Chili Cook Off 2014

This January was the 3rd Annual Chili Cook Off hosted by Independence Harley Davidson in College Station, Texas, benefiting the animals at TBAR.  It was also TBAR’s 10th Birthday!  This year we had even more participants and volunteers and raised even more money for the Animals!


In addition to the concession stand, silent auction, horse and dog demonstrations, kid zones, and (of course) people’s choice chili judging, people could also have fun on our new “Pony Hops”.

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. Save a life: adopt instead of shop and spay or neuter your pets!

Pet of the Week: Smokey

Please Help me find my forever home, Love Smokey
The best of both worlds indoor and outdoor! Smokey is a beautiful, sweet, 1 year old gray/white neutered male who will happily mouse outside and keep your place rodent-free. He will also come inside and love on you snuggling up on your chest, purring like crazy, giving you cat kisses and sleeping on your bed. Smokey does great with adults and older children; and loves dogs of all sizes. He would love to be your one and only cat*. He wants you all to himself!

Smokey was found dumped at a local restaurant where he was fending for himself as a 6 month old kitten. Even then, he was on the front porch, lobbying for someone to pick him up and love on him! We don’t know how long he was on his own, but he obviously learned to hunt. Thankfully, a True Blue Animal Rescue (TBAR) member rescued him and rehabilitated him. Smokey is now happy, healthy, neutered, vaccinated and socialized. All he needs now is YOU! Are you looking for a one-of-a-kind, best of both worlds cat? If you are great!

Please contact TBAR (see below). If not, would you please share Smokeys page and think of him when you’re talking to your friends? Smokey thanks you for helping him find his forever home!

For more information email [email protected] or call 936-878-2349.

* Smokey might get along with girl cats; but does not like other boys.

Tehama, RIP



TBAR would like to honor the memory of Tehama Storey, fellow rescuer and friend. Her battle with Pancreatic Cancer ended on 2/5/14 when she entered Heaven’s loving arms.  Thank you for all you did for the animals while you were here, and we know you finally got the wings you deserve. You will always be missed, remembered, and loved.  Our condolences to her loved ones left here on earth.  RIP Sweet Lady!

-Melanie and the TBAR Staff and Volunteers


Success Stories: Titan and Fire

Success Story Wednesday! 

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Last week we posted a photo of Titan and a link to our success story Flickr page and we were so happy to see Titan’s brother, Fire! Fire’s mom, Tamara, posted a few photos and we just had to share our favorite ones with all of you here!

Both of these beautiful cats went up for adoption when they were estimated to be 5-6 weeks old.  They came from a bad hording situation and were rescued by a neighbor that found the kittens while the adult cats were being removed.  This good neighbor bottle fed the kittens until they were old enough for adoption.


We love to see our rescued animals in their loving forever homes – it is what keeps all of the dedicated TBAR volunteers going!

Please upload YOUR success stories to our Flickr page

Or if you aren’t a member of Flickr please e-mail your photos to [email protected] and we will post them for you!

Baby Girl

Here are some updated pics of Baby Girl!

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“Baby Girl” was found by a community member who took her to the vet for her cut and broken foot.  This helpful person asked TBAR to help, and is now fostering Baby Girl as a TBAR dog until she is healed and ready to be adopted. TBAR would like to raise money to help pay her vet bill.  If you would like to help, you can click here to donate:


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Success! Horseman’s Market Day

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True Blue Animal Rescue had a great turnout for the Horseman’s Market Day (The Horseman’s Flea Market) on Saturday, August 17, 2013 (sponsored by the Brazos Valley Driving and Riding Club) at 5827 Leonard Road in Bryan, Texas.  TBAR volunteers showed up with all sorts of horse-related items that had been donated throughout the year to be sold at this event for fundraising.

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Our volunteers worked the event from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm, knowing that their time and efforts were raising money that would go directly to the care of TBAR animals.  Fundraising and donations go straight to vet bills, food, and shelter, and allow TBAR to say “yes” to the next abused or neglected animal that they receive a call to help.

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TBAR members were thrilled to have made $1883 at the event!  This amount is equal to the cost of vet bills and feed for nearly a month at TBAR!  One of the reasons we were able to earn so much was because of a generous donation – a horse trailer!  We would like to thank all the people who donated items (big and small), all the volunteers that worked the event, and Moore Photography for volunteering their skills to document this event so we could share it with the rest of you!

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If you are interested in helping, you can donate via PayPal, or e-mail us at [email protected] to donate items for our next market day, or sign up to volunteer!  In the upcoming year we will be rolling out a new volunteering program that will allow more members of the community to help TBAR animals!

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Event Volunteers:  AJ, Linda, and Melanie

Not Pictured:  Dale, Colton, Elizabeth, Olivia, Jason, James, Teresa, Lauren, and Karlene

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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Attendees stopping by the TBAR booth.

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An attendee checking out the wide variety of items TBAR has for sale.


Success Story: Dora!

Dora finally found her forever home!  She owes a great deal of thanks to everyone who helped spread the word that her foster mom was relocating (and it would be best for her to go to a forever home, rather than get used to another foster home).  Her new forever home found her due to the networking efforts of TBAR fans!
Dora’s Story:
Dora was born around November 1, 2012.  She

 and her 5 siblings were rescued from a trailer park in College Station, Texas. TBAR received a call that there were 5 two-week-old, starving kittens whose mother was not producing any milk and the people who were caring for them could not keep them. TBAR took the kitties in and provided them with a loving foster home while they awaited their forever homes. Gradually, the rest of the litter got adopted; all but Miss Dora. She went through much anticipation and false-alarms when it came to finding her home, despite the fact that she was a very loving and cuddly kitten whose favorite thing was to lay in a lap and be loved on.


Donkey Adventure!

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by Linda Taylor

Eve Peacock was just interested in a spotted miniature donkey.  Little did she know that her inquiry would lead her and her son on an animal rescue adventure.

In January of this year, True Blue Animal Rescue was called to assist the Sheriff on a seizure of 19 donkeys.  Eve and her son helped on the day of the seizure with the loading and transportation of the emaciated donkeys, all adults and youngsters ranging from very small to regular sized.  Yes, 19 Donkeys – they were placed in adoptive and foster homes after first going to the sale barn, as TBAR had “no room at the Inn” at the time, so to speak.

When they are healthy, donkeys are beautiful, velvety eared animals, with soft brown eyes.
They are God’s special creatures that are sweet, patient and strong.  This little herd of sweet donkeys included spotted ones, dark fuzzy brown ones, and dove grey ones with crosses on their backs.

Eve took home her spotted grey donkey and named her Jasmine.  She spent time bringing her back to health, and in the spring Jasmine had a healthy baby that they named Josie.

You can see in the photos, that this is truly a TBAR Happy Hooves story.

A Special Heartfelt “THANK YOU!” goes out to the haulers, loaders, fundraisers, fosters, and transportation helpers that were there that day.  We also want to thank all those VERY SPECIAL PEOPLE out there that help do what we ALL do… for Animal Rescue!



Read to Ride Camp

*Update!*  We have opened up space for more campers!  Please print out the following form for your ticket, and contact Melanie to set up a camp time!

PRINT ME!  Read to Ride Flyer with ticket

We are pleased to announce our new kids camp for the summer – “READ to RIDE” camp!  These camps will be motivating children to continue their reading skills over the summer by offering them a camp day filled with reading and playing with animals riding.

See our Camp Recaps Here!

Here is a video of the ABLE horses getting used to the ramp:

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