Walk For Kindness Ranch!

sara walk Did you know that every time you take your dog - or maybe your cat! - for a walk, you can also help out Kindness Ranch simply by taking your smartphone along?

All you need to do is download the resqwalk.com app on your iPhone or Android, check in when you start your walk, make sure you have chosen Kindness Ranch as your organization, and then your mileage will get added to our total each week to help us win money!
 
It's such an easy way to help, and may even provide some motivation to get out and about more!

Two Beagle Brothers Reunited at Kindness Ranch

landon-adoption Landon has been reunited with his brother Rube and finds his fur-ever home with Richard, Amber and their lovely daughter Jaidan from Southern Wyoming.

Landon and his brother Rube (previously known as Coti) came to Kindness Ranch together from the lab. Rube was adopted soon after arrival by Richard and Amber.  They recently decided they had more room in their lives to adopt another dog, and choose to come back to Kindness Ranch to adopt another beagle. Landon was undoubtedly the obvious first choice, and he thought so to! He was a very happy little beagle today, excitingly jumping into the vehicle with his new fur-family!

Luckily for us, they live just a hour or so away and have come back to Kindness Ranch several times to visit since adopting Rube. Now, we will get to visit with both Rube and Landon on the many future visits!

Congrats to Landon on his new fur-ever home and family!

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Tractor Fundraiser Huge Success

tractor-500-300At Kindness Ranch, we do our best to stretch every dollar. All expenses are closely scrutinized, especially those that does not directly affect our sanctuary animals lives. That’s why the decision to buy another piece of tractor equipment took awhile.

Last winter, we were hit by feet of snow in a short amount of time. Our buildings are spread out over many acres; getting to our animals was a challenge. Our only tool was our tractor with a front loading bucket. Using this tool that was not designed for snow removal, it was a long, tedious process to clear a path for vehicles to get to our dogs, cats, horses, sheep and pigs. So Project Snow Blade was launched.

Advertising on our website, our Facebook page and a crowd-source funding site, we successfully raised enough money to purchase a used snow blade that is in excellent shape. It should serve us well and we’re better prepared for this winter and beyond.

Many thanks to all of you who sent donations for our “tractor fund” and helped Kindness Ranch purchase the tractor blade. A huge majority of our budget comes from supporters like you!
 
If you’d like to make a donation for our animals and our sanctuary necessities, please visit our donation page!

The Amazing Transition of "Rica"

ricki leash Ricki, a 2 ½ year old beagle came to Kindness Ranch July 2013, having spent most of her life in a research lab in Colorado, she was used to test human drugs. 
 
She was extremely skittish, hiding in the back of her kennel to avoid new human interaction. After a month, she began warming up and initiating play, becoming a little goofball.  
 
In many cases, when dogs come to Kindness Ranch, they have never been outside, walked on grass, played with other dogs or toys, or went on a walk. Generally, their lives are spent in a sterile lab environment.
 
Apart of our animal rehab program, consists of gradually acclimating dogs to new situations, teaching them how to walk on a leash, and most of all just be a dog! Ricki was definitely a challenging case, she wanted no part of walking on a leash. We continued to be patient, working with her slowly, she finally decided it wasn’t so bad, although still leery. 
 
After a couple months of being at Kindness Ranch, we decided it was best for her to venture outside of remote Wyoming, to gain more exposure to new things. She was fostered by foster mom Kendrick in Denver, then by Kate in N. Colorado. She was adopted twice, unfortunately relinquished both times due to her shyness. 
 
The story is amazing after round two! You guessed it, third time WAS a charm! She went to foster mom Kate’s friend, Katie in N. Colorado area, she was interested in “fostering.” Katie had a beagle named Cherry that came from Kindness Ranch, and a dog named Katrina, rescued from Hurricane Katrina. So, as the story goes, her first night she slept under the bed, next night in a crate near the bed, the third night, she was snuggling in the bed! Everything clicked into place, Ricki immediately bonded with her foster mom, and from there it’s history in the making for our goofy little beagle. The foster quickly merged into adopting, she became “Rica.” After five days, the following email was received from Kate that brought grins from ear to ear, along with tears of joy to the staff: “Yesterday we went for a walk in a wilderness area with her three dogs and my setter mix, and they all ended out off-leash and having a blast! We got to the end and realized Rica's leash had fallen out of Katie's pocket, so we headed back on the trail to find it. Next thing we know, Rica is scooping something up and walking toward us. Hooray, she found it! She has such fun puppy-like playful qualities that are coming out of this shy 2.5 year old lab beagle!
 
rica tungsten Within three weeks, she went from being shy, afraid of people she didn’t know, leery of the leash and walks, leading to two failed adoptions, to sleeping in bed and walking off leash in less than a week. This is truly a success story, a perfect match and “Rica’s” FUR-EVER home. 
 
Horay for Rica! We are so proud of you and how far you have come! Enjoy your walks and don't forget your leash! :)
 

Appointments are REQUIRED in advance to visit Kindness Ranch. Please make appointments with minimum of 48 hours notice to ensure we will be able to accommodate your visit. Thank you!