Emery’s Birthday Donation

tbar-emery-birthday-donationWhen Emery turned 9 she didn’t ask for gifts for herself, she asked for gifts for the animals! True Blue Animal Rescue horses were blessed when she showed up on Sunday with horse feed, buckets, halters and $161 to buy more feed! Thank you Emery and your wonderful family. You have a heart of gold.

Success Story Update: Bella

success-story-update-bella-dogSuccess story…TBAR’s Bella was adopted earlier this year by Ben, who is a student at A&M and far from his home and family in Tennessee. Ben contacted us to send Thanksgiving wishes and let us know that Bella is with him, visiting his family. This picture just says it all…she’s a great dog and good with the entire family.

As her foster Mom, this just warms my heart. – Whitney

Update on horse case appeal

Update! No ruling on the horses. The judge said it has to go to a higher court. He was sympathetic to our cause and even called the case a giant fur ball that hadn’t been handled right since the beginning. The good news is the horses are safe for the now but the bad news is courts and lawyers aren’t cheap. Please help us by donating to our you caring account. If everyone donated $20 we’ll be able to fight this fight till the end.

The judge couldn’t make a ruling on the horses today because it’s not his place to do that. He said it needs to go to a higher court so, our attorney, Zandra Anderson, is going to decide on a new plan of action and let us know what we can do next. We need everyone who read this and wants to support to donate to our you caring account to help us raise the money it’ll cost to do this. Please help, no donation is too small.

Original post:

Calling all horse lovers: Please come to court in Hempstead, TX on Monday morning, Nov. 21, at 10am to stand up for the starving and abused horses we are fighting to protect. 836 Austin St, Hempstead, TX

34 horses were seized by law enforcement in July 2015 and turned over to True Blue Animal Rescue to rehabilitate and take care of until a judge could decide on the case. Flash forward 16 months and the county wants to return 7 of them to the owner rather than have the case and evidence presented in court. We believe the horses have the right to their day in court so at our request we will share their side in court on Monday. Please be there to show the judge that we stand strong for the horses.

Share with other horse lovers. We need to give these 34 horses a voice! Without us they don’t stand a chance.

Read more about the case here.

Donation from Daniel!

tbar-donation-daniel-gaskamp-brenhamThe Animals of True Blue Animal Rescue would like to thank Daniel Gaskamp (center) for sharing his birthday with the animals by asking for donations of food for the animals for his birthday. Thanks to his generosity the animals will be well fed for quite a while! Daniel and Teresa Gaskamp are a blessing to TBAR and all the animals. Love this picture of them with their children during Daniels party.

Your Death & Protecting Pets: Why A Trust Is Better Than A Will

TBAR-Pets-and-WillsAs animal lovers, we all want to care and protect our pets from any kind of possible harm, but when it comes to our own ultimate demise, we may think that including them in our will is what’s best for them. Often when we leave them for a short periods of time and they may become anxious about our departure, but being gone from them permanently without our love and support is a valid concern for many pet owners.

At first we may believe that including them in our will would be enough to take care of them after our departure, but legal experts beg to differ. A blanket amount left to look after in a last will and testament is loving, generous and giving, but it doesn’t include their day-to-day needs and the unknown future of your four-legged best friend. Let’s look at some ways why a trust is much better for them (and you) in the long run:

The Big Three

According to the Bar Association, there are three options when it comes to protecting your pet after your departure. They include your will, a legal trust fund being put into place or a verbal agreement. For the sake of argument, an agreement with a friend, family member or other person is a definite possibility, but it still won’t stand up in a legal courtroom. So for legal purposes, we’ll concentrate on the differences between a will and a trust.

I Hereby Do Bequeath

When it comes to the letter of the law, pets are considered as property and not an actual member of our family. Therefore, loopholes exist with their protection and care under the legal guidelines and enforceable parts of a will. In other words, as a “piece of property,” you can bequeath an animal to a friend or family member, but it doesn’t guarantee their protection, care, feeding and other important parts of their life.

For example, if the party of the first part (which is you), leaves the “possession” of a pet to a sibling, friend or family member, this only means that they now own them, and have no responsibilities for their care or protection. There are no legal requirements in place that they are fed, walked, taken care of – they can even be taken to a shelter or sold without your permission.

