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


Tbar Heaven 2005


Bandit – T-Bar #D050









Bear died in his dog house less than a week after being donated to TBar. He was donated along with 7 other puppies who are doing well and available for adoption. He was a sweet dog and will always be remembered.






Blue Moon2

Blue Moon – TBar# D058

Blue Moon came to Tbar with a severe case of heartworms. We kept her comfortable and tried treatment but she didn’t survive. She knew love and care before she crossed the rainbow bridge. She is healthy and breathing easier now.












Gracie – T-Bar #D066


















Leroy – T-Bar #D067










Little Caesar – T-Bar #D083
“full of heart and courage”
Euthanized due to Severe Heartworms










Momma – T-Bar #D084
Euthanized due to Severe Heartworms
























Redman – T-Bar #D053



















Here is a picture of Skye. She was donated to Tbar when her owner could no longer take care of her. She was malnourished and had an injured leg that could no longer be straightened out. Because of this she was also foundered in her front hooves and could not stand up without pain. Sadly Skye did not live long after she was taken to the vet. She was weak and did not have the fight in her to survive her condition. We will not forget her.











tazTaz left us on June 27, 2004. He got colic from the rich grass that grew during all the rain we had been having during this time. The rich grass along with his cribbing was a terrible combination. The air he sucked in while cribbing caused the grass in his stomach to ferment quickly which caused the colic. Taz’s rolling caused a twist in his intestine. His foster Mom walked him and gave him bantamine before the vet came, but the twist must have already been there. The vet treated him and gave him mineral oil, but nothing worked. He was taken into the vet’s office where the twist was found during palpation. Poor Taz was in a great deal of pain and exhausted. He was ready to be set free so his foster Mom, Melanie DeAeth made the decision to put him to sleep.

He will always be grateful to Rama Santschi for saving his life. She took him in and helped him gain weight when he was the walking skeleton seen in this picture. Even after gaining weight he needed to gain trust in humans. He thanks his foster Mom, Melanie DeAeth for helping him to do this. He learned to trust her and felt safe in his foster home. He had a good life while he was here. He also had the special purpose of being the reason why True Blue Animal Rescue was created. This rescue was created to give sanctuary to Taz and other emotionally disturbed animals like Taz. He will never be forgotten and True Blue Animal Rescue will go on saving animals and giving them a safe place to live in Taz’s memory.

God Bless you Taz, I know you are running free in open fields and you finally are freed from all your sadness and worries. Thank you for giving me your trust.

