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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: One Heart, One Mind, One Purpose - To Serve.

Results: We have impacted the lives of over 90 horses to date.

Target demographics: unwanted equine find forever homes

Geographic areas served: Greater Houston Area

Programs: adoption program, monthly sponsorships, playdays, and Open Corral Days each Saturday.

Community Stories

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

If only the dedication and compassion that exists at Ranch Critters could be the standard everywhere. I have seen first hand the transformation that takes place with these neglected and abused animals. They arrive in various stages of poor health and the healing immediately begins under the gentle and knowledgeable care they are given at Ranch Critters. It is an amazing place run with integrity and absolute love of the equines.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ranch Critters is simply AMAZING! The incredible work they do for all animals is inspiring. You have never seen two founders work as hard and with as much passion as Charlie and Gwen. The care they provide and the priority they put on the well-being of all the animals in their charge is without match. We have two miniature horses we adopted from Ranch Critters. The horses were in such good condition when they came to us and they have adjusted so well -- no doubt due to the wonderful experience they had at Ranch Critters thereby making their transition that much smoother. Ranch Critters provides a high bar for other rescue organizations to match.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ranch Critters is the only place I have ever found whose mission and goals are actually carried out in the day to day activities. All activities are centered around the animals and their well-being. Gwen and Charlie are conscientious and determined in their care and enjoyment of these animals and the place they call home. The volunteers, including myself, are there for the instruction on how to care for them and the love that these animals provide us.
One Saturday for example, they asked a volunteer to pass the word at Prairie View A&M for volunteers. They showed up in droves. Some who had never pet a horse, and others probably just wanted to get outside. It is not only an asset to the animals and people who share in it, but an asset to the community it serves. I cannot express enough how Ranch Critters has changed the lives of so many animals. Brought them to the place where they feel safe and loved. This volunteer however, relishes in the joy and change it has made in me.

Donor

Rating: 5

Ranch Critters is purely a safe haven for abandoned and abused animals. The undying work, love and attention Charlie and Gwen provide these animals touches the hearts of everyone that crosses their path. The healing process they practice truly benefits the whole animal. One day they received a call from the local authorities (because they know the quality work that is done at this ranch) asking if Charlie and Gwen would help a starving and abandoned 16 1/2 hand Tennessee Walker white mare horse diagnosed with a health score of 1 which is close to death. Her name became "Faith". Then the healing process began and within 3 months she was upgraded to a passing healthy state and is now doing fine after 6 months on the ranch and will continue to receive care until the proper home us found. It was an amazing transformation to watch and such a moving experience. This is such a unique rescue in that these animals are allowed to heal in their own natural environment which allows both animals and humans to trust, love and respect those around them. My hat goes off to these ladies who continually and constantly work for the benefit of these animals. They make a difference every day they are allowed to pass on their knowledge to others in getting the assistance needed to care for these horses and critters.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ranch critters is a wonderful ranch dedicated to helping horses in need of a new home. Charlie,Gwen, and their dedicated volunteers work endlessly to provide a safe and loving place for these horses to recover and begin the process of finding a new permanent home. I encourage anyone that wants to help save these amazing animals get in touch with Ranch Critters asap. The staff and critters are counting on us! You can be assured your donations will be put to the best possible use and greatly appreciated.

Bonnie43

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ranch Critters (HeeHaw Ranch) is a labor of love. The animals are given so much love, attention and care. Charly and Gwen involve the volunteers in the care of the animals which fosters a since of ownership. Ranch Critters has given me a release from the stresses of daily life. RanchCritters.org has rescued many horses as well as people! My life is complete.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been part of RanchCritters from the very beginning. I watched the organization grow from a small "let's help some animals" to a full fledge non-profit ranch that rescues and adopt out horses to appropriate clients. Gwen and Charly are selfless people, who give their time and love to all the animals.
They open the ranch doors to the public for equine education.
Through all my cancer treatments, Gwen and Charly have lifted me with their friendship. Being around the horses has been very theraputic for me.
I currently sponsor a horse and it may be one of the best decisions I have ever made! If you are looking to volunteer to work around the ranch or give a donation, you can not go wrong with Ranchcritters.org

Lesa4

Donor

Rating: 5

I donated my mare to be rescued because I couldn't take care of her any long and I am so glad that I did, they are the greatest people in the world to me. I appreciate them greatly. I have no worries where my mare is concerned that she will get the best of care and everything she needs here. I thank them from the bottom of my heart.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with many rescues in the past and Ranch Critters stands out by far. Charlie and Gwen have a healthy attitude and love for all the animals they save. It is very refreshing to work with people who have such big hearts as well as great knowledge in their field. Equine care is complex and it is not simply enough to love the animals. A thorough understanding of horse management, nutrition, and care is a much needed aspect of an equine rescue that unfortunately is often times missing in other local rescues. From my experiences Ranch Critters can effectively use their knowledge and skill to improve the quality of life for all of their animals. I highly recommend Ranch Critters Rescue for anyone interested in adopting, sponsoring, or just volunteering!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Ranch Critters Equine Rescue is a great facility owned by great people. The two ladies who run it are people who genuinely care about the animals and do whatever's they possibly can to help any animal in need. All of their animals are well taken care of and all have loving personalities that show how cherished they are. The facility is nicely set up in a peaceful environment, and anyone who stops by ends up spending hours there just taking in the fresh air. I highly recommend them to anyone looking to adopt or who may need a new home for their equine partner.

