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. She had no idea that her life was about to be forever changed as a result of her husband’s ranching business.
After witnessing time and time again the ranch’s baby calves going to the sale barn, she became more and more depressed about the inherent cruelty of the ranching business. By October 2014, she had decided she no longer wanted any part of ranching. She went vegan and began her pursuit of a dream to open a farm animal sanctuary. She forged relationships with many key leaders in the vegan movement who offered insight and counsel, and with tremendous determination worked toward creating a sanctuary out of what was once a beef cattle ranch.
As a result of her transformation numerous media stories have been published, and have gone viral. Their story has been seen all over America numerous times on CBS, ABC, RFD, and Animal Planet. Rancher families reach out to Renee on a regular basis because her story has landed in their living room via the news, a TV story or a documentary. Ranchers and their families relate to Renee, and it wasn’t long before she realized that she was also a Ranchers Advocate–and the Rancher Advocacy Program was born. In July of 2018 RAP was launched and is on a fast pace to help animal farmers transition to sustainable business models that are good for the planet, the animals and the farmer.
Renee’s prior background includes a career as a professional singer, songwriter, and recording artist. In her life before Rowdy Girl Sanctuary, Renee traveled extensively with her band, Renee King & Wildcard, and her album, Renee King Queen of Honky Tonk. In addition to her work in the music business, which also included producing and being a publicist, Renee was a Top Producing Realtor for five years running in Pearland, Texas. She founded and owned a wellness spa, where she was a certified Hatha and Kundalini yoga instructor and Ayurveda practitioner.
Renee’s passion is her greatest asset. She believes her true calling has finally found her in her work at Rowdy Girl Sanctuary. Her desire to be a mother has been fulfilled in the care of the farm animals at RGS. And now she is a catalyst for change in a sometimes dark and cruel world to educate others about the vital importance of adopting a vegan lifestyle. Renee finds her greatest strength in the still, small voice inside her that she has come to know through her practice of yoga and meditation. And she gives much credit to a guy named Bill.
Like many people, I saw the piece on you guys on CBS Sunday Morning. Kudos! I’m an animal artist (vegan, of course) and member of the Society of Animal Artists, Artists for Conservation, etc. I’ve mostly been a wildlife painter, but am really interested in painting the animals most of us have taken for granted. I’d love to photograph your animals some day, get their stories, and produce some artwork. Perhaps put together an art show with a large portion of proceeds benefitting your organization. I’m currently in CO, but moving to Austin (who isn’t?!) some time this summer. Check out my website below if any of this is of interest. And keep up the great work!
I think that’s super! Would love that! Call me anytime 281-681-9101 – that’s easiest. Thanks for your interest. Very exciting.
Your art work is superb – saw your website!! Can’t wait to talk! These animals would be brilliant!
Hi Rowdy Girl people
I just saw your piece on Vet Life on Animal Planet. There aren’t words to describe my joy. I dream of stories like yours. I truly believe these are the first steps in healing the planet.
Thank you – thank you for the work you do –
If I can ever be of any assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact me –
Hi there Edie – so sorry for the delayed response – we moved to Waelder Texas and I am not sure how but I somehow have missed getting notifications for comments. Deep apologies.
Do you adopt the animals?
Super, I love you guys!
Lots of love from the Netherlands 💗
Edward and Jade