Melanie DeAethtaz1 taz2


Dogs Adopted 2005

T-Bar’s Success Stories 2005
Dogs that Found their Forever Homes * 

TBar #D103 – Girl –ADOPTEDpup1_girl TBar #D104 – Boy – ADOPTEDPup2_male
 sparky T-Bar Name: Sparky T-Bar #: D052 Weight: 60 lbs
Sex: Spayed Female Age: 4  years
Breed: Mix breed Date Came to T-Bar: February  2005
Color: Red orangeSparky is a well behaved and friendly dog. She was the beloved pet of a young man who went off to serve his country in the armed services. He must have had mixed feelings, knowing he couldn’t take Sparky with him. Lucky for Sparky we were here to take her in and care for her while we search for a new forever home for her. She is housebroken, walks well on a leash and responds to several voice commands including sit, come and no. Won’t you please consider filling the gap left in Sparky’s life by taking her  home to live with you?
Adoption: ADOPTED! Location: Washington, TX
 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA T-Bar Name: Joe T-Bar #: D070 Weight: 8lbs
Sex:  Male Age on 5/17/05: 7 weeks
Breed: Rottweiler Cross Date Came to T-Bar: May 2005
Color: Black and Tan
ADOPTED Location: Brenham, Texas
If you’re looking for a beautiful Rottweiler who is also a love, then Little Joe is what you’re looking for. Friendly with people, kids, other dogs and a real sweetheart. Purebred look with a rescue price!
 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA T-Bar Name: Buddy T-Bar #: D094 Weight: 18 lbs
Sex:  Neutered Male Age on 10/1/20053 yrs
Breed: Long-haired Dachshund Date Came to T-Bar: Oct 1st, 2005
Color: Copper and Black
  ADOPTED Location: Brenham, Texas
This beautiful sweetheart was adopted the day he came into T-Bar. He has a way of capturing the hearts of everyone who met him! Congratulations to his new family!
 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA T-Bar Name: Winston T-Bar #: D095  Weight: 24 lbs
Sex:  Neutered Male Age on 10/1/2005:  2 yrs
Breed:  Pug Date Came to T-Bar:  Oct 1st, 2005
Color:  tan w/ black markingsWinston is quite overweight;  so his foster mom is going to help him get to a healthy weight. Winston had to be given up by his owner. 
 ADOPTED Location: Dimebox, Texas
 maggie_web T-Bar Name: Maggie T-Bar #D085 Weight: 35 lbs
Sex: Spayed Female Age: 2 years
Breed: Basset Hound Date Came to T-Bar: July 2005
Color: Tri-Colored
ADOPTED Location: Brenham, Texas
Maggie is a sweetie – curls up in your lap and looks at you with the big, brown basset eyes. Great with kids, other dogs, and gets along with cats too! Will you make her part of your family?
 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA T-Bar Name: Bear T-Bar #: D082 Weight: 46 lbs
Sex:  Neutered Male Age on 7/26/20051 year 7 mos.
Breed: Catahoula Leopard Date Came to T-Bar: July 2005
Color: Tan and White
Adoption: ADOPTED Location: Brenham, Texas
Bear was adopted from a shelter and thought he had it made. Unfortunately, Bear was kept outside all the time and didn’t get much attention. And then one day his family just left – without him. Now he’s sad because what Bear wants more than anything is to be someone’s pet, to be loved like a family member, to sleep at the foot of your bed and be there for you. He promises to be real good, mind his manners, let your kids crawl all over him, play with your other dogs, and walk nice on a leash. Won’t you give him a forever home? 
 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA T-Bar Name: Bonnie T-Bar #: D074 Weight: 10 lbs
Sex:  Female Age12 weeks
Breed: Copelyn Hound Date Came to T-Bar: July 2005
Color: Black and Tan
Adoption: ADOPTED Location: Brenham, Texas
“Why doesn’t anyone want me?” Bonnie must be thinking. Her family abandoned her and now that she’s been rescued, fed, and given a clean bill of health, you’d think she would have a line of people wanting to take her home. She doesn’t. Would you please show Bonnie that someone DOES want her?! She won’t be big. Crawls in your lap. Loves other dogs. Ready to come home with you! (Sister to Clyde below)
 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA T-Bar Name: Clyde T-Bar #: D075 Weight: 10 lbs
Sex:  Male Age12 weeks
Breed: Copelyn Hound Date Came to T-Bar: July  2005
Color: Black and Tan
Adoption Fee: ADOPTED Location: Brenham, Texas
Cutie! And a sweet heart. Won’t be big. Crawls in your lap. Loves other dogs. Ready to come home with you! (Brother to Bonnie above)
 Sarah T-Bar Name: Sarah T-Bar #: D090 Weight: 15 lbs
Sex:  Female Age on 9/20054 months
Breed: Stafford shire mix Date Came to T-Bar: Sept  2005
Adoption Fee: ADOPTED! Location: Washington, Texas
Very friendly and playful. This hurricane Katrina survivor came into the Lamar Dixon Expo center dehydrated and skinny. She needs to gain some more weight. 
 Bonnie T-Bar Name: Barney T-Bar #: D076 Weight: 10 lbs
Sex:  Male Age12 weeks
Breed: Copelyn Hound Date Came to T-Bar: July 2005
Color: Black and Tan
Adoption Fee: ADOPTED! Location: Brenham, Texas
Brother to Bonnie (pictured) & Clyde (see Dogs available for adoption)
 Clyde T-Bar Name: Bo T-Bar #: D077 Weight: 10 lbs
Sex:  Male Age12 weeks
Breed: Copelyn Hound Date Came to T-Bar: July  2005
Color: Black and Tan
Adoption: ADOPTED Location: Brenham, Texas
Brother to Bonnie & Clyde (picture) (see Dogs available for adoption)
 Bo T-Bar Name: Bo T-Bar Number:D043 Weight: 20 lbs
Sex: Neutered Male Age on 1/24/04: 10 years
Breed: Shih-tzu Date Came to T-Bar: January, 2005
Color: Brown and White      Housebroken
 ADOPTED Location: Brenham, TX
 China T-Bar Name: China T-Bar #: D046 Weight: 10 lbs
Sex: Female Age on 1/24/04: 10 weeks
Breed: Lab Mix Date Came to T-Bar: January, 2005
Color: Black with a white chin and white spot on chest
 ADOPTED Location: Brenham, TX
T-Bar Name: Charcole T-Bar #: D047 Weight: 10 lbs
Sex: Spayed Female Age on 1/24/04: 10 weeks
Breed: Lab Mix Date Came to T-Bar: January, 2005
Color: Solid Black
 ADOPTED Location: Brenham, TX
 Brandy T-Bar Name: Brandy T-Bar #: D049 Weight:
Sex: Spayed Female Age: 1 & 1/2 years
Breed: Border Collie/Lab Date Came to T-Bar: January, 2005
Color: Black and White            Housebroken and friendly
 ADOPTED Location: Chappell Hill, TX
 TuckerD054 T-Bar Name: Tucker T-Bar #: D054 Weight: 10 lbs
Sex: Male Age on 4/17/05 10 weeks
Breed: Lab/ Border Collie Date Came to T-Bar: March, 2005
Color: Black, Brown and White       
 ADOPTED Location: Brenham, TX
 Ladybug T-Bar Name: Ladybug T-Bar #: D057 Weight: 10 lbs
Sex: Female Age on 4/17/05 10 weeks
Breed: Lab/ Border Collie Date Came to T-Bar: March, 2005
Color: Black and White  
 ADOPTED Location: Bryan, TX
 Harry2 T-Bar Name: Harry T-Bar Number: D059 Weight: 5lbs
Sex: Male Age on 4/17/05: 6 weeks
Breed: Blue Tick / lab X Date Came to T-Bar: March 25, 2005
Color: Black, brown and white
 ADOPTED Location: Brenham, Texas
 Stanley2 T-Bar Name: Stanley T-Bar Number: D062 Weight: 5lbs
Sex: Male Age on 4/17/05: 6 weeks
Breed: Blue Tick / lab X Date Came to T-Bar: March 25, 2005
Color: Black, brown and white
 ADOPTED Location: Brenham, Texas
 Ginger T-Bar Name: Ginger T-Bar Number: D065 Weight: 5lbs
Sex: Female Age on 4/17/05: 6 weeks
Breed: Blue Tick / lab X Date Came to T-Bar: March 25, 2005
Color: Black and white
 ADOPTED Location: Brenham, Texas

