Courtesy Miranda Lambert
November 26, 2014 08:40 AM

Miranda Lambert has a big heart for homeless pets.

So much so that the devoted dog lover – and mom to seven of her own pups – took over a kill shelter in her own hometown of Tishomingo, Oklahoma, and turned it into a safe place where dogs can find their fur-ever families, Taste of Country reports.

Through her non-profit foundation, MuttNation, Lambert, 31, refurbished a shelter where as many as a hundred dogs at a time had previously been gassed to death.

The private, no-kill facility, called Redemption Ranch, opened last weekend, bearing plenty of Miranda-style touches including a pink entryway and pink rocking chairs on a covered porch – all for the pooches, of course.

The five-acre property, where visitors are greeted by an Airstream reception center, can hold 50 dogs and includes new spacious kennels and separate buildings housing an intensive care unit, where injured pets can get treatment, and a nursery.

The ranch, according to Lambert’s MuttNation Facebook page, “will serve as a crossroads for animals in crisis, in need of saving, in need of a second chance.” It will work on an admission-only basis and will be supported by donations, which already included a substantial platinum gift of $15,000 from Lambert’s supportive husband, country superstar Blake Shelton.

Lambert appeared at her shelter’s opening, but didn’t speak to media, keeping herself out of the spotlight to put the focus on the critters. Already a success, over a dozen “superstars” were adopted in the first weekend, the website noted.

“I just know that she loves animals,” MuttNation Foundation director of operations Gina Gardner told Tulsa World of Lambert’s commitment, which has been hands-on.

“I worked with her for several months and I’ve been elbow to elbow with her on dog rescues, on spay-and-neuter clinics, out here working on the ranch,” Gardner said. “It’s the real deal. She cares about the plight of homeless animals. It’s her cause.”

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