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HART for Animals, Inc.

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: We save homeless animals by: Rescuing and transporting them to where they can be adopted. Low-cost spay/neutering to reduce the numbers of unwanted litters. Building an animal center where adoptable animals will never have to be euthanized.

Results: 1. We have rescued 7,492 animals between 2003 and 2015. 2. We have spayed/neutered 7,011 animals at low-cost between 2009 and 2016. 3. We raised our own money to build an animal adoption center. The last section, the Adoption & Shelter Wing, is now open!

Target demographics: Homeless Animals

Direct beneficiaries per year: 508 animals that were rescued and adopted, and 1,142 animals that were spayed/neutered

Geographic areas served: Western Maryland

Programs: 1. Rescue and transport animals from the county shelter to larger rescue groups. 2. Spay/Neuter services to low-income pet owners. 3. Building an animal center that will allow adoptable animals to wait for their forever families.

Community Stories

41 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Meagan T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The love for animals shines strong at Hart! The drive the staff has to make animals lives better is amazing. From the involvement with educating the community to living the dogs that need medical attention, Hart is amazing!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had such a wonderful experience there. After receiving a tour of the premises I was extremely impressed and the cleanliness of the center. The staff were absolutely some of the kindest people I had ever met and very willing to answer any and all questions I had. The cats and dogs were absolutely precious and were in good health. Truly a wonderful place!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The employees at HART are amazing, professional, and extremely friendly. All of our experiences have been positive...which IS saying something as one of my cats is 98% grumpy-old man.
They always make myself and my pets feel at ease!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

HART For Animals is without a doubt the most selfless organization ive ever been apart of. We had an adoptable pet here that required 'xtra' special time with training/socialization and to just 'learn to be a dog' well long story short EVERYBODY employees and volunteers both spent countless hours working with this awesome dog and YES he has a forever home now and is loved and adored :) Hes also become a huge Steeler fan and you know life is good when you belong to Steeler Nation :):):)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My great granddaughter adopted a dog from HART for Animals 8 years ago. At the time, she was going through a very hard time but our family did not know it. Caroline took her to the county shelter to look at the dogs and she saw a Border Collie mix and fell in love. Although her parents were not consulted prior to her taking the dog home, she prevailed. Within a few weeks, it became clear that the family dynamics were not good and the dog was not being taken care of. My daughter, a HART volunteer, took the dog back and integrated it into her own family. She is still there, loved by all and pampered by many. One more life saved thanks to HART!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was somewhat specific in the size of the dog that I was hoping for to join our family and HART was wonderful in helping to place the perfect dog for us. They care so much for the animals and find homes where they become family members and not just pets. It's a full-service center with amazing people!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

It is rare to find a nonprofit organization that can serve one population effectively. HART is a group that serves multiple populations well.

As a donor, I've seen the construction of two buildings to treat, house and cater to animals who might otherwise not get the love and attention they deserve.

I've also seen HART be a launching point for careers for numerous people who are interested in the welfare of animals.

Finally, I've seen employees, volunteers and board members be advocates for and educators about the animals they serve.

HART is that rare nonprofit where you can see the impact every day in the community it serves.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a great organization! I have never met a more dedicated and kind and caring group of animal lovers and rescuers. They put down their roots in a rural area that does not always have the resources or funding to support animal rescue and their tireless efforts have saved so many animals as well as made quite an impact on the local community. As the mom of a rescue dog, I am thankful every day for an organization like Hart that puts animals first. I love that they are building a no-kill shelter and that they offer low-cost spay and neuter services to those who need it. Thank you for everything you and your staff do in support of homeless animals!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would not take my pets anywhere other than HART For animals. The moment you walk in the door you are welcomed with a friendly smiling staff. My two dogs love it there. Dr. Bernard is amazing. You can really tell that she and all of the employees at HART care about your pets and their wellbeing. Whether its at the Bredel Clinic, MuttWorks Grooming Salon, or the Bed N Bark Pet Hotel, you can guarantee your pets are well off. Not only do you get phenomenal service but you have the peace of mind that all of your money is going to a GREAT cause. Being a non-profit, your money spent at HART goes to support HART's adoption and rescue programs and their mission of saving all the lives of homeless animals. HART offers low cost and no cost spay/ neuter assistance for low income residents and transports and adopts out hundreds of animals a year. It feels great to know you are supporting such an amazing organization that cares so much.

1 Jennifer517

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family and poodles truly enjoyed our experience at Hart. I have a poodle that has had chronic ear infections for about 5 years. I have visited numerous vets, tried special diets and even medicine. Dr Barnard was able to recommend a treatment that seems to have solved the problem. You can tell she truly loves her job and the animals she interacts with. We are lucky to have this level of service available in Garrett County, MD.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

