It all starts with Jamie Wallace-Grinder, founder of Safe in Austin. The animal rescue’s story began with a dog named Angel, the trusty pet of founder Wallace-Grinder’s son. Angel is an Autism service dog, and witnessing the impact Angel made on her son’s quality of life sparked a fire, leading Jamie to seek out animals who need a loving environment to thrive and share their healing and gratitude with others, free of judgment.
In 2014, Jamie purchased a ranch with her husband, and they’ve been rescuing all different kinds of animals ever since, opening their doors to visitors, especially children. One such child was featured in a recent profile on CBS News, a 5-year-old named Harper who loves to spend quality time with Halo, a one-legged dog at Safe in Austin. There are more than 160 animals with disabilities at the ranch, including four dogs, one cow, and one lamb who all require wheelchairs to get around.
Harper’s mom says that visiting Safe in Austin gives her daughter a lot of confidence, “seeing how resilient those animals are.”
People who want to learn more about Safe in Austin’s mission and find out how they can help can visit their website here.