November 26, 2012: A Refuge of Hope

~ by Mary Galvano

In a remote location 80 miles East of Dallas, Texas with a population of about 600 rests the town of Murchison, a glimmer of hope and the largest, most diverse animal sanctuary for rescued, abused, and neglected animals. The Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch is where a few blessed animals’ troubles are no more. These rescued animals are usually rescued either by buying them or legal maneuvers. Just recently a friend of mine traveled to Texas to visit the Black Beauty Ranch with some amazing, heartfelt stories.

The day of my friend’s visit a teacher from a local school was the tour guide. The guide was thorough in explaining the necessity of the ranch and the way it has served as a safe haven and sanctuary for these helpless creatures.

At the front of the ranch is where the sick animals are kept so that they can be watched at all times. My friend told me about some of the animals she saw there from tortoises, iguanas, and camels to Tank the female water buffalo, Babe an abused circus elephant, and Midge one of the chimps once used for dental testing.

The pasture of horses caught my friend’s attention as she went over to visit them. One of the horses, Dupont, had only one good eye, being blind in the other. As my friend called out his name, Dupont walked up to her by following the sound of her voice.

RooRoo is a kangaroo once used for boxing matches. He was exploited throughout the country in paid competitions until one day a man boxing him broke his arm. He was then taken to a veterinarian’s office and was left there. His left arm had to be amputated. His life has a happy ending, though. Luckily, the good people at the ranch took him in. He now has a spacious and beautiful grassy area to freely run in. He is living in peace, being loved and taken care of by the Black Beauty Ranch.

These stories are only a few of the remarkable rescues of this Godsend of a sanctuary. Please take the time to visit the website to learn more about the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch. Praise God for them! May God bless them and continue to help them in their mission.

Mary Galvano-Bajohr is a singer/songwriter, LPGA golf instructor, speaker and author. On the golf course she is a dedicated professional, but go to a Yankee game, a Pro-life event or other venue and you just might see her step up to the microphone and sing the National Anthem or the Ave Maria.

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