aturner

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have now adopted two wonderful Spanish mustangs from these amazing ladies. I could not ask for better people, or a better place to rescue these horses. This is a wonderful place I think anyone looking to adopt a horse needs to go check out!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently adopted a Spanish Mustang named Pumpkin from Charlie and Gwen at Ranch Critters, and have never been happier. They have been more than helpful through the entire adoption process in helping me find the perfect horse for me. They are amazing people with huge hearts and are a great blessing to these animals. I love how they are all for adoption and giving animals that second chance they deserve. I would gladly send anyone looking for a new addition to their family to ranch critters! I can't thank Ranch Critters enough!

Bobbye M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After nearly 4 years, Ranch Critters is still doing wonderful work for neglected & abused horses. Charlie and Gwen spend every waking hour training, feeding, grooming and just plain loving them. Not too long ago, they also acquired an abused long-horn steer named Martin. He had a crooked horn from being roped, but he could go just about anywhere he wanted. The ranch helped him heal and you could tell by just looking at him that he was very happy to be there. After awhile, he began to "talk" to a cow down the road, so Charlie & Gwen knew it was time for him to go live with his own kind. They found a great home for him with other long-horns. He is even more happy now. The ladies are still working full-time jobs and helping all the animals they come in contact with. The ranch is a peaceful and loving place for all who visit.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ranch Critters is a wonderful rescue organization. The ranch is truly a healing place. The care and love Charlie and Gwen give to all the animals is outstanding. They make sure that each horse is given exactly what they need to get stronger and heal from the abuse, neglect and cruelty they have sadly suffered. Also, and most importantly, they work hard to make sure that each horse finds the perfect forever home.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ranch Critters is a wonderful rescue! Gwen and Charlie have alowed these animals to have a second chance at a wonderful life, they treat them like they are one of us. They let volunters come and and lend a helping hand, care for the horses like they are your own, and most of all you have a great time. You learn a good amount of history and new lessons to help you care for the horses. All thanks to Ranch Critters, Gwen and Charlie, and the volunters, thank you for giving these horses a second chance at life!!!!!!!!

Sandra70

Client Served

Rating: 5

Due to a loss in our family, we had to find homes for our beloved Spanish Mustangs. A friend of the family introduced us to Charlie and Gwen and we truly see them as Angels. The work they do for the people and animals they help is truly amazing. The two ladies made what was an extremely difficult time a very wonderful experience for us and our horses. They don't just place the animals, they love them. They take the time to work with each and every animal whether it be a month, a year or two until they are confident the animal is ready to be placed. Some come from major abuse and neglect. They keep track of each and every animal making sure they have been placed in the right home and if not, adopters must sign agreements to return the animal to them so they may find the right home. I am amazed at how hard these women work, their dedication, their loyalty and honestly the love and care they have for each animal that passes through their gate. I can say the same for all the wonderful volunteers as well. We are fortunate to now have them in our lives as friends.

Caroline28

Donor

Rating: 5

The work that Charlie and Gwen, as well as all their volunteers, do for these forgotten, neglected, and abused animals is a miracle for each one of these animals!
I have watched them work the horses and have never met such patient, loving, and well educated trainers.
Their cause is worthy and is rarely as well served as it is at Ranch Critters Equine Rescue!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope and love is given to all the animals at Ranch Critters. You can see where your donations are going, to help all the animals. Best Charity..........Bill and Carole

Nicole97

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have met Ranch Critters Charlie and Gwen a short time ago but I can say that I'm really impressed by their knowledge, professionalism and patience with all the horses in their care. Their dedication and organization should be an example to all non profit entrepreneurs. I am really happy to work with them in adopting one of the young horses and learn something every time I meet them.

Choctaws Mom

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Two women, Gwen and Charlie, met a retired, neglected racehorse they named Sonny. While working their full time, “real jobs”, they adopted, nurtured, trained, fed and nursed him back to health. He lived with them until he suffered a neurological disorder which eventually caused his death. That experience launched them into a life of rescuing, nurturing, healing, training and finding “forever” homes for unwanted horses no matter their breed or condition. Since November of 2011, they have rescued over 60 horses!
What separates this program from others is that they are actually very skilled NATURAL horse trainers who can see the potential in a horse and through deliberate and routine ground work, bring the best out of each horse. They identify the horse’s personality and abilities and try to match them with the folks who want to adopt. There is an application process, follow up and a written contract that states the horse must be offered back to Ranch Critters if the home situation were to ever change. Gwen and Charlie make the horse’s well-being their top priority and have in fact denied adoption applicants because of valid concerns.
This program has succeeded for nearly two years and yet it has primarily been funded by Charlie and Gwen! They were granted 501(c)(3) status in 2012 and with the help of donations from the community, they have grown and hope to continue that growth for years to come.
There are many stories of their Acts of Kindness and their positive influence on their community and numerous animals but here are a couple of examples of their limitless compassion.

