Ranch Hands Rescue Adds New Location

Ranch Hands Rescue Adds New Location

by Susan Neuhalfen

Ranch Hands Rescue has expanded and is now serving its clients in two locations in Argyle. The newest location, on 377, is more focused care for veterans, while the original location, next to the American Pet Spa, is still oriented toward families and mostly children.

“This new location is better for the veterans because it is completely handicapped accessible,” said Bob Williams, the founder of Ranch Hands Rescue. “We had to keep the other location because we are overflowing with clients.”

Ranch Hands Rescue is a unique entity. They are a mental health facility serving as a last resort for many who don’t respond to traditional mental health treatment. Williams began RHR as an animal rescue sanctuary. He rescued the animals that everyone said couldn’t or shouldn’t be saved. These were animals that had been abused, some missing legs, and some suffering permanent injuries from neglect. Williams took them all in, got them the care they needed, and gave them a home.

Then RHR made a breakthrough discovery. They found a profound connection between abused and neglected people and abused and neglected animals. Since then they have used animal therapy as well as many other forms of therapy, to help heal victims of trauma.

“The connection felt between the animals and the clients gets to the root of the trauma quicker,” said Williams. “Something happens between them and that’s when the healing begins.”


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