FROM CATTLE RANCH TO 501C3 NON-PROFIT VEGAN FARM ANIMAL SANCTUARYScroll down for UP-COMING EVENTS and APPEARANCES, recent NEWS, TESTIMONIALS and meet the animals and our team!
Rancher Advocacy Program
The Rancher Advocacy Program is designed to work with ranchers that use animals for profit so that they can confidently move away from the cruelty model of animal agriculture, to other viable farming and business practices. Review our Rancher Advisory Committee and Rancher Alliance Coalition to see how you can participate.
“It’s time to rescue ranches”. Do you know a rancher that wants to make a change? Share the RAP today!
RAP Leads the Barrett Family in Chicken Farm Conversion
The Rancher Advocacy Program is so proud of the Barretts–Jennifer and Rodney Barrett are from Wickes, Arkansas and they are converting what was once a chicken farm into a mushroom farm. This video was picked up by Mercy for Animals and Now This Politics and its going viral!
It’s Jerky Y’all Video
Thanks to It’s Jerky Y’all for this great video!
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!!! 😂😂 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.
Watch our behind-the-scenes video here and then make your donation today to help farm animals.
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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Rowdy Girl Sanctuary In The News
From a Cattle Ranch to Vegan Farm Animal Sanctuary
Meet the animals who inspired the sanctuary.
Testimonials & Words of Encouragement
I've received such great feedback about our efforts. Warms my heart!
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 – animalsunitedmovement.org
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
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
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 www.kathylandrypsychicmedium.com
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
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
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
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
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 www.saloncreativegroup.com
Meet our Amazing Team!
Read about each of our team members.
Renee was born and raised in Houston, Texas and is the founder of Rowdy Girl Sanctuary. Renee was a dyed-in-the-vegan 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....
Tommy Sonnen is co-founder of Rowdy Girl Sanctuary and is a multi-generational Texas cattle rancher who retired from Dow Chemical in 2014. After over 30 years on the job, Tommy was ready to get back to his roots and revive the ranching legacy of his...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Paul is a board member of Rowdy Girl Sanctuary and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Paul has also been an advocate and full-time professional in the animal protection movement for the past 25 years. He served as the first CEO of Best...