Gabby’s Ark founder Terry Wade-Ottley was recently featured as a Fox4 Hometown Hero. For those of you who missed the broadcast with Clarice Tinsley, you can see it at http://www.myfoxdfw.com/clip/10586630/hometown-hero-terry-wade-ottley
On Labor Day, Gabby’s Sanctuary ARK acquired Bella, a 3-month-old female quarterhorse. Bella was orphaned when a stallion attacked her mother, a winner of $35,000 in prizes at the racetrack. Since then, Bella has not gotten the nutrition that she would have received through her mother’s milk, and is undernourished and fragile. Bella was also born with a hernia.
Because of her rough start in life, baby Bella has special needs: nutritional supplements, special feed, and veterinary services. She will need a lot of TLC over the next few months, which she will receive at GSA. After just a few days, she is starting to look more energetic, has gained some weight, and is getting comfortable with being handled (although she does have a bit of an attitude when it’s time to go back inside the stall).
You can make donations to GSA through PayPal on this website. Give us a call and come out to meet Bella!
You Are Invited To
Sundown Over Dallas
A Reception and Fundraiser benefiting
Gabby’s Sanctuary Ark
Animal Rescue Shelter 501(c)(3)
Thursday, September 25, 2014
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Townview Professional Building
320 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway
Dallas, Texas 75203
Food and Spirits
Raffles and Prizes
RSVP by September 18, 2014 to
972-765-2575 or email@example.com
We had a great time at the Horsemanship Clinic and Fundraiser on Saturday, June 7, 2014 and raised some more money to help rescue five more horses and pay for some vet bills. Thank you to all that participated, and to all the people who came out to support us.
We really appreciate the Purina horsemanship (Robert Liner and his team) demonstration and the folks from the Circle L 5 Riding Club who brought their horses, showed us their moves, and let us ride.
Robert Liner has also offered up a staff and volunteer safety clinic and a 3-day horse training workshop.
Without your efforts this would not have been possible. I look forward to the upcoming GSA reception that will be held September 25, 2014 at 320 South R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas Texas. Also, I will be donating most of the items left from the Horsemanship clinic.
Also, we have rescued a dog Ms. Sweetie who’s name was changed to Zola ( the shy One). Zola ( Rat Terrier) was rescued after GSA’s Terry Ottley fed Zola for four months at Cedar dale and Bonnie view, Dallas, TX. Zola was injured by horses that stepped on her and broke her leg. Needless to say GSA’s made sure Zola was taken care with an orthopedic surgery cost of over $2,500.00. Zola has a foster family Meril, Mark and Evan that have fallen in love with Zola. Now we need to pay the bill.
Thanks a million from all the cats, dogs and the horses.
Gabby’s Sanctuary ARK is requesting your participation in our upcoming 2nd Annual Horsemanship Clinic.
Gabby’s Sanctuary ARK is back in the saddle. Gabby’s Sanctuary ARK (GSA) has overcome last year’s theft of all of our tack. The Pierson’s provided GSA with saddles, blankets, hay bins, reins and much more to get us back to where we need to be. Thanks to CBSDFW for airing the story for community support. We can ride again. Thank you! We have relocated to Rollin C Ranch located at 1916 N. Westmoreland Rd. Desoto, TX 75115. We still need to obtain our own land however; I believe you bloom where you are planted. GSA has rescued four horses Major, Jango, Star and Curly. Star has a new owner, Davis. Jango and Major (28 years old) are both sponsored by Carol Davis and family. Curly is being sponsored by his owner. The facility is beautiful and a very healthy environment for the horses to thrive. Patrick, a new horse is being delivered April 26, 2014.
My key volunteers Kyndall and Deane Broussard have assisted me on the weekends and I am very thankful for them both. Mrs. Stewart, our 75 year old volunteer loves horses and is a mentor to Kyndall who is planning to go to school on an equestrian scholarship. GSA is encouraging her in every way that we can. We love Kyndall. We try to cowgirl-up after cleaning stalls and feeding horses.
Gabby’s Sanctuary ARK is excited about building a bridge for rescued animals and families to cross from hopelessness to hopefulness through our rescue operation coaching, on the job training and community outreach services. By collaborating, we make a powerful difference right in our own back yard in transforming lives. We have acquired more horses and provide care for a horse that was neglected by his owner because they just did not know how to care for the animal. We are looking forward to your support for the upcoming 2nd Annual Horsemanship Clinic. It is greatly needed within our community that is growing greater and greater with neglected animals. We need participating partners like you to support GSA and provide the needed assistance that many within our community and beyond so desperately need.
Below are some photo’s of some of our residents!
CEDAR HILL (CBSDFW.COM) – Thieves stole saddles, stirrups, bridles, halters, reins, bits and harnesses from Gabby’s Sanctuary ARK Thursday night.
“All they took was my tack and that stuff’s expensive,” said Terry Ottley who established the chairty for animals in need.
Known for its non-profit work, including helping animals orphaned after the tornado destruction in Moore, Oklahoma, the sanctuary helps underprivileged children, too.
Ottley leases the land for the non-profit, which takes in all types of four-legged friends. But the park holds clinics for horses that need help; rehabilitates them and even has a garage sale scheduled this weekend to raise funds.
Unfortunately, proceeds from the sale will now have to cover last night’s losses of $1000 or more.
Ottley fought back tears as she explained that had the thieves simply asked, she would have lent them her tack.
“All you had to do was just ask me, and I would have allowed you to use my stuff,” said Ottley, whose efforts are still focused on finding funds for horse medication.
