Texas Unites for Animals 2017

Every year TBAR members join many other animal welfare advocates at the Texas Unites for Animals conference in Austin, Texas. This year we had two members attend 10 classes over this three day event. They learned a lot about rescue, laws, foster program improvement, marketing and social media, the humane abuse / violence connection and how to manage and develop shelter or rescue structure and management.

On the lighter side there were mixers and socials every night giving us the opportunity to win prizes and meet lots of other rescuers and shelter workers.

From Amy: I attended several workshops, won some prizes, learned some valuable information, gained some knowledge about new products out in the world, got 6 free t-shirts and tons of other free goodies. There were 81 vendors this year ranging from big places like ASPCA, Petsmart, Petco, & Pet Finder and then smaller vendors that sell flea products, shelter cleaning products, t-shirts, grabbers & catchers, cages, trailers, online universities, cat products, dog products, microchips & readers, and so much more that I’m missing. Breakfast, snacks, & lunches were provided as well as discounted rates for the hotel rooms. Social events were held all 3 nights. It is a great experience to have if you’ve never been and lots of valuable information. Can’t wait for next year when they celebrate their 10 yr anniversary.

One of the first things we’d like to implement is the new foster home ideas. We would like to invite foster homes that can’t foster long term but do have a few hours or even days to give to an animal that’s living in a kennel some time and attention. Do you have an hour or two on the weekend and you’d like to share some adventure with a foster pet? All approve foster homes can come to the main foster home and pick up a kennel dog and take him or her out for an adventure. What kinds of things would bring joy into the eyes of a rescue pet? A trip to the dog park, walk through a neighborhood or even some time in Petsmart picking out toys. The foster home’s job would be to have fun and to take new pics of the foster pet to use in social media and newsletters to help find that one a home.

Even a few hours would be wonderful but we’d also like to encourage overnight stays and even a weekend depending on the foster home’s availability.

Willie cat and the Brownie troop

Here’s a special photo shoot of Willie, the lovable cat at TBAR. He’s always front and center when we have visitors and as you can see, he was a big hit with the Brownie troop too!

RIP Don Werlinger

We lost a very special foster home and True Blue Rescue member this year. Don Werlinger passed away suddenly and well before his time. He will be greatly missed but also remembered through this special gift from Karlene. Thank you for donating this saddle in Don’s memory. Every time a child rides in our Animals Bridge Love and Education program we will think of Don and remember his generous spirit and kindness as a horse foster home. RIP good friend.

Brownies 09045 Return to Help TBAR


The Brownie troop that came to learn about and spend time with our rescue animals sent us the sweetest rescue card and girl scout cookies to thank us for having them out! That made our day. What a great group of girls!!

Bluebonnet Festival 2017

TBAR volunteers and foster homes had a great time at the Bluebonnet Festival in Chappel Hill.We had items for donation and adoptable dogs that could be met and played with.

A gift for dogs

A very special friend came out and delivered some amazing dog treats for the dogs at True Blue Animal Rescue. These are all natural and long lasting treats that made the dogs very happy! They are quietly chewing and enjoying their special treats and wanted to say Thank You for your thoughtful gift.

Brownie troop TBAR visit

These compassionate girls from Brownie troop 09045 brought food and treats for the animals of True Blue Animal Rescue and then had some fun interacting with and learning about them.

Horse Clinic with Juan 2017

The Training Clinic was a great success. We all learned a lot watching Juan work with the rescue horses. The foster homes that brought horses went home with lots of new techniques to try while working with their horse to make them ready for adoption. We are all better at catching that hard to catch horse, round penning, lunging and ground driving our horses. Next session will be all about warming our horses up and riding! Do you want to meet some rescue horses and learn more about working with them? Watch our fb page and websitewww.t-bar.org for the next session or make an appointment to come meet them by emailing us at help@t-bar.org