TBAR in the News: Our Newest Rescue

TBAR received a horse from a Burleson County seizure this week.  We will post updates.

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TBAR is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is a no-kill facility.  If you would like to help animals such as this please consider donating to TBAR, fostering or adopting.  Every little bit helps us to help another animal in need of safety and rehabilitation.

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Jasmine and Moore Photography

Jasmine by Moore Photography


We were lucky to have Olivia and Jason with Moore Photography come out and capture some TBAR animals in the blooming bluebonnets!  We’d like to share with you Olivia’s post today on Jasmine:  “Get ready for the awesome story of Jasmine. She is another True Blue Animal Rescue work horse. Melanie Hewett-Deaeth, wisely uses her for a special lesson for children. Jasmine was hit by lightening and almost lost her life. While her life was saved she lost her gift of sight and found a home with T-bar. I was impressed by how gentle she is because horses are flee animals and mostly spooked easy.Jasmine has not let her loss of seeing stop her from being trusting and loving. When T-bar has open workshops for children Melanie lets them meet the horse first and then tells them that Jasmine cannot see. So kids understand that being disabled is not the end of the world, nor a reason to distance yourself from other people. Way to go Melanie and Jasmine. You inspire me.”

Thanks Olivia!  And thank you for the beautiful pictures that have made our new webpage look so great!

If you would like to see more of their work (including pictures of TBAR animals) you can like them on Facebook and also visit Oliva on Redbubble!

Here is a picture of Jasmine at our first ABLE Camp last summer!

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Buttercup is a dog thats is as pretty and gentle as the wildflower she’s named for. She is a resident at True Blue Animal Rescue (TBAR) where she was brought as a homeless young dog. Buttercup’s lived the kennel life, surrounded by her fellow rescued dogs, waiting for a home and people of her very own. Though maybe that doesn’t sound like a real fun life, Buttercup has had a lot of good things daily, in her life at TBAR. Along with the usual good food, care and kindness TBAR gives in abundance, her foster mom there has taught her important doggie skills. She is housebroken, crate trained and walks on a leash (loves a bath and brushing) and is a happy, and very friendly girl. Buttercup is between 4 and 5 years old, so no worries about puppy negatives like chewing up sneakers or puddles on the rug. This girl has plenty of joyful energy to play ball, jog with you, go on walks and be enthusiastic about whatever you like. She has a good dose of yellow lab in her family tree and we’re guessing, a dash of border collie or aussie that gave her the poka dots. Buttercup is a bit over 40 lbs, spayed and current on all shots. Her best fit forever home, is one where her humans are there a lot and can give her the affection and time that she’s so patiently waited for, as one of many deserving dogs in a shelter. And it would be wonderful for her to get to spend plenty of time inside as well as out, so she gets to feel like a part of the family, which is all her big old heart has ever wanted. It is very likely she’ll get along fine with another dog, once she has a couple of weeks to adjust and learn the routine, because of her sociable and affectionate nature. She will need a fenced yard. If you’d like to meet Buttercup, just call 936-878-2349, or email [email protected]. You’ll find adoption and/or foster applications on the website at: www.t-bar.org also. You can download, fill out and return, on the website or by regular mail – then you are all set to make an appointment to meet Buttercup (or any of the beautiful TBAR animals. Please “friend” us on Facebook, where you’ll find ongoing news about rescues, their progress, pet tips, fun events and folks to discuss animals with.
Photo courtesy of Moore Photography!

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Texas Unites Conference

Lone Star Conference 2013

We had two TBAR officer’s attend the Texas Unites for Animals Conference in Austin this last weekend.  Every year we learn new techniques and tips from our peers in Animal Control and Animal Rescue.  From Animal Control Officers….. to the folks who work behind the scenes at Animal Shelters……to Volunteers, we met the people who work to improve the situations for Texas animals!

Please click here and like our silly photo on Facebook so we can win a free trip to next year’s conference! 

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TBAR Receives Hay Grant from ASPCA

TBAR Receives Hay Grant from ASPCA

 $5000 toward feeding horses for 3 months

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Washington, Texas — True Blue Animal Rescue (TBAR) announced today the award of a $5000 grant from the ASPCA to assist with hay costs.

“This year TBAR lost its primary hay donor.  In addition, we had an influx of horses whose owners could not support them as a result of the droughts.” said Melanie DeAeth, TBAR President. “This grant will allow us to feed our 40 on-site foster horses through the rest of the winter.”

