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Oak Hill Animal Rescue Inc

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

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.

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120 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my parents passed away, they left behind their beautiful Great Dane, Sabrina. Most of my family members either lived in apartments (not suitable for dogs of that size) or already had multiple pets who did not get along well with my parents' Dane (several of us tried). So, with broken hearts, we were tasked with finding a home for this sweet, senior dog. A friend of mine (who works closely with animal shelters) put us in contact with Bettye Baker at Oak Hill Rescue. We struck gold with Bettye. She worked with us, diligently, to try to find a suitable home for Sabrina. When she couldn't find a home for her, she and her amazing husband took Sabrina in and made her their own personal pet. They took incredibly good care of her and loved her. They were patient and worked hard to build a bond with her. Bettye was even so kind as to send me pictures and updates. They took on a charity case, when no one else in the world would. I cannot speak highly enough of Bettye and the work she does at Oak Hill Rescue. The love and compassion she showed towards Sabrina speaks volumes as to the kind of compassionate person she is and what kind of a loving organization she runs. Thank you to Oak Hill Rescue, for everything! You were a blessing to Sabrina and our family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We came upon Oakhill in December 2009. We had gone to a pet store to buy bones for our chihuahua when we saw a very calm, docile black mouth cur mix in a crate chewing on a bone. We weren’t even looking for a new dog, but knew that he was our fur baby! His name is Dezi, and he has been the best dog we have ever had! We had a very good experience with the adoption process. The owners are very kind, professional, and selfless!! They love dogs and do their best to ensure that each Oakhill animal goes to a good home! After 5 years, we also adopted another Oakhill dog, Lucy. We love our dogs and we love Oakhill! We would recommend Oakhill to anyone and will certainly return for future adoptions.

Alexis W.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had my first experience with OHAR when my parents adopted their Catahoula mix, Lydia, from Oak Hill and then again when they adopted their Boxer mix, Opal, from them about a year later. When it came time for my husband and I to adopt our first dog together there was no question as to where we would be looking first. We worked with Bettye to find our perfect dog with just the right temperament. It was important to me that we adopted a dog that had the potential to be a therapy dog in the future. Bettye recommended we take a look at Brooks. I instantly fell in love with Brooks, but it took our male Chihuahua mix, Parker, took a little more time to be convinced. Bettye was gracious enough to allow us extra time to get our two other dogs accustomed to Brooks and even recommended a dog behaviorist. We were able to see results within the first week of following the behaviorists' recommendations! Soon after, we were able to welcome Brooks into our family and now he is working with me as a certified therapy dog. We truly appreciate all of the work that OHAR does and their dedication to place pets into fur-ever homes. Our family truly wouldn't be complete without our three OHAR rescues!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I volunteer at a very small city shelter that is inadequate for the size of our community. Oak Hill has stepped up on numerous occasions to help us in our time of need and rescue animals not only from our shelter but also from our county. The most recent was a beautiful yellow lab named Callie who we found out was expecting a litter of puppies. This whole family had a chance thanks to Oak Hill Animal Rescue. Our city and our county owe them so much! Thank you Oak Hill for being there when we needed you!

Gayle B.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Annie "Anne Klein" found us four years ago at the rockwall pet smart adoption event that OHAR was doing... Our lives are Sooooo very blessed because these dedicated people work so hard to save and find these fur-babies fur-ever homes.

Michele20

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted from here. Got a puppy we were going to foster but fell in love and ended up adopting.

Such kind of people and true animal lovers.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a puppy from Oak Hill. He was rescued at about 8 weeks old walking down the sidr of an interstate. Our experience with Oak Hill snd it's owners have been great. They are truly animal lovers at heart. And have always put the animals safety and welfare first, making sure the homes they are placed in are good homes.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Passionate animal rescue group with huge hearts. We love our little Benny. Thanks for all you do!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love OHAR!! I have volunteered there basically every single weekend and I LOVE spending my weekends with AWESOME people and sweet pups!! When I started volunteering I loved that when I started, EVERYONE was so welcoming and so nice!! I love that because, you need nice people in your life and they definitely give you that!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a volunteer, donor and adopter. Oak Hill has always gone above and beyond for the pets they save. They have superb customer service and do incredible things for the community. Oak Hill rescued our sweet Lexi from a small, rural shelter. They provided her with heartworm treatment and had her spayed so she’d never be used for breeding again. Lexi wouldn’t have made it out of the shelter if it wasn’t for Oak Hill.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I got my red husky from oak hill 5 years ago . I’m so grateful to them . They are good people who never stop helping animals . They go above and beyond

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have fostered for Oak Hill, my son has fostered and adopted and my sister has adopted 2 dogs from Oak Hill. Bettie and Jim Baker run a great rescue and dedicate countless hours to saving the lives of as many animals as they possibly can.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have fostered, my son has fostered and adopted and my sister has adopted from Oak Hill. I am amazed at everything they do to save as many animals as possible. I admire Jim, Bettye and all the volunteers who give so much!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Oak Hill Animal Rescue has been serving the public to educate people and rescue animals for over a decade. They implement innovative approaches and have created loyal volunteers and donors. Can't say enough good things about this organization!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Oak Hill Animal Rescue has helped Hopkins County Dogs, as well as Sulphur Springs Animal Dogs. They took sweet Callie, whom someone from the county tried to turn in to our city shelter, who had no room. Even though Callie was pregnant with 7 pups. They found her a home after 7 months! Just one example of their love of animals!

