True Blue Animal Rescue President, Melanie DeAeth
It is with immense pleasure that we bring you news that another rescue organization
has received financial aid from Dr. Jane’s Foundation. This month’s featured grant recipient is a committed group of volunteers working
to alleviate the needless death and suffering of animals in Texas.
In operation since January of 2004, True Blue Animal Rescue is a non-profit organization
dedicated to rescuing abused, neglected and abandoned animals, providing necessary
rehabilitation services and locating great new forever homes. They have put significant
resources towards developing working relationships with shelters and law enforcement
agencies in nearby counties. Their ongoing efforts to provide low-cost spay-and-neuter
services have directly led to a decrease in the number of strays and unwanted litters
of dogs in Washington County. Similar efforts have helped to diminish feline overpopulation
in a dozen nearby feral colonies.
This small-but-mighty rescue group also maintains a substantial volunteer base
(10 officers and 20 members) who provide assistance in raising much-needed funding.
With an extensive network of foster parents, True Blue has made a significant impact
in their corner of the Lone Star State. In 2013, they fostered approximately 75
animals and expect to meet that benchmark this year, too. Successful adoptions last
year beat the 100-mark, with 52 dogs, 14 cats, 18 horses and 17 donkeys finding
new forever homes.
There’s no question that saving a life is noble, and it’s the primary enterprise
of most rescue organizations. The immediacy of present problems – handling medical
crises and providing for daily needs, such as shelter, food and attention – these
activities take a great deal of time and energy. However, these are symptoms of
a broader problem – namely, pet overpopulation. Simply put, there are just too many
animals in need and not enough people adopting rescued pets. Like other ambitious
groups, True Blue actively promotes spay-and-neuter procedures to put an end to
the practice of euthanasia as an acceptable strategy for dealing with unwanted companion
To really make a difference, to fundamentally change the future, the True Blue
team is making an investment in the long view. At their Washington, TX facility,
they offer an educational program that teaches children about proper animal care,
the importance of developing compassion and empathy for all creatures, and techniques
for building their own self-esteem. In a very real sense, these lucky children are
learning to become informed pet parents and future advocates for animals. Aptly
named ABLE - Animals Bridge Love and Education – True Blue has seen firsthand the
dramatic impact this program has had in training tomorrow’s adults.
The award given by Dr. Jane’s Foundation has been allocated to the fund that
covers the costs of alteration surgeries for their rescues. Our grant will help
True Blue to continue providing this valuable service to their local community.
DeAeth expressed sincere gratitude for our “generous gift”, adding that these funds
have “helped us spay even more animals and find them homes”.
Here are just a few of the many animals that have been saved by the good works
of True Blue Animal Rescue. In fact, everyone you see here is available for adoption
… yes, including the horse!
Charlie Brown Chihuahuas
This adorable mom and litter were saved from certain death. Affectionately dubbed
‘The Charlie Brown Family’, Lucy and her six babies - Peppermint Patty, Sally, Marcie,
Linus, Shermie and (of course) Charlie - were on a ticking clock, with mere days
before they would have been euthanized. Upon intake, all seven dogs were suffering
from kennel cough, but thanks to the excellent care of their foster family, two
weeks later they had fully recovered. Lucy will be living out her days with her
foster mom (now her adoptive mom), but the pups will be available for adoption as
early as July.
This charming little Australian Cattle Dog and Terrier Mix is another rescue
who faced an uncertain end at a kill shelter. Fortunately, one of True Blue’s dedicated
volunteers learned of Bandit’s status from an animal control officer and intervened
in the nick of time. Just over a year old, this lovable pup yearns for the great
outdoors, and is positively thriving in foster care. Bandit’s seeking a family whose
energy level and enthusiasm for life matches his own.
This mustang was found wandering the streets with her foal in tow. Both Jessi
and her daughter, Starlet, were utterly emaciated and exhibiting high levels of
fear and anxiety. Rescuers could only guess at how long they’d been living off the
land. Thanks to True Blue’s superb veterinary care and quality placement, both are
living happily with a foster family. Anyone looking to adopt Jessi should be an
experienced equestrian, as both horses appear to have never had any previous training.
This sweet Australian Shepherd endears himself to all who meet him. Smokey Lonesome’s
past is a mystery, as he just showed up at a home that was fortunately inhabited
by a family willing to feed the obviously hungry pup. His need for a square meal
had finally won out over his conspicuous fear of people. It was clear to his rescuers
that Smokey had endured an ordeal, likely at the hands of an abusive owner. However,
with True Blue’s dedicated trainer and a caring foster family, Smokey Lonesome’s
future doesn’t look quite so forlorn any longer.
If you or someone you know would
be interested in supporting this superb organization, we encourage you to visit
their website at t-bar.org (or call them directly at 936-878-2349). You never know
… you could end up finding your new best friend!
Dr. Jane’s Foundation has provided
funding to animal rescue groups all over America since 2007. Our non-profit wing
could not have achieved what it has without the continued patronage of our customers
and the contributions of individual donors. On behalf of all the dogs, cats, horses
and donkeys now living in safe, caring environments thanks to True Blue Animal Rescue,
we thank you for caring enough to make a difference.
If you’ve had experience with
an animal rescue organization worthy of special recognition and financial support,
please let them know that we are still accepting grant applications for
2014. Interested parties should call us toll-free at 877-387-4564 … one of our customer
service agents will be happy to share application details.