TBAR founder awarded 2014 Jefferson Award


True Blue Animal Rescue founder, Melanie DeAeth, was awarded one of four local 2014 Jefferson Awards this past Tuesday (May 13). Melanie has spent the last 10 years in TBAR saving animals, leading volunteers, and educating the next generation to have compassion for animals.

According to the Jefferson Award website:

Founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Senator Robert Taft, Jr. and Sam Beard, the Jefferson Awards is America’s highest honor for public service, a “Nobel Prize for public service”. We are one of the largest multipliers of volunteerism in the country – with youth in communities and in workplaces. Over 41 years, we have recognized a “Who’s Who” of American change-makers and more than 50,000 unsung heroes in grassroots communities. We accomplish that through a network of more than 110 Media Partners reaching into 30 million households. 

Starting six years ago, we began to transform into one of the nation’s largest multipliers of volunteerism. Our goal is to Build a Culture of Service.  We achieve that in three ways – in communities through our Media Partners, in workplaces with Champions, and with young Americans through Students In Action, our Lead360 Challenge and GlobeChangers.

You can watch the full awards broadcast by clicking HERE

We would like to extend Melanie a huge “THANK YOU” for all the animals that owe their happy life to her, and for all the children she is on a mission to educate. We would also like to encourage others to follow Melanie’s lead and volunteer with animals and children to help build a better future. If you are interested in volunteering with TBAR, please email us at help@t-bar.org or call (936) 878-2349. The world NEEDS great people to volunteer so we can continue to do great things!

Horse Clinic Recap

Juan Horse Clinic Recap

Juan Vendrell of TC Ranch Ventures joined forces with True Blue Animal Rescue to hold a horse clinic for people that wanted to further their knowledge in horse training. The focus on Juan’s training is to take the horse’s instincts and make them work for you.

Juan Horse Clinic (2)The Saturday was overcast with a cool breeze which made the day easier for those that attended Juan’s class. The range of skilled horse men and women went from low experience to those that have had horses all their lives. The horses themselves included those that had not been formally trained at all, to those that just needed to learn more (much like their owners). The first horse handled by Juan on this day was a TBAR horse named Indy who hadn’t had much training yet. Indy is not a fan of even being touched, but after only a few purposeful minutes in the ring Juan was able to touch him. This amazed pretty much everyone in attendance. Just watching Juan work with Indy was a learning experience for those of us in the crowd.

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Juan gave a small lecture on his training style but he also stressed that not all horses are the same. There is not one foolproof way to get a horse to do something. He stressed that the handlers have to clearly communicate to their steed what they are asking the horse to do. According to Mr. Vendrell, the horse wants to do what they are asked and if they fail to execute tasks or exercises, it is always the human’s fault.

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After the lecture came the fun part. When registering, people had the option of auditing the class or bringing a horse to work with. If you brought a horse to work with the day would be a bit longer for you! It was explained that when we ask a horse to do something we do so by using a part of their body. A horse owner should be able to tell a horse to move using any part of their body. The day of the clinic we mostly focused on using the shoulders and head of the horse.

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For me personally I can say it was super exciting working with our True Blue sponsor horse, Athena. I have never had my own horse and the only horse I had contact with as a child was a wonderful Welsh pony, that was neck-reigned, that I took care of after school for one blissful year before her owners noticed that I played with the pony more than her kids did and it was sold off. Still one year with a pony hardly goes a long way, and it was so long ago. Poor Juan had to show me basic things, like how to swing a lead line, put on a halter and not to allow Athena to get too close to me. But he was kind about my lack of knowledge!

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The exercises we did that day with our horses were basic and hard at the same time. Not to mention they really can make you dizzy. I asked Juan for a tip on keeping the dizziness at bay and he said to focus on only one part of your horse when you are asking them to run around you in a circle. So I picked Athena’s shoulder since that was the body part I was asking her to move with. It did help but being so new I was also trying to watch my feet, my hands and then watch Athena. So I got pretty dizzy, but with more practice this issue for me should go away. Especially when I get my hands working better.

