2015 Brenham Christmas Stroll Parade

TBAR-Brenham-Christmas-Stroll-2015Join us at the Christmas Stroll and Lighted Parade in downtown Brenham this coming Saturday, Dec. 5th. There are a lot of activities planned throughout the day! We have our float ready for the parade and will be walking dogs and passing out candy too. Hope to see you all there!

Event Recap: Brazos Valley Brewery Adoption Day

Many thanks go out to the Brazos Valley Brewery Company for hosting a TBAR adoption day! Not only did we have quite a few dogs get exposure, but we also had one successful adoption! We look forward to partnering with this community teammate again soon!

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Horsemen’s Market Day 2015

Are you looking for a way to contribute to TBAR? We are looking for item donations (think: garage sale items), event volunteers, and buyers to come by our booth on Saturday! Horseman Market Days 2014 True Blue Animal Rescue 12

True Blue Animal Rescue will once again be at the Brazos Valley Driving & Riding Club Horsemen’s Market Day! It always takes place the third Saturday in August (Tas Free Day!), and this year that falls on Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Brazos County Expo – East Pavilion. The address is 5827 Leonard Road in Bryan, Texas and it is just East of Highway 47.

We will not have any animals with us, but we will have a table full of goodies we will be selling to raise funds for animal care! The entire 60,000 square foot facility will be full of people buying, selling, and trading all equine-related items. Last year the event saw 150 booths sold, with vendors selling everything from jewelry, pillows, clothing, saddles, tack, trailers. The event also has some vendors doing demonstrations, such as blackmithing and clipper sharpening/repair. When you get to the event you can ask at the Registration table to see the list of vendors and what they are selling.

Admission and parking is FREE! There is a concession stand run by the Expo, but you are welcome to bring in your own snacks. Bleachers are available for sitting. The Pavilion is a non-smoking facility, and attendees should be prepared that there is no air conditioning (although the large ceiling fans keep it comfortable). The floor inside is packed clay. Bring cash to ensure you can purchase from all of the vendors!

Horse-related items are the most appropriate donations for this event. The items can be anything, from tack to t-shirts. We appreciate all items, and if they are not sold that day we will store them for our next event.

If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity for just the day, or even a longer-term commitment to us, we are always looking for great people to join us!

Please send an email to help@t-bar.org for more info, or call 936-878-2349!

Event Recap: Community Workshop with Alley Cat Allies

TBAR-Alley-Cat-Allies-WorkshopTrue Blue Animal Rescue hosted a free seminar to educate the community about how to help cats while controlling the population on Sat June 27th.The group picture was taken at the end of the event to show unification of rescuers moving forward to humanely care for animals in our communities.

Representatives Liz Holtz and Hannah Shaw from Alley Cat Allies out of Maryland flew in to teach us what they know and help us begin a successful Trap, Neuter and Return program in our community. Alley Cat Allies brought facts from studies showing that programs such as these are the only way to control the cat population. Cats have been living in our communities for hundreds of years just as raccoons, squirrels, possums and skunks do. They do not damage, harm or attack humans and their property. As natural hunters Cats help control rodent and snake populations in rural communities. The population can get out of control but killing them or removing them does not solve the problem. When one leaves, another will come and take it’s place. They can be controlled through Trap, Neuter and Return programs. They will be vaccinated when they are fixed and ear tipped so you’ll know which cats are done. Once they are fixed and returned they are no longer breeding, fighting, multiplying and they are disease free and vaccinated. They will stay in their own colony and live peacefully among the other animals and humans. We ended the seminar with Amy reading Tiger’s story so we wouldn’t forget him and would carry on to help other cats in his memory.

This program will take manpower and money. True Blue Animal Rescue volunteers have begun the process for our community and we started a fund called Tiger’s fund so we can pay to spay, neuter and vaccinate all the cats we’ll be helping. If you’d like more information go towww.alleycat.org or www.t-bar.org If you’d like to help in Washington Co or your community email help@t-bar.org or call 936-878-2349 and we’ll tell you how!

Watch TNR video:

You can read Alley Cat Allies recap here

Event Recap: Carnival in the Park 2015

True-Blue-Animal-Rescue-Carnival-2015Brenham’s Carnival in the Park was a huge success again this year! This really great community event was held on May 9th between Animal Friends of Washington Co Clinic and the Dog Park on Hwy 36.True

Several Rescue organizations, Brenham’s city shelter and several other local businesses were there to enjoy the fun. It was a great opportunity to walk your dog and meet and chat with people in Washington County.

True Blue Animal Rescue had some pets there for adoption, Tshirts for sale, face painting, balloon animals, bubbles and hoppy ponies for the kids to play on. This is just a small sample of all the fun we had!

 

Upcoming Events: May 2015

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We have quite a few events coming up this month, and would like to share them with you!

Upcoming Events:

May 8: Read to Ride (School Field Trip – volunteers only)

May 9: Carnival in the Park (open to the public), visit http://www.animalfriendstexas.org/pet-carnival/ for more info!

