True Blue Animal Partners with Houston SPCA


True Blue Animal Rescue submitted a request to support the Houston SPCA by transferring some dogs from their shelter into rescue on September 4th, 2017. Kylie Roach, Animal Community Coordinator for the Houston SPCA, responded on September 14 with rescue partner paperwork and an application to submit.

After submitting the application True Blue Animal Rescue was officially approved as a rescue transfer partner with the Houston SPCA on September 19, 2017. In the application the rescue requested to transfer pit bull and pit bull mix dogs, so Kylie sent pictures of four pit bull mix dogs for True Blue Animal Rescue to transfer.

Dale DeAeth, Facility Manager and Melanie DeAeth, President of True Blue Animal Rescue, drove to Houston SPCA to pick up the four dogs on September 23rd. All four dogs had been given all of their shots and were spayed, dewormed and tested for heartworms during the time that they were at the shelter. Melanie and Dale didn’t ask what their policy was but it is their belief that if these dogs were going to be euthanized the Houston SPCA wouldn’t have taken the time or spent the money to have these things done. Emmy, Blanca, Megan and Dottie, four gentle and friendly mix breed dogs, are now available for adoption through True Blue Animal Rescue.

Melanie and Dale have been taking in Bully Breeds since beginning True Blue Animal Rescue in 2004. Dale purchased his first pit bull in 1982, before the breed had been labeled as a vicious dog. He has always owned pit bulls since and is partial to rescuing bully breeds through True Blue Animal Rescue. He understands the challenges of caring for and adopting out this high energy terrier dog, also known as an American Pit Bull Terrier. Anyone who owns a terrier knows what a loyal, stoic and fearless dog they are. These qualities have been used against the pit bull by cruel owners who have exploited and abused them.

Bully Breeds are the hardest dog to find homes for and yet there are more bully breeds in rescue than any other. Sadly, without more options for all of these dogs, many are euthanized. Dale and Melanie were happy to be able to take in four from the Houston SPCA, doing their part to help find homes for a few more of these misunderstood dogs.

“If we want to stop euthanasia of these dogs,” said Melanie, “Then we need to find them homes, and most importantly, spay and neuter all pets until the overpopulation problem is under control.”

“I wish I could save them all”, said Dale, “but if I take in too many I’ll only become part of the problem because I can’t take proper care of every pit bull that needs a home. Unless we come together as a community and stop abuse, neglect, and overpopulation we cannot save them all.”

Hurricane Harvey Rescue Efforts (Updated)

September 19: In the Brenham Banner. We love our community, we all support each other and work together in Washington Co.

September 18: As we continued to support areas in need we called a staging area in Angleton and asked what they needed. As it turns out they had hay, grain and dog and cat food but didn’t have any cattle cubes for local cattle that had been displaced by Hurricane Harvey. Using money from the generous donations we received we were able to fill a tuck full of cattle feed and deliver it the next day. Thank you for your generous donation and support.

September 14: A lot of the animals that were rescued from Hurricane Harvey were injured and in need of medical care. When we heard that we called our Brenham Vet Hospital and Beard Navasota and asked for their support. Both vets donated wraps and bandages and Brenham Vet donated some pet food too! We brought a lot of these supplies to the Sam Houston Race Track in Houston along with hay and feed. It was wonderful to see all the vets and rescuers that stepped up during this time of need.#heartfelthelp #kindnessgoesalongway

September 13: Thanks to hay donations from Peach Pit Ranch, Shelli Schmidt, Dan Matula and Diane Holt we were able to bring hay to staging locations around Houston and Beaumont. Your generosity helped feed a lot of animals when they needed it — with Dan Matula.

September 11: Brenham’s Tractor Supply has gone above and beyond to help the animal victims of hurricane Harvey. They collected a huge box of items donated by their customers and then added a full pallet of dog food on top of that. When we brought the supplies to the Ford Center in Beaumont there was nothing for the animals to eat so these supplies, along with crates, hay and blankets were greatly appreciated. In this picture the District Manager, Kevin DuBose, along with TSC assistant manager, Monica Reeves, is presenting Melanie DeAeth, president of True Blue Animal Rescue with two gift cards to Tractor Supply totaling $2650! That will help us do a lot more for the animals effected by Hurricane Harvey. True Blue Animal Rescue.

