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A Reason To Believe Animal Rescue, Inc. (ARTBAR)

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: We just obtained our 501(c)(3) non-profit status on January 4, 2017, so may not show up in the IRS database yet. The mission of A Reason To Believe Animal Rescue is to rescue homeless or neglected domestic animals (including but not necessarily limited to dogs and cats), provide veterinary care, and get them placed them in great adoptive homes. All are spayed/neutered prior to adoption. We house these animals in foster homes, kennels, or boarding as needed. We work in collaboration with shelters, veterinarians, rescues, owners needing to rehome their pets, and the public. We work to reduce the animal overpopulation issue by spaying and neutering as part of our process. We work to ensure the safety of the public by vaccinating according to the law and as the health of the animal permits based on the recommendations of our veterinarian. We treat for parasites, injuries, dentals, skin or ear infections. etc.

Target demographics: homeless domestic pets

Direct beneficiaries per year: 176 dogs and cats

Geographic areas served: rural southwestern West Virginia

Programs: rescue, rehabilitation, medical care, rehoming

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I've adopted a breeder/hoarding dog who came up I to PAfrom Jessica's rescue. She's a small yorkie, a sweetheart. Because she's a senior with several medical issues would not have gotten an opportunity to live out her life in a good home if this rescue hadn't picked her up. I always donate n share widely so that others can help this very dedicated, compassionate rescue. Below is Toya today n when she arrived into rescue.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a rescue that is breed specific I have worked with Jessica in a professional capacity and can attest to her amazing dedication, quality of care and ability to work in a crowded field where rescues are all vying for limited help and money. Her work is amazing, what she is able to accomplish with the dogs she rescues is truly first rate. Not only does she stand up for all breeds and takes in any dog in need, I never have heard her say no. She makes sure that all the dogs, no matter the crisis, is well vetted and taken care of, she maintains a very high standard seen too little in the rescue world. She works closely with other rescues and her dogs are all rehomed to first rate adopters, knowing that her dogs are coming to them with amazing care and training. Considering then number of animals she rescues and dedicates herself to, she is a standard we should all set ourselves to. An honor to be a rescue that works with ARTBAR.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Jessica Hill White of ARTBAR is a dedicated Angel, She pulled this little old Beagle from a shelter in ruaralnWV without hesitation and now Thurston will get to live out the rest of his life in the comforts of a family home.
Jessica works relentlessly for any animal and is a godsend in the rescue world.

Julia83

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been a long time rescuer in rural eastern Kentucky, not far from the area that ARTBAR serves. Jessica Hill White is a gem. She has gone above and beyond for our animal friends. She has helped educate the public. She has brought attention to the plight of animals in her area. She has been a vital part of her community. She has given a gift of love and life to so many animals that otherwise would have died. This is one of the good rescues. You can support ARTBAR with confidence.

1 BobTheCookieMan

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After conversing with Jessica online, I had the pleasure of visiting ARTBAR in person. It's a little bit of doggie heaven in rural southwestern West Virginia. The dogs are all well cared for and given a lot of love and attention by Jessica and her husband Wes. They truly care about the welfare of the animals they take in.

2 Matilda G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I adopted Dakota from Jessica Hill White a year or so ago. I can not say enough about her and how the adoption went. She is a Blessing. Dakota is my Shadow. We loved each other from the moment we met, I cried like a baby. Jessica has her babies vetted, neutered, etc. Dakota's fur was so healthy, her teeth, etc. She was such a happy girl. I was actually shocked. I thought I would need to do these things. NO, all I had to do is love her. And that was the instant we met.

Jessica has a procedure to follow, which I respect her for. We had to fill out an application. We had a home interview and inspection. Once we were approved, the adoption took place. Dakota was transported several times, ty to each driver. We met Trish and her husband Mr. McDonald who I would like to thank. (They got to see me cry like a baby, as well as Dakota did). It was an extremely happy day.

