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Students volunteer at animal sanctuary



 As the dawn breaks through the darkness, a fresh new breeze swirls her beautiful coarse brown hair and her dark eyes are filled with the hope of a brighter future. Her hidden scars tell a story of abuse, starvation, and cruelty. In the past, she has only known hunger and mistreatment. 

Tyler Junior College students took the opportunity to make an impact at the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch and received a tour of Doris Day Horse Rescue and Adoption Center on Feb. 3 in Murchison, Texas.

Glory, like many other abused horses and animals in East Texas, was rescued by the Humane Society of the United States and sent to the Doris Day Horse Rescue and Adoption Center to rehabilitate and relocate for a better life.  The ones who are less stable, older, and in need of a safe haven, are welcomed at the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch to live out the few years they have left. 

“I really enjoyed it…. It’s an eye opener for you to be grateful for a lot of things and keep you humble,” said Kiara Williamson, TJC Student and member of the Black Student Association. 

Students from different organizations such as BSA joined the Student Life Center Coordinator Lauren Tyler and the Director of Student Success Vincent Nguyen. Students were not afraid of hard work and getting dirty to help horses be nursed back to health, like Glory.

Students used their different abilities to clean stables, lay new mats in the stalls, help with plumbing, and clear the property of any harmful materials.  

“We are an animal sanctuary meaning, they come here, they live here, they die here, they don’t go anywhere after they come here,” said Holly Shaw office manager of the Ranch. “They live here in the most natural environment we can provide them.”  

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 The Black Beauty Ranch is home to more than 1,200 domestic and exotic animals rescued from research laboratories, entertainment operations, such as circuses and zoos, captive hunting operations, and factory farming according to the Humane Society of 

“This is the first time, as a group to be going to Doris Day Horse Rescue and Adoption Center. We can only benefit from this. I hope it becomes a tradition,” said Tyler.

Tyler and other faculty members saw this as an opportunity for students to come together, reach off campus, and make an impact. 

Glory, rescued from a Lindale property with other malnourished and unwanted horses, has been given a second chance to live and have a new safe place to call home. 

For more questions contact Holly Shaw, at Black Beauty Ranch at (903) 469-3811 or at humanesociety.org/blackbeauty. 


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