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If people had trouble with an exercise given to them Juan had time to go to that person and give them more tips and pointers. I myself asked a ton of questions to make sure I had a handle on what he had told us. Naturally, since a few of the horses were visitors and were meeting new horses, it was hard to get the attention of a few of them. Juan would have to work with the horses himself to get them to settle down, but he also shared the tip that we had to make sure that the horse was paying attention to us and was standing in the right position; not too close, with their heads up and looking at you.


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True Blue Animal Rescue provided a lunch of BBQ sandwiches, chips, and drinks. Guests even had their pick of dessert. As everyone sat down and ate, people were excited about what they had learned so far. In between exercises people shared tips and encouraged everyone on their work. Being with other animal lovers made the class feel comfortable. The exercises in the afternoon built off of those that had been taught in the morning. They asked more of the handler’s lead lines, while the horses were still being asked to turn. Attending the class was beneficial to anyone that was there, whether you had a horse with you or were just auditing.

If you missed this clinic, don’t worry, because another one is in the works for the fall. Thank you again to True Blue Animal Rescue and Juan Vendrell!

TBAR Receives Training Grant from ASPCA


TBAR Receives Training Grant from ASPCA

$4000 toward training horses to increase adoptions

Washington, Texas — True Blue Animal Rescue (TBAR) announced today the award of a $4000 grant from the ASPCA to assist with training costs.

“This grant will train five horses that are currently in TBAR waiting for forever homes.” said Melanie DeAeth, TBAR President. “This grant is the start of a new training fund, and the adoption fees from the trained horses will go toward training the next ones.”

For ten years TBAR has been saving animals from abuse and neglect, and often the animals return to full health. There are many cases when the horses are candidates for socialization and training (particularly those born after their mothers come into the rescue), and this training fund will benefit them. In the past the only training the horses have received is from volunteers that come out when they have the time, but this program will ensure consistency and better turnover.

About True Blue Animal Rescue: TBAR is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is a no-kill rescue operating in the Brenham, Texas area.  If you would like to help their cause please consider donatingfostering or adopting.  Every little bit helps us to help another animal in need of safety and rehabilitation.  Save a life: adopt instead of shop and spay or neuter your pets!

Tax Info

blogdog1Today is Tax Day!

What does Tax Day have to do with Animal Rescue? More than you’d think!

We’d like to take today to remind everyone that donating to TBAR, fostering a TBAR animal, or volunteering makes you eligible for tax deductions!

There are certain things to consider, and you’re best choice would be consulting your tax professional for advice, but in general if you itemize your taxes you can use your donations and fostering or volunteering expenses to decrease taxable income and lower your tax bill. Be sure that you are keeping records of giving, in-kind donation forms, and receipts.

In addition, some counties may allow for an agriculture exemption for equine foster animals (this includes Washington County and Grimes County).

If you are an animal foster parent for TBAR you should keep records of any expenses you incur such as food, crates, or cleaning products. TBAR pays all medical and veterinary bills, but if you choose to pay them you can deduct them. You can also deduct a portion of utilities if the foster animal has a portion of your home dedicated to it. You will need to obtain a note that confirms you are a TBAR foster home if your expenses go over $250.

If you are interested in fostering, an animal, or donating goods or services you can contact us as help@t-bar.org and please remember that PayPal donations are always needed!

True Blue Animal Rescue has been determined a 501(c)(3) non profit organization by the Internal Revenue Service. All donations are tax deductible. You can view us on Guidestar and search our EIN (75-3144975) on the IRS website.

