard horse, 3 mini-horses,  and 2 donkeys.  All are the most special beings you could ever meet.  They are smart, funny, and despite their obvious differences, make one happy herd!  They would love to meet you in person; in the meantime, please meet our equine family here.


Danica comes to us from beautiful Caneyville Kentucky, not far from where Buddy the cow came to us from. Actually, Buddy and Danica’s moms are friends. Buddy was even the first to come greet Danica when she arrived.
Like Buddy’s mom, Danica’s mom, loves her very much and cared for her for 8 years. She wanted Danica to have a better life, with constant attention, love, and care so she reached out to Sunrise. Coyotes had also been encroaching on Danica’s living space, which worried her mom.
While we weren’t actively looking for a donkey, after Roscoe’s passing, we knew we eventually wanted Willie to have another donkey companion. Donkeys are very social and bond with other animals. Danica was also in need of another donkey companion and animal friends, so we agreed to welcome her into our family. “It was fate,” as Christina put it.
We’re just getting to know Danica, as she arrived on May 22, 2021, but she’s already shown that gentle and kind sweetness, reminiscent of Roscoe.❤️ She loves to nuzzle and loves hugs, as witnessed with her interactions with her mom and volunteers since arriving.


Willie came to us from ACT (Animal Cruelty Taskforce) of Ohio. Willie used to live with a horse. His previous owner relocated his horse friend and Willie was left all alone. He became very depressed as a result of this, ACT stepped in to help relocate Willie to somewhere where he could interact with other animals. Willie fits right in at Sunrise. He has made many new friends is very happy here! He and Roscoe were especially close.  Thank you @marcoem82 for this amazing photo.


Beautiful Alice is our only thoroughbred horse and came to us from a humane society who took her from the owner because of severe neglect.  Her owner had other horses, and treated them well, but they didn’t like Alice and she was rarely out of the stall and very underweight when she came.  She bounced right back and has made great friends here at Sunrise, animal and human alike.


When we heard about Preacher, at first the question was how can we take another one in, we are so full?  Once we read the story and looked into his eyes knowing that he would die if he did not come here, the question became how can we not take him and give him the absolute best retirement possible?  Our newest equine rescue is Preacher who came to us in December of 2019.  Preacher is a beautiful 23 year old gelding who was saved from the kill floor at auction where he would have gone to slaughter only to be at risk of euthanasia because no one would take in a horse that could not be ridden.  We are happy to welcome him into our herd where he will be loved, cared for, and safe for the rest of his life.  Preacher (shown above on the left) quickly bonded with Alice and they are almost always together.

Our Minature Horses, Strawberry, Lakota and JJ

Strawberry and Lakota (pictured with baby Regan) came to Sunrise from an owner who had two “pet quality” horses for sale at a “kill buyer” price.  In other words, these two beautiful souls were likely headed to slaughter.  The owner ultimately agreed to surrender both Strawberry and Lakota and allow them to come live at Sunrise Sanctuary where they would be forever safe and loved.  Shortly after the girls were brought to Sunrise, Strawberry’s son JJ joined them.