I need your help! I have added the pertinent information below for our 4th Annual Saddle Up Hollywood Event and appreciate any support that you may be able to give us. Our fall event is our largest event of the year. The proceeds from this event will fund our general operations in 2016 as well as continue to provide free counseling programs. Our goal is to raise $150,000 and I could use your help.
Our Organization is growing. In the past 4 Years, we have continued to implement best practices, review open and honestly what we do right and what we do wrong. We continue to learn and grow with aggressive goals and challenge ourselves to make constant improvements. We have rebranded ourselves in an effort to be clear about exactly what we are; A Counseling Center & Animal Sanctuary. We have found our “lane” as one could say with animals & people. Our reputation is well known with the remarkable success we have with critical care animals. At this point, with enhancements of our counseling programs and the hiring of our Clinical Director, Cathy Champ and the hiring of Rebeca Mata, a Bi lingual therapist we are positioned to do great things in the area of mental health as well as serve and help the Spanish segment of the population that deserves our assistance. We now have 6 Therapists. In fact Dr. Jay Haynes has just joined our Board and will be our Medical Adviser. It’s a great honor to have Dr. Haynes assisting and guiding us.
The reality is that we need more partners. We need to share our mission with everyone. By raising this money, we will be able to serve more kids and we will fulfill a commitment of mine which is to never ever turn down a child who needs our help. This year 60% of our services will be free. Children who are victims of physical and sexual abuse always receive free services from us. There is a portion about 5% that are stuck. They are so severely traumatized that we use animals to reach them and help them continue this critical emotional healing. I have made it my mission to never, ever turn down a request from any agency or individual that needs our help for a child. In addition services for families and Veterans are always free. We are starting to help women who have been abused and battered and the number of requests we are receiving is growing at a rapid pace. This is important work. Through collaboration with agencies and organizations who serve these clients we can work together to help everyone who needs it. We want to always be another alternative to those individuals who may just need a different Counseling approach. Together we can make a difference in the lives of children and adults who need our help.
I wish I could share all the stories with you but I can’t, I can say from kids getting hooked on drugs by their parents, to kids getting HIV from a partner who lied to them or cases of severe mental, physical and sexual abuse, we see them. The stories will break your heart. There is nothing worse than an innocent child who has been a victim of physical or sexual abuse. The bottom line is that in most cases we can help. It’s a good place to be helping people, especially children and animals. I believe with all my heart that God brings people together for a reason, there are no mistakes. Can you help us? I humbly ask for your support!
Here is some additional information about us:
Ranch Hand Rescue (RHR) is an IRS 501(c)(3) farm animal rescue center and sanctuary in Argyle, Texas that provides a unique and effective counseling program to help people overcome mental and emotional challenges and trauma. RHR rescues and rehabilitates the worst-of-the-worst farm animal abuse and neglect cases. After the animals are rehabilitated, they are adopted out into caring and loving homes. Sadly, some animals have ongoing special care needs that make them unadoptable. These animals, the ones no one wants and are usually euthanized, will live out their lives at the RHR sanctuary.
These special animals have a job at RHR. These special animals are incorporated into our Equine/Animal Assisted Counseling (EAAC) program. RHR EAAC is not a riding therapy program, it is a mental health counseling program that incorporates animals in the counseling sessions. The animals interact with clients, under the guidance of a Licensed Professional Counselor, during counseling sessions. During the interactive counseling sessions, held outdoors, clients learn to identify mal-adoptive skills and mental states, make changes and build effective critical life coping skills. Using the rescued animals enhances the effectiveness of the counseling sessions as the clients can relate to the trauma and challenges that the animal faced. Counseling clients connect with the animals in ways that a human counselor cannot. These special animals, the ones no one wanted because their needs are too much of a burden, are invaluable for our clients as they are now helping them make life changing and live saving changes.
Texas ranks 50th in spending on mental health care. RHR helps to fill the unmet need for more mental and emotional health care by providing counseling services. What differentiates our animal assisted counseling program is that we focus only on mental and emotional health and specialize in helping people overcome the negative effects of trauma. In fact, RHR is the only non-profit Equine/Animal Assisted Counseling program in the Dallas/Fort Worth area that focuses only on psychological and emotional challenges. Most animal/riding therapy programs focus on people with cognitive disorders and physical challenges such as autism, cerebral palsy and spina bifida. We focus on issues such as trauma from physical and sexual abuse, depression, anger, anxiety, grief/loss, substance abuse, eating disorders and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In 2014, RHR further helped to fill the gap for mental health care in our community by providing 46% of our counseling services to disadvantaged families free of charge.
Ranch Hand Rescue’s mission is to save abused and neglected farm animals with special focus on animals requiring critical care, to adopt out rehabilitated animals, to provide a caring sanctuary for the animals that have ongoing needs and to help people with personal, mental and psychological challenges to change and better their lives through Equine/Animal Assisted Counseling (EAAC).
Ranch Hand Rescue’s programs to support this mission are:
1. Rescue abused and severely neglected farm animals specializing in animals that are in critical condition and considered the “worst of the worst.”
2. Rehabilitate the abused and severely neglected animals so that they can be adopted into caring and loving homes.
3. Maintain and expand the sanctuary for the animals that cannot be adopted because they have ongoing special needs for care.
4. Provide mental and emotional health counseling for adults and children using Equine/Animal Assisted Counseling (EAAC). RHR’s trauma focused counseling program helps people address the following issues including but are not limited to: substance abuse, trauma from physical and sexual abuse, anger management, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, grief, loss, relationship issues, veterans returning from combat with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and their family members at-risk youth, communication and other psychological and emotional issues.
5. Provide an environment for juveniles to complete Court Ordered Community Service to turn their lives around by caring for abused and neglected animals.
Ranch Hand Rescue is an IRS 501(c)(3) farm animal rescue center and sanctuary that provides Equine/Animal Assisted Counseling (EAAC) to people needing mental health therapy. We specialize in taking the worst-of-the-worst farm animal abuse cases in Texas. These are the cases that are typically resolved by euthanizing the animal; the “throw away” animals. RHR receives and rehabilitates farm animals, mostly horses, in critical condition that requires round-the-clock treatment for the first several months after being rescued. RHR averages rescuing 45 animals a year. Since 2009, we have rehabilitated over 250 farm animals. Once rehabilitated, the animals are adopted into caring and loving homes. Some of the animals cannot be adopted because they have special ongoing care and medical needs. Typically, RHR has 30 animals, which will live out their lives at the sanctuary because of their special needs.
After rehabilitation, our special resident animals have a job. They help to rehabilitate people with psychological and emotional challenges using Equine/Animal Assisted Counseling (EAAC). EAAC involves the process of working with animals to impact the client’s behavior. Animals increase awareness of our own thoughts, feelings, words and actions. Animals respond honestly to our behaviors and internal state. When an animal is incorporated into the counseling session, people are able to address maladaptive coping strategies in a new and challenging environment while creating a bond with the animals to promote emotional healing.
You can learn more about our program by clicking the links below:
Thank you for your time and consideration. Together we can and will continue to make a difference in the lives of children, adults and animals who need our help!
On behalf of the clients and the animals we serve here at Ranch Hand Rescue,
Robert F Williams
Ranch Hand Rescue
8827 Hwy 377 S .
Argyle, Texas 76226
817-907-5626 Cell Phone
“ It’s animals helping people and people helping animals! “