For the Love of Animals
Aug. 26, 2012 at 3:26 a.m.
Updated Aug. 24, 2012 at 3:24 a.m.
BY ADRIANA ACOSTA
BLESSING – Taking care of animals is what Susan Dancer has done all her life.
That is evident by the sight of animals she and her husband Ron have taken in to their 65-acre ranch.
On any given day, dogs, horses and cats can greet visitors as they drive in.
Both have dedicated their lives to the care of animals and they have opened their home to them.
Their home is on one side of the ranch. On the other side is a stable that houses llamas, fawns, exotic ducks, pigs, donkeys and horses.
“I care about the welfare of the animals and taking care of them is how I do it,” she said, petting a kitten that jumped on her lap.
A place for animal rescue and sanctuary, a place for people to visit and educate themselves on how to treat animals is what they had in mind when they started Texas Blessings.
Their ranch is on County Road 475, just outside Blessing.
“They were once sad, hurt animals that we have helped and taken care of,” she said. “We want to rehabilitate them for their next home.”
Dancer, a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, works the ranch with volunteers and with her husband. Together they have rescued hundreds of wild animals, domestic dogs and cats, horses, pigs and deer.
Although not open to the public on a daily basis, the sanctuary is open once a month for open house. They also open the ranch four times a year for fundraisers and Critter Camp – a one-day, hands-on animal experience created to teach love, compassion and responsibility toward animals to school-age children.
All adoptions require an adoption application where they evaluate the type of home and care the pet will get.
The adopters set their own donation amount, which is considered the adoption fee. This money goes toward vet care, meds, flea preventatives, shampoos and grooming. They also use the donation for vet visits, post-surgery care, vaccinations for all animals in the ranch.
They only advertise when they have their open house or the adopathon.
The rescue center does not work with local shelters unless they are asked by the shelter to take animals.
In a place where dogs and cats can roam the house freely and horses and pigs can live together, Dancer said she couldn’t have it any other way.
“It is very fulfilling to see animals go from death row and see them become a loving member of somebody’s family,” she said.