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Hours and FAQs

We are closed for the season!

Our 2022 tour season will start the first weekend in May!

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

A: We are closed for the season between November 2021 and spring 2022. Sign up for our email list to receive information on the upcoming tour season and other sanctuary news and updates.

Q: Does it cost anything to visit?

A: We are currently requiring all visitors ages 3 and up to have a ticket, tickets must be purchased ahead of time online through our website.

Q: Is it required to take a tour?

A: Yes. At this time we are only able to allow guests on site while in a tour group.

Q: How long are the tours?

A: Tours generally run about 60 to 90 minutes, rain or shine. Dress for the weather!

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. Woodstock 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 and interact with all sorts of animals. 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 Olive would have been the source of bacon and ham.

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 Shelter Director and caregiving team.

Q: Can I bring my dog?

A: For the safety and comfort of both our nearly 400 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, 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 NYS law you may not leave your dog in your vehicle and this includes with engine on and the A/C running because in NYS it is also illegal to leave an unattended car’s engine running.