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T-Bar Name: Lady T-Bar Number: D068 Weight: 10lbs
Sex: Female Age on 4/17/05: 10 weeks
Breed: Walker Hound Mix Date Came to T-Bar: March 2005
Color: Black, Tan and white
 ADOPTED Location: Brenham, Texas
 Izzy T-Bar Name: Izzy T-Bar NumberD069 Weight:15lbs
Sex: Female Age on 4/17/05: 10 weeks
Breed: Golden Retriever  X Date Came to T-Bar: March 2005
Color: Golden                     Location: Brenham, Texas
 Sasha2 T-Bar Name: Sasha T-Bar #: D072 Weight: 8lbs
Sex:  Female Age on 5/17/05: 7 weeks
Breed: Hound /Shepherd Date Came to T-Bar: May 2005
Color: Black and Tan
Adoption: ADOPTED Location: Washington, Texas
 Quanah2 T-Bar Name: Quanah T-Bar #: D071 Weight: 8lbs
Sex:  Female Age on 5/17/05: 7 weeks
Breed: Hound /Shepherd Date Came to T-Bar: May 2005
Color: Buckskin and Black
Adoption: ADOPTED Location: San Marcos, Texas

Dogs Adopted 2004

T-Bar’s 2004 Success Stories
Dogs that Found their Forever Homes * 

chance T-Bar Name: Chance T-Bar Number: D001
Sex: Neutered Male Age at arrival: 2 years
Breed: Lab Date Came to T-Bar: N/A
Color: Yellow
 He was found in Shelby county as a stray. He had heartworm and mange. A T-Bar member took him in, fed him, treated him for heartworm and mange, and had him neutered. Location: Lufkin, TX

