we are a 501c3, non-profit charity

PBAH rescue

a multi species rescue

I know I have said this before, but we are back. I had a few bad years and a few hard years. Between the bad and the hard years, I found a house out in the country. It sat on 6 acres and had a large barn that would work perfect for kennels.

I bought the property for the rescue and long story short, we are moved in and looking towards renovating the barn while continuing to restore the house.

In the house, there is a room for small ‘pocket pets’ with a bathroom designed to clean animal bowls, cages and crates. There is a bathroom with dog washing station attached to an office/nursery/medical area. There is also a large rectangular room with many possibilities.

The barn has a large wooden frame and is cover with tin. The floor is cement. We had a contractor come by to look at the building and are just waiting on the estimate. We are eagerly awaiting our kennel instillation. 


Now that we have the facility we are trying to raise the funds turn the barn into livable kennels. With no kennels, we cant take anyone in right now. Out vet did also us to house the 2 young Pyrenees that were dropped off.  We have taken in 5 opossums successfully releasing 3.

We have also taken in 2 dogs that went into our sanctuary. One was a 10 pound, 11 year old black poodle with Addison’s and alopecia. The other I met through work. She came into my life when she was 4 months old. She had recovered from parvo yet was continuing to lose weight. Turns out her vomiting caused a stricture, and now she has megaesophagus. She is eating several small meals daily. She weighed 5.8 pounds on Friday 6/11/21.

There is a chance she will outgrow her condition or at least be able to overcome it. There is also a chance she will be like this for ever. We learned together what works for her and continue to learn about her condition to improve her quality of life.

Papa Bear’s Animal House is an organization named after a very special boy. He was part of a horrible breeding situation and he touched the heart of every rescuer he came in contact with – in fact every person he came in contact with. He was kind, quiet and a very gentle giant. He had this way about him that made everything ok. Even after the horror he faced he had an amazing outlook on life. And because of him, and all the others in his situation for whatever reason, we rescue. We make a difference one life at a time because to that one life it is the world. 

Who we are

Welcome to Papa Bear’s Animal House, an all animal rescue. We are located in North Central Texas, We are located in the only ‘city’ in Wilbarger county. Though we do have a humane society (Wilbarger Humane Society), they can only do so much. The kill rate averages close to 70%.  

We are 6 like minded individuals brought together by geography and love of animals. This rescue was founded by Donna Pate in 2011, after the death of a 9 year old patriarch of a horrific puppy mill/hoarder rescue. 

We are a multi species rescue. It is very important to get the correct care for each animal in order for them to thrive and survive.  In order to do this correctly we need help and rely on others who specialize in each species of animal. Some of these individuals are: 


Wild life orphans require very specialized care, some even have diseases which can be transmitted to the unsuspecting human who tries to help them.  I have taken a few wildlife classes in order to learn the correct methods to care for these animals. I turn to Mary Kemp of Kemp Wildlife Rehabilitation & Release
 with any questions or concerns. She is a licensed wildlife rehabber and has experience working with baby wildlife and most importantly has the knowledge to teach them the skills they will need to survive once they are returned to their natural environment. 

Reptiles and Amphibians also require very specialized care. I know little of the correct temperature, humidity, and food in order to help these animals to thrive. I turn to Mike from Wichita Falls Reptile Rescue for help. He deals with both domesticated (pets) and injured wildlife. If you find a turtle on the side of the road or attacked by a cat or dog, he would be the man to call. 

As for birds, there is the wild bird rescue, located in Wichita Falls. 


Though I have experience working with dogs, there are many things I come along, caused by nature, ignorance, or other reasons that I need help with. I turn to Robin Menard who has experience working with special needs and aggressive dogs.I also keep Helen Garcia of Garcia Rottie Rescue on speed dial. I also turn to Mackinzie McClure of SFABB who runs a bully breed rescue. 

We rely on Fox Animal Services for all of our veterinarian help.