HOMELESS ANIMAL RESCUE TEAM

Rating: 5 stars   3 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 231 North Ave W 156 Westfield NJ 07090 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

This past summer, my father passed away suddenly and unexpectedly from cancer. To make matters worse, this devastation resulted in tragic consequences for our family members/dogs, Maxx and Jazzy. I am a 21 year old FL college student who lives in the dormitories, and I am not allowed to have pets. Additionally, my mother lives in a small house in NJ, and her new husband is quite allergic to dogs. Despite our continuous advertising and word-of-mouth via our family and friends, we could not find them a new "forever home." Three days before I was leaving for college, the only potential lead we found backed out. Maxx and Jazzy were rescued from abusive environments prior to our adopting them -- Maxx being chained to a tree without food and water and Jazzy likely being physically abused-- so the prospect of them not being in a safe and loving home terrified us.

Fortunately, my mother's cousin Susan knows Meg from HART (Homeless Animal Rescue Team) in Fairfax Station, VA. This organization answered our cries of desperation, accepting the dogs and all of the paperwork after hours to ensure that they were guaranteed a spot within the organization. Meg has guaranteed that they would remain together in their temporary kennel awaiting a foster home and in their future "forever home." We arranged for TLC Pet Transport (the country's first and only private family-only USDA licensed pet transportation service) to drive our dogs to their new home in Virginia, and everything went as smoothly as we could have ever imagined.

HART treated our dogs and us with the utmost respect and kindness. We receive frequent updates on their condition, and, in Meg's own words, "they do get plenty of play time at the kennel and are loved" :) We know that our puppies are in good hands with HART, and we are thankful for their immense help and support during this difficult time.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my life. HART came to the rescue when our dogs were in danger of being placed in an uncaring shelter at the last minute. I am confident that they will be placed in an ideal, loving home that rivals their former home (but I may just be biased).

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

advertise more. From some information on the internet, it seems that HART needs more foster homes and volunteers. I am not sure as to their present advertising technique; however, I hope that the news of their great organization spreads, resulting in them finding a great foster home and, eventually, a "forever home" for my dogs.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

a friend of Meg's

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have nothing but great things to say about H.A.R.T. When I was in search of a rescue to take in 2 abandoned and starving dogs in my rural community H.A.R.T. was the only organization that I contacted (out of many) that was willing to take them in and help them. These 2 dogs had been running loose for a long time and when I contacted H.A.R.T. they quickly agreed to take them. Even though these dogs were from out of the area that didn't matter to H.A.R.T. The dogs were placed in foster care and were adopted into loving homes. Without H.A.R.T. my only other option would have been to take these dogs to the pound. These 2 sweet dogs owe their lives to Homeless Animal Rescue Team and I am genuinely grateful for what they did.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping 2 deserted and starving dogs in a rural county that had no other options.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change anything. I couldn't ask for more.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I LOVE this group. The dedication and knowledge base among the volunteers is incredible. Everyone is passionate about making a great match between adopter and pet, and will go out of their way to make the process smooth. I started out out as an adopter only and quickly got "sucked in" because of the other volunteers' friendliness and the group's mission. Of course events can be chaotic and we're working on streamlining things more... If you're looking for a great resource as you begin the process for your first pet or your eighth, HART is the place to go!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own life. I adopted two great dogs through this group and love them more than anything. I also have a great group of friends who share my interests.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to reach out to more people about our group. We always need more volunteers, donors, friends, and most importantly fosters.

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