Welcome to Peyton’s Ranch and Comfort Critters

Brain tumors are the leading cause of death in children with cancer. As a child’s mobility is limited by cancer, so is their ability to enjoy childhood the way they once knew. The simple joys of everyday activities, like playing outside, running around and riding bikes, becomes challenging and even impossible. Families struggle to engage and connect, as the child they love becomes withdrawn, angry and depressed.

Animals provide comfort, while often engaging the child to communicate and become more interactive and responsive. Their presence can reduce anxiety, even pain, increase calmness, bring a sense of peace and offer children something to look forward to. Our goal is to improve quality of life for these special children, as they navigate the most challenging time of their life.

Our Mission

“Bringing comfort, relaxation, and smiles to children facing life-threatening illnesses through the magic and love of animals. Our service is based on the power of human-animal interaction and its palliative effect on relieving symptoms and promoting quality of life.”

Our Vision

Demand for our service is rapidly increasing, as the Seattle area sees 40-60 new pediatric brain tumor cases each year. Currently, we can only serve a few families at a time, as our resources are limited.  Our goal is to grow our program to meet the demand of all referrals. Our vision for growth is to one day own and operate a fully adaptive children’s farm in the greater Seattle area, providing a safe and inviting environment to fulfill our mission. 


Latest News

Celebration of Life for Tahlia Boyd
November 7, 2014 1 comment
Family Farm Night at Fox Hollow Farm
June 16, 2014 no comments
The gift of Christmas…
December 13, 2013 no comments
Shop Amazon.com and give to Peyton’s Ranch!
December 4, 2013 no comments
Announcing Partnership with Fox Hollow Farms
August 23, 2013 no comments
Welcome to our new site!
May 16, 2013



Sweet Pea
Photo May 04, 4 00 22 PM
Peyton Elizabeth Rudkin (August 30, 2004 - October 23, 2011)
As parents of children with pediatric brain tumors, we understand.
Comfort Critters bring comfort, peace and relaxation, having a palliative effect on relieving symptoms and promoting quality of life.
Light the Lake ~ our annual fundraising event, honoring Peyton and all pediatric brain tumor children and families.
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Fox Hollow Farms
Stephanie enjoying a beautiful fall day
This is what Lucky does best
Peyton & Champ 2011
Stephanie @ Fox Hollow Farms
Being bunnies!
Kaylie & Lucky
Kaylie loves to watch Lucky hop around, especially when he is dressed in a tutu!
Tahlia's Smile!
Tahlia and big sister Hailey love the bunnies!
Peyton, Gallyn & Champ