jinx T-Bar Name: Spanky T-Bar Number: D002 Weight: 25 lbs
Sex: Spayed Female Age at arrival: 10 weeks
Breed: Catahoula Mix Date Came to T-Bar: Mar 19, 2004
Color:  Catahoula color pattern
Location: Cameron, TX
gimpy T-Bar Name: Pegasus T-Bar Number: D003 Weight: 25lbs
Sex: Spayed Female Age at arrival: 8 weeks
Breed: Blue Heeler Date Came to T-Bar: Mar 19, 2004
Color: Gray with brown ears and a half mask
 This little girl broke her leg when she was a small puppy. It has since healed and she does not have full mobility in that leg because of that. She has no problem getting around though, and other than the stiffness in her walk you would not even know she had an old injury.
She is a very loving dog. She is housebroken and behaves well in the house. She is also very smart and learns tricks easily. She comes when she is called and will sit at your feet. She would make a great pet for any family. She loves kids and other animals. She will be a dominant dog in a group of dogs, but once that is established she gets along well. Once fully grown she will be a medium sized dog.
Location: Brenham, TX
princess T-Bar Name: Princess T-Bar Number: D004 Weight: 40lbs
Sex: Spayed Female Age at arrival: 8 weeks
Breed: Mixed breed Date Came to T-Bar: April 4, 2004
Color: Black with brown legs and muzzle
Adoption Fee: Adopted Location: Bryan, Texas

peanut T-Bar Name: Peanut T-Bar Number: D007
Sex: Neutered Male Age at arrival: 8 weeks
Breed: Mixed breed Date Came to T-Bar: April 4, 2004
Color: Black with a brown muzzle and feet
Location: Brenham, TX

maddy T-Bar Name: Maddy T-Bar Number: D012
Sex: Spayed Female Age at arrival: 2 years
Breed: Bassett / Lab Date Came to T-Bar: 4/27/04
Color: All Black
Location: Brenham, TX
midnight T-Bar Name: Midnight T-Bar Number: D013 Weight: 50lbs
Sex: Spayed Female Age at arrival: 6 months
Breed: Mixed Breed Date Came to T-Bar: 4/27/04
Color: All Black
Location: Cameron, TX
spotty T-Bar Name: Spotty T-Bar Number: D014 Weight: 20lbs
Sex: Neutered Male Age at arrival: 3 years
Breed: Fox Terrier Date Came to T-Bar: 4/20/04
Color: White with brown face and black spots
 Spotty is a very loving dog. He loves women most and likes men as he gets to know them, but he is nervous around children. He gets jealous of other dogs, but has gotten used to our chihuahuas and blue heeler. He tolerates them, but does not enjoy or play with them. He would be great as a watch dog companion to someone who wants a loyal friend who will stick with you always. He is house trained and sleeps in his crate quietly at night. He does not chew or make a mess in the house or his crate.
Spotty needs a forever home so he can have his own person to love him and care for him. You will not find a more loving companion. Please contact True Blue Animal Rescue if you are interested in meeting Spotty. www.t-bar.org, [email protected], 936/878-2349.
Location: Brenham, Texas
buttercup T-Bar Name: Buttercup    T-Bar Number: D015 Weight: 25lbs
Sex: Spayed Female Age at arrival: 6 weeks
Breed: Mixed Breed Date Came to T-Bar: 5/2/04
Color: Light Brown
Location: Brenham, TX


sally T-Bar Name: Sally T-Bar Number: D020 Weight: 12lbs
Sex: Spayed Female Age on 1/24/05: 1 year
Breed: Schnauzer / Dachshund Date Came to T-Bar: June 25, 2004
Color: Brown, Gray and Black
 Sally gets along with other dogs but will chase most other livestock on a farm. She needs to live with a family that has a fenced yard. She is a lively active little dog that has a lot of love to give to a forever family. She weighs about 12 pounds and will stay a small dog. Location: Crockett, TX


duke T-Bar Name: Duke T-Bar Number: D021 Weight: 40lbs
Sex: Neutered Male Age at arrival: 1 year
Breed: Shepherd / Coyote Cross Date Came to T-Bar: June 25, 2004
Color: Brown, White and Black
 Duke is a very sweet and lovable dog. He gets along with other dogs and animals. He is very smart and willing to please. He would love to have someone to spend time with him and teach him tricks. Location: Crockett, TX

