If you haven't had the chance to visit, or take a tour of the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, now is your chance.

The animal sanctuary in Murchison is offering Ranch of Dreams tours once a month, on the second Saturday of each month.

The sanctuary is not a zoo, and is only open to the public for private, small, guided tours to respect the peace and privacy of the animals.

Noelle Alrud, director of the Black Beauty Ranch, said, “It's important we respect the peace and privacy of the animals. It's their home.”

During the tour, you will learn about the many primates rescued from research laboratories, and the private pet trade who now live a free life in sanctuary.

Other stops on the tour will include farm pigs, goats, sheep, turkeys and chickens, big cat habitat and rehabilitated native wildlife. The 35-acre non-native wildlife habitat is home to: more than 100 animals, many of whom were saved from being sold to captive hunting operations; free-roaming cows and steers; the Doris Day Equine Center. The 19-acre wild pig pen is home to rescued wild pigs.

You will hear about homeless horses rescued from cruelty, and hundreds of wild burros saved from extermination and slaughter.

“The tour includes all 1,400 acres,” said Alrud. “The guests will learn about the animals, and where they were rescued from.”

The Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch is a world-renowned animal sanctuary.  The ranch was founded in 1979 by author and animal advocate Cleveland Amory.

And in 2014 the board of directors of The Fund for Animals voted to memorialize its late, great founder by renaming its flagship animal sanctuary in his honor.

The sanctuary will host its next open house to the public on April 1.

“Black Beauty Ranch will open its doors  from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., so visitors can meet, and learn about the nearly 1,000 formerly-abused, abandoned and neglected animals cared for at this sanctuary,” said Alrud.

Admission to the open house is free, but tax-deductible donations to help provide direct care for the resident animals are accepted.

Everyone is welcome, but pets must stay at home for their own safety, as well as that of the sanctuary residents.

For more information, or to schedule the monthly Ranch Tours, and a fee schedule, visit the website at http://www.fundforanimals.org/blackbeauty/

Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch is located at 12526 County Road 3806 in Murchison. All donations to Black Beauty Ranch are tax-deductible.

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