Kindness Ranch Offers Internship Working with Rescued Animals

Any Truman students interested in working with animals should consider an internship at the Kindness Ranch. An informational meeting will take place at 5 p.m. Nov. 5 in Barnett Hall 2224.

Kindness Ranch, located in Hartville, Wyo., is a sanctuary for research animals. A vast majority of the animals at Kindness Ranch come from private laboratories or university research facilities. As of November, the ranch is caring for approximately 65 animals, including cats, dogs, sheep, pigs and horses.

Kindness Ranch opened in 2007 after its founder, Dr. David Groobman, saved for 10 years to purchase the 1,000 acres that make up the ranch and to build the facilities for the animals and guests.

Karen Straight, who serves as co-director of the Kindness Ranch with her partner Matt Farwell, met faculty in the Department of Society and Environment when the couple lived in Kirksville from 2006-2008. When they decided to take jobs at the ranch, Straight approached the faculty about establishing an internship through the University. In December 2008, the first four interns went to work at Kindness Ranch.

While the internship originated in the Department of Society and Environment with the collaborative efforts of sociology, anthropology and agricultural science faculty members, it is open all majors.

Applications for internships at Kindness Ranch are available online at on the “Internships” tab.

They are also available by request from Amber Johnson, chair of the Department of Society and Environment, at and Michael Seipel, chair of the Department of Agriculture Science, at

Animals at Kindness Ranch are profiled on the organization’s website, and supporters can follow their progress, inquire about adoptions and make donations at

Kindness Ranch is supported entirely by donations.

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