Ranch Hands Rescue - Where it's animals helping people and people helping animals.

aka Ranch Hand Rescue   |   Denton, TX   |  https://www.ranchhandsrescue.com/


A sanctuary for animals and a counseling center for people founded on hope and healing made available to all regardless of ability to pay. We reach out with helping hearts to change our world by recognizing the inherent worth of every living being in our community. Working with our animal partners, Licensed Professional Counselors help each child, each adult, and each family experience transformative change available through trauma-informed animal assisted psychotherapy. RHR's fills a special niche in mental health counseling services in that we specialize in treating the more complex trauma cases, such as victims of multiple abuses by multiple perpetrators and people not making progress in their current treatment programs.

Ruling year info



Mr. Robert F. Williams

Main address

9477 Fort Worth Drive

Denton, TX 76226 USA

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NTEE code info

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

50-60% of US citizens will experience at least 1 traumatic event in their lifetime (National Center for PTSD, 2019). 20-25% of US citizens will experience 3 or more traumatic events in their lifetime (CDC, 2019). 10-20% of US citizens will experience repeated traumas throughout their childhood (NSCH, 2012). Of those 10-20%, approximately 30% will be classified as "treatment-resistant" (NCBI, 2014). We focus on that 1-8% of the population who are unable to find the type of help that works for them. Many of these individuals are low-income, indigent, and on the margins of society. They are often at high risk to themselves and others. These are our neighbors, and they deserve access to effective, trauma-informed care just as much as those who are able to pay. Therefore, our program seeks to fill a gap in mental health services by providing alternative, evidence-based trauma counseling regardless of ability to pay.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Mental Health Counseling

RHR provides mental health counseling using unique treatment modalities, the primary one being Equine/Animal Assisted Counseling. We treat people suffering from trauma due to physical and sexual abuse, witnessing violence, the sudden death of a loved one and other traumatic life experiences. We treat people with trauma symptoms such as self harm, harm to others, anger management, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, grief, substance abuse, and relationship problems. We specialize in treating the more difficult trauma cases such as children that have been abused multiple times by multiple perpetrators. Many of these difficult cases are referred to us from other organization because they are not responding in their treatment program. An example of the clients we treat is Kylee, a 14-year old girl who was adopted by her uncle. She was physically and sexually abused by her uncle. Her uncle passed her around to his friends who also sexually abused her. She is sexually acting out in school, has major anger and depression issues including self-harm and eating disorders. Miguel is another example of the type of client we treat. Miguel, a 4-year old boy, was kidnapped by his father. He was also present when is father murdered his mother is another. Kylee and Miguel are just two examples of many who come to us for help. 75% of our clients are children.

RHR provides unique treatment modalities such as Equine/Animal Assisted Counseling (EAAC) using highly trained Licensed Professional Counselors. We are not a riding therapy program but a mental health counseling program that uses only Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) and LPC interns with advance degrees. In addition to EAAC, we provide Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), play therapy, sand tray, nature, art therapy and faith-based therapy. RHR specializes in effectively treating the more complex trauma cases, such as sexual abuse by multiple perpetrators, and clients that are not making progress in their current program. We receive counseling referrals from schools, churches, police departments, doctors and other counselors. We also have partnerships in place to provide counseling services to over 20 organizations. A partial list of our partner organizations include: CASA, Children's Advocacy for Denton County, Friends of the Family, Child Protective Services, Journey to Dream, Promise House, Denton County Juvenile, Santé Center for Healing, Cook's Behavior Health Clinic/Hospital and the Clyde W. Cosper Texas State Veterans Home for elderly veteran's who are still suffering PTSD.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Family relationships
Sexual identity
Social and economic status

RHR specializes in rescuing the worst-of-the-worst farm animal abuse and neglect cases in the state of Texas and Oklahoma.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Dollars value of subsizied counseling services provided.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served


Related Program

Mental Health Counseling

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Number of animals that live in the Ranch Hands Rescue sanctuary.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Farm animal rescue and sanctuary program.