For the previous eight years, TBAR had been the recipient of a large hay donation that fed the TBAR horses and allowed them to operate all winter long.  TBAR reports that they usually need 200 round bays of hay a year.  In the winter they use around 30 bales a month (they need less in the summer months due to the grassy land the horses have access to), and one bale alone feeds just four horses a week. This donation from ASPCA bought 66 bales of hay, roughly one-third of what is needed in the winter.  TBAR reports that this donation will get them through the rest of the season.  The other two-thirds of hay needed was purchased with money donated from TBAR supporters.

About True Blue Animal Rescue: TBAR is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is a no-kill animal rescue located in Brenham, Texas.  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!

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10 Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog

Top 10 Reasons to
Adopt an Older Dog

1. Older dogs are often housetrained. You won’t have to go through the difficult stage(s) of teaching a puppy house manners and mopping/cleaning up after accidents.

2. Older dogs are not teething puppies, and won’t chew your shoes and furniture while growing up.

3. Older dogs can focus well because they’ve mellowed. Therefore, they learn quickly.

4. Older dogs have learned what “no” means. If they hadn’t learned it, they wouldn’t have gotten to be “older” dogs.

5. Older dogs settle in easily, because they’ve learned what it takes to get along with others and become part of a pack.

6. Older dogs are good at giving love, once they get into their new, loving home. They are grateful for the second chance they’ve been given.

7. What You See Is What You Get: Unlike puppies, older dogs have grown into their shape and personality. Puppies can grow up to be quite different from what they seemed at first.

8. Older dogs are instant companions — ready for hiking, car trips, and other things you like to do.

9. Older dogs leave you time for yourself, because they don’t make the kinds of demands on your time and attention that puppies and young dogs do.

10. Older dogs let you get a good night’s sleep because they’re accustomed to human schedules and don’t generally need nighttime feedings, comforting, or bathroom breaks.

*Adapted from Labrador Retriever Rescue’s “Top Ten Reasons to Adopt a Rescue

2011 News Recap




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Imagine looking out your subdivision window and seeing a horse walking down the street, by himself. And this horse is really skinny. That’s how residents met the senior horse, now named Hemmingway. Apparently just turned loose, the severely emaciated horse was looking for help and looked like a walking skeleton with skin. Sheriff Dept took custody of the horse and after the required hold for an owner to come forth, the horse was awarded to TBar. Hemmingway has already put on a lot of weight, but he still looks really skinny and has a long way to go. The first time he was given water, his head was down for over 5 minutes drinking, said Melanie DeAeth, President of TBar. Hemmingway is getting multiple feedings day of quality senior feed, and special digestive cookies donated by Skodes Horses Treats & Wellness Ranch.  Hemmingway loves people and loves cookies! 





UPDATE: Hemmingway is ADOPTED!  THANK YOU to Dr Cassie Schuster for rehabbing, loving and adopting Hemi!!!  Thank you to Wellness Ranch!!  THANK YOU for supporting TBAR!  You make it possible for us to continue to help horses like Hemmingway!


Custody of Wood County horses awarded to animal rescue group

From the Tyler Morning Telegraph

Staff Writer


The Wood County Judge awarded custody of 26 malnourished horses seized from a Yantis pasture last week to True Blue Animal Rescue after a hearing Wednesday.
Representing herself during the hearing, Linda Hurley Jones, 67, of Yantis, was arrested and charged with nine felony counts of animal cruelty.
She remains in the Wood County Jail pending a $13,500 bond.
Ms. Jones appealed the decision and County Judge Bryan Jeanes set a $10,000 bond on that appeal.
Wood County deputies seized 27 horses Jan. 24 from Ms. Jones’ pasture at County Road 1960, near Texas Highway 154. One died Friday afternoon in veterinary care.
{TBAR Note: 5 horse carcasses were found on the property}
Sgt. Kilan Polk said the hearing “went well” and he is “satisfied with the results.”
He said deputies are investigating the woman’s other properties, although he said he has been unable to “physically examine any of those animals” at this time.
“Once something like this is publicized, other calls come in,” Polk said. “We’re looking at two other places right now unrelated to this case.”
Rather than continuing to answer calls about mistreated and neglected animals, he said he wants calls about people who can foster them.
Melanie DeAeth, president of the Brenham, said the rescue group is “in desperate need of foster homes.”
She said all the horses are Paints, workable and 10 years old or younger, and although “none of them are in good health,” she said, they are improving.
Potential foster families for any or all of the 26 horses should call True Blue Animal Rescue at 936-878-2349.


