FROM CATTLE RANCH TO 501C3 NON-PROFIT VEGAN FARM ANIMAL SANCTUARY

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Ranch Rescue Trailer

Watch the trailer of Ranch Rescue, our new short documentary film, a riveting account of the rescue of our sanctuary animals before, during and after the devastating flood caused by Hurricane Harvey. Subscribe to our YouTube channel and tune in on Thanksgiving Day for the debut of the film. Subscribe Here: www.youtube.com/rowdygirlsanctuary

 

Welcome Home Volunteer Day

Join us for a day of volunteer work and lots of social activity like raffle items, food, and a special screening of our new film, Ranch Rescue.

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Mercy for Animals Video

Thanks to Mercy for Animals for this great video!

Texas is Going Vegan Video

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

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.

Watch our behind-the-scenes video here and then make your donation today to help farm animals.

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

Houdini is our natural escape artist ‚Äď 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‚Äôs baby, I used her as...

Frosty

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...

Harvey “Rainbow”

We got the call on Friday, September 15th. Norman Tucker, a resident of the Bar X Ranch subdivision found a baby calf that had taken up residence near the doorsteps of a Bar X homestead in Angleton, TX. Norman said that it appeared she had been in flood waters since...

Pepper

Pepper came to Rowdy Girl because the family was desperate to find sanctuary for him after his best friend died suddenly of a heart attack.

Ivy

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‚ÄĒeuthanization. ¬†¬†They had tried everything and were in a state of despair.¬† Several unforeseen family circumstances had caused...

Murray

Murray came to us in 2016 from a horse sanctuary that did not have the resources to host him. Representatives searched for a sanctuary that would take Murray and seven other cows.  After calling many sanctuaries that could not take them in, they found Rowdy Girl...

Gizmo

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...

Panda

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...

Roo

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...

Lemuria

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...

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

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

Cinnamon comes to us from Brookshire, TX ‚Äď 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 ‚Äď unfortunately because of the sad system we have if a cow aint reproducing she‚Äôs considered...

Testimonials & Words of Encouragement

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

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‚ĶKip Andersen ‚Ästanimalsunitedmovement.org

Julia, Director Medicine of the Wolf

I believe Renee is on a spiritual journey and that her heart couldn‚Äôt deny what was staring her right in the face‚ÄĒLOVE.¬†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
www.medicineofhewolf.com

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
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Kathy Landry

The compassionate mission of Renee and Tommy Sonnen has been a beacon of promise for me that the human spirit can ‚Äď and will ‚Äď rise and return to it‚Äôs 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¬†www.kathylandrypsychicmedium.com

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
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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, www.BiteSizeVegan.com

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
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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
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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
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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‚Äôs 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‚Äôm inspired daily by her words, thoughts and deeds‚ÄĒshe is devoting her life to saving her cows and bringing vegan awareness to anyone who will listen‚ÄĒand even to those who won‚Äôt. 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‚ÄĒfor the love and devotion she gives these beautiful sentient beings‚ÄĒit‚Äôs 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¬†www.saloncreativegroup.com
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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 ‚Äúreal deal‚ÄĚ and were working on an important...

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Mick Davoudian

Mick Davoudian has been an avid animal lover since childhood and has never turned away from an animal in need. Mick has always been an advocate and activist for the rights of humans and non-humans alike. He lives and works in Silicon Valley and for the past 25 years...

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