About Us

How we got started


Sunburst Farms Rescue was established to provide a home for farm animals in need.  The rescue started in the summer of 2018 when a friend gave the owners name to the Apache Junction Animal Control as a possible place to help care for some animals involved in a cruelty case.  Originally these animals were going to be held here until they did their investigation.  However, their prior owner decided to voluntarily relinquish them during the process.  Animal control asked if we would like to keep them and of course we said yes.  After that, word got around that we were rescuing and we began getting calls about other animals, most of them were owner surrenders from people who were no longer able to care for them and needed to find them a home.  

DeAnna Wahlheim already had a few farm animals and horses that she used for equine assisted psychotherapy in her counseling practice.  She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Arizona and certified in EAP serving clients recovering from single incident and complex post-traumatic stress disorder.  The animals that began to arrive were a good fit for the clients served at her facility. With the continuation of animal intakes, their veterinary care, their feed, pens, and other needs, it was clear that it could not continue without financial help from the community.  In October 2018, we started the non-profit to be able to continue this service. 

We now have four horses, nine pigs, two goats, one donkey, thirteen bunnies, ten ducks and ten chickens.  We also have two dogs and one cat.  We have limited the animal intakes to only farm animals but have taken in kittens that needed a home from time to time as well.  The animals are well cared for.  They all receive a veterinarian check-up upon arrival and have regular care as needed. They are provided safe, comfortable and clean, living conditions and are fed twice daily.  Only animals that have been vetted as safe have access to visiting humans.

We have started a website, www.sunburstfarmsrescue.organd a facebook page.  With this platform we have been able to build a small community of support and get word out to people who want to be a part of what we are doing.  We also have had individuals, families and groups visit the farm from time to time.  We are now seeing this beautiful process of animals getting healed and then, in turn, helping humans heal.  We now also have two young ladies who are paid to help with the feeding and cleaning. And we have a few regular volunteers. We are excited about what we are able to do here for both the animals and for people and hope to partner with people in the community to keep it going.  

Get Involved


Are you passionate about what we're doing? Let us know! We are always looking for volunteers to help us make our vision a reality. We'll help you find a way to volunteer that best suits you. We're excited to have you join the team!

Thank You


Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you.