Littlegrass Ranch offers sanctuary and support for horsewomen and their horses

We have the only program of its kind in the US to offer sanctuary and transitional housing for women who have horses or livestock. Although we are located in the Texas Hill Country, we serve any horsewoman (or woman who has a large animal issue that prevents her from seeking shelter) no matter where she lives currently. In fact, since launching this website in 2009, we have had service inquiries from 28 states and website traffic from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries.*

Our goal is to build a sustainable ranch facility that will offer individual housing for families and small pets to be sheltered together and stabling for horses

Why we need Littlegrass Ranch

The numbers are startling. Of the approximately 1500 women’s shelters in the United States, Canada and Australia only about 80 currently offer on-site sheltering for pets belonging to the women they serve. There are no shelters that accept horses.

And yet:

  • 85% of women entering domestic violence shelters reported that their partner had threatened, injured or killed their pet
  • 48% of domestic violence victims who own animals will delay or refuse leaving an abusive home out of fear of what will happen to their pets or livestock if they leave them behind

Who we serve

Littlegrass Ranch welcomes horsewomen of any race, religion, national origin or sexual orientation. The criteria is simple:

  1. Are you in an abusive relationship?
  2. Do you have a horse(s) or other equine that is preventing you from seeking safety?
  3. Are you ready to leave the relationship permanently?

If you can answer “yes” to these questions contact us by email or phone (307) 200-9317 to explore your options. Availability is on an as-available basis right now through the generous donations of Safehouses.

*source: Google Analytics


% of women that go to shelters and report their abuser had harmed or killed their pets


% of people who will not leave their pets behind, even at peril of their own lives


% of horses and horse businesses owned worldwide by women