If anyone is interested in adopting or being a foster home for one or more of these horses, they can contact us at [email protected]


Rehabilitation of the animals will take several months and cost TBAR thousands of dollars. If you would like to make a contribution to assist with the animals rehabilitation or would like to become a foster care-giver for these or other neglect case horses, please contact True Blue Animal Rescue at 936-878-2349 or click below.


When horses are kept in a herd and fed or starved as a herd, the most dominant horses are usually in good condition, the least dominant horses are skin and bones and the middle horses are thin. The Wood County horses exemplify this. The stallion and boss mare are in good shape. Most of the rest of the horses are ribby, show backbone, have dull coats. The bottom of the herd horses are skin and bones, easily seen even through their winter coat.

The owner initially covered this filly with hay, to hide her from the Sheriff. The filly was so emaciated, she could not stand. Unfortunately, she died a few days after being rescued, despite all the efforts to save her.

2009-2010 News Recap

Carol Paselk, the former owner of the 57 horses T-Bar and BEHS helped law enforcement officials seize in May, was just found guilty of two counts of animal cruelty!

In reference to the story May 2009 (see below) , 57 horses seized by Hopkins County law enforcement assisted by True Blue Animal Rescue of Brenham and BEHS of College Station. 

On Thursday October 29th 2009, Carol Paselk was found guilty on two class A misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty. The presiding Judge was Amy Smith. Prosecuting Attorney was Hopkins County Attorney Dusty Rabe. Ms. Paselk received 365 days jail time for the first count, which was probated for two years. And 275 days jail time for the second count which she will serve. In addition she will have to pay $500.00 in fines and court costs. Also, 80 hours community service, restitution paid to the rescues for expenses incurred above normal care due to her neglect of the animals.

 Also, it was ordered by Judge Smith that Ms. Paselk will not be able to own or care for ANY animal, inside or outside of her home for the duration of her sentence. Ms. Paselk is currently being held in the Hopkins County Jail on a $10,000.00 bond ($5000.00 each count) pending appeal. True Blue Animal Rescue would like to thank Judge Amy Smith, C.A. Dusty Rabe and the jury for finding for the horses and finally giving them the justice they so deserve. 

T-Bar hopes that this case will let the public know it is NOT okay to abuse or neglect animals and that there are consequences if it happens. The horses are all doing well, gaining weight, are or will be ready for adoptive homes very soon. 

If anyone is interested in adopting or being a foster home for one or more of these horses, they can contact us at [email protected] . 



Girl Scout Troop 280 visits T-Bar 

Girl Scout Troop 280 came out to visit Tbar. They collected and donated rags and paper towels to help us take care of the animals. They also donated $50 from their cookie money to sponsor one of the Hopkins Co. horses. We let them sponsor one of the stallions here and they even got to name him. His name is now Brownie. Here are pictures of the girls meeting our blind horse Jasmine, then meeting and learning about a skinny horse like Brownie. They watched Dale give Brownie a bath and then they cleaned his stall! It was a great day and at the end they sat in front of the barn for a group picture!  They plan to come back in the fall!

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A Texas Justice of the Peace has awarded custody of 57 Thoroughbred and Arabian horses to the equine welfare groups that have been caring for them since the animals were seized May 9.

Hopkins County law enforcement authorities and volunteers from the True Blue Animal Rescue and the Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society seized the animals from owner Carol Paselk. Melanie DeAeth, president of True Blue Animal Rescue, said the horses were malnourished and needed veterinary and farrier care.

On Tuesday, Justice of the Peace Yvonne King ruled that the horses were neglected and that rescue groups should continue providing rehabilitative care until the horses can be placed in adoptive homes. Paselk was unavailable for comment.

UPDATE: Criminal charges have now been filed against Carol Paselk.


