About Tours

Introduction

Safe Haven tours help visitors learn about farmed animals in a fun and personal way.

Visitors learn about the treatment of factory farmed animals so they can make informed decisions about their personal food choices.

The tours are leisurely so visitors have time for questions and to get to know our animals. Tours take about an hour with additional time for questions and discussion at the end.

Visitors can meet and touch our animals on a tour, while listening to our tour guide(s) describe:

  • Safe Haven animal rescue stories;
  • Unique personality characteristics of our animals;
  • Animal behaviors in their natural environments;
  • Treatment of animals in our factory food system;
  • Actions visitors can take to reduce suffering among farmed animals.

Dates and Times

Scheduled tours take place the first Saturday and second Wednesday of each month from June through December at 12:00 noon.

Tours in 2017 are scheduled for:

Month

Saturdays

Wednesdays

June 3 14
July 1 12
August 5 9
September 2 13
October 7 11
November 4 8
December 2 13

Tours typically take about an hour. Please register/book your tour at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the tour. You can make your reservation online at this page: Our Events>Upcoming Events. Click on the event of interest, scroll down, and make the reservation for you and your party.

Prices

As a charitable organization, we depend on donations, animal sponsors, and tour revenue to help us care for our rescued animals. We hope you will donate what you can. Minimum suggestion donations for our tours are:

Adults: $10 per adult.

Children: $5 per child.

Donations are collected at the end of each tour in the donation box inside our cottage. At this time, we cannot accept credit card donations for tours.

Location

We are located at 542 Gardner Hollow Road, Poughquag, NY, about one hour north of NYC.

Safe Haven is on Gardner Hollow Road, which turns into a packed dirt road about a mile before the sanctuary.

For parking, drive past the Safe Haven sign and driveway and park on the right side of Gardner Hollow Road, in the limited parking spots, or, if necessary, on the side of the road just beyond the parking area.

You can easily walk back to the driveway to come up to the sanctuary or walk up the grass path next to the parking area.
 

 

Tour Guidelines

Bookings/Reservations

Please make a booking/reservation for one of our tours so we can ensure an enjoyable experience for all. 

Link to our Events>Upcoming Events page, choose the date you want to visit, and make your booking. 

Shoes and Clothing

Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, appropriate for the weather on the day you visit. Most of the tour is outdoors and you will be walking and standing for about an hour. Sturdy shoes and clothing you can wash after your visit is recommended.

Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary is a farm. There is lots of mud, straw, and dirt on our tours. Some of our friendly animals like to come close to visitors.

Food

Please do not bring in any outside food to feed our animals. Some are on special diets and can be harmed by your food.

If you want to eat while visiting, we have a picnic table outside of our cottage. 

Please respect our mission and our values by bringing in only vegan, plant-based food (no eggs, milk, meat, bacon, chicken, fish, etc.). You can leave your food in our cottage while on tour so our animals will not eat it.

Companion Animals

Much as we love all animals, please leave your own companion animals at home for the safety of everyone who lives at Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary. This includes service animals.

Some of our animals have had traumatic experiences int he past and we would like to keep Safe Haven a peaceful and safe place for everyone.

Cancellations

We reserve the right to cancel scheduled tours for any reason and will do our best to contact you if this happens. Inclement weather or other issues may require us to cancel a tour.

If you need to cancel your booking/reservation, please call us at (845) 724-5138 or email us at webmaster@safehavenfarmsanctuary.org.

 

 

FAQs

Are tours appropriate for children?

Children love to get close to our animals. There seems to be a special emotional bond between children and farmed animals.

We ask parents to watch their children closely to avoid injury to others (both human and non-human).

While there are not graphic photos of factory farmed animals or slaughter houses on our facility, we often talk about where the things on a dinner plate come from. For example, pigs are often killed to become bacon or pork. Turkeys are killed in great numbers, especially at Thanksgiving.

What if I have special needs?

Please call us ahead of your tour if you or anyone in your party faces unique physical, emotional or intellectual challenges at (845) 724-5138.

We try to be accommodating, but sometimes we do not have the resources to ensure a safe visit for everyone. Please call to discuss your needs.

May I touch the animals?

Many of our animals are friendly and curious. They will approach visitors and appreciate a gentle scratch or pat. Other animals are naturally shy or have experienced bad behaviors from humans in the past. We ask that you respect each animal’s preferences.

Sometimes, it is helpful to squat down so you look into an animals eyes and appear closer to his or her size. It may be easier for an animal to be friendly when he or she can see more of you than your feet and legs.

Can I just drop by any time for a tour?

We are unable to respond to drop-in visits. Please make a booking on Our Events>Upcoming Events page or call us at (845) 724-5138 with at least 24 hour  notice. Click on the date of interest for your tour and you will be able to make your reservation/booking.

Can I wander around freely during the tour?

For your safety and the safety of our animals, we expect all visitors to stay with their tour guide throughout the tour. There will be plenty of time for visitors to interact with our animals and to ask questions.

 

 

Do you provide custom tours in addition to the regular, scheduled tours?

With enough advance notice, we often can make arrangements for tours of groups of at least four (4). Please call us at (845) 724-5138 to discuss your requirements.