Sunburst Farms Rescue was founded by DeAnna Wahlheim in 2018.
Our mission is to provide for the needs of abandoned, neglected, abused, and other farm animals that need to be rehomed for various reasons. We are committed to creating an environment where they can heal and thrive, and when possible, adopt them out to a loving home. We believe in a world where farm animals can experience love and care, free from cruelty, neglect, breeding or becoming food. Our desire is to provide a safe place for both animals in our care and the humans who visit and volunteer.
How It All Began
The rescue started in the summer of 2017. We were contacted by Animal Control as a possible place to help care for some animals involved in a cruelty case. The officer who brought them to us had been involved in their removal and had seen where they had come from firsthand. One of the animals was Penny the Pig. When Penny started rolling in the mud, here in her new home, the officer began to cry. The importance of this work became clear. After that, the news began to circulate that we were providing safe space for farm animals, and we began getting lots of calls. Many of them were owner surrenders from grateful people who were no longer able to care for their pets and others saved from significant abuse and neglect.
About the Owner
DeAnna Wahlheim is a licensed mental health therapist. She already had a few of her own animals and horses that were involved in her Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning program. She serves clients recovering from single incident and complex post-traumatic stress disorder. The animals that began to arrive and heal started having significant impact on client’s healing journeys. The therapy, rescue relationship was amazing. As clients spent time caring for and building relationships with our animals their healing and growth was enhanced.
We rely on community support for funding and day-to-day tasks such as feeding, vet care, cleaning, building habitats and maintaining the space, as well as animal rescue, fund raising, adoptions, and community events. In October 2018, we were granted nonprofit tax status to be able to continue our work. Monthly or one-time donations can be sent through PayPal via the ‘donate here’ link also on our website. We are a registered 501c(3) non-profit organization, Tax ID 83-2211818.