May 2, 2015 – Fundraising event to create a sanctuary for 28 + cows
April 10, 2015 – Angleton, Texas – Rowdy Girl Sanctuary, Inc., founded in February 2015, is a budding 96-acre haven for farm animals located in Angleton, Texas, 50 miles southwest of Houston. The sanctuary’s founder, Renee King-Sonnen, is the wife of a fourth-generation cattle rancher. Renee couldn’t stand seeing the babies being separated from their mommas and taken in a red trailer “up the road” to slaughter any longer; especially after bottle feeding and raising one of the cows, Rowdy Girl, the sanctuary’s namesake, since birth.
Renee put her foot down in December 2014 and said she’d follow the red trailer to the sale barn, unless her husband consented to let the cows stay home until she figured out what to do with them. Who knew that the first ever grass fed, beef cattle ranch in Texas was about to make history.
Renee said, “To help deal with my feelings, I started a Facebook page entitled, “Vegan Journal of a Rancher’s Wife,” for the sole purpose of expressing the anxiety and emotions I was experiencing. In just four months, the page grew to 5,000 likes. The support I have received from people across the world has been humbling. People are really touched because of the intriguing and heartfelt endeavor. I have fallen in love with these animals and I see them as my family now!”
The drastic changes made over the course of just a few short months have changed the lives of the cows currently living on the ranch and future farm animals forever as a result of her vegan conversion. And Renee’s husband, Tommy, who was once the antagonist, has now joined forces with her on a mission to launch and establish the first ever vegan farm sanctuary in Texas.
Renee and Tommy are striving to live a vegan lifestyle and are in the process of raising $35,000. Renee is well on her way to meeting this financial goal, which will transfer ownership of the cattle into the sanctuary. In addition to the Indiegogo campaign (http://bit.ly/1Ixyv8S) to help fund this endeavor, Rowdy Girl Sanctuary is hosting a fundraiser on May 2, 2015.
The Vegan Awareness Festival & Fundraiser for Rowdy Girl Sanctuary will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 2, 2015 at 9667 Jimmy Phillips Road (Highway 35 – 7 miles west of Highway 288 going towards West Columbia) in Angleton, Texas. This fundraiser is a soft grand opening of the sanctuary and the final push to reach the $35,000 goal. The speakers include celebrity guest, Kip Andersen, co-producer of Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret; Renee King-Sonnen; Kathy Landry; Lorena Mucke; Dr. Philip Conklin; and Sofia Pineda Ochoa, MD. The entertainment includes Erin Eder, Wild Cactus Rose, Jim Pharis, Michael Vybiral, Kathy Landry, and Renee King-Sonnen. Activities at the event include Yoga with the Cows and a Kiss A Cow Photo Opportunity. Event attendees will enjoy vegan-friendly vendors, vegan food, and the beautiful outdoors at Rowdy Girl Sanctuary. Sponsors of the event include Beanfields Snacks, So Delicious Dairy Free, V-Dog, Tofurky, Vegan Empire, Follow Your Heart, Cowspiracy, Wysong, Vega and more.
SUGGESTION DONATION: $25 adults; $10 children; Kids under 3 Free.
About Rowdy Girl Sanctuary, Inc.
The Rowdy Girl Sanctuary is a haven for rescued farm animals. In addition to saving animals, the sanctuary’s founder, Renee King-Sonnen, has a mission is to use social media, special events, education, and community outreach to raise awareness regarding the impact of factory and humane farming on society. She hopes to set an example of compassion and educate individuals on a vegan, plant-based lifestyle. The sanctuary is located at 9667 Jimmy Phillips Road (W. Hwy 35), Angleton, Texas 77515. Get all the details at: www.rowdygirlsanctuary.org