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goals are:
1. To reduce the number of life disrupting trauma symptoms in our counseling clients so that they can go on to live more productive and happy lives.
2. Never turn away a child needing trauma informed mental health counseling because their family cannot afford to pay for treatment.
3. To provide effective trauma-informed therapy for individuals who have not made progress in other counseling programs.

Our strategy is to provide a place where people with life disrupting trauma can get effective treatment by employing highly trained, licensed professionals who specialize in treating complex trauma. These professionals are then further trained to work with our animal partners, themselves survivors of abuse and neglect, in the unique and serene setting of our animal sanctuary to facilitate healing and recovery. Our therapists are cross trained in the following modalities: Equine and Animal Assisted Counseling, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Trust Based Relational Intervention, Play Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and others. We also work with our animal partners daily to assist them in their recovery. Our strategy therefore is simple: It's animals helping people, and people helping animals.
In addition to our treatment strategies, we work with a variety or grant partners and local donors to provide financial support to those who cannot afford treatment. Our scholarship program is unique in that those who qualify are covered for the duration of their treatment with us. There is no session limit. There is no time limit. Our therapists monitor client progress closely by administering valid and reliable assessment measures during regular intervals of treatment. In this way, we ensure that our clients are receiving effective care, while also making sure that we are projecting our funding out far enough in advance to cover the full arch of a client's recovery journey (even if that takes two years, and such is often the case with complex trauma).

The five critical resources needed to support our goals are:
1. Highly trained licensed professionals (LPC, LMFT, LCSW, RPT, Licensed Psychologist) with specialized training in trauma-informed counseling.
2. Financial resources to provide free counseling services to families who cannot afford counseling.
3. The serene setting of our animal sanctuary to enable counseling clients to feel safe, comfortable, and calm.
4. Mental health counseling services in English and Spanish.
5. Rescue and rehabilitation of special needs animals for our counseling clients.

1. We have treated over 1600 children, women, and men since program inception. Many of these individuals were with us for 12-18 months due to the severity of their trauma history.
2. We have rescued and rehabilitated over 560 animals since the start of our animal rescue/sanctuary program.
3. Clinically significant reduction of trauma symptoms for over 80% of our clients every year.
4. Since program inception, we have provided over $1,000,000 in scholarships for trauma survivors who could not afford services.
5. We have received numerous community awards, nominations, and recognitions for our trauma program and for our animal sanctuary.
6. Numerous firsts in animal care, such as: first horse in the world to receive a prosthetic without an amputation, first neuro-fiber mesh to heal a tendon on a mule, quadruple bypass for a sheep, successful treatment of a cat with a rare auto-immune disease, care of a donkey to become a 5 time cancer survivor, teaching a dog born with only one fully formed leg to walk on prosthetics without an amputation.
Next steps:
1. By February 2021, we will open the first safe house in the country for males 18-24 who have been victims of sex trafficking. Bob's House of Hope will incorporate not only the key element of safety needed for recovery, but will also build on the success of our animal sanctuary and counseling center by involving the residents in the care of our animals as well as provide individual and group counseling services at our Argyle location.
2. Bob's House of Hope will be supplemented with a nationwide awareness campaign that boys are sex trafficked TOO. This initiative has already been set into motion.



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Board of directors
as of 12/11/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Robert Williams

Board co-chair

Mr Randy Taub

Robert Williams

Marty Polasko

Bill Bono


Charles Fisher

Lindy Fisher

Deborah Roan

Allison Sartin

Assistant DA

Randy Taub

Maria Infantino

Jane Nelson

State Senator

John Bitter


Tim Goldberg

Tracy Murphree


Tan Parker

State Representative

Mark Roy

Retired Colonel

Steve Tryling


Susan Weisser


Carina Vanlaet

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/28/2020

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/28/2020

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  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.