amanda T-Bar Name: Amanda T-Bar Number: D022 Weight: 20lbs Sex: Spayed Female Age at arrival: Under a year Breed: Beagle Date Came to T-Bar: June 28, 2004 Color: White, Brown and Black  Flopped puppy picture is “Classic Amanda” – this is her 90% of the time. She is a very easy dog – never underfoot, always agreeable, she house trained herself in 3 days, she’s completely safe with kids ( even loud, nosy, must look at her teeth a million times a day-type of kids), completely safe with other animals – does not chase anything
Ideal family for her would be a busy, kids still at home with a fenced backyard and a dog door. She does not bark as much as a beagle but will bark if she feels abandoned. i.e. she’s outside and everyone is inside and she can see you. She will stop barking within a few minutes if no one comes so its NOT nuisance barking – she does not bark at strangers. We really considered keeping her she is sooo sweet. Location: Brenham, TX


Muffin1b T-Bar Name: Muffin T-Bar Number: D024 Weight: 7 lbs
Sex: Spayed Female Age at arrival: 1 year
Breed: Jack Russel Terrier Mix Date Came to T-Bar: August  2004
Color: White, Black and Brown
Location: Houston , TX


Daisy T-Bar Name: Daisy T-Bar Number:D025 Weight: 40 lbs
Sex: Spayed Female Age on 1/24/05: 10 months
Breed: Stafford shire Terrier Date Came to T-Bar: Sept. 2004
Color: Tan, White and Black    Housebroken / crate trained
Location: Brenham , TX


Zack T-Bar Name: Zack T-Bar #: D029 Weight: 45 lbs
Sex: Neutered Male Age on 1/24/05: 10 months
Breed: Stafford shire Terrier Date Came to T-Bar: Sept. 2004
Color: Tan, White and Black      
Location: Lufkin , TX


zipper T-Bar Name: Zipper T-Bar Number:D030 Weight: 60 lbs
Sex: Neutered Male Age on 1/24/05: 10 months
Breed: Stafford shireTerrier Date Came to T-Bar: Sept. 2004
Color: Brindle
Location: Washington , TX


sadie T-Bar Name: Sadie T-Bar Number:D031 Weight: 15 lbs
Sex: Spayed Female Age on 1/24/05: 4 months
Breed: Collie mix Date Came to T-Bar: Oct. 23, 2004
Color: White and Brown         
Location: Rosharon, TX


shadow T-Bar Name: Shadow T-Bar Number:D032 Weight: 15 lbs
Sex: Neutered Male Age on 1/24/05: 4 months
Breed: Collie mix Date Came to T-Bar: Oct. 23, 2004
Color: White and Brown        Crate trained
Location: Brenham, TX


Katie T-Bar Name: Katie T-Bar #: D033 Weight: 15 lbs
Sex: Spayed Female Age on 4/17/05: 6 months
Breed: Red Heeler mix Date Came to T-Bar: Oct. 23, 2004
Color: White, Red and Brown      Crate Trained
Location: Bryan, TX


Oreo T-Bar Name: Oreo T-Bar #: D034 Weight: 15 lbs
Sex: Neutered Male Age on 1/24/05: 4 months
Breed: Blue Heeler mix Date Came to T-Bar: Oct. 23, 2004
Color: Gray and Black       Crate Trained
Location: Brenham, TX


blackberry T-Bar Name: Blackberry T-Bar Number:D035 Weight: 5 lbs
Sex: Spayed Female Age at arrival: 5 weeks
Breed: Shepherd mix Date Came to T-Bar: Oct. 23, 2004
Color: Black, Brown and White
Location: Bryan, TX


Goofus T-Bar Name: Goofus T-Bar Number: D038 Weight: 65 lbs
Sex: Neutered Male Age on 1/24/05: 1 year
Breed: Lab Mix Date Came to T-Bar: Oct. 30, 2004
Color: White and Red            Good with kids and friendly
Location: Washington, TX


Kena 1a T-Bar Name: Kena T-Bar Number: D040 Weight: 35 lbs
Sex: Spayed Female Age on 1/24/05: 2 years
Breed: Lab Mix Date Came to T-Bar: November 2004
Color: Black                  Housebroken
Location: Washington, TX


D041 T-Bar Name: T-Bar Number: D041 Weight:
Sex: Spayed Female Age at arrival: 7 weeks
Breed: Beagle/Hound Mix Date Came to T-Bar: Dec. 15, 2004
Color: Tri colored
Location: Brenham, TX


puppya T-Bar Name: T-Bar Number: D042 Weight:
Sex: Neutered Male Age at arrival: 7 weeks
Breed: Beagle/Hound Mix Date Came to T-Bar: Dec. 15, 2004
Color: Black and Tan
Location: Brenham, TX


Disaster Preparedness For Your Animals

No animal left behind.” That phrase should ring in your ears whenever you contemplate the need to evacuate your home due to or during an impending disaster – whether natural or manmade. The “unexpected” can happen to anyone – at anytime. Fires, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, train derailments resulting in toxic spills, and factory or pipeline explosions, can all precipitate mandatory evacuation.

