Come Visit Us!
Open Barn Days are monthly events where we open the Sanctuary to the public, allowing you to visit and get to know the animals on a personal level.
We began to receive so many requests for a farm visit that we could not accommodate everyone on an individual basis. We started our monthly open barn days to help ensure that anyone who wants to come meet the family has an opportunity. We do have a limit on the number of tickets available for each date to help ensure you and the Sunrise family has a safe and enjoyable experience. We comply with current State regulations requiring the wearing of masks and on social distancing. We wish we could open the farm up more but the main focus is on caring for special beings that call Sunrise home.
These monthly events are a major source of our funds, so we do charge admission. Ticket prices are: Adult (18+) Admission $10, Youth (4-17) Admission $5, and Children 3 and under are free. All funds raised go directly toward caring for the 182 animals that call Sunrise home. Tickets are required and 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. We do allow you to purchase tickets the day of, if we are not sold out.
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.
2021 Open Barn Days
Saturday, April 10, 2021 from 1-3 pm **** SOLD OUT****
Saturday, May 15, 2021 from 1-3 pm ****SOLD OUT****
Saturday, June 26, 2021 from 1-3 pm ****SOLD OUT****
Saturday, July 24, 2021 from 1-3 pm ****SOLD OUT****
Saturday, August 21, 2021 from 1-3 pm – ****SOLD OUT****
Saturday, September 18, 2021 from 1-3 pm ****SOLD OUT****
Saturday October 16, 2021 from 1-3 pm ****SOLD OUT****
The cost of the tickets is non-refundable, but they are transferable should you not be able to attend. You can give them to a friend or we can change the date to a future Open Barn Day if you contact us. To get tickets, click on the link below:
ALL DATES FOR 2021 ARE SOLD OUT.
*Please note – Open Barn Days ends promptly at 3pm as we have limited volunteer staff and duties to attend to around the farm. 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.