Brady And-Jimmy L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing rescue who truly cares for their dogs. We’ve adopted two from them and I have fostered several dogs for Oak Hill as well. One of the best rescues in Dallas/Fort Worth.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our boy Max a few short months ago. Ms Bettye was very invested in insuring he was going to a good home, something I’m thankful for. She was very knowledgeable and made some great suggestions on introducing Max into our home with our existing fur babies. They even allowed for us to come back so that he could get his needed vaccinations. Also, his foster mom really loved him. She cried letting him go - something I can’t blame her for. He’s an amazing guy. They truly care for the animals at OHAR.

RJ M.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over the course of the last 10 years, I've volunteered with several local rescues (from the best to the worse). I am currently a volunteer & donor with Oak Hill Animal Rescue. They are one of the best all breed rescues out there. Many of the shelter dogs they pull are in immediate danger of euthanasia due to overcrowding. Oak Hill gets them back on their feet again, makes sure they're spay/neutered, fully vaccinated and completely healthy, then and makes every possible effort to match them with their perfect furever home, including a 1 week home trial period before adoption if finalized. The attached video was taken at our weekend adoption center. The pix are my 2 fosters (FELIX & RUDY) currently seeking furever homes of their very own.

Client Served

Rating: 1

Sorry for the long post but this makes me so mad. This is in response to me asking about help with our dog that bit our baby a week ago. We’re trying to be responsible and to make sure our dog goes to a good home but this is the reason people don’t go to rescues to surrender animals. They try to make you feel like a horrible person and are judgmental and condescending.

Miss X,
I'm sorry to hear this but it wouldn't be the first time I've heard it. And while I know we tend to trust our vet's opinion, they're rarely dog behaviorist and often make these statements (in my opinion) out of order. I can't convince you otherwise, but I can and will recommend someone who could better judge that situation for you; if you're interested. If you're not, then I must give you a reality check. I'm sorry if this is too candid but I get these types of emails every day of the week and have to explain.....the reality is all rescues were built to get dogs out of city shelters who are about to die because the shelter has run out of room. They've been there too long and more dogs just keep coming in....dogs just like yours.

So owner surrender dogs who are being rehomed because of behaviors can't be and aren't our priority. No rescue was built to wait by the phone or wait for emails for people to surrender their pets. Every rescue's mission is to save lives of dogs and cats who are already set to die...just for lack of space. So the reality for us is; of the two dogs I tagged tonight who'll be put down at noon tomorrow; which one should I let die to take yours? Not a decision you or anyone wants to make, is it? More important, rescues depend on foster homes to save these dogs, so if we use a foster home for your dogs, where do we put the dogs set to die? You should also be aware that if you opt for the shelter, owner surrender dogs are the first dogs euthanized when the shelter fills up. Why? All strays have a "hold" put on them while they have to wait for someone to come looking for them. The owner surrender dogs...well, they know you're not coming back. Owner surrenders have set on the couch watching Netflix or cuddling in your bed and being put in a city shelter is really no different from you or I being sentenced to Huntsville Prison and walking in to that noisy and scary environment. While people don't bite or nip out of fear....that's what dogs do instinctively to protect themselves from this terror; which only serves to escalate their place on the EU table as they're deemed "fearful" and not adoptable.

So two things; if you want the name of the dog behaviorist we recommend to see if you can get to the bottom of this problem, let me know and I'll send that to you. If your ultimate decision is the city shelter; do these pets a favor and take them to this vet and have them put down with you by their side. Death at the end of a pole with stranger is not what they deserve.

Xxxx xxxxx,
X.xxxxx@ohar.org
Oak Hill Animal Rescue, Inc.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated to this resue in the past because they we're willing to help me with a dog that my sister had and could no longer keep because she was having to move into a group home. On the day I was going to meet up with them I found a person that really wanted the dog and gave him to them. Just the fact that they were willing to take the dog and find him a good home was so kind of them!! When I am ready to adopt, I will definitely go to them first to adopt! They are a wonderful rescue and always willing to help!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I did foster work with Oak Hill for a couple of years. I took care of rescued dogs until they were spayed / neutered and returned to Oak Hill for adoption. GREAT organization!! Their love and care of the animals is amazing!! The sacrifices they personally make for the "babies" is to be admired. Last year their heating went out. Instead of getting the house heat repaired, they had the kennels done first. Now that is true love for the animals under their care. I would still be doing work with them except my husband became very ill and all my time is now taking care of him. Wonderful organization!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been volunteering for Oak Hill for over 2 years now and every day has been an amazing adventure! Jim and Bettye are such compassionate people who care deeply for animals! I never thought that I would be fortunate enough to know and work with such inspirational people! Oak Hill is family and I couldn't imagine a better rescue to work for!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for Oak Hill Animal Rescue for several months before a move that took me out of state. It's been 4 years and I still think often about what an incredible organization Bettye and Jim Baker run. Their passion for, and commitment to, animals is truly inspiring and they seem to go above and beyond on a daily basis. I want to thank OHAR for opening my eyes to the world of nonprofit, and for being heroes among canines and humans alike in North Texas.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Oak Hill Animal Rescue when I lived in Dallas for a summer and I cannot say enough amazing things about this organization. Jim and Bettye are incredible, passionate people with the sweetest hearts...they made me feel so welcome at the adoption events! Their dedication made me want to give more of my time to the organization because I could see what a true difference their work made, for both the animals and the people who adopted them. I wish I still lived in Texas so I could still see their smiling faces unloading the dogs and puppies every Saturday. If you're looking to adopt or looking for some place to spend a spare Saturday, DEFINITELY check out Oak Hill Animal Rescue.

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info32 11/21/2014

Thank you so much for this review and your kind words. Volunteers.....great volunteers, are hard to come by and we so appreciate your time, your efforts and your compassion for the animals. Best of luck in your new state!!