By thinking about what you would need to do, and planning ahead, you will be able to mitigate problems and provide protection and care for your entire family – including your pets. Organizing and gathering your supplies ahead of time means you won’t be caught without what you need in an emergency.

Never leave your animals behind thinking “they will be fine” until you return. You have no way of knowing when you will be able to get back to them. It could be days or weeks. Even a few hours of leaving them in harm’s way could put their lives at risk. Local authorities will not allow you back once they have ordered evacuation from an area.

Remember that many emergency shelters will not allow animals inside. However, some will let you bring them in if contained in carriers. Some animal shelters and veterinary clinics will allow temporary housing during times of emergency. Also, many motels and hotels will temporarily suspend normal policies and allow animals during disasters. But if worse comes to worse, your animals are better off with you even if they must stay in the car, than left behind with no one to look after them.

Some tips for being prepared in the event of a disaster:

  • Have a backup plan in case you are not at home when evacuation is necessary. Have an agreement with a neighbor or friend who would have ready access to your animals, and discuss necessary plans of action ahead of time. Make sure they know where your evacuation kit and other needed items are stored, and if at all possible, try to get them acquainted with your animals ahead of time. Write out a detailed list of your animals’ names, behavior, needs, etc. and make several copies. Establish a meeting place outside of the likely evacuated area. Exchange phone, cell, pager numbers, etc.
  • Keep on hand a list of emergency phone numbers such as veterinarian, animal shelters, and other useful numbers such as weather reports, sheriff’s dept., highway patrol, etc.
  • Assemble a basic supply kit for your animals. It should include sufficient supplies for at least 72 hours for each animal. The kit should include: current ID and photos of you with your animals; a way to keep the animals confined or controlled; food and water, and the dishes to hold them; leashes, halters, etc.; sanitation items; shot records; pet first aid kit and medications; toys & familiar bedding.
  • Put collars with names & contact numbers on your animals if at all possible. If they get separated from you, it may make all the difference in reuniting them with you. Multiple copies of photos for handing out would also be very helpful if you are separated from your pets.
  • Blankets, warm clothing, and rain-gear for yourself are important if you must stay in your car or have no building to shelter in. Also useful is a portable radio and plenty of fresh batteries.
  • Keep your pre-packed kit in a handy place and be sure everyone in the family knows where it is. (Be sure to rotate foods and meds so they don’t get old).
  • Be alert to possible disasters and emergencies by keeping up with news and weather reports. Consider buying a scanner – especially if you live in rural areas prone to regular problems such as wildfires, etc.
  • Decide ahead of time where you will go with your animals when you need to evacuate your home, and make sure it is out of the way of the disaster area.
  • Do not wait until the last possible minute to leave. As soon as danger seems like it is coming your way, as soon as the authorities recommend leaving the area – then take your animals and emergency kits and get going. Staying put too long will, at the very least, subject you to traffic jams on the highways, and it will give you fewer options about where you can stay once you get where you are going. Sometimes, your route will be cut off sooner than expected – leaving you without escape.

These simple preparations could save your animals’ lives. Even if your home is destroyed, at least you won’t have the added heartbreak of losing your beloved pets. Every year hundreds of pets die or are lost needlessly because they have been left to fend for themselves. Don’t let this happen to your own four-legged friends.

For more information and help on this subject, as well as current status of disaster areas, see the Noah’s Wish web site at http://www.noahs-wish.org/ . This website also has an extensive list of instructions for specific animals ranging from amphibians to horses to turtles, etc.

The Noah’s Wish organization also provides emergency assistance in major disasters.

Contact them at:
P.O. Box 997 Placerville, CA 95667
Business Number: (530) 622-9313
Emergency Pagers: 877-575-0128 or 800-746-9390

Don’t wait for someone else to take care of the problem

Whose Turn is it?

