Oak Hill Animal Rescue Inc

Rating: 4.98 stars   59 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: Post Office 367 % Bettye J Baker Seagoville TX 75159 USA

Mission: Compassion in Action;To show by example the simplest ways to make a difference in the lives of animals.
Results: We built a 1600 sq ft climate controlled shelter in 2006 which doesn't make us dependent on fosters. We also purchased a church choir bus and converted it for taking the dogs to and from adoption. Since 2006 we've done over 200 adoptions a year. In 2010 two of our wheelchair bound dogs were accepted into Baylor University Medical Center's Pet Assisted Therapy Program; the first wheelchair bound dogs visiting patients who are much like themselves. It's a remarkable event everytime we go.
Target demographics: animals in city shelters
Geographic areas served: The Dallas Metroplex
Programs: We provide dogs to the Dallas County Juvenile Authority's PREP program, where at risk young men are taught a skill with dogs. It changes the boy's lives and we get back an obedience trained dog that's 100% easier to adopt.
2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization is run by Bettye Baker and her husband Jim. I first met them last fall at the Petsmart store in Rockwall, TX while inquiring about volunteer opportunities for my 14-yr. old son. Having not yet met my son, Bettye explained that they preferred for their teen volunteers to be at least 16 but sometimes they allowed younger individuals to volunteer based on their level of maturity. Upon completing the volunteer forms and other paperwork, the impression I got was that they were very serious about the quality and maturity level of the teens that they permitted to work with their animals. This was my first clue that this organization was very committed to their animals. My son is with his dad every other weekend and can only volunteer on a limited basis, so when the all-day "adoption fair" event came up at Owens Farms (in Richardson, TX), I said I would help out since they would be in great need of volunteers. This was my first opportunity helping out this organization and I could tell that Bettye and Jim pour their hearts into trying to find good homes for their animals. One example of this is rather than giving an animal to the first person who's willing to pay the adoption fee, a prospective owner is required to first fill out an adoption application and Bettye conducts a "home visit" to make sure that the dog will be able to adapt well to their new home and co-exist with any existing pets in the household. This shows me that they care very much that their animals are placed in a good environment. The other thing that I noticed is that they have several "regular" volunteers who are present whenever I have helped out or dropped off my son to volunteer. These ladies know the history and personality of the animals waiting to be adopted and show lots of caring and committment to volunteer their time with such dedication. When I went to pick up my son from volunteering the other day, I stuck around and helped them break down the cages and walk the dogs to their bus for their trip home. Some of these dogs were SO excited and couldn't wait to get back on the bus because they knew they were going home. What this says to me is that they love their caregivers (Bettye & Jim), and that they like their living conditions. The people who volunteer for this organization truly care for the welfare of these animals. Although I am fairly new to this organization, I know that It takes a lot to provide basic care for these animals, from feeding, housing, getting them proper medical attention, laundry and transportation expenses from their location in Seagoville to their adoption location in Rockwall, just to name a few. These people are truly dedicated in their efforts to help these abandoned and abused animals have a better life and they need all the help (monetary and otherwise), that they can get. I hope that your organization can assist with their needs.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I can't say that I have personally adopted any animals from this organization (as I already have two dogs at home), however, I was present when a family and another couple expressed geniune interest in adopting a couple of the dogs and I was so excited that these animals would potentially be going to good, loving homes!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Other than wishing they could attract more volunteers, there are no changes that I would recommend making at this time.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I can't think of any changes that would "improve" my experience. I love animals and don't mind volunteering my time to help out this organization. They are good-hearted, caring people that love their animals and I don't mind helping out whenever I can. Even if it's just for a couple of hours, I feel good knowing that I was able to help them in their efforts and show compassion to an animal that's waiting to be adopted.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Volunteering at the adoption fair event opened my eyes to all the various rescue groups and organizations that devote their time, energy and resouces trying to find adoptive homes for their animals rather than the alternative. I felt that I was able to contribute in a small way to helping meet this objective. Even though it involved standing on my feet for quite a number of hours and being out in very windy conditions, it was OK because this organization needed all the volunteers it could get and I was happy to be able to help out.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I felt that if I wasn't able to adopt any of their dogs myself, at least I could volunteer my time to help them walk their dogs and care for their animals while they were at an event waiting to be adopted. The couple who run this program are kind and loving and genuinely care about the animals they shelter (and the homes that they go to) and it makes me feel good that I am able to contribute to their efforts.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Jim and Bettye are nothing short of amazing! They give, give...and then give even more. From their hearts and pockets, they make sacrifices that not many people can fathom...including me. I've learned a great deal about pets AND people from Jim and Bettye and hardly a week goes by that I don't continue to benefit from my experiences with OHAR. I don't know how you keep the names of 60+ dogs and 30+ cats with the right animal...but Bettye sure does. My guess is it's the love she has for the unloved, unwanted and forgotten. Being with the OHAR animals and staff on Saturdays at the adoption event brings a smile to my face and warmth to my heart. There's no escaping the aura of love, caring, and urgent need to educate people about pet ownership. Hats off to Jim, Bettye, Daniel, Rita, Maggie and all the other wonderful volunteers at OHAR!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have known Bettye long before Oak Hill was in existence, 20 years plus. Bettye has always rescued animals taking in as many as she could. When she and Jim married, their rescue efforts expanded to what is now Oak Hill Animal Rescue. My husband and I volunteer for what ever is needed of us and all of our children have become volunteers as well (even our 9 year old whose job is to provide lots of love to the rescued cats while we load up the equipment necessary for Saturday adoption day!) When we wake him up every Saturday morning his first spoken words are "Do I get to go see the kitties?" My nieces, nephews, and friends of our kids actually contact us every week to let us know their schedules for Saturday so they can come and help - that speaks volumes. They do it for the same reason my husband and I do- the feeling we get inside from knowing we are doing something that really matters and makes a difference. Knowing that we are helping the efforts of Bettye and Jim to save lives of the dogs and cats that otherwise would not be here. One of the things I am most impressed with is Oak Hill does not 'sell' their rescues. Each person interested in adopting a precious soul has to fill out an application, be approved, have a home inspection to try to ensure the family is a good match, that they will be able to provide a safe and loving home, and IS followed up on personally by Bettye. Bettye also educates anyone with questions or showing an interest in an adoption and she has a saying that I like alot, "If you are not part of the solution then you are part of the problem."......and she and Jim believe in that. There are so many volunteers that help out and I so enjoy getting to see the volunteers on Saturday's, they are all great individuals and we all work together as a team! I am so proud to be a part of what Bettye and Jim have created and hope the 'family' grows bigger.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Win the lottery and make a ginormous donation to the cause to help Bettye and Jim's efforts.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Maybe a pair of roller skates and a megaphone???