What a Blessing Dakota has been

1 Sherry81

Client Served

Rating: 5

Almost a year ago, I was at out community center and this little dog kept bouncing around and wanting in the car. You could tell he was malnourished. He was starving. I had part of a morning biscuit with me and offered him a bite. It was then that you could see (other than the living on the street), the bigger issue. His jaw was lopsided and he had missing teeth. He wanted to come with me, and not seeing any potential owner in sight, I brought him home. I knew it had to be temporary though.
First, my husband checked the neighborhood and found out he was indeed a stray whom they had been feeding dry dog food (which He couldn't eat because of his jaw. He gave it a heck of a try. I called my future daughter in law and she contacted her friend Jessica White. Jessica agreed to take him. Jessica had kept this dog happy and alive for a year. He is nownbeing spoon fed because his jaw has gotten worse. (Even with the best medical care he has access to).
This is just one dog, Scrappy-Jessica does this everyday-multiple times a day! She works, is pregnant and runs the rescue. She makes several visits to her rescues who are in the hospital to check on them and for them to know they are not alone.
God Bless this rescue and Jessica White!

1 Alice56

Donor

Rating: 5

Jessica White and AT THAT are amazing. I donate when I can to assist in her mission to save the distressed animals in her area of Southern West Virginia. Her story is unbelievable. That one woman can make it a priority in her life to care for so many dumped, neglected, abused or injured animals (mostly dogs), rehabilitate them and find rescues for them shows her dedication. Fortunately she has a great vet with a great team that shares her compassion. Her bills run into the thousands of dollars. She also has a terrific following that responds to her request a for help. Jessica and ARTBAR are remarkable. She and her rescuers are the most compassionate and unselfish people I know.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I live in New York, some 700 miles from rural West Virginia. I have never seen the problems that ARTBAR experiences every day but I know that without Jessica Hill White and her volunteers there would no animals saved in that area. Jessica takes on cases that other rescues would consider hopeless and gives each animal she saves the best chance at life. This is someone who pulls dogs off the side of the road where their previous owners have dumped them, takes them to the vet hospital for immediate care, and works tirelessly to find them new and forever homes. All this on a shoestring budget and even when 7 months pregnant. I am a monthly donor and am proud to do what I can to help Jessica Hill White and ARTBAR.

1 Susan536

Donor

Rating: 5

As a resident of southern WV, I have been horrified to see the neglect of animals day after day. Wanting to help in some way, I heard about the wonderful things Jessica had been doing all by herself. She didn't have help transporting, she didn't have anyone to go with her to pick up these animals, she didn't have a team of fundraisers...it was just her! I started following her and sent her some supplies now and then, and saw that her energy is boundless and her compassion and love for animals, (even turtles) is unmatched. Now that she is due to have a baby in a few months, she has a few fosters and one or two that help with transport, but it is mostly her still. There isn't enough room to explain what this young girl has done for animals in this area; please help her if you can!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a dog rescuer with 15 years experience and have gotten to know Jessica White (who runs ARTBAR) over the past several years. To say she is the real deal is an understatement. She is in this for the dogs all the way. She likes to save old, sick, and injured dogs...the ones many rescues don't have the desire or ability to help. She has a medical background so is able to provide them with capable aftercare should they need surgeries or treatments for things like mange. She is very choosy about her placements and collaborates well with other animal rescue organizations.

ARTBAR is located in a poor, rural area of southwestern WV where dogs run as strays, get shot, get hit by vehicles, get dumped on back roads near coal mines, etc., on a regular basis. I have visited there in person and have seen what they have to work with.

I have seen ARTBAR save dogs that were shot and spend thousands on their care. Dogs that suffered horrible abuse and weren't expected to make it (one with his brain exposed), yet Jessica managed to save them in collaboration with her vet. Her determination is unmatched, as is her compassion. She found a dog poisoned with antifreeze. It was too late to save him but she had the vet run all the necessary tests to verify and eventually held him while he crossed over and cried like he was her very own pet. She is one of the most compassionate rescuers I've ever met, but also understands all rescues must work within the physical limitations of what they can handle. She's the kind of person who will stop her vehicle to help a turtle cross a road, climb through abandoned buildings to catch moms with puppies, feed a stray dog for weeks until she can coax it into her vehicle, and do everything that can be done to save a dog's life. She also helps out other domestic pets that cross her path from time to time and has been known to save injured wildlife and transport it to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator for care and hopefully eventual release.

If you live in or near Mingo County WV (southwest of Charleston on the KY border) and would like to foster to help save lives, this is a great organization to collaborate with. ARTBAR always needs good foster families who are dog savvy and can keep foster dogs indoors. I highly recommend volunteering for ARTBAR and/or financially supporting this very deserving organization.

1 Heather295

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A Reason to Believe Animal Rescue always has the best interest of the animals in mind & is willing to do whatever it takes to ensure the animal is healthy and happy.