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

Compassion Ranch is a nonprofit program of 501c3 Life Leaders Institute that combines care of animals and character traits development for students.


You can visit the animals online and in person. We can send the most recent complimentary copy of The Animals of Compassion Ranch filled with photos and short stories of why they need sanctuary with us plus a profile of our purpose and programs. We can create a purposeful experience for you, family, or a group of students. You can teach children about compassion by helping them watch you care for animals as a volunteer or donor for food, health care, or shelter. You can take your impact to the next level to sponsor programs for students-teachers-parents building character traits courage, compassion, and cooperation. Partner programs: Patriotism in Action and Plan for School and Life.

Animal Sanctuary & Education Center

34 animals live here getting second chances after abandonment, abuse, or just needing a home. They have purpose giving back to help the next generation care more, abandoning less. 

Animals of Compassion Ranch include horses, ponies, donkeys, dogs, cats, goats. 

Donors help us provide more and better for the animals plus support programs for students.

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 public seminars designed and delivered to help students, professionals, and families to PLAN and LEAD in LIFE. Seminars, accompanied by horses, can prove unique and meaningful.

Two partner programs include Plan for School & Life seeking to help parents and teachers help students write plans for school and college-career-character readiness plus Patriotism in Action seeking to help schools, civic clubs, and patriotic organizations teach each November 1-11 the who-when-where of the founding of America’s Veterans Day starting in Alabama.

The photo is of Bryant Barn. The previous family operating this farm was Francis and Jean Bryant, then Steve and Pam Bryant. Dr. David Dyson as Triple D Ranch & Farm operates the ranch and donates use of barns and land for use by the animals and programs of Compassion Ranch. Our vision is that we donate facilities and donors donate food, supplies, and operating expenses.

Rehab of Rescued Horses

This beautiful horse weighed 300 pounds less when he came to Triple D after rescued by the Chilton County Sheriff Department “near starvation,” assessed by Easterwood Equine Hospital.  From 650 pounds at the vet clinic, he gained to nearly 1000 pounds in his recovery with us and healed from extreme “rain rot.”

Two by Two Rescue sponsored vet care for two companion horses and nicknamed them Lex and Lou. Several great volunteers visited for weeks to help with medicated baths.

After years working with Lex and Lou, learning their traits, we now call them Lancelot and Braveheart.

Lancelot is among 30+ animals, who eat 10,000 pounds of hay and feeds per month!  Many of the animals needed help physically and mentally to restore trust and a sense of security.

They help us show and teach character traits courage and compassion to visitors online and in person.  Sometimes, you can “see” a child thinking of past behavior or observed behavior in adults when seeing before and after photos or hearing stories of a horse recovered from near starvation or a dog who was left tied to a tree.

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.

We have worked with law enforcement to rescue animals, get some home to their owners, and investigate possible neglect. We dream of having resources to help impact common sense laws requiring people to provide ethical care. For most people, education about standards will help. For some, they seem to require accountability to stop fighting animals for entertainment, keeping animals tied to a chain or other type of tether, or to provide basic safe fencing and shelter, especially in extreme temperatures.

Character Traits & Personal Leadership

Kids of Camp Rockhurst sponsored by Simon Cyrene Foundation visited multiple times for their camp ranch days, led by Terry and Jennifer Slaughter.  We love sharing the horses and land to help people develop capacities of personal leadership, including  7 of the 25 character traits mandated since 1995 to teach in Alabama schools. We focus on courage, compassion, cooperation, citizenship, patriotism, perseverance, and loyalty,

Crockett (senior Tennessee Walker) needed a home after his owner died. The wife provided him to an adoptive family, though Crockett didn’t quite fit in ad had health concerns. We wanted to help.

Terry Slaughter pledged to sponsor Crockett’s boarding, which helped us bring him here to live.  This example of compassion for a senior horse helped show a real-life example to his grandkids and ministry kids of Simon Cyrene.

Alabama mandated teaching character for at least 10 minutes daily over 25 years ago. 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?

You can help us do the work and/or support us to increase our ability to work and train others.

We can offer more events and online resources, plus support parents and teachers with their efforts. Sponsors can support children, groups, classes, and families for programs, events, equine-assisted coaching, or making wishes come true for children or others.

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, speak, or serve: 

  • The Animals of Compassion Ranch and Alabama character traits so future adults will be care more and abuse less
  • Veterans Day Founding in Alabama history and character traits
  • Students write plans for school and college-career-character readiness, improving attitude and achievement. 

He can serve civic clubs or events. You can review his menu for options, and you can request desired results:  Doc@CompassionRanch.org


“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

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.