Fostering Animals & Young Ladies in Texas
The Stevens & Pruett Foundation for Children and Animals was founded in the early 1980’s during the “Rock 101 KLOL Radio Gawd” days by Joy & Jim Pruett and Mark Stevens. Jim and Joy Pruett poured their heart and soul in to The Ranch, so much so, that Jim had a compensation deal with radio station, and part of his compensation was deposited directly into The Ranch maintenance account.
As a 501(c3) charity, The Ranch sits on a 38 acre ranch providing a home for youngsters and rescued animals. The children, who range in age, are provided a safe place to rest their heads, given warm meals and love. Abused animals are nursed back to good health with the able assistance of the youngsters. When and where possible, homes are found for the rescued animals post-rehabilitation. In many cases, these animals call the Ranch their everlasting home.
The ranch, which includes a quaint chapel, ranch house and two barns, at one time provided a home for troubled and abandoned young men ages 12 to 17. In 1980, Houston radio “gawds” Mark Stevens and Jim Pruett of KLOL fame founded the Stevens and Pruett Ranch, a 38-acre facility on County Road 59 near Texas 288, and after raising their three sons, Sam, Zac and Eric, Joy and Jim Pruett decided to provide a home for boys in need and registered The Ranch as a charity and state certified child-care facility.
The animal-rescue idea began in 1980 in Jim and Joy Pruett’s two-acre back yard in Cypress, when their friend George Huebner, a television animal expert who has since died, expressed concerns about large abandoned animals. “At that time, there were no specific rescue facilities for unusual animals, anything other than dogs or cats,” Pruett said. “People would call him (Huebner), and we ended up with things like a goose that had a bad wing.” When four starving horses that the Pruetts cared for in their backyard kept falling into the pool, they leased 15 acres across the street before moving to the ranch location on County Road 59 in 1988.
Stevens, who with on-air partner Pruett created what a colleague described as “radio magic” for Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth listeners for more than a quarter-century, died in October 2011 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 76.
Jim Pruett passed in September 2016 at the age of 72 from heart failure. “It is with great sadness that we share the news of Jim Pruett’s passing yesterday due to heart failure. He was a wonderful husband to his wife Joy for 51 years and father to three sons Sam, Zac and Eric. He was an inspiration to many and a faithful Christian. Funeral arrangements will be private, but a public memorial service will be arranged at a later date. The Pruett family would like to thank everyone for their condolences and support.”
As a non-profit organization, the Foundation runs only on donations and volunteers. Currently, the Ranch has undergone major improvements and is ready to provide the safest environment possible for our young ladies and animals.
We need help in order to continue to provide for our boys and animals while maintaining the 38-acre facility. Your support and donations will help the Ranch ensure that our boys and animals will continue to have a safe and fulfilling stay while they call this place their home.
Thank you all for your continued support!
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