Trust In The Law

In comparison to a statement made in a will, unlike a simple directive or order of possession, a trust can command certain requirements that include:

Payment amounts that are set into place to provide for their continued care, feeding, exercise, medical needs, without regard for ownership.

Agreements are set into place that manage a pet’s health, maintenance and welfare including veterinary visits, grooming and other needs

Financial trustees can be put into place to manage assets when it comes to future finances and growth of their existing funds that were put into place for their protection

Trusts and pet agreements that are made in these legal documents also make provisions should you become incapacitated and unable to care for your companion animal. They will even ensure that your beloved best friend stays with you if you have medical issues that leave you bedridden at home for extended periods of time.

The Grey Law

In closing, if you think about the story of Greyfriars Bobby, a little dog that belonged to an entire town, rather than a single person. After the demise of his owner, a “Bobby” or policeman, protecting and patrolling the streets of Edinburgh in England, the citizens of this small town banded together to protect this little canine from being destroyed due to a lack of ownership.

According to the tale, little “Bobby,” refused to leave his master’s side following this policeman’s untimely death and slept on his grave every night for over a decade. But during the interim, a law was passed that every dog must be licensed by an owner and since Bobby had none, the love of the local townspeople paid his fee and made them a part of their city.

This is a perfect example of how a legal precedence landed this little pooch into a safety net which was then protected by laws that stated he wasn’t a stray. Instead, he was legally protected as a member of their society and community who were enlisted to care for him under the law. You can invoke this kind of trust when it comes to the care of your beloved pet.

2016 Halloween Tips

10 Tip Series on Halloween Pet Safety

  1. Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets. All forms of chocolate – especially baking or dark chocolate – can be dangerous, even lethal, for dogs and cats
  2. Bring your pet in the house on Halloween: surprisingly, vicious pranksters have been known to tease, injure, steal, or even kill pets on Halloween night. Inexcusable? Yes! But preventable nonetheless.
  3. Keep pets confined and away from the door. Not only will your door be constantly opening and closing on Halloween, but strangers will be dressed in unusual costumes and yelling loudly for their candy. Putting your dog or cat in a secure room away from the front door will also prevent them from darting outside into the night… a night when no one wants to be searching for a lost loved one.
  4. Keep your outdoor cats inside several days before and several days after Halloween. Black cats are especially at risk from pranks or other cruelty-related incidents. In fact, many shelters do not adopt out black cats during the month of October as a safety precaution.
  5. Keep Halloween plants such as pumpkins and corn out of reach. Although they are relatively nontoxic, such plants can induce gastrointestinal upset should your pets ingest them in large quantities. Intestinal blockage can even occur if large pieces are swallowed.
  6. Don’t keep lit pumpkins around pets. Should they get too close, they run the risk of burning themselves or knocking it over and causing a fire.
  7. Keep wires and electric light cords out of reach. If chewed, your pet could cut himself or herself on shards of glass or plastic, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.
  8. Don’t dress your pet in a costume unless you know they’ll love it. If you do decide that Fido or Kitty needs a costume, make sure it isn’t annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict movement, hearing, or the ability to breathe or bark and meow.
  9. Try on pet costumes before the big night. If they seem distressed, allergic, or show abnormal behavior, consider letting them go in their “birthday suit”. Festival bandanas usually work for party poopers, too.
  10. IDs, please! If your dog or cat should escape and become lost, having the proper identification will increase the chances that they will be returned. Just make sure the information is up-to-date, even inf your pet does have one of those fancy-schmancy embedded microchips.

Everyone at TBAR wishes you and your pets a safe and happy Halloween!

Texas Arts and Music Festival 2016

texas-arts-music-festival-brenham-2016Drop by the TBAR booth to meet Lil’Hombre, the chi-weenie puppy!
Pete, Shane, and Potsie will also be there. All vendor booths will be located in the back parking lot of the Ant Street Inn.

Update: Thanks to all those volunteers who came out to help — Thanks Amy Hemsell, Whitney Twiss Maldonado, Cheryl Garner and James Taylor.
And our new volunteer Jenni Parrish Skaug!

We had a lot of interest in the dogs — with many folks stopping by to just see the little guys.

We had 4 boy dogs that were the center of attention — Lil’Hombre, Pete, Potsie, and Shane.