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Rowdy Girl Rally Series

The purpose of the Rowdy Girl Rally series is to inspire and build a plant-based community at Rowdy Girl Sanctuary by hosting area speakers that are passionate about animal rights and veganism as a way of life. We will share our plant-based recipes and enjoy a potluck dinner during the speaker, and afterward those that sign up can tour the sanctuary NEXT DOOR!

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Rowdy Reading Corner

Tune in on the Rowdy Girl Sanctuary Facebook page Monday – Friday at 9:30am-10am CST to watch Renee read from The World Peace Diet by Will Tuttle, Ph.D.  Check out all the past readings on our Rowdy Reading Corner page. Rowdy Reading Corner is on hold until further notice due to recovery efforts following the Hurricane Harvey flood.

Mercy for Animals Video

Monday just got a whole lot better because apparently Texas is going VEGAN!!! 😂😂 And is that Jane Velez-Mitchell on percussion?!! ❤️

Texas Country Reporter

Rowdy Girl Sanctuary was recently featured on Texas Country Report. They did a great job of telling our story.

This is Rowdy Girl Sanctuary Video

Meet the animals who live at the sanctuary and hear the story of how Rowdy Girl Sanctuary came to be. I promise you’ll be inspired! Here at Rowdy Girl Sanctuary, we believe that creating a compassionate world is easy if we just open our hearts.

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Chi Chi & Alana – A Rowdy Girl Rescue

Words cannot describe the moment when Lillie, a Brazoria County FFA Mom, said YES to Rowdy Girl Sanctuary rescuing our two newest residents, Chi Chi & Alana.  This video vividly describes in real time how the rescue unfolded.  We are very grateful to our Brazoria County FFA mom that pardoned two of the turkeys that would’ve been “processed” or “dressed” to be consumed along with the other 20 turkeys that were raised for one reason only—to be slaughtered and eaten on Thanksgiving.

Vegan Movie

Rowdy Girl Sanctuary is so honored to be included as one of the stories in this vegan movie which was just released.

The week of our Vegan Awareness Festival & Fundraiser, the Producer, Director & Cinematographer came to the ranch and followed our story for 5 days. The experience of being filmed, interviewed and questioned about our journey from a beef cattle ranch in Texas, to the first Vegan Farm Animal Sanctuary in the state has been life changing.

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From a Cattle Ranch to Vegan Farm Animal Sanctuary

Meet the animals who inspired the sanctuary.

Rowdy Girl

Renée bought the cow she calls Rowdy Girl as a calf for $300 from her husband. She bottle-fed her and gave her all the love, nurturing and protection she wished she could give to all of the calves born on the ranch. A few years later, Rowdy Girl gave birth to her own...


Houdini is our natural escape artist – indirectly she is the real reason that I told my husband that I was gonna follow the red trailer down the road to the sale barn if he took the babies one more time to auction.  Because Houdini was Rowdy Girl’s baby, I used her as...


Frosty is a pure bred Texas Longhorn! He came to us at 6 months old. When he came to Rowdy Girl he was very anxious and scared.  He paced the pen for almost two weeks because he missed his momma and family so much. You see, Frosty too was bred by a small breeder in...


Stormy’s Story ~ Our blind 3 month old Calf ~ The Light of Rowdy Girl Sanctuary Stormy came to us as a three-month-old baby and she was blind. Her momma had a problem nursing and it wasn’t detected until after little Stormy went septic and the infection went to her...


Ivy came to Rowdy Girl because the family cared so much about this baby that they could not bear the only other option looming in their face—euthanization.   They had tried everything and were in a state of despair.  Several unforeseen family circumstances had caused...


Alena Hidalgo of Pearland, Texas, was one of those teens. She spent months getting to know Gizmo, the pig she purchased through the FFA. It didn’t take long for the two to bond as she played with him every day and made sure his pen was squeaky clean. When she looked...


Cooper was a Spanish Breed Heritage turkey and came to us at 3 months old. Cooper, like so many young turkeys spend their young lives in very small cages in feed stores awaiting to be bought to be fattened up for a human’s holiday dinner. As fate would it, a kind lady...


Panda is the cow that used to scare the daylights out of me because of her horns.  In fact when I first moved to the ranch I thought she was a bull because I didn’t know girl cows could have horns.  I’ve learned all kinds of interesting things living out here.  Panda...


Spot is  the oldest cow in the herd – she is about 19 years old.  She was here when Tommy moved to the ranch in 2001.  She was most likely born around 1998.  She’s never given Tommy any problems – she is one of the best cows in the herd.  She’s friendly, and such a...

