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.
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.
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.
Oak Hill Animal Rescue, Inc.
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!
I became aware of Oak Hill a couple years ago through my son and daughter-in-law. Since then I have fostered for Oak Hill and donated to their organization. They are a great rescue dedicated to saving as many dogs as possible and finding them a loving forever home. Bettye and Jim and all their volunteers work many thankless hours helping animals have better lives.
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!!
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!!!
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!
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.
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.
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!!
Although I've never adopted from Oak Hill, I have supported them for years! Bettye and Jim truly care about and love animals!! This year, I was blessed to see Arlo (precious dachshund) in his tiny wheelchair at an adoption event! Oak Hill saved him when he was very young, and he is still going strong!! Without the love of the angels at Oak Hill, I shudder to think of his probable fate. A million thank you's to all the folks that volunteer this wonderful charity!! If I ever win the lottery, I'm coming to see Bettye and Jim first!
The folks at OHAR are amazing! Bettye and crew are above and beyond when it comes to rescuing animals and finding furever homes. Pictured is Gus...an 11th hour rescue from a shelter. He came to us through OHAR and joined our family of rescues...Daisy the miniature Schnauzer and Blake the 13 year old Golden. Ok Blake taught Gus a few things before he passed on. Gus has brings joy to us and others (GustheSuperdog!) And without OHAR this never would have had a happy ending
I had heard some really good things about Oak Hill Animal Rescue a couple of years ago and so I reached out to Bettye for a dog that needed help. Bettye has helped me many times since then with dogs in need. Not only has she helped with re homing pets that need a new home but has also helped us save dogs from euthanization here in the city of Crandall. She has helped dogs that no one else would. I know she also saves dogs from other shelters and from the streets as well. Oak Hill saves young pups, big dogs, small dogs and seniors. One of the things that I like about the rescue is that they get the dogs vetted right away. Thank you Oak Hill for saving lives and enriching families lives!
I will one day adopt from Oak Hill once again! Three years ago, I adopted "Tebow" an older dog (15 yrs estimated) for my mother. Oak Hill was very diligent about ensuring he was adopted into a good home. They came out for an on-site visit, provided medical information, and really helped to make sure everything went well! Tebow has had 3 more great years and is well-cared for and loved! ;-)
I have been fortunate to work with OHAR as a training/behavior advisor for their foster families and adopters, as well as in the PREP program where at risk young men train their rescue dogs. They put so much love and care into saving these dogs.
I am a dog trainer, and I have worked with Oak Hill Animal Rescue on several occasions. They work hard to make an adoption "work", and provide good advice, including recommending experts to help where there is a behavioral issue (with the dog or the people!!). I have visited their facility and attended some of their adoption events - they are committed to trying to provide a better life for the animals in their care.
Love this wonderful organization and how much they give back to save these animals lives. I'll always adopt and not shop. The best pets are rescues!
Oak Hill is the true meaning of a compassionate rescue. The wonderful folks that run this rescue and their volunteers are some of the greatest people working to change the world for dogs and cats. To know them is to love them! I'm blessed to know any and all at OHAR. Thank you, Arlo, for countless smiles. My baby Rudy and his sister Elsa are my rescues.
I have volunteered at Oak Hill for many months and I now foster for them as well. Jim and Bettye Baker are the two most wonderful individuals I have had the pleasure of meeting and they do fantastic things for all of the dogs in their kennel and curated fosters. I love working with them and all of the animals under their gentle care. Being a successful non-profit with as much as they care for is nearly impossible, but the Bakers make it possible. Oak Hill Animal Rescue is a phenomenal group, the finest I have ever worked with. They are my second family and I look forward to every moment with this organization. Compassionate, courageous and just plain good, that is Oak Hill Animal Rescue. A fantastic group of good people doing great things. I would not be the same without them. Being around something so great and pure rubs off on you, and Oak Hill certainly has begun to rub off on me. I am a better person because of the fine example of kindness that is Oak Hill.
OHAR folks are selfless and dedicated caregivers to dozens and dozens of animals. They sacrifice so much of their time, energy and finances working to get these great pets adopted. I am constantly amazed at their steadfast commitment to placing deserving dogs & cats into loving and healthy homes.
In addition to my regular donations, OHAR is my choice for my Amazon.Smiles purchases; every little bit helps!
I adopted a sweet little dog from OHAR and was also a volunteer with them for a short time. They do their best to ensure that every pet is going to a good home and carefully screen adopters. They are no-kill and give each animal the time it needs to find a home. All the staff and volunteers are very dedicated and really love the animals. I would be happy to adopt from them again.
We adopted a wonderful, loving dog from Oak Hill. Oak Hill did a womderful job training and caring for her until we found her. Thank you for all you do to help find new homes for animals.
Ohar.org is a wonderful example of a rescue group, these people are selfless work day and night to save animals and make a difference in our community I thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping the ones that have no voice
Best of the best animal rescue! Their passion for saving animals from death row is heroic. They do not discriminate on breed, or health. We have an Oak Hill dog and cat. Please consider adopting, donating or fostering so more lives can be saved.
I adopted a wonderful little girl by the name of pickles from this group, I had nothing but a wonderful experience from them. I had an issue with her chip when I first got her and they offered to replace it for free. I Have taken Pickles a couple of times to see them at adoption event and they have been joyous to see her each time. This group spends every free moment of their life changing the lives of the unwanted and broken to find them the love they deserve. I feel anyone with negative reviews must not have been acceptable to recieve the love of the fur baby they wanted and thank god OHAR takes the time to place them in loving homes!! Adopt don't shop !