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WE ARE SO PROUD - We did it again! 
Top rated Non Profit for 2014!  
An organization that ALWAYS puts the animals FIRST!
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ANNUAL BBQ FUNDRAISER 
SATURDAY, APRIL 18TH 2015
11am - 3pm
PRIZES, AUCTION, GARAGE SALE, PARADE OF RESCUES, AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!

COME JOIN US FOR SOME GOOD OLD FASHION EQUINE FUN!
EVENT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Big "6" BBQ - voted BEST IN HOUSTON
  • Cypress Ramblers Blue Grass Band
  • Raffle
  • Silent Auction
  • HeeHaw Auction
  • Trainer Lori Gibson + Ranch Critters' very own rescue Ellie Mae demonstration
  • Trainer Jessical Little
  • Trainer "Gem" Lamb
  • Trainer Kera Lamb
  • Horse Clinic - Meet the Vet - ask Dr. Megan Petty your burning questions!
  • KK Horse Braids
  • Lead Line + Wagon Rides
  • Cat Adoptions - Cheveyo Hooves and Paws

And so much more!!!​
To view our auction items, please visit our facebook page! 
Ellie Mae (current resident of Ranch Critters) & Her trainer Lori Gibson at the 2015 Pinehill Ride
Recent Videos of Ranch Critters' Activities - 
Ellie Mae (current resident of Ranch Critters) & Her trainer Lori Gibson at 2014 Christmas Show at Snowdonia
The HeeHaw Crew Paying it Forward 2014
Ranch Critters having fun Christmas morning 2014!
St. Valentine's Day Ride
January 2015 Work Day - Thanks to all who came and helped out!
AROUND HERE EVEN THE ANIMALS HELP OUT...
FUNDRAISER AROUND THE CORNER - SCREAM IT FROM THE ROOF TOPS!
NEW - We have a BRAVELET PAGE!!!!
What's a BRAVELET page you ask...well go check it out for yourself!


Oh and while you're there why don't you buy one, or two, or a few for you and your friends!

For every purchased BRAVELET, from our page, the rescue will receive a $10 DONATION!

Also in case you don't like the colors associated with our page, you can always build your own and chose the rescue as the donation recipient!

https://www.bravelets.com/bravepage/heehaw-ranch-equine-rescue-sanctuary
NEW - We have a BOOSTER PAGE!!!!
What's a BOOSTER you ask...well go check it out for yourself!


Oh and while you're there why don't you buy one, or two, or a few for you and your friends!


https://www.booster.com/heehaw
FUNDRAISER AROUND THE CORNER - ITEMS!
We have received some AMAZING ITEMS for our FUNDRAISER - Take a look!!
Charlie Daniels Autographed Fiddle 
Original Comic Strip by Morgane Gabriel
Bottle of Opus One Red Wine 1996 (RARE)
Alcohol Ink Painting by Laurie Henry
of our very own Swayze
And for the sports fans - a battery of autographed items!
MESSAGE FROM THE RANCH'S CRITTERS - PLEASE READ!
Alright HeeHaw Crew - An IMPORTANT (LONG) MESSAGE – PLEASE READ!


Many people don’t realize how much it actually costs us to save all these animals.

Well here are the BARE-BONE numbers - 


PER MONTH:

  • $275 for an adult horse

  • $315 (and up) for a senior horse


ANNUALLY

  • $ 90,000


BUT IN REALITY, there is never a year without an EMERGENCY... SO THE ACTUAL COST OF RUNNING THE RANCH CRITTERS IS:

... $130,000-$150,000



WE ARE GREATFUL to all our monthly donors, one-time donors, donors in kind, AND donors in time!


But unfortunately that alone is not enough. 


So if you are annoyed by the increase in posts from this page, we do apologize, but the truth of the matter is at the rate we are saving horses and the lack of funding this endeavor will not last much longer. 
We have saved 130 HORSES in just a few short years, and WANT TO SAVE SO MANY MORE!


WE ARE ASKING TODAY, that anyone who can and is willing to, that they sign up to sponsor a horse, donate, or even find corporate sponsors.



THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME, KINDNESS, AND LOVE OF ANIMALS!


Sincerely,

Ellie Mae, Georgia Hope, Choctaw Moon, Breeze, Cammache Song, Chief, Nitro, Navajo, Hammy, Chayenne, Charlie, Matilda, Faith, Eli, LadyBug, Frosty, Miss Lucy, Pinkeye, Tank, Tucker, Al, Bentley, Q, Dream, GWEN and CHARLIE!
Pinehill Lori and Ellies first xc show

 NEW SAFETY CERTIFICATIONS - PLEASE READ!
We are starting a new safety program for all volunteers, regardless of how long you've been with us. We want to start everyone in the same place, no "grandfathering" in. This will be effective immediately.