Little Red

Little Red was bought at an auction as a cow/calf pair, but the auction got the pairing screwed up and Little Red came to the ranch without a Mother.  She was only a month old, and she was wild.  Tommy said that for about a year and a half nothing grew on her but her...


Tippy is Little Red’s baby – before I started the sanctuary project, I named this calf and Tommy told me I shouldn’t name her because she was going to be going to the sale barn.  I told him NO, she wasn’t going, and in fact, NONE of the babies were going this time - ...


Ruben is a beautiful little Red calf.  This is Panda’s baby.  Ruben loves getting her picture taken and is commonly seen hanging out with Tippy.  She’s the first baby that Panda has ever had that will never have to leave, and she’s gonna have a brother or sister...


Lucky is Rowdy Girl’s first born – I call him Lucky because he escaped out of the red trailer last February when Tommy was taking the final cattle run to the sale barn – He is a bull calf.  So, the beautiful picture about all of this is that Rowdy Girl has never had...


Diamond is another bull calf that got away last year when Tommy was loading up the calves in the red trailer!  I’m telling ya none of these calves ever like to leave their home!  Diamond now shines bright and has his day in the sun everyday at the ranch.  Did you know...

Lovely and Bodovely

Lovely & Bodovely are sisters.  I raised them from little chicks.  Both of them used to be very very skittish and nervous but now Lovely is my shadow.  Lovely got attacked once by Jolene our daschund and almost died – Jolene ate the whole rear end out of her...


Affectionately called Roobadoo, he is a pure Mustang rescued off the range from our niece.  We have had him here a couple years.  He has one blue eye and one brown eye and if you look just right, I swear you’ll see a unicorn glistening in the light.  He is a very...


Bubba is a young bull, and he is our latest addition.  When Tommy sold 99 last year (tear), we went without a bull for a few months, and then Tommy bought Bubba from his friend Robert.  Robert called Bubba, Ferdinand, but he just didn’t have the countenance of a...


Lemuria is my first horse.  Tommy traded our bull Warty for him about 5 years ago and when we first got him his name was Diablo which translates to Devil.  I didn’t like that name and he had a temperament that was pretty devilish so I changed his name to Lemuria after...

Dixie Chick

Dixie Chick was spoiled rotten and the Queen of the chickens – she hung out with us a lot on the back porch because she had a limp in her right...

Herman – Gone But Not Forgotten

Herman was an 11 year old pot belly pig that came to us from a high kill shelter.  He was abandoned when his owner died.  The family members never came to pick him up. We didn’t know how we were going to be able to adopt him since we were not fully operational yet and...


Fireball is a year and a half old steer that came to us by way of someone I met in Brazoria a couple of years ago. She had been following my journey on FB and knew us when we used to have a concrete business a few years ago. In watching my posts she said she was...


Cinnamon comes to us from Brookshire, TX – she is a full blood Brahman show cow with registration papers.  The ranch has some 50 cows on it that are bred to show as a hobby – unfortunately because of the sad system we have if a cow aint reproducing she’s considered...

Testimonials & Words of Encouragement

I've received such great feedback about our efforts. Warms my heart!

Julia, Director Medicine of the Wolf

I believe Renee is on a spiritual journey and that her heart couldn’t deny what was staring her right in the face—LOVE. Buddha said- Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it. Please support Renee and her mission to give these beings a home that is happy, healthy and holy!

Sat Nam, With love, Julia, Director Medicine of the Wolf

Kimberly Spiegel

Renee exudes positivity, hope, and absolute love for her cows. She has a wonderful vision and is fiercely motivated by her discovery of veganism to spread the message of compassion by creating a sanctuary where everyone can come see how wonderful cows are. I think with her passion and dedication, Rowdy Girl Sanctuary will be a great success as a beacon of hope and love…Kimberly Spiegel

Kathy Landry

The compassionate mission of Renee and Tommy Sonnen has been a beacon of promise for me that the human spirit can – and will – rise and return to it’s innate propensity for respect, non-harm, and solidarity with our fellow earthlings.  Rowdy Girl Sanctuary is a soulful meeting place of inter-species hearts, minds, & souls. My heart has been nourished and my soul uplifted that our world can heal and re-frame!  Thank you Renee and Tommy for your dauntless courage!!  ~ Kathy Landry, Animal Communicator/Psychic Medium, Singer/Songwriter, Vegan, Native Texan

Kip Andersen

Rowdy Girl Sanctuary is a reflection of the transformation that is happening all over the world towards a new paradigm of compassionate living.  Ranchers becoming protectors reminds me of the Garden of Eden, where the lions once laid beside the lambs. And what a beautiful story that is being played out on this love filled sanctuary that reminds us that this next step of evolution has already arrived, truly, once again…Kip Andersen –

