An Open Letter from Amy Meyer-Terry, Owner of WHY Ranch
To all our cherished supporters, volunteers and, of course, the families of WHY Ranch:
What a ride it has been over the last 11 years!
I will always be eternally grateful to have been able to breathe life from a vision, and create WHY Ranch. I can't fully express how gratifying this journey has been, and to have been able to help so many children and families over the years. WHY Ranch has truly been a labor of love - one that I will cherish forever.
Much like most journeys and life itself, there comes a new calling and new direction. And so, it is with mixed emotions that I must share the news that we are in the process of relocating the physical location of WHY Ranch.
I say mixed emotions as I am flooded by the joyous and loving memories of witnessing first-hand the transformation of so many children and families. I am sad, yet smile, at the vision of so many wonderful volunteers who unselfishly offered their time to help in times of need. My heart is filled with both joy and tears as I think about all of the precious animals we created a home for. But while one door is closing, a new one will now be opening!
Life and the Lord have brought new challenges and a new calling. Ah yes, life... like many of you, I have accepted the challenge of moving my family to take care of my mother. From the Lord's calling will come the restructuring and transformation of WHY Ranch into the White Horse Youth Ranch Foundation. This new calling will allow us to extend the reach and scope of our mission globally while continuing to build "Confidence Through Compassion".
We have been incredibly blessed to have had the opportunity to create positive change within our beloved Las Vegas community, which will continue. But the birth of this new foundation will allow us to embrace, with greater reach, the youth and families around the country. WHY Ranch Foundation will also operate as a non-profit, only this time we will be working to grant funds to other non-profit organizations around the country that are similar to our mission goals. We look forward to sharing more about our new Foundation soon.
So for now, and during this extended time of transition and restructuring, the Ranch itself will still be open and functioning in order to care for all our rescue animals. Hence, the door will remain open for donations to care for our animals until we are able to rehome them. Donations made during this time will be allocated to the new Foundation. Unfortunately, though, we will no longer be accepting new applications for our programs during this time.
Speaking of our rescue animals, we are pleased to share that we established a partnership with a wonderful organization called Barn Buddies Rescue, who will graciously be taking in some of our animals. Barn Buddies Rescue has been caring for abused animals since 1961. Located at The Farm (7222 W. Grand Teton Drive, Las Vegas, NV), Barn Buddies Rescue is open every Saturday and Sunday during the year for guests to come and visit their special farm animals. These animals include pigs, horses, goats, donkeys, cows, sheep, rabbits, turtles, chickens, turkeys, peacocks, cats, and even a llama! Donations of $6 for adults and $4 for children are requested for entrance. In the meantime, we will continue looking into other local organizations to which we can refer families in need, as well as new homes for our animals.
Our journey here in Las Vegas is not over, nor will it ever be. And I promise to continue to share as our journey down this new trail continues.
With love, light and beauty,