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Gabby’s Sanctuary ARK (GSA) had a very successful 1st Annual Horseman Clinic on May 19, 2013. We had fun watching children and adults enjoy themselves on the 14 acres of land. Our featured Horseman, Overton Brooks demonstrated the basic groundwork that any level from beginners to advance could use as a horsemen. Gabby’s Sanctuary ARK raffled off 7 bikes that were donated by Wal-Mart of Cedar Hill, TX. Food was catered by Ron Williams and City Wide CDC picked up the cost of the food. Walmart has donated dog food, cat food, clothing, lawn mowers and more, which GSA has been able to share with the low-to-moderate income community. The lawn mowers were donated to Citywide CDC for young men between ages 14-18 to be used for entrepreneur opportunities. GSA is assisting in job creation as well, to low-to-moderate income communities.
I want to thank everyone that took part in making this event a success, especially the Cedar Hill Police department. They were able to provide an event permit for GSA without the required 30 advance notice.
Also, Gabby’s Sanctuary ARK partnered with QFactor Chiropractic with the Oklahoma tornado relief drive. GSA provided a truck load of dog and cat food for the displaced animals. May 25th is when all donations were delivered to Oklahoma’s Tornado victims. Items needed: Water, blankets, non-perishable food, batteries, pet food, flashlights, diapers, baby formula, aspirin, Tylenol, bandages, baby food, tents, feminine products, soap, toothbrushes, deodorant, underwear, socks and more.
We are planning a cocktail fund-raiser in September. Details to follow. I hope to see you there.
First Annual Horsemanship Clinic
Overton “Cowboy” Brooks
Foundation Training Demonstration
May 19, 2013
707 High Lane, Cedar Hill, TX 75104
Donations are tax deductible and
benefit Gabby’s Sanctuary Ark,
A 501(c)3 Corporation
Massage Therapy Gift Certificate
Food & Drinks
Dallas County DA’s Office Creating Animal Abuse Unit
December 4, 2012 9:29 PM
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The abused animal situation in Dallas County is acute enough that commissioners are thinking about creating a special unit within the District Attorney’s office specifically to prosecute animal abuse cases.
“This year, through November 28, there were more than 2,841 reports to the city of Dallas alone about animal cruelty,” Dr. Elba Garcia told her colleagues, and speculated that there are many more county wide.
Public speakers cautioned that animal abuse was no minor thing and was often a gateway practice to larger crimes. “The FBI has shown that every serial killer in the United States started off abusing animals,” Skip Timble of the Texas Humane Legislation Network told the Commissioners Court.
But it would cost 200-thousand dollars to get the unit off the ground. So Safer Dallas, Better Dallas began private fund raising. Founder Charles Terrell told CBS 11 News, “We’ve got to get momentum going, first of all, and the money gives you momentum.”
He praised the DA’s office for its planning so far, including a full-time prosecutor and investigator. “I think they’ve done a marvelous job of planning for this internally, and we’ve got to do a marvelous job of motivating people to give.” It received 40-thousand dollars in seed money from outgoing commissioner Maurine Dickey and her husband Roland, of Dickey’s Barbecue.
David Alex would head the 2-person unit. He says it’s more than animals; child abusers often torture family pets to keep the child in fear. “We see cases all the time where the abuser will say, ‘Look and see what happens to you if you talk.’ They’ll abuse the dog in front of the child in order to keep them silent.” Alex adds, “The victim will be so afraid to leave the abuser because they don’t want to leave the family pet there with the abuser.
And they stay for years and years in this abuse relationship because of the animal.” Several animal rescue groups were on hand as the check was presented to Safer Dallas, Better Dallas. Among them Terry Ottley of Gabby’s Sanctuary ARK in Cedar Hill, a rescue group for dogs and cats, but especially horses, including a new rescue, Oscar. “A lot of them are abused, as you can see Oscar is a little bit underweight at 8 months but a little TLC will do wonders for him.”
Some were seriously neglected. One horse came to her 475 pounds underweight, she said. Several horses sport dots of aluminum spray that keeps flies off exposed skin of their mottled hides Ms. Ottley has about 20 horses here and says about half of them come from abusive situations. “We lost a horse about two months ago that if they’d just had the tetanus shot he would’ve survived but he ended up with lockjaw.” She likes the idea of a central clearing house to cut through the red tape of overlapping municipal rules agencies. “If it causes us not to have to go through all those levels to get an immediate release of abused animals, then I think this is going to be a fantastic operation,” she said.
Formal commissioners court approval is set for next week, but the unit will not be created until the $200,000 in donations is reached. Donations to Dallas County Animal Cruelty Unit can be accepted atwww.SaferDallas.com Gabby’s Sanctuary ARK is a nonprofit 501(c)3 with a website that can be found at www.gabbysARK.org
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As of this afternoon we are now able to accept your charitable tax deductible donations via PayPal. Make sure to print your receipt from PayPal as a record of your donation. We greatly appreciate your financial assistance to feed our rescued animals, pay for veterinary services, develop educational programs and a myriad of other things with regard to keeping this operation running.
PayPal is easy to use, even if you do not have a PayPal account. Toward the top of each page on the right hand side is a red “Donate with PayPal” button. Simply click it and fill out the form. You have the option of logging into PayPal or simply entering your credit card information. This is a secure transaction and all of your financial information is kept private and secure by PayPal. Again, we greatly appreciate your contribution. Why don’t you try it out now? It’s easy. Just click the red donate button.