Welcome to Sunrise Animal Sanctuary & Therapeutic Equine Center (SASTEC) where our passion is serving animals AND people who have been neglected or who are unwanted.

We have added EQUINE ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY (EAP) through the EAGALA and EASE model at the Sanctuary. EAP incorporates horses for emotional growth and learning. EAP is a team approach to issues with a licensed therapist and an equine specialist working with the clients and horses to address treatment goals. Clients learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then processing (or discussing) feelings, behaviors, and patterns. Click here to learn more!

SASTEC has also added therapeutic riding using the PATH International model! Therapeutic riding provides benefits to individuals with special needs who experience the rewarding benefits of horseback riding. A disability does not have to limit a person from riding horses. In fact, experiencing the motion of a horse can be very therapeutic. In addition, we are working towards offering a therapeutic riding program for Veterans. Click here to learn more!


We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit animal rescue organization.   Check out our rescue page to see the animals we have rescued so far!  We update regularly so you can see how they are all doing and where they are in their journey!

Resucing animals is an expensive endeavor! We pay for auction/bail fees, transport, veterinary care, medical supplies, feed, etc!  We depend on donations to help keep this operation running smoothly.  Every cent raised goes directly to the care of the animals.  Please click the donate button below or consider a monthly sponsorship!

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You can also use Amazon Smile! 0.5% of your purchase goes towards our sanctuary!



We would love to have volunteers!

Print and fill out our volunteer form. ¬†You can scan it in and email it back to¬†sunriseanimalsanctuary@gmail.com or drop it off at Jess’ work (Bella Rose Skin Care & Wellness Center 114 E. Oldfield St. Alpena, MI 49707).


Find us:

4202 Wilds Rd.

Ossineke, MI 49766

(989) 464-6907

email: sunriseanimalsanctuary@gmail.com