the main building is huge, and we want to centrally located it with a 10 acre
fenced) adoption park in the back--with a separate pool area and ponds.
Ideally, we are looking
for a piece of land that is at least 40-45 acres.
land must be above the flood tables/water tables since we cannot
have stairs with special
It can literally be any where
in the country, although the original
Rescue Ranch idea was founded in Texas--and which we
will always remember
with a Texas Star in a place of honor on the new building.
The Texas Star
The main building will provide a visitor's lobby, veterinary
intake rooms and administration.
There will be 8-12 cabins around the rear perimeter of the
park area for visitors and volunteers, and a housing for
an on-site caretaker. Perhaps
adoptors coming from out of
the area can stay over and get to know
their animals--or learn how to care for them if special needs.
Special buildings or branches on the main building are needed
for a birthing/nursing
unit; hospice unit (for terminally ill animals);
areas with separate ventilation for quarantine--both
arrivals and a separate unit for the ill.
A club house/changing area out at the pool would make
towels, pet diapers, first
aid supplies, floats, etc. (and
snacks for people and animals) all easily accessible to those
A three-sided (or four) pool if ever there
was one goes here...
a beach entrance, which slowly slopes into the water
would be needed; one entrance with a shallow very
large set of stairs and one side
for divers/deeper end
with harness/lift for larger animals who need rehab
or want to swim. (We want to explore using Ozone--
not chlorine--for the pool filtering system.)
A beach entrance makes it easy for little dogs and
those who are injured to get into the water easier.
idea came from a rescue friend in Taiwan.
Adoptable animals are all brought to an off-leash
park and adopters all come to watch the animals
play and to get to know them better--there
returns, more permanent placements and the animals
cage-free which is very important.
model for the park, there will be a small dog area--with
its own pool or pond--a large dog area and a special area
for animals who are not
other dog friendly but who need
get out, too!
On a wing and a prayer, this
will all come together.
All of this or a part of it at a time--maybe a piece of land,
maybe some supplies, maybe a door knob at a time...Bit by bit,
it will all come together as a model of what sheltering
and caring for homeless animals should be.
Down to the Tiniest Detail
I keep a notebook handy and write down any little detail that would make life easier for the animals living here.
Some day, when the call comes that our prayers have been answered--that land has been donated as well as funds to build the
new Rescue Ranch--I want to be a step ahead so we can design the buildings!
PS If you want to give $1
or a million dollars...whatever you can give, will get us closer to our dream. Thank you for caring.
me: Hopeformany@gmail.com if you have any questions--or feel inspired to build the new Rescue Ranch!