ROWDY GIRL SANCTUARY INC

A Texas Beef Cattle Ranch That Had a Vegan Change of Heart

Waedler, TX   |  www.rowdygirlsanctuary.org

Mission

Rowdy Girl Sanctuary (RGS) provides sanctuary to farm animals at risk of being slaughtered and promotes an ethical vegan lifestyle. RGS seeks to educate the public on plant based food options, Future Farmers of America and 4H, factory farming practices, and the devastating impact of animal agriculture on the environment.

Ruling year info

2015

Principal Officer

Renee King-Sonnen

Main address

634 FM 1296

Waedler, TX 78959 USA

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EIN

47-3375043

NTEE code info

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

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Families Choosing Compassion

FCC (Families Choosing Compassion) - A program under development for students and families that choose compassion over slaughtering animals raised for food. They must make the decision to cease raising animals for the food system, and commit to a volunteer schedule at the sanctuary to care for their surrendered farm animal or other animals here at the sanctuary.

The family will be required to go through an interview process, fill out intake forms, and be able to contribute towards the care of their animal if it is surrendered to the sanctuary.

Family members of the student will also be required to participate in the process.

Since the program is still in its infancy we are still developing the details, but it will also include an annual celebration, and an education component to help the child and the family transition to a vegan diet within 90 days of starting the program.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adults

To provide resources and guidance to ranchers who are ready to move in the direction of a lifestyle of compassion towards farm animals; and life-affirming choices and business practices.
The Rancher Advocacy Program is a result of the founder’s personal experiences with ranchers and their families that have contacted her to have a dialogue regarding how we have converted our former ranching operation in Texas, and how they too might transition their ranch from using animals for profit, to caring and saving them while determining other ways to make a living on the same land.

Population(s) Served
Farmers
Families

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Our vision is to create a palpable atmosphere of communion and acceptance where farm animals, visitors, volunteers, and like minds from across the United States and the world will be drawn to experience our transition from a Texas beef cattle ranch to a vegan farm animal sanctuary. Once here, our purpose will broaden to open all hearts, minds and souls to a vegan lifestyle, the horrors of factory farming, plant based food options, and the devastating impact of animal agriculture on the environment. Our goal is to produce many more animal sanctuaries transitioning from Texas beef cattle ranches to vegan farm animal sanctuaries. Rowdy Girl Sanctuary, Inc. opens its arms to help all farm animals bound for slaughterhouses across the country.

We educate students and families in the Future Farmers of America and 4-H Animal Ag Sciences programs in schools. Many kids and family members contact us when they are traumatized by the eventual outcome of their "project" going to slaughter. We have a program called Families Choosing Compassion whereby families can surrender their animal to us and come see them and volunteer anytime they wish.

We also have the Rancher Advocacy Program which inspires and educates animal farmers and cattle ranchers to transition out of animal agriculture into plant based farming. We have an annual virtual event called the RAP Summit where we broadcast internationally to answer the main question "what can farmers do on their land to thrive without using animals" and provide solutions from experts.

Our cattle ranch in Texas was the first cattle ranch in the world to transition and go vegan. Since then our story has been featured in multiple news media outlets, including CBS Evening News, Animal Planet, ABC's More in Common, Southwest Airlines Magazine, LiveKindly, and more. The Rowdy Girl / RAP story is the focus of a major documentary that will be released in 2023. We know that our story alone has caused several cattle ranchers to transition and go vegan. Our story's potency and influence is our greatest capability. We have significant reach on social media. Our RAP (Rancher Advocacy Program) attracted 500 registrants from several countries in 2021.

Financials

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ROWDY GIRL SANCTUARY INC

Board of directors
as of 05/16/2022
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Board co-chair

Renee King-Sonnen


Board co-chair

Tommy Sonnen

Retired Dow Chemical - former beef cattle rancher

Kip Andersen

A.U.M. Films & Media

Paul Magee Berry

Waking Justice

Tommy Sonnen

Dow Chemical - Ranching

Renee King-Sonnen

Rowdy Girl Sanctuary

Jane Velez Mitchell

Jane Unchained

Brett Christoffel

All Y'alls Food Company

Ann Conrad

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

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