Pyr Story

In February Olivia shared the story of the Pyrenees Dog rescue. We are pleased to follow that up with the happy success story ending for these dogs!
On March 12, 2012, after their final round of vet care, True Blue Animal Rescue sent Delia and Porthos, two Pyrenees rescue dogs, to New Jersey to be placed in forever homes through Eleventh Hour Rescue. In doing this we learned that northern states have done such a great job of eliminating their overpopulation problem that they currently have a shortage of rescue animals. With this demand for rescue animals in the north the southern states are now shipping hundreds there on a regular basis.
We linked up with PETS, LLC., one of the transport companies that brings dogs all over the country to their new homes. We met with this transport team in Houston, TX where there were another 40 dogs loaded into an air conditioned semi truck by compassionate people who were knowledgable about dogs and how to care for them in a transport situation. We were comforted and happy to receive updates and pictures of our dogs during this three day trip. Then when they arrived in New Jersey we were notified and sent pictures to assure us that they made it safely.
Since it means saving more lives we plan to try and place more dogs in homes in states that have less rescue dogs than we do but we also know that this is not the answer to ending our overpopulation problem. Thirty years ago these states had the same overpopulation problems that we see in the south. I worked in an SPCA in New York State and experienced this first hand. Since then They enforced licensing laws, developed spay / neuter programs and educated the public in order to become no kill states. Knowing this gives me the assurance that we can do the same thing here in Texas, and other states who are still working to decrease and then eliminate their euthanasia rates.
TBAR is a 501(c)(3) non-profit no-kill animal rescue organization. If you would like to help animals such as this one please consider donating to TBAR, volunteering, fostering, or adopting. Donations go directly toward care, feed, and veterinary care of the rescued animals and every little bit helps us to help another animal in need of safety and rehabilitation. Save a life: adopt instead of shop and spay or neuter your pets!




T-Bar is Looking for Additions to our Volunteer Staff Team

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During 2013, True Blue Animal Rescue underwent many changes in our structure and policies, and our administrative volunteer staff have worked very hard to ensure that all animals who come through our doors are met with a loving family and outstanding veterinary care. In order to continue improving T-Bar, we need help from our loyal supporters. We are looking for dedicated individuals who are able to donate some of their time to the T-Bar mission through volunteering. T-Bar is in need of additional administrative staff in the following committees: Adoption, Spay Assistance, Medical, and Intake and Processing.

Adoption Coordinator:
As one of T-Bar’s Adoption Coordinators, you would be reviewing a portion of adoption applications received, performing vet and personal reference checks on applicants using a pre-made form, filing applications and completed reference forms in T-Bar’s online filing system, recording adoptions in T-Bar’s files, and conducting, tracking and reporting follow-ups with adopters.

Approximate time needed per week: 5-10 hours

Medical Coordinator:
As one of T-Bar’s Medical Coordinators, you would be maintaining T-Bar’s medical spreadsheets to track the dates of vaccinations, worming, deworming, coggins, etc. to help fosters know when it’s time to take their animals to the vet for their annual exam and vaccinations. You will also request updated vet records from all foster homes annually and work with other T-Bar staff in adding new vet clinics as partners in different areas as our foster homes increase.

Approximate time needed per week: 5-10 hours

Spay Assistance Coordinator:
As one of T-Bar’s Spay Assistance Coordinators, you will track T-Bar’s available spay assistance funds and spays T-Bar is assisting with, sending follow up emails to assure the animal was spayed and is doing well after surgery, and provide information for T-Bar’s networking assistance for spayed animals who are now looking for an adoptive home.

Approximate time needed per week: 1-5 hours

Equine Listing Coordinator:
T-Bar was accepted into Equine.com’s A Home For Every Horse Rescue Program this past year and we need a volunteer who is able to post our adoptable horses to the website and maintain the ads.

Approximate time needed per week: 1-5 hours

If you are interested in taking on the responsibilities of any of these positions, please email help@t-bar.org or call (936) 878-2349.

Dog Rescue: Summer




On March 8, 2014, True Blue Animal Rescue was asked to step in and take custody of a dog in Somerville, Texas. T-bar founders Dale and Melanie DeAeth were accompanied by Somerville police to respond to reports that a dog was being severely neglected. Thankfully the dog, later named Summer, was not completely emaciated since a kindly neighbor had been attempting to give the dog food.


On approaching the house they saw that the dog was living in a fenced off area that was about four by three feet, and surrounded by debris. Before going into the cage Melanie and Dale looked Summer over and decided she was most likely a Staffordshire Terrier mix, but the dog was friendly and extremely happy to see people. Summer was not wearing a collar, so Dale made a makeshift one so that he could get her to the car safely.


While waiting on Melanie and the Somerville police officer, Chris Ruttrell, to exchange paper work, Dale DeAeth spoke calmingly to Summer. Summer loved the attention and responded with kisses. Summer twice attempted to make the jump into the DeAeth’s vehicle, but was too weak to make it inside. So Dale picked Summer up and placed her in a kennel to transport her back to T-bar.