  •  VOLUNTEER SAFETY COURSE I (Basic volunteer safety/orientation) will help us ensure that all volunteers handling horses and the horses themselves will be safe - $5 donation to cover costs of printing materials

Until you each receive your HeeHaw Safety Certification, you will not be able to participate in horse management.  Please note all CHILDREN LESS THAN 16 yrs of age must be accompanied by an adult.

PLEASE SEE THE CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR ALL CLASS OFFERINGS 

You must attend one of these trainings to receive your certification. Both classes will start promptly on time. If you are unable to attend either training, we will offer a third training sometime in April before the fundraiser.

You will receive a handbook and certificate of completion.  

Each individual will be able to physically and mentally demonstrate proper horse handling techniques after the training. We will demonstrate and walk you each through all the components and you will each be individually tested. 

TOPICS: safety in pasture, catching, properly latching gates, proper haltering technique, grooming techniques, identification of basic horse body parts, and routine ranch chore expectations.

We will also be implementing a "three strikes" safety policy that will remove you from handling the horses until you have retaken the course. Please understand that we strongly feel that safety is first at all times.  

Rules at the Ranch are to be followed at all times in order for all of us to have a positive experience.

We are also planning a  second course - VOLUNTEER SAFETY COURSE II (RIDING) for those of you interested in riding any of the horses here at the Ranch. This new HeeHaw Rider Safety Program will be 4-6 weeks with a $150 donation fee. Anyone interested must first pass the Volunteer Safety Course then you will be allowed to sign up for the Rider Course. The goal of this program is to have qualified, safe riders help us condition the horses. 

**Participation as volunteer and/or rider is a privilege and may be revoked at either director's discretion (Charlie Renken or Gwen Murphy).

Please shoot us an email to confirm your participation in the safety program and the date you will be attending. 
Thank you for all that you do and for helping us make the Ranch an even better, safer place for all of us...critter and human alike!

Be blessed to be a blessing 
Ranch Critters - Merry Christmas & Heroes! 
Big HeeHaw Welcome & Thank you -
To our newest corporate sponsor - KROGER 

KROGER will be sponsoring all the needed items for our fundraiser BBQ!!!

THANK YOU KROGER!
THANK YOU SEEMS TO BE A WORD WE'VE BEEN USING A LOT LATELY...
A LOT OF CHANGES - AND GOOD ONES AT THAT!

In the span of 1 week we have had two of our monthly sponsors raise their sponsorship level to "Full monthly sponsors"!  Thank you Nicole Duwaerts for being the first, and a huge thank you to BJ Prather for following closely behind and fully sponsoring two of our babies!

We have secured corporate sponsorship from Kroger for our fundraiser and are working hard with Tractor Supply Company in Brenham to make them a corporate sponsor as well!

Also we would like to give a heart felt thank you to Caroline Duwaerts, Nicole's daughter, for all the work she has done in the shadows on updating our website (all the changes you see are hers), keeping our Facebook fresh, putting together our monthly newsletter, starting our two fundraisers (T-shirt Booster + Bravelets), and most recently sponsoring the purchase of extra t-shirts for the fundraiser.

To say we are ecstatic is at this point an understatement!!!!
24520 Levy Ln. 
Hempstead Tx. 77445 
281.414.4102
TO OLD, NEW, AND FUTURE VOLUNTEERS -     
PLEASE VISIT OUR TAB: VOLUNTEERS 

Under this tab you will find ALL information needed to become & stay a volunteer with us, including, required classes (fees) and rules on the Ranch.

Thank you!
Ellie Mae + Lori's 
most recent accomplishments... 

ELLIE MAE OUR AMBASSADOR, AT IT AGAIN!
IT'S ONLY WEDNESDAY, BUT THIS WEEK HAS BEEN BUSY!
"TAPS MIC, CAN I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE..."
[looks around at crowd, questioningly] 
"IS THIS THING ON?"  

"I REPEAT, CAN I HAVE YOU ATTENTION PLEASE..."

HEEHAW CREW, in the past 24 hours... 

  • Jean Fenton has been named a FULL MONTHLY SPONSOR

  • The Delph Family has stepped up to donating at FULL MONTHLY SPONSOR level 

  • AND EARTHCARE MANAGEMENT  has joined the ranks of our CORPORATE SPONSORS!

EXCITED does not even cover it!​
We have a GoFundMe PAGE!!!!
So drop by and who knows...fund us?!
New Donations for our FUNDRAISER - APRIL 18th 2015!
Have you meet the newest addition to the HeeHaw Crew?  No it's not an animal, well technically...
MEET HEEHAW'S CAROLINE DUWAERTS

Scientist by day, amateur photographer & Ranch Critters’ PR specialist by night...Oh and Sunday volunteer at the San Francisco SPCA...Because yes in case you didn’t know, our Social Media/Website/Electronic Fundraiser Guru can actually be found in San Francisco, CA not Hempstead, TX...

