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Our boy Francis is a survivor and despite all he's been through, he's thriving!


From the streets of the border, high kill shelter in south Texas, hit by a car, spinal injury, physical therapy, multiple fosters, and this last stint at the vets office..... He is paralyzed in his back end and had to have a leg amputated.

You can already see the hope he shares, and the hearts he’s healed with so many of our children that also have limited mobility. Watching Francis race out to meet friends in his wheelchair, and hearing “look he has the same colored wheels as me” will bring a smile to your face every time.


Not only does Francis help children with limited mobility, Francis also helps us spread awareness to children who may not know how to approach someone who gets around life in a wheelchair. Often children and even adults see someone in a wheelchair and say “oh, I feel so sorry for them”. This is our teaching moment to show how happy someone can be with their life, and discuss ways to think about seeing a friend with a visible super power.


Francis every day is such an inspiration to so many children with his amazing smile and ability to touch everyone's hearts.


All donations are put toward the costs involved in rescuing, rehabilitating, and long term care of the animals. 


Cynthia Rhea & Anna Pond

I want to sponsor them all! My mother and I are sponsoring Francis, who has the sweetest face, on behalf of my son, whose middle name is Francis, and is a big dog lover. We’re sponsoring Franklin on behalf of my son’s dog, Dexter, who is also deaf and so, so sweet. We’re sponsoring Midnight on behalf of my black kitty Lulu, and in memory of my late husband, and in the name of black kitties everywhere! We’re sponsoring Bonnie in the name of my childhood kitty, LittleBit, who was also a healthy and happy 3-legged kitty. And lastly, we’re sponsoring Mabel and Louie in memory of my late father, and because their story just pulled at our heartstrings. The work being done at Safe In Austin is a Godsend to animals everywhere, and I hope they continue to thrive!



From one rescue animal to another. What you’re doing is absolutely magical!


Beth Geoffroy

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Susan & Rachel Livitz

Francis pulled at my daughter Rachel's heart strings and we knew we had to sponsor and help this way! Thanks for all you do and for raising an amazing daughter!!!!



Happy to donate from one rescue to another.


Abby Merrell

I watched you on Queer Eye this morning and cried the whole time.

 It is just truly remarkable what you are doing down at your rescue ranch and it melts my heart. You are making a difference for animals while helping humans with special needs heal!

 I donated to sponsor your sweet boy Francis monthly. His story hits some chords in my heart (all of your stories for your animals do!) but he stuck out to me because through the horrible past experiences he’s had, the smile and happiness he spreads to others is infectious… it makes me want to mimic his adversity and strength!

 My husband and I have 3 rescue dogs that continue to bring a light into our lives, especially after losing our baby in December.


Animals know when you are struggling and they don’t judge you, they don’t run away from you, and they just are there in the darkness to help you feel some peace by the warmth of their body laying on you , or a soft lick to the face, it can make those dark times fade away

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