Mother Founds Animal Shelter to Provide Safe Place for Children

Safe in Austin Animals Source: Good News Network

When Jamie Wallace-Griner noticed a special bond forming between her autistic son and his service dog, she became inspired to form Safe in Austin. The concept for the non-profit combines pairing rescue animals with children suffering from chronic illness to create safe spaces for children.

“We have always loved animals, but when Angel joined our family it became insanely clear how the love of an animal can be literally, miraculous!” she said. “Angel gave my son confidence and strength beyond anything I was capable of doing as his mother. She provided protection from his fears, understanding of his thoughts, and power over his disabilities.”

Inspired by the burgeoning relationship between her son and their pet dog, Wallace-Griner and her husband David Griner purchased an old ranch in Leander, Texas, with dreams of turning it into a judgment-free animal sanctuary and rehabilitation center.

The mission of Safe in Austin is “to rescue animals from severe abuse or neglect, rehabilitate and rehome the ones that are able, and offer a safe and loving forever home for the rest.

“Once they are healthy enough and we have earned their trust; we introduce our rescues to children that come from similar backgrounds of abuse, neglect, and/or special needs. Our animals provide healing to trauma, at-risk, and/or special needs children by way of unconditional friendship and a clear, loving, example of what they are looking for most… hope.”

Some of the animals on the ranch include goats, chickens, and pigs. Some of the animals themselves even have special needs.

Wallace-Griner told The Washington Post, “We have animals that are blind or deaf, have diabetes, cerebral palsy, deformities, missing limbs, broken spines … they all become part of our family.”

The current composition is 20 dogs, 14 cats, eight horses, 32 goats, four rabbits, three tortoises, one parrot, four turkeys, numerous chickens, 18 pigs, and four cows.

One of the most popular animals on the farm is Peter, a 250-pound pig and Ruby Sue, a paralyzed calf who perambulates regularly due to a speciality built wheelchair.

Griner said, “You never soar so high as when you stoop down to help a child or an animal. Saving one animal will not change the world, but for that one animal, the world will change forever!”

Source: Good News Network