How many times have you seen a stray animal on the road and wondered why it was there and what was going to become of it?

How many times have you thought that “someone” really should “do something” about all the half-starved, homeless cats and dogs that wander around until they perish from hunger, disease, or injury?

How often do you agonize over the number of animals that must be destroyed every year at the local shelter? These sad-eyed products of someone else’s carelessness and indifference deserve a better fate.

There are many animal shelters and many hard-working volunteers who do their best to alleviate the situation. This is good, but there is a great need for more people who will volunteer their time and energies as well.

If each one of us would be willing to spend just a couple of hours each month, the total effort would go a long way to reduce the suffering of those who are unable to help themselves.

Don’t wait for someone else to take care of the problem. Every person has something of value to contribute. Call your local shelter today and tell them you ready to do your part to improve the odds for al animals to live happy and healthy lives.

Cruelty To Animals is Everyone’s Problem, Everyone’s Business

It’s getting worse. Hardly a day goes by that we don’t hear some stomach-turning story about animal abuse. Most of us are sickened by such reports. We ask ourselves why these things happen, and we wonder what we can do about it. The answer is simple, although it isn’t always easy – GET INVOLVED! We can begin by supporting our local animals shelters as well as well-run national animal organizations. But beyond that, if we are really going to make a difference, we must be willing to take on this responsibility as individuals.

Silence encourages wrongdoing. When we witness abuse or neglect of animals we need to speak up and put a stop to it. If it is a matter of ignorant neglect, sometimes all that is necessary is educating the persons involved, and perhaps offering help in dealing with the situation. If that fails to correct the problem, or if it is a case of deliberate cruelty or torture, then contact the local authority immediately. Do not wait. The animal is suffering, and your action might mean the difference to it between life and death. If the animal is already dead, you could be responsible for saving the life of another animal by stopping the abuser. In any case, the perpetrator must be held accountable for his actions.

Each of us has the capacity to abate the needless tormenting and suffering of animals. When we read or hear about cruelty to animals, we can take the time to share our outrage with others by writing to local newspapers and television stations, and encouraging others to do the same. If the abuse – in the name of “sport” or “games” or “entertainment” – is somehow encouraged or condoned by authorities, as it is in some states and in some other countries, we can write or call officials there to let them know that such activities are intolerable in a civilized society. We can also work to pass or strengthen laws in our own communities. And we can refuse to attend movies, rent videos, or buy books that portray mistreatment of animals as anything but wrong.

For those who might ask why we should concern ourselves with the well-being of animals, consider this – The kind of monsters who abuse animals will abuse people. Power over the powerless, be it an animal or a person, is addictive to these degenerates. This type of conduct always escalates and the more it is allowed, the more it will increase. So, beyond the obvious moral considerations regarding our stewardship over helpless creatures, the safety of human beings is at stake as well. Both adults and children who commit violence against humans almost always have a history of violence towards animals. Animal abuse is evil, and evil feeds on itself.

A society which tacitly condones mistreatment of animals by looking the other way, invites havoc upon itself. A society without pity and compassion on those who are unable to defend themselves is diminished, and its’ people are impoverished.

Cruelty to animals is generally defined as when a person knowingly or intentionally: tortures or seriously overworks an animal; fails to provide necessary food, water, care, or shelter for an animal; abandons an animal; transports or confines an animal in a cruel manner; kills, injures, or administers poison to an animal; causes one animal to fight with another; or uses a live animal as a lure. Animal cruelty convictions (depending on the state) can result in both fines and time in jail.

If you need to report an animal abuse situation, have as much information as possible, readily available when you call:

  • Statement of the problem (include dates and weather conditions)
  • Species of animal(s) and how many involved
  • Address or directions to location of animal(s)
  • Name (if known), address, phone number of alleged owner
  • Name, address, phone number of witnesses
  • Close-up pictures, if possible, of the animal(s) and living conditions

If someone has abused your own animal, take it to a veterinarian and obtain a written, notarized statement as to the animal’s condition, diagnosis of problem and cause, and how the problem can be corrected.

To report a case of cruelty to animals, call the local animal control or police or sheriff’s department. Also call your local animal shelter or rescue organization to see what help and advice they can offer.

