an adoption and retirement home for dogs and cats
Ranch is a private rescue home for senior, ill, and unadopted good cats and dogs.
We all live together on a gated, three acre site in the rural town of Candler,
near Ocala, Florida. Occasionally, new rescue felines and canines are available
to selected good homes through adoption. If you are looking for a new fur-kid,
please click on the Animals button below. All the residents of the Ranch are
profiled and all adoptable dogs and cats will have the word
"ADOPTABLE" preceding their names.
Ranch derives its name from two Native American beliefs. The Navajo tell of a
Rainbow Trail that leads out of a dark mist. The Wyandotte retell the legend of
the Rainbow Bridge over which animals pass to the heavens, allowing only humans
who have been good to the animals to join them in the heavens. Many of the
Rainbow Ranch animals have come from dark mists of abuse, neglect, illness or
were simply unwanted. And all of them will eventually cross the Rainbow Bridge.
The Ranch is a rainbow trail for these animals.
Ranch is an all-volunteer animal shelter and rescue, and humane education
operation. It is no-kill, except when euthanasia is the merciful choice to
sickness and suffering. The Ranch specifically operates to provide loving homes
for cats and dogs leftover from rescue or shelters, or who are too old or sick
to be adopted. A West Virginia regional extension office is located in
Charleston, WV. Founded in 2001, the Ranch and its efforts rely solely on
private donations. No directors receive any compensation.
founders of Rainbow Ranch live at the facility with the animals. Another
director lives in the neighboring community and the fourth director lives in
Charleston, West Virginia, overseeing rescue operations there.
the house are three cozy rooms for the cats, totally separate from the dogs'
areas. Each windowed room has cat trees, comfy chairs and beds for napping, and
boxes and toys for playtime. Except for the office and cat quarters, the dogs
have full run in the remainder of their home. Cuddle beds and crates are
scattered throughout for sleeping. All human-sized furniture is covered with
blankets and throws, especially for burrowing. The large kitchen includes an
island counter and a huge separate pantry for fixing breakfasts and dinners,
each individually prepared, as well as for baking home-made dog biscuits.
front acreage is mostly an undeveloped, forested wildlife sanctuary. Year-round
residents vary, but include Pierce, a red shouldered female hawk, who is joined
by her mate and subsequent fledglings each February and March. Joining Pierce
are Pete the Opossum, a flock of Sand Hill cranes, many owls, a family of
raccoons, an elusive coyote, moles, snakes, rats and mice (although the dogs and
the snakes keep them to a minimum), and many squirrels. Birds abound here.
Beside the cranes, this is over-wintering territory for hundreds of robins,
blackbirds, chickadees and cardinals. Year-round, the Ranch boasts a large flock
of bluebirds, wrens, titmouse birds, sparrows, three identified species of
woodpeckers, several kinds of finches, grackles and doves.
back acre is the dog park into which roaming dogs from the neighboring farms are
always trying to dig! The dog park has shrubs and azaleas for hiding, lots of
wonderful sandy soil for digging, and large open grassy areas for running. Two
very old, large Live Oak trees, a hickory tree, and a water oak provide shade.
The Loquat tree (non-toxic to dogs) offers yummy treats in the late winter.
There are also five citrus trees to provide shade and give the humans fruit. The
back acre does include a swimming pool safely gated and fenced, in which the
dogs are allowed to swim only when humans are present as lifeguards.
arrange a tour when you are visiting central Florida, please call before 5:00 pm
when our very chaotic, but carefully choreographed dinnertime for 31 starts. As
time passes, we hope to have the sanctuary finished, with a leashed-dog nature
walk, agility equipment and more, to benefit the dogs and cats of Rainbow Ranch.
If your heart has been touched, please consider a donation of supplies or money to help our efforts. All donations are tax-deductible, according to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations. Should you have questions about the tax law, please contact your accountant or the Internal Revenue Service.
Thank you for visiting our website and loving animals as much as we do!
Heather, Karen, JD, Elaine, and all the critters at Rainbow Ranch
an adoption and retirement home for cats and dogs
P.O. Box 685
Candler, Florida 32111-0685
(a registered 501(c) 3 Non-Profit Organization)