Tours of the Sanctuary

Tours will be conducted Monday through Friday at from 11:00AM to 3:00pm. We require a Black Dawg Farm and Sanctuary Visitor Liability Waiver for each member of your tour group, and we humbly ask that you make a donation for your tour group as well; Minimum suggested donation of $10 per adult and $5.00 per child. Every donation goes directly to supporting the rescue and care of the animals at Black Dawg Farm and Sanctuary and is tax deductible.


ARRANGING A TOUR


E-mail us at info@blackdawg.org and let us know what day(s) you are interested in. An e-mail confirmation will be sent to you with a day that your tour can come visit. A confirmation will be sent with a liability agreement and acknowledgement of risk. This must be filled out and signed prior to even stepping foot onto Black Dawg Farm and Sanctuary.


WHEN YOU ARRIVE


Please park along-side the road on the side of the road the Sanctuary is on. Those with ambulatory issues and or handicap placards can park near the barn with prior notification. 


WHAT TO EXPECT

Happy animals in their environment of course! Again poop. No matter how many times we clean up after them, they will make a mess. They like to roll in the dirt and or mud. Our animals are friendly, however, like people they have mood swings and somedays they just want to chill out.


DRESS CODE

Farms have poop. Plan on wearing appropriate footwear, close toed shoes and or boots. Jeans, tee shirts and sweat shirts are great! Most of our animals are friendly and may slobber on you. Please bring bottled water for yourself, hand cleanser and even wipes. We do not have lavatory facilities available at the farm and it's important to always wash your hands after touching the animals.

Please bear in mind that animals can be emotional like people, they have their good days and their bad days. Please do not chase or goad them, they have their reasons for wanting to be left alone. Some of our residents have psychological damage and are afraid of people due to the amount of abuse they endured. Watch children closely around the animals, goats and sheep sometimes see them as a “challenge” at their height and can ram and or butt them. 


RULES FOR VISITING THE FARM

Please...

· Do not leave children unattended

· No hitting, kicking or threatening the animals in any way or manner

· No smoking anywhere on premises 

· Do not litter

· No dogs allowed on premises (Service dogs welcome with proper ID)

· No climbing on farm equipment

· No climbing on fences or gates

· No entering animal enclosures without tour guide 

· No feeding the animals


If you or your child do not follow the rules, you will be asked to leave. Safety of our visitors, staff and animals is of the utmost importance. The average tour runs for about 55-60 minutes. We reserve the right to limit or cancel tours during dangerous conditions like lightning, very high winds, or extreme heat.

  

Visitor FAQ:

 

Q: Do I need to make a reservation to visit?

A: Yes, we are open by appointment only on the weekdays.   The open season is the first full weekend of April through the last full   weekend of October. If you are planning to bring a group of 10+, please email   info@blackdawg.org to let us know.

Q: Does it cost anything to visit?

A: We are a nonprofit and admission is a suggested  donation of $10 adults, $5 kids/seniors. First Responders and active   military/veterans are free.

Q: Am I required to take a guided tour?

A: Yes, For your safety and the animals’ you will not be   able to enter the pens and pastures without a guide. Just be at the check-in 10 minutes prior to   tour time.

Q: How long are the tours?

A: They generally run about 1 hour.

Q: What do the tours consist of?

A: You will be taken from species to species and enter the   pastures and yards with many of the animals. We’ll tell you their stories,   including where they came from before, how they were rescued, and who they   have become since. Black Dawg Farm and Sanctuary has a strong educational mission and during the tours we are very frank and don’t sugar-coat the realities of modern animal agriculture.

Q: Are the tours child-friendly, or do you have special   kid tours?

A visit to the sanctuary is appropriate for children. They will get to meet all sorts of animals, and many enjoy being touched or   scratched. The sanctuary is an environment of respect and compassion and   there are no graphic pictures. We do discuss in detail where these animals   and those just like them originally came from, and we do not shy away from pointing out that a pig like Prissy would have been the source of bacon and   ham.

Q: What if I miss the beginning of a tour?

A: Please arrive   with plenty of time to find the check-in prior to the start of the tour.   Please do not join a tour already in progress because safety instructions are   given during the introduction and the size of the tour at the start   determines how many staff members will be assigned for safety reasons.

Q: Can I feed the animals?

A: Many of our animals are on special diets, so please do   not feed any food to the animals at the sanctuary. Some of the animals may receive specific   snacks on the tour (provided by staff) after a daily evaluation by our   Director and caregiving team.

Q: Can I bring my dog?

A: For the safety and comfort of both our nearly 100   rescued animals and your dog, dogs are not allowed on sanctuary grounds.   Registered service animals are the only exception to this rule.

Registered animals must be kept on-leash at all times and   are prohibited from entering animal enclosures. We reserve our right to ask   even registered animals be removed from the property if they are being   aggressive towards our rescued residents, or other guests or staff.

Q: But what if my dog stays in my car and I park in the shade with the A/C running?

A: Per Washington  State law you may not leave your dog in   your vehicle and this includes with engine on and the A/C running  because in Washington State it is also illegal to leave   an unattended car’s engine running.

We look forward to showing you around Black Dawg Farm and   Sanctuary. If you really enjoyed your time visiting, feel free to inquire   about volunteering at Black Dawg Farm and Sanctuary. More information can be   requested at info@blackdawg.org and also at our   website, www.blackdawg.org. 

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