Once at the T-bar rescue center, Melanie gave Summer a treat with worming medicine inside. The dog began rolling in the green grass and Dale held her on the leash waiting for Melanie to get more medicine. While waiting Dale notice she had sores on her rump from being forced to be in a sitting position almost non-stop. She also has a cyst or some other type of growth on her hip and cuts on her front legs. Next Melanie gave Summer a shot for Distemper, Parvo and Lepto before leading Summer to her new home near the other T-bar dogs.



Summer settled into her new home nicely and was treated to a new toy along with her new dog house and fresh food and water.


**Update on Summer. March the 11 Dr. Lee Panko of the Brenham Veterinary Hospital came out to T-bar to give shots to a few horses and dogs. Dr. Panko also gave Summer a check-up and took some blood samples. Summer tested positive for heart worms and he noted that she is heart worm heavy. He also pointed out that Summer was missing most of her teeth and he believed it was because she was gnawing at anything she could reach trying to get nutrients to survive. Since Summer is close to five years old these teeth will not grow back. Aside from her malnutrition, Summer’s biggest hurdle is the heart worms. Treatment will be expensive, but her case is so bad that her other surgeries will need to wait until the heart worms are taken care of. If you would like to donate to Summer’s rehab please click on the “Donate” button. Your donation, no matter what size, can make a difference in her life.

St. Patrick’s Day

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Carla wants to remind everyone tha if you are looking for someone to celebrate with, check out our website for all the furry friends waiting for their forever home!

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March Horse Rescue


True Blue Animal Rescue officers, Dale and Melanie DeAeth, preformed a rescue in Brenham, Texas on March 2, 2014. Two horses that were classified as strays were placed under T-bar care and had to be transported by Dale and Melanie.


The morning started off in the low seventies, but once reaching the location of the animals the temperature had dropped almost twenty degrees in less than half an hour. The rescuers worked in frigid weather with the horses, which are believed to be mustangs. Stray horse cases mean walking up to a horse that could have had very little human interaction in the past. Melanie DeAeath spoke calmly to the pair of horses as the temperature dropped. She made sure the animals heard her voice before she stepped into the pen where they were being held.


The two horses appeared to be mother and daughter and wanted to remain close together. Thankfully the older of the two horses already had a halter placed on her, while the younger one did not want any one near her. After observing the two for a while Dale and Melanie decided it would be easier to lead out the mother on a lead line and see if the youngster would follow. The younger horse was very nervous and Melanie knew she would not be able to touch her.


At this point in the rescue the skies opened up and the cold grew even worse. Leading the mother horse out Melanie and Dale cautioned Jason and I to back up because if the horses decided to flee we needed to be safe. The mother came out and thought about running, but seemed to slip on the now slippery ground. Her daughter came out, and also attempted to run but slid and changed her mind. Both stood for a few moments while Melanie and Dale put themselves between the horses and their option to run. Arms wide, the T-bar couple slowly walked toward the horses and forced the horses, just using their bodies, up the ramp to the trailer. The youngest paused, unsure about going inside. Dale simply clapped his hands at the little female horse and she finished her way into the trailer.


All during the trip back to True Blue Animal Rescue the rain got harder and the weather got windy. To help the horses adjust to their new setting, they were placed in a separate area away from the other T-bar animals. This would also help the current horse residents get used to the new ones. Both horses were somewhat thin, with protruding hips and bald spots, which suggest malnutrition. Dale made sure that they got some hay right away as they got settled in. The horses were then given the names Jessi, for the mother horse, and Starlet, for the daughter, due to a small white spot on her forehead.


Thanks to T-bar the horses now have people to keep them safe and work with them. Their training and rehabilitation will start with having them getting used to humans and seeing the vet. To follow the progress of Jessi and Starlet, keep watching the T-bar site or like them on Facebook. Look for them at True Blue Animal Rescue.

TBAR is a 501(c)(3) non-profit no-kill animal rescue organization. If you would like to help animals such as this one please consider donating to TBAR, volunteering, fostering, or adopting. Donations go directly toward care, feed, and veterinary care of the rescued animals and every little bit helps us to help another animal in need of safety and rehabilitation. Save a life: adopt instead of shop and spay or neuter your pets!