The Mission of Safe Harbor Ranch
is to provide a refuge for elderly, disabled and unwanted animals. Located in Gunnison, Colorado Safe Harbor Ranch was created for our local residents and ranchers. We offer a place for animals who have exhausted their working years or can no longer be cared for adequately. So many make the hard choice of euthanasia particularly for their senior animals. We believe that choice is often made far too soon. We are living our belief that the elder years have value, for humans and every other creature. We offer each precious animal a quiet and well deserved retirement, assuring them comfort, veterinary care, proper nutrition, companionship with their own kind, shelter, and as much kindness as possible. There is no work, no training, riding or reproductive effort required of any animal in our care. Our pleasure is in watching them relax into a retirement of peace and tranquility.
We are aware there are thousands of needy animals all over Colorado. All these animals need love, help and care. We are happy to be able to play our part in providing a safe harbor for as many as possible from our local community. Our purpose is not to acquire animals from far away places, but offer help to our neighbors.
To date we have accepted horses, mules, llamas and sheep who came to us with various injuries or situations that left the previous owners no options. We promise these animals a home forever, one that offers respect and individual attention. All the animals at Safe Harbor Ranch are happy and content.
Terry & Yellow
Tim & Midnight
About Terry and Tim Bonney
Terry and Tim Bonney chose Gunnison Colorado as the perfect place to semi retire in 2003. Having spent 20 years on Long Island pursuing their individual careers, one as a concert pianist and the other an Obstetrician, both decided to give up city life to pursue their shared lifelong dream; a rescue ranch for animals in need.
It became quickly apparent that Gunnison had nowhere for elderly, unwanted and injured animals to retire and the Bonneys immediately put their 15 acres to work.
When Safe Harbor Ranch was founded in 2011, the Bonneys had already been caring for 20 horses, 2 mules, 16 sheep and 3 llamas. Their mission was declared: Safe Harbor Ranch would be a forever home for the most needy and least wanted animals. That means the elderly who can no longer work, the lame trail horses and mules who can no longer carry their loads, and the injured or orphaned sheep and llamas who have no other place to go.
It can be overwhelming to think about all the animals out there who are suffering or neglected. But every time Safe Harbor Ranch helps just one, our entire team feels a great satisfaction.
Supported by a tremendous support team including veterinarian Dr. Alicia Grossman, master farrier Roger Skelton, animal behaviorist and Reiki practitioner Carol Townsend and many dedicated volunteers, the Bonneys have available to them a wealth of knowledge, energy and experience.
The Bonneys have created a happy place. A hospice, a home, a haven for the lucky few who find Safe Harbor Ranch.
Dr. Alicia Grossman on Alpaca medical day
Our pleasure is in watching the animals relax into a retirement of peace and tranquility.