With winter approaching and hay and feed needs mounting, Ranch Critters found themselves at their maximum capacity with 10 horses on the ranch and several more on their waiting list. One evening they decided to go to an auction to sell tack they were not using to raise some funds. While there, they ran across a well-meaning family who were auctioning off their three horses. Gwen and Charlie latched on to the family, watching to make sure that their horses in fact went to homes rather than slaughter. As the last of their horses, and the last horse of the night, took his turn to be auctioned, Gwen and Charlie noticed that no one was bidding on the horse. This horse was 21 years old, of Spanish Mustang breed and appeared to be without value to the bidders. As the bidding unfolded, they noticed the slaughter house representative was bidding on the Mustang. Charlie and Gwen out bid the slaughter house and took that Mustang home with them. Utilizing their scarce resources, they took in that horse until they found a good home for him.

On another occasion, Charlie was called by law enforcement officials in her area to come take a look at a horse who could not get up. The owner had been reported for neglect and claimed that he did not have the means to improve the horse’s living conditions. When Charlie arrived, the conditions were inexcusable and she immediately set out giving the horse the basics like hay and water. It was clear to her that the horse had suffered for quite some time and there was little to be done for her. She reported the situation to the SPCA-equine division and while waiting for them to get the time to get out to the site to access the situation, she and some friends took turns visiting the horse twice per day, providing hay and water to keep her as comfortable as possible. Once the SPCA officials arrived and determined that the horse could not be saved, Charlie stayed with the horse until she was humanly euthanized. Charlie named her Hope and gave her all the love she could during her last few days.

That is just a couple of the many lives changed by the KIND ACTS of these two women with the mission of finding loving homes for unwanted, neglected and abused horses. It takes a special people to be strong enough to tolerate the experiences to which they are exposed and I consider them heroes.

Their website is www.ranchcritters.org and they have a Facebook page with tons of pictures revealing more about the lives they have saved and what goes on at the “HEEHAW” Ranch. They still both work their full time jobs and spend nearly every free moment trying to sustain and grow the program. If there is anything you could do to contribute to their incredible work, you will not be sorry!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been so blessed in meeting Charlie & Gwen at Ranch Critters.. I was looking for a while to rescue another horse.. I have a rescue horse I was given in January 2013.. She's lonely by herself and needs a friend and my husband needs a horse to ride with me. I was told of Ranch Critters by a employee of Tractor Supply Tomball.. I contacted Ranch Critters VIA: fb.. We chatted, I went and looked at the ranch and the horses there and was impressed. Every animal there was special and they know it(the animals)..You can see how much love is put into each and every animal there. You don't have to worry about getting what your not looking for in a horse..My experience has touched my life and I'm proud to say, we will now be life time friends and family to Ranch Critters. Ranch Critters helps you in understanding of the animal your interested in. They make sure that not only is the animal a great match for you, but that you are a great match for the animal.. Every one is happy.. If there is information your asking about, if they don't know they help you get the answer.. They help in making sure that you know how to handle the animal in question... I am looking forward to a lifetime friendship with Ranch Critters.. I will continue to donate what I can, whenever I can.. Thank You Ranch Critters for the love you share with all whom come in contact with you both... Also I have to say every person out there, is just having a great time :: Sponsors, helpers, Clients.. Ranch Critters is just a Happy Place to be.. Thank You Ranch Critters in making sure these animals have a second chance...

Gemini Believer

Client Served

Rating: 5

About a month ago, I found myself needing to find some thing to lift my spirits. I had life issues that made me feel like I was "drowning". When I found Ranch Critters online it was like a "light" led me to check their place out. From the day I went to the ranch, I've been "hooked". My original intent was to volunteer, and learn. Charlie and Gwen have been so supportive, and they really show how much they care about the healing of neglected horses, and other animals. They are very selective as to who a horse is adopted out too...they make sure a horse and potential adopter are a "match". They encourage the potential adopter to come to the Ranch and spend time with the horse they are interested in. Two weeks ago I was "matched" up with Choctaw Moon...a beautiful, 9 month old Choctaw Spanish Mustang filly. I was given the option to sponsor Choctaw while she remains at the ranch while I train her. When she is ready for adoption, I will be adopting her. I couldn't thank Charlie and Gwen enough for all they do. They have huge hearts, and they are not only finding an awesome forever home for Choctaw with me, but Charlie, Gwen, and Choctaw, have "SAVED" me.