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
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 download asus smart gesture 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!
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.
By LOYD BRUMFIELD
Best Southwest/Grand Prairie/Oak Cliff editor
Back it up, girls! Back it up!”
It’s a blistering July afternoon in Cedar Hill, and Terry Ottley is walking the “back nine,” as she calls it, an expanse of land in south Cedar Hill that is home to Billie Jean and Sydney, two horses in her care.
“Once, I rescued people, but some of them didn’t want to be rescued,” Ottley said.
The Cedar Hill resident saves animals now — including Billie Jean and Sydney — and hopes to establish a permanent no-kill sanctuary with help from the city.
“She is someone who is an advocate of animals, and she’s taking in as many as she can,” said Cedar Hill City Council member Clifford Shaw, who is hoping to help Ottley establish her sanctuary. “She’s a big animal lover and just wants to see if we can do something to help.”
Billie Jean and Sydney are roaming on land that Ottley is leasing, but the 11-year Cedar Hill resident hopes to establish Gabby Sanctuary Ark on land of her own.
“I would like to have my own land, and eventually that will happen, but I can’t do it without assistance, I’ve found,” said Ottley, who is the community affairs manager for a Dallas bank.
Ottley has always been around animals, she said, and she has always fostered dogs and cats, but it wasn’t until 2009 when she discovered nine horses that were severely neglected in Ovilla that she decided to add those animals to her fostering duties.
“What I’m trying to do is get something like Operation Kindness on this side of south Dallas,” said Ottley, who has applied for nonprofit status and said she expects that to be finalized in a couple of months.
Ottley has had Sydney since September 2009, and the horse was more than 450 pounds underweight. Now, Sydney is about to turn 4 years old and is inseparable from Billie Jean.
“You do this after hours. You feed your horses once a day,” Ottley said as the horses follow her around as she feeds and waters them. “What you find is that if you’ve got 6 acres and 6 to 9 horses, that’s not enough. You need one acre per horse.”
Ideally, Ottley would like to use the old Tri-City Animal Shelter building for her rescued dogs and cats, and that’s where the city comes in.
Currently, the building is used for storage for the shelter, which moved to a much larger facility a few years ago.
“We’ve discussed it with city staff, but when it gets to the council level, I would certainly be an advocate for her,” Shaw said.
Ottley’s proposed sanctuary is named after a cat that showed up on her doorstep in 2003 and recently died.
Ottley also envisions a place where children can go to educate themselves about animal care and take care of the sanctuary’s residents.
“They need some place they can do to get away from drugs and have something to do, especially in the summer months,” Ottley said. “You know, when you see kids around animals, it’s just fantastic.”
The sanctuary is an expensive undertaking, said Ottley, who estimates that she spends between $20,000 to $25,000 a year on the animals.
“If you keep going back to that, you’re going to be bankrupt,” she said.
Ottley has established a board of directors and hopes to have a website up in the near future.
“Terry was always one of the ones growing up that, whenever she was involved in something, she always gave it her all,” said Herb Watson, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army who is Ottley’s vice president of development. “Just knowing what kind of person she is in her personal life, she’s just the type you want on your team for this.”
Loyd Brumfield is the editor of Best Southwest/Grand Prairie/Oak Cliff neighborsgo and can be reached at 214-977-7686.