Home on the Range Animal Haven was founded on February 12, 2012 and began with a focus on neglected, abused, and abandoned animals with nowhere else to go. Our story is that we have evolved into a haven not only for animals but a refuge for humans searching for hope and healing through the unconditional, non-judgmental love of an animal.
Our dedicated core of unpaid volunteers and board members work tirelessly with the animals and community groups, along with a larger circle of youth volunteers to accomplish our mission to provide a safe haven for animals and people.
We partner with community organizations like Cathedral Home for Children, Peak Wellness Center, Wyoming Cowboy ChalleNGe Academy, ARK Regional Services, and several elementary schools to do projects on behalf of the animals while at the same time receiving healing through their interactions with the animals.
Here’s an excerpt from a letter from Christi Parrish at WCCA:
Home on the Range is so much more than an animal rescue. The animals themselves come from poor conditions, often neglected, and turned over to slaughter when the owners no longer want to care for them. When they arrive at Home on the Range they are provided with quality food and more love than they ever thought possible. This is how Home on the Range is able to give back so much to the community. It’s a cycle we cannot let end. It’s not about one struggling non-profit, it’s about the love and joy of animal kinship with the struggling human to make both whole again.”
Elementary school classes come and learn about these wonderful animals and understand what it means to give to something larger than themselves.
For many of these animals, Home On the Range is a place of last resort. But, it’s also an end to the neglect, abuse, and abandonment… perhaps the only things they have ever known. As a way to earn their keep in their new safe home, they give the people who visit a renewed sense of healing and purpose. There is no greater satisfaction than to see a young person walk a little taller, realizing there is a caring animal that responds to them with total acceptance—giving them a new sense of hope.