To care for animals and inspire people
to develop character traits compassion, courage, cooperation, and citizenship.

Compassion Ranch is one of three key nonprofit programs of Life Leaders Institute (501c3).
You can visit the animals, help care for them, donate for animal feed, medical supplies, and vet care, sponsor character-building programs for students, or create an experience for you or family.

Sanctuary for Horses & Education Center

Horses, ponies, and donkeys get care and give back with purpose in our programs.

This horse is Crockett, our senior gentleman. Crockett’s owner died. The wife gave him to a family where he was not quite the fit wanted. He needed a forever home and a chance to fit in. Terry Slaughter and Simon Cyrene Foundation sponsor Crockett’s boarding to help him live here. Crockett is a source of inspiration and instruction for the students of Camp Rockhurst and kids of the Slaughter Family. Crockett enjoys his stall for extra feeding and freedom to roam with the herd.

Compassion Ranch provides care for animals in need and on improving root causes of the problem of abandonment. We focus on horses though also have dogs, cats, goats who needed homes, too.

Donors help us feed animals.

Rescued Horses

Lex was rescued by the Chilton County Sheriff Department “near starvation” assessed by Veterinarian Dr. Jud Easterwood.  Two by Two Rescue sponsored vet care for Lex, then he came to us for rehab. He has gained 275 pounds!

Lex is one of 30+ animals, who eat 10,000 pounds of hay and feed per month!  They help us show and teach character traits courage and  compassion to visitors online and in person. 

Sponsors and donors help us feed and care for animals plus provide programs to work at the root causes of animal abuse–education, beliefs, and habits. We teach and provide resources to teachers that build upon character traits mandated in Alabama and other states–courage, compassion, cooperation, citizenship…..

We can have more impact now as well as influence the next generation.

Character-building Events for Students

Kids of Camp Rockhurst, sponsored by Simon Cyrene Foundation,  visited to meet the horses. For most, this was their first time.

We love sharing the horses and land to help people young and old learn more of courage and compassion. With your support, we can offer more events as well as online resources. Sponsors can support individual animals, programs, events, equine-assisted coaching, or making wishes come true for children.

Compassion Ranch provides unique programs of care for animals who help teach life shaping character traits as a key part of Life Leaders Institute (501 c3). Since 1992, Life Leaders presented hundreds of seminars designed to help people PLAN and LEAD in LIFE. Similar seminars, accompanied by horses, can prove unique and meaningful. 

Dr. Dyson can host, visit schools to teach, consult, or support faculty and leaders to start or improve programs that help students boost plans for school and college-career-character readiness, which boost attitude and achievement. 


“I cannot thank you enough for the sacrifice of your time and money to make an impact on our campers.  They loved it!!!!   We all did.   Your entire team (humans and animals) were amazing and the day was magical!!!  What a blessing it was indeed.”

                     -Terry Slaughter-

Founder, Camp Rockhurst and Simon Cyrene Foundation
(sponsor of a Compassion Ranch horse)

Terry Slaughter (center) with a student facing a fear and developing courage to sit on a horse and compassion for animals. Right: Dr. David Dyson. Patriot (horse) served the kids to make the day safe and inspiring.