Purpose of Safe Haven Tours
Safe Haven tours help visitors learn about farmed animals in a fun and personal way.
Part of Safe Haven’s mission to help our visitors learn about the treatment of factory farmed animals so they can make informed decisions about their personal food choices.
Visitors can meet and touch our animals on a tour, while listening to our tour guide describe:
- Safe Haven rescue stories;
- Unique personality characteristics of our animals;
- Animal behaviors outside the factory farming system;
- Treatment of this species in the factory farming system;
- Actions visitors can take to reduce suffering among farmed animals.
The tours are leisurely so visitors have time for questions and to get to know our 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.
2017 tours are scheduled for:
Tours typically take about an hour. Please call or RSVP at least one day before the scheduled tour.
As a charitable organization, we depend on donations, animal sponsorships, and tour revenue to help us care for our rescued animals.
Minimum suggested 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.
We are located at 542 Gardner Hollow Road, Poughquag, NY, 12570, about one hour north of NYC.
Please make a reservation for one of our tours so we can make this an enjoyable experience for all. You can make your reservation here. [link to Reserve Your Tour page, under development]
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 that 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.
Please do not bring in any outside food to feed to our animals. Some are on special diets and can be harmed by outside food.
If you want to eat while visiting, we have a picnic table outside our cottage. Please respect our mission and our values by only bringing in vegan, plant-based food (no eggs, milk, meat, bacon, chicken, fish, etc.). Please leave your food in our cottage while on our tours so our animals will not eat your food.
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 in the past and we would like to keep Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary a peaceful and safe place for everyone.
We reserve the right to cancel scheduled tours for any reason. Inclement weather or other issues may require us to cancel your tour. We will give you as much advance notice as possible.
If you need to cancel a tour after making a reservation, please notify us through our web site or by calling at (845) 724-5138.
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 our animals.
While there are no graphic photos of factory farmed animals or slaughter houses on our facilities, we often talk about where the things on a dinner plate come from. For example, pigs are often killed to become bacon or pork; lambs are killed to become leg-of-lamb at Easter; turkeys are killed in great numbers 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.
While we try be accommodating, sometimes we do not have the resources to ensure a safe visit for everyone. Please call with detailed notice of what is needed.
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 of our 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 animal’s eyes and you appear closer to his or her size. It may be easier for an animal to be friendly when he or she can see of of you than your feet and legs.
Can I just drop by to visit without a tour?
We are unable to respond to drop-in visits. Please make a reservation or call us at (845) 724-5138 with at least 24 hour notice.
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) in addition to our regularly scheduled tours. Please call us at (845) 724-5138 to discuss your requirements.