Gay-run Ranch Hand Rescue receives one of its most critical cases, seeks summer volunteers

Honey Boy

Honey Boy arrived at Ranch Hand Rescue on Thursday night. This Palomino-colored quarterhorse was starved and is quite sick.

“Although very sick he knows he is safe and loved,” said Ranch Hand Rescue president Bob Williams. “The next seven days are critical as we jump-start his digestive system and as we get test results back.”

Williams estimates Honey Boy is 28-30 years old. He has an eye injury and is probably blind in his right eye. He has hip and back issues, and his feet are in bad shape. He’s probably full of parasites and is being wormed. Because he is missing teeth, his food is being ground and soaked and he is being fed a small amount in regular intervals so that he won’t get sick from overeating. Williams said this is one of the most critical cases he has handled.

Ranch Hand Rescue, an LGBT-run farm animal rescue in Argyle, is looking for volunteers  for the summer. Willams said volunteers will learn how to bond with the animals, assisting with chores around the ranch, and brushing and bathing the horses.

Ranch Hand Rescue, a nonprofit, works with law enforcement and the courts to care for animals that have been seized. Ranch Hand is always looking for sponsors for rescued animals and has a wish list of needed items on its website.

The organization has been getting quite a bit of attention lately. The Today Show wanted to fly Midnight to New York to appear on the show. Midnight is the horse that was fitted with a prosthetic foot last year. Williams said he wasn’t sure the horse could handle the trip.

Next week Animal Planet will be at the ranch filming. Williams said he’d let us know when the episode airs.

—  David Taffet