September 5: More community donations to help fill the two stock trailers and pick up truck load of supplies that we brought to the Ford Center to help the animals that are victims of Hurricane Harvey. We’re thankful for everyone’s support and will share more pictures and thank yous to all those who helped as time allows.

September 4: So many people worked so hard to gather donations and get them to the animals in need. Aggieland Humane Society out of Bryan, TX is one of them. Their supplies were used at the Ford Center to take care of the animals. Thank you Leiha, for coordinating and delivering the supplies. We even used the bunny cage for a displaced bunny that came in. ?❤️?

Here’s the bunny, safe and comfortable in the cage that was sent by Aggieland Humane Society Thank you!!

September 2: Loaded down and on our way to Beaumont

August 31: We are ready, willing and Able to bring needed supplies to those sheltering animals. We need your help so we can bring what’s needed. Please donate!

I just spoke to Jackie from Texas Equine Angels. She’s at the race track caring for the displaced horses. She gave me an updated list of what they need: Wheel barrows, muck rakes, electrolites, bute, wraps, safe choice feed and hay! We’re going to get those things together today and make a trip down there this evening. Please donate to help us purchase everything needed. Once we have her list filled we’re going to go to locations in Katy and then to Beaumont as soon as the roads are clear.

Donations can be made through paypal on our website, or call and donate at one of the following locations:
Tractor Supply in Brenham 979-836-9797
Brenham Produce (979) ­836-3523

August 30: We’ll be bringing our supplies here as we can. Donate to help! They’ll be filling up with animals all week and need pet food, horse grain, crates and food bowls. Donate to us at or call in a donation to Brenham Produce 979-836-3523 or tractor supply Brenham 979-836-9797 and we’ll pick up and deliver. To donate items call Teresa 979-451-3894

August 29: Pet donations needed for the displaced animals from Hurricane Harvey. You can donate items or send money so we can buy what they need. Donations can be made to True Blue Animal Rescue via pay pal on our website so we can buy items or to donate items call 979-277-4746 or 979-451-3894 and we’ll let you know where to drop things off. You can also call either Tractor Supply in Brenham 979-836-9797 or Brenham Produce 979-836-3523 and make a donation to purchase items for the Hurricane Relief to be picked up by True Blue Animal Rescue. We will be dropping things off on Friday Sept 1st to locations where animals displaced by Hurricane Harvey are being held.
They need
Large Pet Crates
Water buckets
Feed buckets
Shavings – Large Flake
Cat Litter
Grain – 12% Pellets
Grain – Senior Feed
Dog food (wet or dry)
Cat Food (wet or dry)

August 28: We are praying for all of those who are displaced by the flood waters and sharing this call to action:
SPCA of Brazoria Co
141 Canna Lane
Lake Jackson, TX 77566
Is housing over 200 displaced animals in addition to the hundreds they already house. They are in need of:
Paper towels
Dog bowls
Hand sanitizer
Please help if you can.

August 26: It’s so nice to know the dogs are sheltered during the storm. Thanks to all who donated to make the dogs safe. #aroofovertheirheads #safefromtherain#blessed



Juan Vendrell Horse Evaluations

Several of our rescue horses were evaluated by Juan Vendrell on Saturday. With some ground work and basic training these horses will make great riding horses. Pictured is Ginger and Romeo. Juan donated his time to train horses so all proceeds could go to helping animals displaced by hurricane Harvey. If you would like to adopt a rescue horse view them online and then contact us to arrange to meet them.

ASPCA Awards TBAR 2017 Grant

The ASPCA awarded $5,000 to True Blue Animal Rescue. $2500 of this grant money is to help pay for the vet bills incurred by True Blue Animal Rescue after taking in 8 stray horses last year. The other $2500 is to help keep horses in their homes by supporting people in the community by purchasing hay or paying to geld stallions. We will also be using the community support money to provide humane euthanasia for elderly or sick horses that are suffering.
If you can use support with a horse or know someone else that does, please contact us at [email protected] or call 936-878-2349.

