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."
The following morning, on pretty much no sleep, Renee and Tommy got up in the rain and loaded up the three horses and the three 600-pound hogs and brought them over to the county fairgrounds. Tommy asked around at the fairgrounds for help to get the remaining cows to safety and found someone willing to help.