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When we first learned about Renee King-Sonnen’s mission to convert her husband’s fourth-generation cattle ranch into a farm animal sanctuary, we were amazed to say the least. After moving to live on her husband’s family’s ranch, Renee developed strong bonds with the cows who lived there and when the time would come to send the calves to slaughter, she was absolutely devastated.

Renee spent years suffering alongside the mourning mother cows over the loss of their children and then one decided she was done. She gave her husband an ultimatum and told him he could either keep the ranch or keep her. Reaching a compromise, Renee’s husband agreed to retire from the ranching business and convert the land to a sanctuary if she could raise the funds to buy all the cattle in his care.


With the help of social media and her steely conviction, Renee managed to raise the $30,000 needed to buy the cows in under four months!

We could not be more thrilled to announce that Rowdy Girl Sanctuary is up and running – and in another awesome turn, Renee’s husband has also decided to go vegan! Together, the Sonnen’s are completely embracing a compassionate lifestyle and showing the world that anyone can make a positive change in their life.


The sanctuary is already home to 16 thriving farm animals and Renee has big plans to expand and take in even more animals soon.


To learn more about this awesome sanctuary and its fantastic founder, check out the Rowdy Girl Sanctuary website.

All image source: Rowdy Girl Sanctuary