Originally from Belgium, Caroline, or Doc as we call her, earned her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences a few years ago from Brown University and is currently doing her post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco.

While her passions are divided between her love of science to which she devotes her life’s work and art to which she devotes her free time, Caroline has always loved animals. In fact, if you ask her mother, she will willingly say that Caroline has no compassion for humans, but when it comes to animals she would give them the shirt off her back without hesitation.

Caroline was brought into our lives by pure coincidence...but since then she has jumped at every possible occasion to help us advance our fight to help abandoned and mistreated horses! She is the author of our Booster, Bravelet, and GoFundMe campaigns. She is also responsible for our monthly newsletter, Facebook updates, and Website re-design as well as upkeep.

In her own words:

The misery thrusted upon animals is in general a human’s fault; it is our duty to rectify the wrong we have done to these pure souls. The mission of Ranch Critters is not only well intentioned and pure in nature, but is also executed in the most altruistic manner imaginable! I could not be prouder to be part of this organization!
Welcome our newest FULL MONTHLY SPONSOR -
We are so excited about our newest FULL MONTHLY VOLUNTEER - The Varela Family!

This brings us to 5 FULL MONTHLY SPONSORS and 7 HORSES FULLY SPONSORED!

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR SUPPORTERS!

We have accomplished so much in the past couple months, we couldn't ask for more!
FUNDRAISER REMINDER!
FUNDRAISER AROUND THE CORNER - APRIL 18TH!
SATURDAY APRIL 18TH 2015
11AM - 3PM

BBQ ANNUAL FUNDRAISER

PRE-SALE OF RAFFLE TICKETS FOR OUR VIDA LOCA TEQUILA BASKET-
HELLO HEEHAW CREW - EXCITING NEWS:

The change in our FUNDRAISER DATE has caused several people to no longer be able to come -

So that no one is left we have decided to sell RAFFLE TICKETS ON-LINE FOR THE PURA VIDA TEQUILA BASKET!!!

GO TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE TO PURCHASE THEM!

Please note to add your name and the number of tickets you are purchasing to your order.

THANKS!
FUNDRAISER CANCELED
We are very sad to announce that due to the continued rain we have to cancel our fundraiser at this time.

Thankfully, we have been offered a doable option -  SUNDAY, MAY 17, Snowdonia Farms (where Ambassador Ellie Mae and Lori train) owner, Jayne Lloyd, has graciously and generously offered to let us set up a space. 

The arena is fully covered so no worries about rain! 

We will be bringing many of our silent auction items that will have "buy it now" prices or will run as part of the silent auction for the duration of the show. Credit cards accepted.

Snowdonia Farms is located at 21605 Mueschke Rd, Tomball, TX 77377.
IT HAS BEEN A BUMPY RIDE, thanks to all this rain...
We are finally getting our feet back on the ground...a whirlwind of changes due to the non-cooperative nature of the rain.

THIS SATURDAY is our final FUNDRAISING EVENT - come join us Saturday May 23rd from 8am onwards at the HOUSE OF HELP in HEMPSTEAD, TX for our final fundraising event - GARAGE SALE - EVERYTHING MUST GO!

We'd like to thank all those who have supported, donated, purchased, and physically helped during this time - it means the world to us!

We have been able to raise about 2/3 of the needed funds, which is less than what we would have hoped for but more than expected with a fully canceled fundraiser... stay tuned, we should be planning something for later in the year!

ALSO new VOLUNTEER CERTIFICATION CLASS ADDED June 13th 9am-11am - please call to be added to the roster.
Volunteer appreciation & A special surprise...
This past weekend was volunteer appreciation weekend and for one of our volunteers we had a very special surprise.

Bonne Beachy was awarded the very FIRST annual SPRIRIT AWARD in recognition of all that she has done for us these past years! Bonnie has been with us through thick and thin, and we wouldn't be here without her - THANK YOU BONNIE!

AND THANK YOU TO ALL OUR AMAZING VOLUNTEERS!
OUR MINIS HAVE LEFT THE BUILDING!
Both TROUBLE & HAMMY have been ADOPTED!!!! Woohoo!

We will miss them on the farm but are excited they have found their forever home!
NEW RESCUES...
Recently we came across three minis: Little Butter Bean, Cinnamon, and Peanut! They are available for adoption - check them out HERE.

They were on their way to slaughter but we diverted them to the Ranch, where their healing can now begin! 

The pregnant mare unfortunately lost her baby due to the stress, but she is healthy now and they are ALL SAFE!

Big Heehaw shouts to our donors who helped make this happen....
 We couldn't do this without each and every one of you!

In Case you missed it...the directors have gone MAD!
Was it the heat or an explosion of hormones??? We may never know but for whatever reason the Ranch Critter Directors traveled to Skydive Spaceland and took a leap out of a plane!!! This makes horseback riding seem like couch surfing!!! 

