"Nothing brings me more joy than seeing a person adopt a shelter dog," Miranda Lambert told Rolling Stone Country earlier this month. "The looks on both of their faces — the dog and the person — when you see that match happen, it just brings me so much joy."
So, despite the downpour of rain in her adopted hometown of Tishomingo, Oklahoma, this past weekend, the country superstar was most likely doing a lot of smiling. On Saturday, Lambert's five-acre animal shelter, Redemption Ranch held its grand opening event, treating donors to a first-hand view of their money-well-spent and treating prospective pet owners to their pick of a number of four-legged friends in need of loving homes.
The "Platinum" singer and her MuttNation Foundation took over Tishomingo's government-run shelter, renting the property from the city and, with the help of Pedigree, completely renovating it. Now called Redemption Ranch, the shelter is a no-kill facility, complete with larger kennels, new fencing, an Airstream office, an intensive care unit and lots of pink (Lambert's favorite color) on the walls. With a 50-dog capacity, Redemption Ranch is one of almost 50 shelters across the country that Pedigree has helped renovate.
Lambert, who has seven rescue dogs and five rescue cats of her own (not to mention horses, mini-horses, pot-bellied pigs and chickens), founded the MuttNation Foundation in 2009 as a way to raise money for treatment, housing and adoption of homeless dogs all over the world. The foundation has raised more than $1.5 million since its inception and also helps with spay and neuter efforts, medical treatments, education and legislative campaigns.
"What I like about it is that my mom and I have control. It’s a very small board. It’s five girls and we know where every dime goes," the singer says of MuttNation.
Lambert now has a trifecta of businesses in her small Oklahoma town. She is also owner of a clothing and gift store called the Pink Pistol and a bed-and-breakfast christened the Ladysmith.