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.
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.