Thanks to our ground crew who supported our adventure(we don't have any money...remember we run a rescue) so they must love us!! HEEHAW!!! Horse back riding and skydiving all in the same weekend!!!!

BACK TO SCHOOL - UPDATE YOUR KROGER REWARDS PROGRAM...
It's time to renew our Kroger Community Rewards Program Members.

By signing up with this program, a portion of your Kroger purchase amount is set aside for Ranch Critters automatically. If you were a supporter last year, thank you and to those of you who are new, welcome! 

Everyone will need to sign up or resign up for us to benefit from this program.  

Our NPO number is 91177.

TO USE THE KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM STARTING AUGUST 1, 2015:

· Register online at www.krogercommunityrewards.com

· Customers must have a registered Kroger Plus card account to link to Ranch Critters. 

· If you don't have a Kroger Plus Card, they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger.

· If you are new online customer, click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box.

· You can sign up for a Kroger Community Rewards Account by entering your zip code, clicking on favorite store, enter your email address, create a password, and agree to the terms and conditions.

· You will get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.

· Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.

· Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.

· Update or confirm their information.

· Now, Ranch Critter's NPO number 91177, or select organization from list and click on confirm.

· To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see Ranch Critter's name on the right side of your information page.

· REMEMBER, purchases will not count for Ranch Critters until after you register your card(s).

· Do you use your phone number at the register? Call 800-576-4377800-576-4377 FREE, select option 4 to get your Plus Card number.
NEW HORSES ON THE RANCH
MEET OUR 3 NEW SPANISH MUSTANGS: 
BRAVEHEART, JOURNEY, AND SLADE
   NEW HORSE ON THE RANCH
MEET JAKE OUR NEWEST RESCUE.

HE IS A SWEETHEART WHO NEEDS A LOT OF TLC 
Faith and Wyatt have found their new family at Healing Gaits
RAFFLE PRIZE : YETI cooler and all its implements

Tickets are at $5 piece - go and see our Donate! page - you can buy them there, send a check to our mail address or contact one of us

ATTENTION VOLUNTEERS - Saturday April 16th  will be a hard work day to prepare for the fundraiser - everybody is needed - bring your energy and your gloves.......

AT 1 PM - MANDATORY MEETING FOR ALL VOLUNTEERS
Our grounds are flooded - there will be no open coral this Saturday March 12th, 2016 nor any orientation for volunteers
Our courageous Jake is ready to be

adopted - he is very sweet and rides 

nicely....
ATTENTION - Our Facebook page has been hacked - Please contact us by text to 281-414-4102


AND DO NOT FORGET OUR ANNUAL RENDEZ-VOUS..............
Good news!!!  Our Facebook page has been re-instated

Again nature has decided - we will have to postpone the fundraiser due to serious damages - save the date : 
October 22nd, 2016....
Bad news!!!!  We have to postpone the fundraiser to April 30th due to flooding of the grounds
Next Saturday - May 14th, 2016
We will be at Traders Village for the garage sale
7979 N Eldridge Pkwy - Houston, TX 77041
Congratulation to Robert Aleman who won the raffle and can now enjoy the YETI package
Thank you Jeremy Dull for a great clinic.  
We all learned a few "tricks".



This Saturday (6/11/16) was Volunteer Orientation Day!!!
Sign-up, sign-up, sign-up.....
All prepaid "In Hand Obstacle Challenge" may attend open practice sessions at the Ranch on Wednesdays between  6:30PM to 8:30PM from 8/17 to 9/14
Animal lovers across the country have the chance to win $150,000 for their favorite shelter or rescue group!

Go to this link and fill the form:
http://www.aspca.org/150days

Ends September 7th !!!!!!!
Help the rescue!!! Buy a shirt for yourself, your family members, your friends......
go to      www.booster.com/ranchcritters2016    and choose your model, color and size from all these:
Thank you to all!!!!   We went beyond our goal of 50 T-shirts.  55 were sold and with the generous donations, we have collected more than $1220 for the critters
We are now in our next fundraising - raffle tickets $5 each - the winner will get a soft

 Yeti cooler and....  A GoPro camera Hero4 -

 you can buy the tickets from friends, at the rescue or here on the website from the DONATION PAGE.
Second In-Hand Challenge !!!!!  Sign-in on our Donate! page.
We will also have a Christmas costume contest for horse and human.....  Look in your closets!!!!!!
And......... a Christmas Dash for Cash!
Prepare to have fun!!!!

1. Santa’s sled 
2. Bowling for Snowman 
3. Snowball toss 
4. Winter Wonder Land 
5. Photo Op with Kringle 
6. Over the river and                    through the woods 
7. Skating on thin ice
8. Tree topper Climb

And let the games begin...............