About Tours

Important Update Regarding Tours

Safe Haven is offering “driveway tours” for small groups for a limited time only under strict guidelines.  For our driveway tours, you will park in our parking area where our co-founders Bill or Ellen Crain will greet you. You will be guided along our driveway area where you can view our farm family members in their various pastures and we will share their inspiring stories with you.

Note that you must call to make a reservation since we can have only one group at a time.  There is a limit on the number of people allowed per tour and face masks are required.  The tour will be outdoors only, weather permitting, so please note the forecast when you make your reservation.  Reservations can only be made by calling Ellen or Bill Crain at 845 724-5138; we are not accepting online reservations at this time.  A minimum donation of $15.00 per person in the group is requested with the exception of small children in strollers or held in your arms.

Thank you for your cooperation.  Our farm family is looking forward to seeing you.

Introduction

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

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

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.

Dates and Times

Scheduled tours take place the first and third Saturdays and the second Wednesday of each month from May through October at 12 noon

Sign up as early as you can since reservations are capped at 10 visitors. Click on a red date below to see details about the event and to register.

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Prices

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: $15 per person.

Children: $10 per child.

Children < 2 are free.

Donations can be made by check or cash, and we also accept credit cards.

FAQs

Do I need to reserve a spot ahead of time?

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

Visit this page, choose the date you want to visit, and make your booking. 

Is there parking available on site?

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.

What is the recommended attire for the tour?

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.

Can I bring food?

There are 2 picnic tables where you can have food after your tour.

Please respect our animals by bringing only vegan, plant-based food (no milk, eggs, cheese, or meat). Please do not feed the animals with outside food; some are on special diets.  We will try to have treats that you can safely give the animals who are allowed treats.  

What is Safe Haven’s policy on 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.

What is the tour cancellation policy?

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 safehavenfarmsanctuary@gmail.com

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 at the top of this 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.