And it wasn't her first rodeo, so to speak. The sanctuary was struck with some flooding last year. "We had just recently gotten our home and offices remodeled and we’d only been in our home for two months when this happened," King-Sonnen said about Hurricane Harvey. "As soon as we got notice that it was a Cat 4, we sprung into action. I contacted multiple transportation organizations."
She and her husband, Tommy, rushed to coordinate temporary homes for their 96 animals. "It was a coordinated effort that was calculated under extreme and dangerous conditions," she said. They managed to get many of their animals to Rejoice Ranch, three hours from the sanctuary, when things started to reel out of control as the weather worsened.
They still had three horses, three 600-pound hogs and 20 cows waiting for transport one evening as the storm was coming. "We were up until 2 a.m. waiting for the transportation when we heard that they weren’t going to make it," King-Sonnen said. "We had to do the rest by ourselves. We had no choice."