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I have met many great people volunteering that have the same love for animals that my family and I share. I have also improved my skills on assigning duties to multiple people for set-up and break-down to be more efficient (that's where the megaphone would come in handy).

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Fulfilled, proud, a little tired and at the end of the day, hungry!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Oak Hill Animal Clinic is a great Animal Rescue organization that puts its animals before just about everything. They have worked hard over the past few years to gain more assets to make their operations more efficient, but this by no means takes away from the love that each of the regular workers has for animals. This is a great place to go volunteer and feel better about yourself and help some great animals out in the meantime.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

In July of 2009 I found three stray dogs hanging around our business. That's when I found Oak Hill Animal Rescue. I had found one of the dogs a home but still needed to find a home for the other two. The Baker's were very receptive to my situation and that is when I became a volunteer. I really didn't know or even realize how many animals needed a home until I started volunteering. The Bakers' have put their heart and soul in this rescue. They have even taken in paralyzed dogs and trained them as therapy dogs and made them a part of their family and have been recognized by Baylor Animal Assist Program. The Bakers' have found forever homes for several dogs and cats. They work with their local animal shelters and take in the dogs or cats that are ready to be euthanized and give them forever homes. I can't even imagine the energy and time they put into this rescue not to mention they both have full time jobs so they can continue to do what their hearts desire and fund their rescue. Their passion to rescue has saved so many lives and give a stray/abandoned dog/cat a chance for happiness in a new home.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

My husband and I adopted our fur-baby, Hans, from Oak Hill Animal Rescue a little over 5 years ago. He has been the absolute love of our life and is totally spoiled rotten. Bettye and Jim were wonderful in letting us look at the dogs they had and we had a fabulous time playing with all of them. Hans is a golden retriever/huskey mix. He has the most wonderful disposition and a fabulous color. About 15 months after we adopted Hans I began volunteering for Oak Hill Animal Rescue. It was a wonderful experience. I helped feed and water all the dogs and cats. Lots of petting and time for exercise were also things that i did. Eventually they were able to hire someone to feed and I turned my focus to adoption events and helping to foster a dog at a time. The first dog I fostered was actually one that I found wandering the streets myself...I named him Wheeler. When I found him I called Bettye and said "I found this really scruffy dog and I mean scruffy running across the street. He just hopped in my van." She immediately said, do you want to bring him down to the kennel? I said yes. After a very short time I decided I had to take care of him and help nurse him to health. He eventually got his hair back and was adopted.....you would have never known it was the same dog. I now spend almost every Saturday at the adoption venue, help get the dogs there and spend the day telling everyone what wonderful fur babies they really are! I could not think of a better place to volunteer. Jim and Bettye care so much for all these guys. I have recently become a 'foster failure' and adopted a little pug mix. He and Hans have bonded and play so well. It was a great thing for all. I cannot say enough good things about Oak Hill Animal Rescue and the great things that they do for dogs/cats. They have 3 dogs that are in wheel chairs and are therapy dogs at Baylor Rehabilitation Hospital. What better ways to help man and dog?!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the dog I adopted in 2006 and then working with all the other wonderful pets and now having a second dog from there.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hope to have more financial assistance. the economic downturn has made many things difficult. It is hard to say 'no' to taking on anymore dogs but sometimes it has to be

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

be closer to the stated time when arranging some meetings etc

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Definitely.....I have met some wonderful people and it has made my love for dogs in particular but animals in general even stronger

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

a love and deep inside feeling that can not be felt anywhere else. Dogs do that for humans!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started volunteering with Oak Hill Animal Rescue after I moved from Nebraska where I had been home. They are doing a great cause-finding forever homes for great pets. They go out of their way to obedience train them, and do home visits. They also play a big part in society with their wheelchair pups going to hospitals and childrens homes to put a few smiles on some faces. I look forward to working with them in the future and finding great homes for the animals who we have to stick up for.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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