Miranda Lambert has once again stepped up to help animals in need. Her privately-funded no-kill animal shelter, Redemption Ranch, opened over the weekend in her hometown of Tishomingo, Okla.

Lambert's MuttNation Foundation took over the five-acre animal shelter and renovated it after a local animal advocate named Ray Lokey pushed for change. He says the shelter was previously accepting as many as 100 dogs at a time and putting them to death by gassing them in a wooden kennel that sat right next to living animals.

“Instead of being a prison for dogs, you need to keep the dogs limited,” he tells Tulsa World.

Lambert's foundation made a number of improvements to the shelter, including an Airstream office, kennel enlargement, new fencing and an intensive care unit. The shelter works on an admission basis, with a capacity of 50 dogs.

MuttNation Foundation Director of Operation Gina Gardner says Lambert's passion for the cause has been the driving force of the project.

“I just know that she loves animals,” Gardner states. “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.

“It’s the real deal. She cares about the plight of homeless animals. It’s her cause.”

Lambert was on hand for the opening, but did not speak to the press.

Tour Miranda Lambert's Redemption Ranch