Author Susan Broesche at TBAR

Hot off the presses! ‘Sue’s Sunrise Surprise’ written by Susan Broesche. Thank you Susan Stanley Broesche for coming out and sharing your book. If you missed out you can order yours online at or join her at the White Horse Tavern in Burton, Texas in Oct. 3 for breakfast to be there for the official book launch! Great Christmas gift for animal loving children! ? — with Susan Stanley Broesche.

Updated: Regarding Hurricane Harvey Dogs Rescued by Houston SPCA

Update: We are pleased to announce that True Blue Animal Partners with Houston SPCA! Please read the new article explaining how this great opportunity worked out!

In the aftermath of the Hurricane Harvey disaster on the Texas Gulf Coast, hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations, as well as supplies, volunteers and animal advocacy groups have poured into all of the affected areas to assist with the care of rescued animals.  Alarms are being raised, however, regarding one group, the Houston SPCA, with regard to their long term plans for the fate of pit bulls and “bully” breeds rescued from the flood waters in the Beaumont area.

As Hurricane Harvey left Houston and began moving east, Beaumont, Port Arthur and Orange, TX became dangerously flooded, and rescued dogs, cats and other small animals were brought to the Ford Center in Beaumont for temporary shelter.  There, multiple rescue organizations’ staff and volunteers, including Houston Pets Alive!, Austin Pets Alive!, Best Friends Animal Society and others cared for the animals as they came in.  On September 2, the Houston SPCA was granted a Memorandum of Understanding by city officials and assumed overall control and authority for operations within the Ford Center.  According to Melanie DeAeth, President and Founder of True Blue Animal Rescue, a 501c3 non-profit all breed, no- kill shelter in Brenham, TX, the Houston SPCA has long been criticized by animal advocacy groups for a lack of transparency and questionable policies regarding the adoption and placement of “pit bull type” dogs.  It should be noted that the Houston SPCA is not affiliated with ASPCA or any other SPCA in Texas.

According to the Best Friends Animal Society blog, their organization contacted Houston SPCA president, Patti Mercer and offered to assist with the care and reunion efforts of the animals being housed in the Ford Center.  The offer was declined.  When pressed, Ms. Mercer did verbally agree to at least a 30 day hold for the animals to be reunited with their owners, but declined to give any further details regarding long term plans for any animals not picked up by their owners within the 30 day holding period.  According to DeAeth, who was among those who collected supplies for the shelter and volunteered on site, there were approximately 70 pit bulls or pit bull types in the Ford Center as of Sept. 2. The fear among animal advocates is that they will be euthanized regardless of health status or temperament.

Investigative journalist, “Watchdog Mary,”, Mary Schwager is posting on her Facebook page that the Houston SPCA agreed, and then declined, an interview with her. Ms. Schwager is also reporting that HSPCA declined to answer in writing a list of questions she submitted to them.

The Best Friends Animal Society is circulating an internet petition asking the Houston SPCA to guarantee a long term, life -saving commitment to the Harvey animals. As of this writing, the petition has approximately 110,000 signatures. Austin Pets Alive! has shared the petition on their Facebook page and “stands with Best Friends Animal Society . . . . . to hold the Houston SPCA accountable by committing to life saving guarantees for animals rescued from Hurricane Harvey”.

As a representative of True Blue Animal Rescue, DeAeth emailed the Houston SPCA asking to become a rescue partner with them. This partnership would allow them to transfer bully breed dogs that are not claimed by their owners into True Blue Animal Rescue in the same way that they transfer dogs from many other shelters. Adding Houston SPCA to their list would give a chance to the unclaimed pit bull type dogs at The Ford Center in Beaumont, Texas.

“I love all animals”, said DeAeth. “After Hurricane Katrina, I volunteered for displaced animals at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center and I rescued a litter of pit bull puppies.  I found homes for all but one male. I kept him and named him Lamar.  He is 13 years old now and the biggest goofball. Pitbulls are  wonderful dogs and they deserve a chance to find loving forever homes. That is what we want for the dogs in Beaumont.”


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.

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.