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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.

Community Stories

16 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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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! ;-)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

2 Cathy16

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have interacted with OHAR on two levels; adopter and foster parent. OHAR goes above and beyond to make sure that the pets it adopts are the best possible fit. OHAR always wants the best for their pets and will always take them back if something insurmountable occurs, but they give adopters support services to help them keep the pet. Some pets need more TLC than others, but EVERY pet is worthwhile and priceless... all they want is a forever home. OHAR uses every dollar for pets... there are no fancy admin offices, benefits, etc. Donations really are for animals only. Please consider supporting these fantastic volunteers and their heroic efforts to save lives.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted an adorable 2yr old dashound mix in December 2010. She has been a great joy in our lives. We also contact Oak Hill to help with a stray I found but could not keep. They were able to place the dog in a permanent loving home. I am very grateful for their hard work and hope they are able to continue helping homeless animals.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I watched as an older woman yanked a dog by the leash smashing it into kennals. The dog was scared of this woman. She pulled the dog the whole way out of the store slamming it into things as she went.

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info32 08/03/2016

Thank you for this information. I wish you had come to one of our site managers and let us know when this happened. We have a lot of dogs present at adoption on Sat/Sun and many volunteers and fosters who work these events. It's hard to see everything all the time, but we appreciate your bringing this to our attention and will try to be observant to any acts toward the animals that could injure or frighten them.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This rescue group and those associated with it have no moral or ethical compass when it come to the human aspect of adoptions. What this group has allowed to happen on their public forum is distasteful, unethical, and outright dangerous. Allowing an outlet for ones personal information to be posted and then allowing people who are completely unaware of the on goings of this adoption to post hate and violence against another person regardless of the circumstances. At the end of the day this was entirely the fault of this pathetic group of hate mongers that call themselves a rescue operation. Let it be known that I will be attending every public event that this group has to let the people know what they are in for and to show the side of this group they don't want you to see. Sad that dogs will pay for the lack of responsibility this group has but they must be shut down in order for good rescues to maintain their integrity. REPOST AND DO NOT GIVE THIS RESCUE MONEY FOR IT WILL ONLY COMPOUND A LARGER PROBLEM!!!!!!

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info32 07/05/2016

Chris, I'm so disappointed to read this review and would like to know more about your complaint. Would you please email me at info@ohar.org so I can address your issues? Bettye Baker, Executive Director

2 Kathy223

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Oak Hill Animal Rescue is right up there with the KC Children's Emergency Shelter. Trying to do the right thing. Thank you Oak Hill and all your volunteers.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After recently losing a pet, my husband and I decided to adopt/rescue another small dog. I searched for weeks and left numerous emails and inquiries on various pet rescue sites and bred rescue organizations. Bettye was one of the few individuals who responded to my inquires. Not only did she send me information on dogs available for adoption, but she kept me informed as new adoptions meeting my criteria became available.

What a wonderful, dedicated individual Bettye is; and her love for saving lives goes without saying.

Deborah Nesselrodt
North Richland Hills, Texas

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Oak Hill Animal Rescue is Top Notch. I have known Bettye and Jim for many years and watched how they have dedicated their lives to helping homeless animals. They're the BEST!

Kim_193

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family and I adopted Captain Jack from Oak Hill in December 2014. They are by far the most kind hearted people. I'm in awe of their love for these dogs. It takes special people to be able to do what they do. Thank you Oak Hill for rescuing our little Chiweenie for us.

1 Connie43

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thanks to Oak Hill Animal Rescue. Inc Betty Baker for all the good work your staff is just great all volunteers are great I lost 2 of my dogs with-in 2 months was not going to get any more but I had to feel a hole in my heart. Went to breeders to look but could not find the 1 I want, stop by Pet Smart in Rockwall Tx and saw 1 it was a Shih-tzu at first I said no because it was a boy and brindle and I want black and white and female so I talked to Heidi and Betty and then I left got down the road turned around went back got Vinnie he is our life. I know these people care so much about the Animal's you guys are the best. Thanks so much.

