Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch

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About The Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch

Photo by JP Bonnelly

The Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch is a world-renowned animal sanctuary in Murchison, Texas. The ranch was founded in 1979 by author and animal advocate Cleveland Amory. And in 2005, the board of directors of the Fund for Animals voted unanimously to memorialize its late, great founder by renaming its flagship animal sanctuary in his honor.

With over 1,400 acres, it is home to nearly 800 domestic and exotic animals, many of whom have been rescued from near-death situations such as research laboratories, law enforcement seizures and hoarding situations. Others have been rescued from roadside zoos or were former victims of the exotic pet trade. Still others came from public lands where they were threatened with extermination by the federal government. Bison and cattle, horses and burros, antelope and apes, reptiles and tigers: all have permanent, safe homes at the ranch.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the sanctuary is not currently open to visitors. Prior to the pandemic, we were open to the public only 1-2 times per month for small, prescheduled, guided tours to respect the peace and privacy of the animals. Check our Facebook page for updates on the animals and when we are able to safely offer tours again.

You can learn more about our Ranch of Dreams program here »

FFA and the HSUS are merging.

For more than 15 years, the Humane Society of the United States has supported and worked side-by-side with the Fund for Animals to provide lifesaving care for the animals in greatest need. We are now deepening our relationship. Over the coming months, we intend to merge the two organizations, fully integrating the Fund for Animals into the Humane Society of the United States. The Fund for Animals (which operates Black Beauty Ranch, Duchess Sanctuary and Rural Area Veterinary Services) has been an affiliate of the HSUS and part of its family of organizations since 2005.

This merger will make us even more effective in providing care for animals in crisis. All the work for animals at Black Beauty Ranch, Duchess Sanctuary and Rural Area Veterinary Services will continue at the Humane Society of the United States—and your support will continue to be essential.