Ranch Hand Rescue Adds New Location

Ranch Hand Rescue Adds New Location

Ranch Hand 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 Hand Rescue. “We had to keep the other location because we are overflowing with clients.”

Ranch Hand 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.

“Today there is a lot of data about the bond between abused and neglected people and animals,” said Williams. “We were the first to collect that data.”

In fact, their treatment methods have been so successful, the state would like nothing more than to have RHR facilities all over Texas. That will take a lot of time and a lot of money, but if anyone can make this happen, it’s
Bob Williams.

“A lot of victims don’t have the ability to pay,” said Williams. “My passion is for people who need help but don’t have the ability to pay.”

RHR works closely with children’s hospitals, health care professionals and agencies who refer clients to them. Williams is quick to point out that they are simply a compliment to those agencies. Their partner organizations do a great job. RHR is there to help the children and adults that were not progressing in their current treatment program. 

Though traditional therapy works for many trauma victims, Williams explains that 5-8% do not move forward and need a different kind of help. RHR therapists are not only licensed professional counselors, but they are also certified in animal therapies such as equine assisted psychotherapy. After extensive testing and evaluation the right therapy is designed to help them push forward. RHR offers animal-assisted therapy, equine therapy, EMDR, faith-based, sand tray, art therapy, play therapy and TF-CBT.

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

RHR is continuing to expand programs for kids, families and veterans and will be introducing new initiatives for their current clientele as well as those victims of sex trafficking.

It’s a never-ending battle, but Williams and his team are passionate about helping people.

“I surround myself with all of these great people who work here,” said Williams. “They aren’t here for the money, they are here for the mission.”

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