The People

Founded by Mel Sobolewski and Veronica Trentadue, Moonlight Mile Ranch’s journey began during the Woolsey Fire in Malibu, California, where the two met while safely evacuating animals. Both had been lifelong animal lovers, and drawing from their Woolsey experience, they started to rescue and network horses, sheep, pigs, and other domestic farm animals.

They became advocates for animal welfare laws at state and federal levels, achieving historic success by passing the California Fur ban—the first state ever to ban the sale of fur. Their remarkable work has earned them widespread recognition, with media outlets like The Dodo, On Air with Ryan Seacrest, and local news networks featuring their inspiring rescue stories. Mel’s first book, a middle-grade children’s series called Second Chances: Moonlight Mile Ranch, captures the beginning of their important mission and the spark of a greater movement.

What We Do

Provide Animal Refuge

At Moonlight Mile Ranch, we go beyond providing a loving home for our rescued animals. Despite our limited land capability, we’ve been a temporary refuge for equines facing life-threatening situations. Under our care, they receive enrichment, access to renowned veterinarians, farriers, and specialized doctors. Our primary focus is on healing and restoration, laying the groundwork for successful rehabilitation and eventual adoption. Moonlight Mile Ranch has successfully rehomed over 100 animals across the nation.

Rescue and Rehome

Moonlight Mile Ranch has proven its resilience and adaptability in the face of adversity, evacuating animals during natural disasters like California wildfires, the Nebraska bomb cyclone, Texas freeze-over, and Florida hurricanes. Furthermore, our dedication extends beyond borders as we’ve helped rehome dogs and cats from Mexico, Ukraine, and even dogs rescued from the Yulin Festival in China.

Our stories highlight the essence of ethical practices in ranching, emphasizing the importance of compassion and care for animals in need.

The Future

Enrichment Programs

Moonlight Mile Ranch, driven by a dedication to positive change, envisions acquiring land to expand rescue efforts and foster meaningful bonds between people, animals, and nature. We have exciting plans to offer retreats, educational programs, sustainability seminars, events, and weekend getaways at our future ranch.

Cruelty-Free Clothing

Moreover, as an animal-friendly clothing brand, we advocate for cruelty-free clothing and ethical practices. Our commitment to the well-being of animals extends beyond our rescue efforts, and we strive to promote a compassionate lifestyle through every aspect of our mission.

Expansion on the Horizon

At present, we are operating on rented land. However, we are actively searching for a permanent space in the beautiful areas of Malibu, Calabasas, Agoura, and their surrounding regions. Our dream is to create a place of joy, connection, growth, and authenticity that will positively impact the lives of both animals and humans alike.

Read The Book

Order your copy of Second Chances: Moonlight Mile Ranch, an adventure-filled chapter book about a horse escaping a wildfire, a pig trapped in a bomb cyclone, a donkey at a livestock auction and the team that gave them a new loving home.