HART for Animals is an amazing organization! Founded by two women who saw a need in our community to reduce the number of animals euthanized at our very small local animal shelter, HART works to reduce animal overpopulation, companion pet homelessness, and irresponsible pet ownership. I have volunteered for HART for almost 10 years as a animal transporter, special events worker, and community advocate, as well as being a donor. The staff at HART does amazing work with passion and dedication and advocates tirelessly for the animals. I am proud to be connected to this organization and will continue to donate my time, my energy, my money, and other resources to support the realization of this organization's mission and vision. I hope that YOU who are reading this will consider doing the same.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Throughout the years, HART has helped me many times find a loving home or rescue organization to care for the stray pets I have found and temporarily taken in so when I found out they were opening their own animal adoption center complete with veterinary hospital and boarding and grooming spa, I was thrilled for the residents of our area as I knew they would provide more wonderful and much needed services. Soon after they opened their new building, I started taking my own pets to their veterinary hospital and have been 100% pleased with each and every service I have received there. Since I have 4 dogs and 5 cats, I have utilized their services on quite a few occasions and each time the service has been outstanding. The operation is run with extreme professionism yet they are warm and pleasant and you feel like you and your pets matter. They provide efficient service yet they actually talk to you and you don't feel rushed in and out the door. There is attention to detail in every single thing they do, and I couldn't be happier. HART and all its staff is a wonderful blessing to our community, and we are extremely fortunate that they pursued their dream and made it a reality. I only see good things in the future of this organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My dogs have had several great stays at the Hart for Animals Bed n Bark Inn! They are always perfectly taken care of, get lots of attention and have a blast. It is comforting knowing they are in such good hands. I used to get very anxious about leaving my babies . Hart completely removed my worries!! They have a wonderful, caring staff. They also get wonderful pet care through Hart's grooming services!

Thomas38

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a pet owner all my life and also have been a volunteer in a number of areas related to pets for over 25 years: president of a volunteer dog obedience club, successful competitor in AKC obedience trials, part of a therapy dog team, and president of an organization dedicated to raising funds to defray the cost of spay/neuter procedures for low-income families. This organization, PAWS, worked closely with HART for Animals for a number of years. Last year, the PAWS Board of Directors decided to affiliate with HART and support that organization's broader mission. I have nothing but the highest regard for those who founded and worked so selflessly to take HART from simply a few volunteers transporting shelter animals for adoption to what it is now--an organization with a new building that not only serves all pet animals in our region but also has brought jobs to the county. The HART staff and officers are dedicated to their mission and have worked tirelessly to raise funds and build strong ties with all members of the local community. HART--thanks for an outstanding job!

Board Member

Rating: 5

HART is best characterized by its staff. When you enter the Center, they greet you with warmth and energy. They are friendly and very knowledgeable: from the staff of the Bed 'n Bark Inn who treat each boarder as their own, to the veterinarian who shares her vast knowledge with each client, to the reception staff who take care to treat each call or visit with consideration. Over 6500 animals have been rescued and over 5000 spayed and neutered, as well as numerous dogs and cats lost/found that are brought to them. I am proud to serve the homeless and neglected domestic animals of our region and its people.

Maura P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am delighted to write a review for HART for Animals. The "Bed & Bark" boarding facility was home to my cat for several months. The staff was caring, knowledgeable and took the time to learn about her and what she needed. She can be a handful -- and everyone was understanding and helped her to be comfortable and cared for each and every day. The facility was clean, bright and welcoming. I was able to visit her on several occasions and saw that the staff spent a great deal of time with her. She was allowed to roam free when possible, was provided toys and a perch at a window. She was extremely well cared for. Now that she's home with me it is a great comfort to know that if i ever need a place for her to stay that HART is there!

Board Member

Rating: 5

As co-founder, and now clinic and rescue manager at HART for Animals, Inc., I would like to express how proud I am of the completion of phase 1 of the new HART Animal Center, and especially how proud I am of the professionalism and compassion of all our employees and volunteers. Our vision for the HART Animal Center has always been to provide superior service to all our clients, both two legged and four legged, and with the high amount of wonderful compliments we are receiving, I feel we are doing just that! Phase 1 of our building houses our new profit centers (Bredel Veterinary Clinic, Muttworks Grooming, and the Bed n' Bark Inn), which are to provide funding for our mission of caring for, re-homing and stopping the euthanasia of adoptable homeless animals in Garrett County. With the award of a community grant, we will soon begin building phase 2 of our building; the adoption wing, where we will house, and offer for adoption, Garrett County's adoptable homeless pets. Until then we continue to find rescue placement and hold adoption events for the endless amount of wonderful but homeless pets coming into the Garrett County Animal Shelter. Please adopt a homeless pet. There are so many in need and you will be rewarded with so much love in return.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love the staff! They treat my dog as if he were one of their own. I feel completely at ease leaving him in their care. The facility is very clean and well run. I recommend HART for Animals to all of my friends and family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Just a quick note to show our support and gratitude for the new Hart for Animals Center in Garrett County MD, especially the state of the art boarding services. Our GSP's, Tonka and Yukon, have stayed at the Bed n’ Bark Inn multiple times and they absolutely adore it! They have never liked being left without mom and dad until now. When we pick them up, they sleep for days because they are so worn out from playing and running in and out of their private suite, plus the tons of love they get all day long. As a couple with no children, our dogs are our life and we think this facility is the best thing to happen to Garrett County (and us) since we have lived here! Every person on the staff genuinely cares, they meet you at the front door, and they listen to your suggestions and make them realities! Thank you so much for being there and taking such incredible care of our babies. We will see you again in a few weeks!
In appreciation, John and Shelia McCracken

Client Served

Rating: 5

My dog, Ace, and I had a wonderful first experience at the HART for Animals veterinary clinic. Upon arriving in the clean, comfortable and well-decorated lobby, myself, and my pet, were warmly greeted by the staff. I mentioned to the staff that it was my first time in the building and was offered a quick tour around the facility where I witnessed lots of smiling staff in action. Once in the examining room, Dr. Barnard’s bedside manner was caring, professional and extremely pleasant. Not only did I feel very comfortable throughout the visit but my pet did also! We will definitely be returning to HART for any future veterinary needs.