January 1, 2016
Where the Animals Come First!
Sunrise Sanctuary is a non-profit organization that rescues and cares for farmed and companion animals who were abandonded, abused or neglected. Sunrise encourages more humane and compassionate behaviors and believes that each living creature has value and deserves to live free of suffering and exploitation.
Happy New Year From Sunrise Sanctuary!!!
We want to Thank all of you for a wonderful 2015, you helped make this year the best year ever for Sunrise!
If you haven't watched it yet be sure to watch our Video of the Month "Sunrise Sanctuary 2015 In Review".
Open Barn Day
We are so excited that more and more people are visiting Sunrise! To ensure that we can accommodate as many visitors as possible and provide the best experience possible, we do the majority of our visits through Open Barn Day. On Open Barn Day we "open" the barnyard to the public allowing you to visit and get to know our four legged and feathered family and possibly meet other animal lovers. Volunteer staff will be available for questions.
Saturday, January 9, 12-3pm
Saturday, February 13, 12-3pm
*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!
Tips for a successful visit:
*Please leave your animals at home, for the safety of your animals and ours
*Please do not feed the animals
*Please make sure the gates stay locked and that no animals get through
*Please park in the gravel parking area when space permits, otherwise park in the grass. Please do not block the driveway.
*Suggested Donation Amount: $10 Adults, $5 Children
"Family" Spotlight: Danny
Danny is a 34 year old Belgain Draft horse and weighs in right around 2,000 lbs. Danny's life before coming to Sunrise was being a work horse for the Amish. The family that owned Danny cared enough to let him come live out his retirement at Sunrise. Many draft horses after their years of service are sent to auctions that sell to kill-buyers who take them to Mexico or Canada to be slaughtered. Sadly, horses like Danny can sell for as low as $50-$75 at these auctions.
Today Danny enjoys his days grazing, hanging out with his friends in the pasture and rolling in the pond. When Danny came to Sunrise he was underweight and had health issues. It took years of working with the vets, farriers and treatments we did at the farm to finally cure him of the abscesses he would get in his feet that caused him severe pain and other issues. Today other than arthritis and other things that come with age he is healthy.
*Horses can sleep both laying down and standing up
*Horses can run shortly after birth
*Domestic Horses today have a lifespand of approx 25-35 years (though some live into their 40's)
*Horses are herbivores (plant eaters)
*Horses have bigger eyes then any other mammals that live on land
*Horses have around 205 bones in their skeleton
*Horses normally gallop at around 25-30 mph
*Scientists believe that horses have evolved over the past 50 million years from much smaller creatures
*A male horse is called a stallion, a female horse is called a mare, a young male horse is called a colt, a newborn horse is called a foal, a young female horse is called a filly and a small horse can be either a miniature horse or a pony
*Also, horses eyes are on the side of their head which makes them capable of seeing predators coming up on them, the downfall is that they have blindspots. Most people don't realize that as they get closer and closer to an object their vision closes in on them and they reach a point where they have a blind spot, as shown in the picture.
Vegan Recipe of the Month
Orzo with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Artichokes
Provided by our friend Linda Orenchuk
- 6 1/2 ounces orzo (or more works well if you want to enlarge the dish a bit)
- 2 tbsp. chopped sun-dried tomatoes
- 14 ounce can quartered artichoke hearts, drained, halved
- olive oil
- 1 1/4 tsp. crushed garlic
- 1/2 cup diced green pepper
- 1/2 cup diced yellow pepper
- 1/2 cup diced red pepper
- 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
- 1/3 tsp. dried oregano
- 1/4 tsp. dried basil
- 1/4 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp. dried parsley
- 2 tbsp. sliced ripe olives (a bit more doesn't hurt!)
- salt to taste (I use kalamata olives and skip the salt)
Cook orzo according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
Chop sun-dried tomatoes into pieces. Rehydrate by placing in a bowl or pan and covering with tap water. Let sit until tomatoes are plumped. Drain.
Rinse and drain artichokes. Cut large pieces in half.
Heat a small amount of oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, chopped peppers, onion and spices. Cook, stirring occasionally until peppers and onion are crisp-tender.
Add cooked orzo, sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes and olives to vegetable mixture, stirring gently to combine well. Season will salt and additional pepper if necessary.
Turn into a casserole or baking dish. Place in 325 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or pop in the microwave until heated through.
Have a great vegan recipe you'd like to share? Submit to email@example.com
Join Us At Our Next Event, 16-Bit Bar Fundraiser!
Join us for a night of gaming fun at 16-Bit Bar & Arcade!
The night will include game sign-ups, a special Sunrise drink flavor and the company of like-minded animal loving people who want to try some games!
You can also make a donation to Sunrise and purchase items featuring Sunrise's logo.
Saturday, January 9, 4-7 pm
Have you every thought about volunteering at Sunrise Sanctuary?
Volunteers like you are the life blood of our organization.
We are always looking for volunteers to help out on the farm,
but we are also in need of volunteers who want to help with events, fundraising and routine repairs.
If you would like to become a volunteer at Sunrise Sanctuary,
we invite you to start by
submitting for an application online:
I Want to Volunteer
If you have any questions, e-mail us at
We look forward to working with you in the weeks,
months and years to come!
More News From Around the Farm
*Woody, the goat, is now completely healed from his accident earlier this year
*Hank, the turkey, is having no problems getting around after his toe amputation. (Though the poor guy is being treated for a sinus infection now.)
*Baby Nathan and Little Miracle have buddied up
* We're redoing our website sunrisesanctuary.org. Check back often, as the changes are being made several times weekly.
*We're making alot of new friends with Open Barn Day
|This Months Wish List
||Campaign of the Month
- Wet Cat Food
- Dry Cat Food
- Scoopable Cat Litter
- Gift Cards from TSC (Tractor Supply), Walmart, Home Depot or Lowes
- Small Animal Bedding
Want to help kick 2016 at Sunrise as it's best year ever???
We're extending our Year End Appeal through January 15th to give you that chance!
Click Here to Help Make 2016 Sunrise Sanctuary's Even Better Than Last Year!!!
Message From Mindy
I personally want to Thank Everyone for the donations and volunteer hours, they are what allow Sunrise to keep doing what we're doing. If you haven't yet, please view our year end video on the website or FB. Together we can make 2016 an awesome year for our four legged and feathered family.
Founder and Excecutive Director