Who We Are & What We Do

Never Forgotten Ranch is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, tax ID #84-2141190, providing hope and a promising future for dogs in need in central New Mexico and Florida.  And by summer of 2023, our program will expand to include NW Washington state, too.

Our Mission

The mission of Never Forgotten Ranch is to serve dogs who are at risk of being “forgotten” by humans who have failed them.  We accomplish this mission of rescue, rehabilitation, and either sanctuary or rehoming through several specific means. 

First, Never Forgotten Ranch provides lifelong sanctuary care to a number of senior and special needs dogs.  Each of these dogs came to the Ranch from a city or county shelter, after either finding themselves alone on the streets or surrendered by their "owners," usually during their golden years of life.  Over the years, the Ranch family has nurtured sweet seniors through battles with cancer, encouraged them through physical therapy for orthopedic issues, cared for them through life-saving surgeries, sat by their sides through seizures, comforted them after night terrors, and more.  The blind, deaf, frail and forgotten are always welcome here, where they find the love and care to regain their strength and remember their smiles.  Our senior and special needs pack is quite the bunch of characters, so full of life and inspiration!  If you'd like to learn more about them, just click on the tab above, or visit our Facebook page where we post about them often.  We hope they inspire you as much as they inspire us.

Second, Never Forgotten Ranch helps dogs of livestock guardian breeds find homes in which they can thrive. At the forefront of this aspect of the Ranch's mission is our goal to help educate the public about the unique needs of livestock guardian breed dogs, the invaluable services they provide to the agricultural community and the joy they experience in doing so, and the critical importance of ensuring that dogs of these working breeds are placed only in home environments that meet their unique needs based on their genetic instincts and individual personalities.  Never Forgotten Ranch serves to connect rural adopters living on ranches, farms, and small homesteads with livestock guardian dogs looking for working positions with loving families.  It is our goal to facilitate lifelong adoptions of livestock guardian breed dogs, in the environments in which they thrive, therefore limiting the number of these dogs ending up at risk in shelters.

As part of this endeavor, the Ranch operates a livestock guardian rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption program serving dogs of livestock guardian breeds who have experienced failed adoptions in urban pet home settings that are inappropriate for the breed, or failed positions as livestock guardians, generally due to inadequate or improper training.  These dogs are fully assessed for any existing behavioral challenges, re-trained accordingly, and then placed with responsible adopters who can provide the environment in which the individual dog can thrive.  

Please note that Never Forgotten Ranch does not place dogs of livestock guardian breeds in urban homes, since due to their unique instincts and genetic traits they generally do best in rural environments where they can have a "job" and a focus for their highly active minds.  Even if the particular dog is not suited for livestock guardian work, we aim to place our dogs in homes situated in rural environments where their energy, personalities, protective instincts and sometimes vocal tendencies will not only be accepted but will be welcomed and appreciated.  

Before refining our adoption-based program to focus solely on dogs of livestock guardian breeds, Never Forgotten Ranch rescued dogs of other breeds who had found themselves at risk of euthanasia at one of the many high-kill-rate city and county shelters.  Although we are no longer bringing dogs of non-LGD breeds into this program, we do still have a number of fantastic companion animals of various breeds still with us, awaiting their happy fur-ever.  These dogs have all been fully assessed for behavioral traits in order to place them in the best and most fitting adoptive homes possible, and can be found in our "adoptable dogs" listing. 

*All dogs adopted through Never Forgotten Ranch are fully examined by our trusted veterinarians, de-wormed, immunized, microchipped, and spayed/neutered in accordance with State law.