To provide compassionate care of animals
and inspire
character traits compassion, courage, and cooperation in people

Compassion Ranch is a nonprofit program of Life Leaders Institute & Ranch (501c3) that combines care of animals and character traits for students.
You can visit the animals online and in person. We can create an experience for you, your family, or a group of students. We can send a free copy of The Animals of Compassion Ranch filled with photos and short stories of why they need us.  You can teach children about compassion by helping them watch you care for the animals as a volunteer or donor for feed, medical supplies, vet care and shelter. Take it to the next level to sponsor programs for building character traits. 

Sanctuary & Education Center

34 animals live here getting second chances after abandonment or abuse or just needing a home and they give back to help the next generation do better than the last. 15 horses, ponies, and donkeys have food, shelter, and daily care.

Animals in our Compassion Ranch program include equines plus dogs, cats, and goats. Wildlife like deer use our pastures, ponds, and safe haven to avoid people killing them for sport.

Donors help us provide for the animals.

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

Alabama mandated teaching character for at least 10 minutes daily. We want to do more as part of the solution supporting educators, teachers, and parents. Do you also want students to get more inspiration about the kinds of people they want to be? Do you also want fewer people to abandon animals? Help us do the work and/or support us to increase our ability to work and train others.

Rehab of Rescued Horses

Lex was rescued by the Chilton County Sheriff Department “near starvation” assessed by Equine  Veterinarian Dr. Jud Easterwood.  He came to use at about 650 pounds and has gained about 300 pounds in his recovery to 950-1,000 pounds.

Two by Two Rescue sponsored vet care for Lex, then he came to us for rehab and a new home. He gained 275 pounds and healed from “rain rot” on his coat!

Lex is one of 30+ animals, who eat 10,000 pounds of food 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 neglect, abandonment, and abuse–education, beliefs, and habits of students who become adults with animals. We teach and provide resources to teachers that build upon character traits mandated in Alabama and other states–courage, compassion, cooperation, citizenship, loyalty, perseverance, and patriotism.

Personal Leadership & Character Traits

Kids of Camp Rockhurst sponsored by Simon Cyrene Foundation visited two years for their ranch days, led by Terry and Jennifer Slaughter.  We love sharing the horses and land to help people young develop  capacities of courage and compassion.

Crockett needed a home after his owner died. Terry Slaughter pledged to sponsor Crockett’s boarding, which helped us bring him here to live, as a way to show his grandkids and the ministry kids an example of compassion. 

With your support, we can offer more events and online resources. Sponsors can support individual children, groups, classes, and families for programs, events, equine-assisted coaching, or making wishes come true for children and adults.

Guest Teacher or Speaker

Dr. Dyson can host students, teachers, and parents or visit schools to teach or support faculty and leaders. He can teach about

  • The Animals of Compassion Ranch and Alabama character traits so future adults will be less likely to abuse or abandon animals
  • Veterans Day Founding in Alabama history and character traits, plus Advance Alabama
  • Programs that help students write plans for school and college-career-character readiness, improving achievement. 

He can serve as speaker for civic clubs or events. You can review his professional menu for options.


“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. Right: Dr. David Dyson. Patriot (horse) served the kids to make the day safe and inspiring.