ANGLETON, Texas - In a state known for its beef, one Angleton couple has turned their beef cattle ranch into a cattle sanctuary.
Renee King-Sonnen and her husband Tommy decided to make a drastic change after Renee would become saddened whenever the cows were sent to slaughter.
"My husband's a multi-generational cattle rancher so when I started seeing these animals as beings instead of things, I didn't know what to do with that," Renee said.
Through support from her writings online Renee developed a following.
"I raised $36,000 in less than four months and I bought my husband's cows."
Tommy wasn't sold on the idea instantly.
"She thought she could make a sanctuary here and I told her she was stupid," Tommy said. "That kind of stuff only happened in California and New York. It'd never work in Texas but I was wrong!"
The couple operates the ranch through funds raised by their non-profit, which is almost two years old now.
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