May 14: Read to Ride (School Field Trip – volunteers only)

May 16: Training Clinic with Juan Vendrell (Rescheduled due to Rain, open to the public for a $20 auditor’s fee)

For more info on any of these events, or to become a TBAR volunteer, email help@t-bar.org

TBAR at Texas Humane Lobby Day 2015

True-Blue-Animal-Rescue-Texas-Texas-Humane-Legislation-Network-2015Four members of True Blue Animal Rescue went to Austin for Texas Humane Lobby Day on March 20, 2015. This event was hosted by The Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA and Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN).  Melanie and Dale DeAeth, Janna Alsobrook and Gisele Flanigan attended the morning seminar giving them advocacy tips and an overview of the bills we were targeting that day. There were nearly 100 activists from all over the state of Texas preparing to speak to their district representatives.  Our four True Blue Animal Rescue members met with District 13 Representative Leighton Schubert’s Chief of Staff Manny Salazar at 1pm and then with Senator Kolkhorst or District 18’s policy analyst Zach Maxwell at 2pm. We each explained the importance of the four bills we were targeting in hopes that they will offer their support and vote in favor of them.

The first bill we discussed was Dangerous Wild Animal Registry – HB 3952. This bill requires people and organizations who keep dangerous wild animals in Texas for more than 30 days to register their animals with a state agency – namely the Texas Department of State Health Services. This law will offer a means of informing the public of were animals such as lions, tigers, cougars, leopards and primates are living. These animals are wild and they can be dangerous so the public is entitled to know where they as a safety measure.

The second bill we discussed is the Humane Tethering Bill – HB 2562. This bill does not prohibit tethering but it sets forth clear and specific requirements for the humane tethering of a dog and provides law enforcement and animal control officers the authority to enforce those requirements.  Texas law enforcement officers receive daily calls from citizens concerned about a dog being tethered by cruel and inhumane means. This bill is a rewrite of the current tethering law and replaces it with this straight forward, enforceable understandable law outlining specific requirements for tethering a dog as follows:

  • The tethering device must allow the dog access to a shelter of adequate size to allow the dog to stand, turn around, sit and lie down in a comfortable and normal position and it must be constructed in such a manner as to keep the dog dry and protected from exposure and extreme temperatures.
  • The tethering device must also allow the dog access to potable drinking water and shade from direct sunlight.
  • The tethering device must be attached to a collar or harness constructed of nylon, leather or similar material properly fitted to the dog and must have swivels on both ends to prevent the dog from becoming entangled.
  • The length of the tethering device must be at least five times the length of the dog as measured from the tip of the dog’s nose to the base of the dog’s tail or ten feet, whichever is greater.
  • The tethering device cannot be made of metal chain links more than a quarter inch thick or have any weights attached to it.

The current law allows for inhumane tethering except during the hours of 10pm to 6am, in a location within 500 feet of a school, weather below 32 degrees or during a heat advisory or storm warning. The biggest fault to the current law is that law enforcement has to give the owner 24 hours to correct the problem. In this way it’s corrected and then in several days generally goes back to the same inhumane situation. To our knowledge, a citation under this current law has never been issued and / or heard by a court.  Under the new law the offence will be punishable as a Class C misdemeanor for the first offence and a Class B misdemeanor for subsequent offences. In this way law enforcement will be able to do their job and offenders will stop this inhumane treatment of dogs in Texas bringing us closer to the minimum standard as set by many other states in our country.

The third bill we were discussing is the Peace Officer Canine Encounter Training – HB 593/SB 1637. As we know dogs are an integral part of American Society and law enforcement routinely encounters dogs in the line of duty.  In fact, one of three calls to law enforcement involves an interaction with a dog. Despite this statistic the vast majority of law enforcement officers have no training on canine encounters before entering the field. This lack of training creates a critical void in traditional law enforcement training and safety for the officer, the dog and the public. This lack of training is the primary reason why so many dogs are killed by law enforcement officers. On a weekly basis the media headlines horrific details of a canine family member being killed by law enforcement. There were 200 fatal dog shootings by law enforcement in 2014 that were reported and  many more that went unreported. This bill requires a one-time training course for law enforcement officers to prepare them for a safe, non-confrontational outcome when encountering a dog. This will allow officers hands on training and information on how to protect themselves, the residents and the dogs they encounter. This bill does not prohibit officers from using deadly force against dogs to protect themselves or others; it only requires training so that shooting a dog would be the last resort.

The final bill we reviewed and discussed was Eliminating the Shark Fin Trade in Texas – HB 1579. This bill will prohibit the sale, trade, purchase and transport of shark fins in Texas. The fins from up to 73 million sharks are used to supply the global shark fin trade each year. Shark finning is when a shark is brought on board, the fins are cut off, often while the animal is still alive and the living shark is thrown back into the ocean. With their fins cut off, sharks cannot swim and can die from shock, blood loss, starvation or predation by other fish. The demand for shark fin soup drives this market. Shark meat is considered low value and therefore not worth transporting the whole fish body to market. Shark fins are removed from sharks regardless of age, size or species. Shark finning is devastating the shark population around the world. Experts estimate that within a decade, most species of sharks will be lost due to shark finning. Under the bill, fishermen can still sell entire shark carcasses, with their fins still attached, to the dealers and processors. For more information on Shark finning visit Sharkwater.com.

Law making happens every other year on odd years in Texas. Take this opportunity to be heard and help change laws to protect animals. Please contact your district representatives and let them know that you are a voting constituent and you would like them to vote to pass these bills. To find out your district representatives go to “Who Represents Me” and search by address, zip code, city or county to find out who you should contact.

You can also join the Facebook Page for the Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN) to stay updated on these bills and future ones.