Welcome and thank you for your interest in taking a tour with us!  Tours take place every Monday at 11AM, Wednesday at 11AM and Saturday at 4PM. Please see our tour calendar for available dates.  All tours are prescheduled through our website.  Tours last about an hour and a half and take place outside at a leisurely pace.  As a guest, you will be given an opportunity to feed, interact with, and learn about our rescued residents, including chickens, turkeys, ducks, sheep, and goats.  


What to Bring

During the tour we will be entering animal areas and there can be muddy areas as well, so rubber boots or hiking boots are highly encouraged throughout the year. Our tours take place outdoors, so please dress accordingly. Bring you camera – guests are encouraged to take photographs throughout the tour and share them on social media!


Tours take place rain or shine, so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. In cases of extreme weather (thunder or snowstorms), the Refuge will contact guests about a cancellation.  

Getting to the Refuge

We are very close to the intersection of NC-87N and Chicken Bridge Road in Pittsboro, NC.  GPS can mislead visitors so please follow our directions here.


Please park at our office located at 7236 NC-87N, Pittsboro, NC 27312.  There is a black mailbox with this address.  The office looks like a residential house with green and white striped awnings.


Our tours take place on gravel roads,  grass pasture, and inside barns all of which may not be completely wheelchair friendly.  If you have accessibility issues, please email us at info@piedmontrefuge.org to make arrangements.

Companion Animal Policy

Companion Animals are not permitted at the sanctuary because they make many of our rescued residents nervous. Please leave your companion at home because we also do not allow them to be left in a car during your tour.


We always appreciate donations.  Items we always need include: paper towels, toilet paper, fresh kale, and boxes of latex-free gloves. Also, here is our online wishlist.


We regret that we are unable to offer refunds for tour tickets. The income that we bring in through our tours is critical to the operation of our organization. When tickets are purchased, the tour slot becomes unavailable for other guests to sign up. We appreciate your understanding on this matter. 

School Groups

School groups are free of charge but you need to contact our Shelter Manager to arrange a tour at: lenorebraford@piedmontrefuge.org