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info32 09/15/2014

Thank you so much Connie for the favor of this review. We so appreciate the time you took to do it and are so glad you are enjoying little Winston/Vinnie:-) Please be sure to remember us if and when you decide to add a friend for Vinnie to play with!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband I and I had just lost our Golden Retriever Jake to old age about a month and a half ago and our hearts and our home have just not been the same. Our daughter Ashley had just been at Petsmart where she seen Keisha. She fell in love with Stella and immediately sent me a text with the pups pictures and her bio and said "Momma she would be PERFECT for you and Daddy". So I talked it over with my hubby and we decided that I should go take a look at her since he was committed to plans and I was free and we didn't want someone else to take her before we had a chance to meet her. Needless to say I grab my Momma and headed in to Rockwall. The minute I rounded the corner inside Petsmart and I seen Keisha, it was LOVE at first sight! They took her out of the kennel and gave us her leash and we took her away from the chaos so we could spend some time with her and realized pretty quickly she was for us. I filled out the application for her and I have to say leaving her there was the hardest thing I had to do in a very long time. But I knew I would be seeing her in a week at her graduation from the PREP Dog Trainging Program. Yesterday she graduated and I am happy to say we are very proud parents of our precious new fur baby! Jim and Bettye are amazing people and explained every step of the process to us and knew every detail about Keisha. Any question we had, they had an answer for. And when they came out to our home they made Keisha's transition so easy on her. But I can tell you it is not just with Keisha that they are so compassionate. I watched them interact with all the dogs and they know the smallest details about all the dogs and love them all. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to add a new fur baby to their home or just looking for a charity to help out. This has been a wonderful experience for us and we are so thankful to our daughter for stopping to look at Keisha and for Jim and Bettye for allowing us to be her furever home. She will be loved always.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Oak Hill Rescue is a wonderful group who we adopted Luke from. We had a great experience adopting from Bettye and the group. They were well organized and thorough with the process. Luke is our pride and joy going on 3 yrs now. When Bettye brought himto us, he was well mannered and well cared for. You could tell there was a bond between them, like a mother leaving one of her own in someone elses care. I still contact Oak Hill and will use them again in the future when we think we are ready for another! p.s. I still mention Bettye's name to Luke and his ears purk up :)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Oak Hill Animal Rescue Inc. came to my dog's "rescue" when she became very ill and lost the use of her hind legs. She could no longer walk, run or play. The remainder of her life was destined to be very dismal laying around the house all the time. Through Bettye's caring heart, we were soon put in touch with Eddie's Wheels, a manufacturer of wheel chairs for animals. Our sweet Honey had another chance to walk and run during her last days on Earth. When she passed away, we donated the wheelchair to Oak Hill Animal Rescue for the benefit of another dog. Not knowing of our loss, or the coming wheelchair donation, Oak Hill had just taken in another dog from a local shelter that had massive injuries and would be in need of a wheelchair. They named the dog Hunnie and we call it fate that we called within a few days to offer our Honey's wheelchair to them in the event that they could use it for another pet in need... Awesome!

1 Doris S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first learned of Oak Hill Animal Rescue Inc when I saw a news article about three paralyzed dogs they had helped get fitted for, and receive "carts"(doggie wheelchairs) so they could lead happy, productive lives. A short time later I saw another article about OHAR, and their work at Baylor Hospital with their own two therapy dogs. I knew of a paralyzed pitbull dog at Fort Worth Animal Care and Control with two very young pups that per protocal would be immediately EU'd (euthanized) as the mandatory stray hold was up. I emailed Ohar, and Mrs. Baker immediately replied. Even though her rescue was full at the time, she asked a friend if they would foster the dog for her (and they agreed to keep the dog until there was an opening for it as unlike most rescues, all of OHAR's animals are on site. Sadly, it took about a month before the shelter released the dog to the OHAR's foster/rep Daniel Barry, and both of the puppies were sick by then and did not survive. I was very impressed by OHAR's tenacity to stick with it and fight to save this dog from certain death. They named her Hunny-Bunny, and right after OHAR got her a couple who had lost their dog came by to donate their cart to help another dog out. With a few minor adjustments it fit Hunny-Bunny perfectly. Daniel even modified it where she has to use her back legs, and Hunny is beginning to walk now; she can't run or she will fall over, but she's walking. Daniel Barry fell in love with little Hunny-Bunny, and has adopted her for himself. Thanks to the awesome dedication, and perserverance of OHAR a real life Cinderella has been spotted running all over White Rock Dog Park in her little tricked out wheelie. **** By the way, those kind people who donated their dog's wheelie cart to give Hunny-Bunny her new life? Everyone discovered the two dog's had more in common that just their disability... the other dog had been named Honey too ♥ Hunny-Bunny at the shelter https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=185012408237528&set=a.176317392440363.44433.137921312946638&type=1&theater **And this is Hunny-Bunny now https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2720624376412&set=p.2720624376412&type=1&theater