Jeanne Westphal

I love Renee… Her decision to go Vegan was clear and her actions were swift!!! Her Integrity is outstanding as I have seen her work diligently day and night to bring this Sanctuary to fruition. Her love for the animals can be seen by the huge smile on her face and the sparkle in her eyes when she is out in the pasture with them. Her heart is as big as Texas when it comes to protecting the precious animals. We need more people like Renee on this planet taking action to help end the suffering of our fellow beings…Jeanne Westphal

Emily Moran Barwick

There is nothing quite as moving as seeing a person make the connection that the animals of this world are individuals- sentient beings- here for their own lives, not for our use.  And there’s nothing quite as powerful as this connection being made by a person in belly of the beast (the animal products industry.)  Renee is such a person.  And her conversion from perpetrator to protector is a testament to that fact that none of use are too far gone to make the connection.  The non-human animals of this world feel as we feel, bleed as we bleed, and suffer as we suffer.   They deserve life, love, and protection.  And the cows of Rowdy Girl Sanctuary have found just that. ~ Emily Moran Barwick,

McKenna Grace Fisher

Since meeting Renee and learning of her journey into Vegansim I am more than encouraged that many more will come to the same realization as she has. To transition from cow ranchers wife to Vegan activist setting up a Sanctuary, is a life altering and amazing feat! Renee you will forever have my support in this venture of transition to a cruelty free Sanctuary where animals may live free their entire lives. Bless you my friend and thank you for being you in this world… McKenna Grace Fisher

Beth Knepper

Renee, what an incredible journey you are on. Your family of animals is so beautiful. The pictures are awesome. Your husband is a lucky man to have a wonderful wife like you with a dream like yours. You are a blessing to everyone you touch. ~ Beth Knepper

Tehrah Taylor

Renee is the voice for the voiceless. She has an authentic way of speaking her heart and mind that implores people to awaken. She stands her ground and follows the leadings of her spirit… I have no doubt that Rowdy Girl Sanctuary will evolve to save the animals; and bring families and communities back together around vegan food preparation.  Her mission is restoring the souls of family and community. When one wakes up and begins to shine their light, others are no longer in the darkness and have a beacon to follow… this light is Renee King-Sonnen… it is my privilege and honor to call her SiStar… I stand with her on this journey as she opens others to RE-Member their purpose.  Heaven on Earth can be achieved with compassion like this… Afterall, in the original EDEN, love was all there was…Tehrah Taylor

Lori Christopher

When I stumbled across the facebook page VEGAN Journal of a RANCHERS WIFE, it stopped me. What a paradox, I had to learn more. After reading Renee’s story of transition to a vegan way of life, I was so moved that I had to reach out to her and congratulate her for such a brave action, and offer help in a any way I could. I’m inspired daily by her words, thoughts and deeds—she is devoting her life to saving her cows and bringing vegan awareness to anyone who will listen—and even to those who won’t. Never before have I had a desire to visit Texas, but now I feel compelled to meet her and Tommy and their cows one day soon. To me, Renee is redefining the term cowgirl—for the love and devotion she gives these beautiful sentient beings—it’s all for them. Thank you Renee for being authentically you, with the eyes of your heart opened, there is nothing and no one that dare stand in your way of the truth and a better life for all beings. Yeehaw! Lori Christopher

Meet our Amazing Team!

Read about each of our team members.

Renee King-Sonnen – Founder

Renee was born and raised in Houston, Texas and is the founder of Rowdy Girl Sanctuary. Renee was a dyed-in-the-wool city girl before moving with her husband, Tommy, to their Angleton, TX Ranch in 2009. She fell in love with all the farm animals on the ranch. She had...

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Tommy Sonnen

I was born and raised in South Texas.  I worked in the chemical industry almost 40 years before retiring recently.  I love to search for history with my metal detector.  I love the outdoors and I was formerly a rancher....

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Kip Andersen

Kip Andersen’s environmental awakening came as a result of An Inconvenient Truth. After seeing the film, he began to recycle religiously, turn off lights constantly, shower infrequently, and ride a bike instead of driving. Andersen believed he was doing everything he...

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Jane Velez-Mitchell

Jane Velez-Mitchell is the founder and content editor of JaneUnChained, a multi-platform social media news outlet that produces original video content on animal welfare and the compassionate lifestyle. She has won four Genesis Awards from the Humane Society of the...

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Drew Alexis

Drew met Renee and Tommy in January 2015 at their home while on a trip to Texas. At the time, Drew was the General Counsel and Chief People Officer of Farm Sanctuary, Inc. Immediately seeing that Renee and Tommy were the “real deal” and were working on an important...

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