Halloween Horrors

It is sad but true that there are many dangers in this world for our beloved pets. It is also true that there are people who do not love animals. Instead, they abuse them or even kill them. Halloween brings out an assortment of kooks, crazies and would-be witches, who get a kick out of doing away with cats and dogs in all kinds of vicious ways.

Every year, a week or two before October 31, these individuals start stealing pets or looking for strays to use in their unspeakable acts. Although black cats are preferred, all dogs and cats, and other animals as well, are at risk.

Keep an extra close eye on your pets at this time of year and be alert to strangers in your neighborhood.

On Halloween, it is important to keep your pets indoors. Staying outside can expose them to pranks or accidents. In addition, with all the noise and confusion from trick or treating and other activities, animals can become frightened and run off. Sometimes they will follow children going from house to house and become lost.

So why take chances with the safety of your four-legged friends? Exercise good judgment and err on the side of caution during this season.

Holiday Hazards

During busy and festive times of the year, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, pet owners need to be alert to the potential dangers that exist for their animals. A few precautions will prevent unnecessary grief.

  • Decorations: Sharp or breakable ornaments, ribbons, yarn, angel hair, icicles, and tinsel are all very real hazards to dogs and cats, who often ingest these items when attempting to play with them. These are NOT appropriate toys.
  • Tree: Pine tar from needles, sprayed on preservatives, and flocking are all poisonous – as is the water in the tree pan which animals might drink. Electrical cords and strings of lights can give a deadly shock when chewed on,. Instead of sharp “fish-hook” hangers, use green or red pipe cleaners for attaching ornaments; twist tightly and they won’t fall off. Also, be sure to secure tree from falling over onto pets.
  • Plants: Poinsettias, mistletoe, and holly are very poisonous to pets. Keep them out of reach.
  • Food: All that rich, fatty dressing and gravy can make your pet sick. Turkey bones can splinter and lodge in an animal’s throat or intestines. The string used while cooking the turkey is tempting and hazardous; dispose of carefully. Chocolate is poisonous to animals, and alcohol is equally fatal. Keep all these away from your pet.
  • Other dangers: including lighted candles, ribbons tied around a pet’s neck, and open doors through which your pet can dash (often unnoticed) and become lost. Keep collars and I.D. on all cats and dogs in case they escape from your home or yard. When expecting guests, confine animals in a quiet room and keep door closed.

Remember, your pets will be curious and excited by all the activities, and more likely than usual to get into trouble. By taking the proper steps ahead of time, and using a little caution, you can insure that your holiday season is joyful, and not marred by needless tragedy.

Firework Hazards

To some people, fireworks are as American as apple pie. They find the sparks and pops and bangs exciting. However, what some people may find exciting and fun (since we know what is going on), is fearful and alarming to most animals. All that noise and confusion can create real chaos and terror among animals. As a result, every year during times when fireworks are commonly used (Fourth of July, New Year’s Eve, etc.), many animals are lost, injured, or even killed as a result of their reactions to the commotion.

It is very common for household pets to run away from home and become lost or hurt because they are frightened by fireworks nearby. And the danger is not only to cats and dogs. Large animals – particularly horses – also react unpredictably with sometimes disastrous results. Horses will often panic and run into fences or other obstacles. Every year there are reports of seriously injured horses and deaths of horses attributed directly to their response to the noise of fireworks.

You can prevent these needless tragedies in two ways. If you have small animals, make every effort to keep them indoors during times when fireworks are being used in the neighborhood. At the very least, keep them behind a fence and keep an eye on them.

If you have horses or other large animals, try to pasture them away from the roadway and anywhere there might be fireworks going off. Try to stay with them and keep them calm. By being near at hand, you will be able to come to their aid more quickly if they get into trouble and need attention and help.

Please consider not using fireworks at all. They are dangerous for people as well as animals. In addition to causing direct bodily injury, fire hazards are very real, and dozens of fires are started every year due to fireworks. Instead, plan on attending one of the professional fireworks displays in your area.

If you do decide to use fireworks remember they are not toys, and use caution at all times. Be aware that most cities and many counties now ban the use of fireworks by individuals and you could be subject to fines and/or imprisonment for breaking the law. If you are using fireworks even in the country, be considerate of your neighbors and their animals. Don’t use fireworks near animals or children or during high winds or dry conditions. Ideally, notify your neighbors in advance of your plans to set off any fireworks.