For Immediate Release

For more information:
Melanie DeAeth, True Blue Animal Rescue
Phone: (936)878-2349
Jennifer Williams, President Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society
Phone: (888) 542 5163
True Blue Animal Rescue (TBAR) President Melanie DeAeth received a neglect complaint concerning Hopkins County horse owner Carol Paselk earlier this year.  When she discovered the condition of the horses at the property, she contacted Jennifer Williams, Ph.D. of Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society (BEHS).  DeAeth and Williams agreed that the horses appear to be neglected:  they lacked proper food, access to potable water and necessary medical attention.
On Saturday, May 9, 2009, volunteers from TBAR and BEHS arrived at the owner’s property accompanied by officers from the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Department and Sulphur Springs Police Department.  The officers served the owner, Carol Paselk, with a warrant to remove all horses from the property.  Volunteers document 57 horses living on the property in unsanitary conditions and found one deceased horse..  All living horses were removed and relocated to safe holding facilities.  They’re currently being seen by veterinarians and farriers and being started on re-feeding programs. 
The case will be heard on Tuesday, May 19th at 1:30 PM in Sulphur Springs.  At that time, evidence on the horses’ condition will be presented, and the owner will have a chance to present evidence.  The Justice of the Peace who presides over the case will then determine whether or not the horses were neglected.  If so agrees that the horses were neglected, she can award them to the rescues to rehabilitation and eventually rehome.
Rehabilitation of the animals will take several months and cost the organizations thousands of dollars.  If you would like to make a contribution to assist with the animals rehabilitation or would like to become a foster care-giver for these or other neglect case horses, please contact True Blue Animal Rescue or Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society. 

Extreme Makeover Home Edition


True Blue Animal Rescue won an
Extreme Makeover Home Edition in 2005

Watch the show Sunday, January 29th at 7pm Central on ABC!

Randy French, owner of Stylecraft Builders, Inc., hosted an appreciation dinner for the volunteers who worked on the recent ABC TV Extreme Makeover: Home Edition project in Washington County. Over 400 people attended the Fiesta style dinner at Brazos Center in Bryan/College Station, Thursday, January 26th. The DeAeths and TBAR presented a plaque to Mr. French inscribed with words of thanks and gratitude for all his company has done.


Pictured from left to right:

Cory DeAeth, Randy French, Melanie DeAeth, Colton DeAeth

Thank you to Brenham Trophies for the plaque


TBAR – Before


TBAR – Day 3


TBAR Adoption Day – Tuesday


Ty, Whitney, Anthony and TBAR volunteers

TBAR Adoption Day – Tuesday




John and Anthony


TBAR – Thursday – REVEAL


Ty filming out front

Michael and Ricky

Michael and his dog

logo motto going up

For Hooves, Paws and Claws


Ty Pennington

Design Team:
Ty, Tanya, Ed, Eduardo, Michael


Sponsors and Vendors:

Stylecraft Builders, Inc.
for building the house
Brenham Trophies
for the plaque
Fingers Furniture
for the beautiful furnishingsRobin Williams, Comedian Extraordinaire
and Animal Lover
for the RV


For donating saddles, feed, wormer, halters, saddle racks, bridles,
fly masks and so much more.

Using their special ‘TBAR’ Country Care code when you shop means that
Country Supply will donate 5% of your purchase to T-BAR.
    Our Neighbors
    Supporting us all these years and during the makeover
    Everyone from Alton Elementary
    All their help and support during the makeover
    Durham School Services
    Providing shuttle service to our house
The City of Brenham   -and-
Washington County
Dr. Laurie Shelton of Hilltop Equine Vet Svc.
Brenham Veterinary Hospital
Beard-Navasota Veterinary Hospital
These vets cared for the animals while we were gone
Brenham Banner-Press
for their wonderful articles and support


Metal Dance custom welding
All the Metal Work On the House and Barns
All the Volunteers and Aggies 
Helping tear down and rebuild the house
Dog food and Donation
Scott Mooney of Country Supply 
Tack, feed and other horse supplies
Horse Feed and Chicken
Furniture, household goods and clothing
Brookshire Brothers
Lots of Great Food
Blue Bell Creamery
Town and Country Trash Svc.
Donated Trash Service
Dominos Pizza, Brenham and Navasota
Donated Pizza
What A Burger
Donated Burgers
Tractor Supply in Brenham and College Station
Texas Broadband
High-speed Internet Service
    Telephone and dish network
Petal Patch Florist in College Station
Flowers for the Home
Brenham Trophies and Awards

John Davis
South Texas MD Barn Co, Inc.
    Hosts our TBAR website


Ron Walley Photography
College Station, Texas
email: [email protected]  
*pictures and posters
Holiday World of Houston
Michael May
Katy, Texas
*for the RVBUS RADIO
Three Rivers Climate Service
Navasota, Texas
*for the house A/C and free service



These are just a few of the folks that touched my family directly.
 For a detailed list of vendors go to http://www.stylecraft-homes.com/ and click vendors on the bottom right
We are truly blessed and have been sincerely touched by everyone’s generosity and support.
We will continue to do good works helping animals in need and thanks to you all it will be easier!
Melanie, Dale, Jessi, Cory and Colton DeAeth