Season 3 | Episode 17 | Aired 01/29/06
Animal lovers Dale and Melanie DeAeth of Washington, Texas, who started the True Blue Animal Rescue organization, and their three children, Jessica, Cory and Colton, will have their own home rescued by Ty and the gang.
The DeAeths are the first people the Texas law enforcement calls when they find abused and neglected animals. Their True Blue Animal Rescue organization provides a safe haven to horses, dogs and other animals that need loving care - and it's run out of their own home!
While both parents have been working full-time jobs in addition to rescuing, nurturing and adopting out animals, they've neglected their own house, which is literally falling apart! The DeAeth home's foundation has shifted, the walls are cracked throughout, and termites have invaded.
Since they started True Blue Animal Rescue, the DeAeths have taken in over 90 dogs and 40 horses – many of which are now living full lives in adopted homes. But they still have 30 dogs and 15 horses on their property and several cats that are in temporary foster homes. Between vet costs and nutrition, this family is in need of rescue themselves.
This family is so busy that everyone pitches in to help the animals in the evenings and on weekends, and each child has his/her own rescue dogs with their own special story. Melanie also helped take in and rescue animals left homeless in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and took horses and dogs back home with her to adopt out. In this episode, the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition team heads to a Texas ranch to take care of the family who've worked hard to end animal abuse and neglect by taking care of so many of our furry friends!
While Ty and the gang, along with the hundreds of workers and volunteers and local builder Stylecraft Builders, Inc., transform their house into a comfortable and safe home and animal shelter, the DeAeth family will go on vacation to Palm Springs.
The design team for this episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will feature team leader Ty Pennington, Tanya McQueen, Michael Moloney, Ed Sanders and Eduardo Xol.