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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART), is a no-kill animal rescue group that has been saving lives since 1990. Our mission is to assist unwanted, otherwise homeless and abused dogs and cats in the Northern Virginia/Washington DC metropolitan area. HART is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization and a participant (#8363) in the United Way/ CFC annual campaign. We have a strong dedicated core of volunteers who work tirelessly to help HART save lives and place our furry friends in carefully screened, loving homes. HART helps as many dogs and cats as we can and doesn't discriminate based on age or health. In addition to puppies and kittens we also help sick, old, maimed, mixed and pure breeds. The only factor limiting the number of animals we can help is our financial limitations. Donations are increasing slowly every year. We are so very grateful - every dollar given helps to save lives. In 2002, HART found loving new homes for more than 1200 dogs and cats! With your help, we will surpass that record number this year!

Programs: The homeless animals rescue team (hart), a no-kill animal rescue group. Hart provides assistance to people who, due to failing health, financial distress, or other personal circumstances, require assistance relating to their pets. Hart works with shelters and those with unwanted pets to facilitate adoptions and rescue animals from shelters where they are facing being put to death. Revenue for this program is from adoption fees. During 2011 over 1,015 animials were assisted by hart.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Moira2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HART is an amazing organization with loving and compassionate volunteers that are completely devoted to their animals. I have gotten both of my dogs from HART. Both are fantastic, healthy and loving dogs. I am forever grateful to HART for finding my dogs and giving them a second chance at life. I can't even imagine my life without them.
Earlier this year, my husband and I started fostering for HART and absolutely love it. We get to love on so many dogs as well as meet wonderful people that turn into loving owners and hopefully volunteers someday :)

Richard O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

HART is the one organization that always comes through. I am first a "client," although my dogs might argue who the client really is. My first dog was a stray in West Virginia, picked up by a "shelter" that performed Box Euthanasia. My second was from a rural Virginia shelter, was hit by a car; had a $4,500 surgery, came to my home to rest while being healed, stole our hearts, and is the love of our lives. I am second a volunteer for HART, and have been for 12 years. I have seen all that they do for the old throw-away, for the young nuisance, for the abandoned, for the abused, for the disfigured, for the "adoptable," and for the cute youngsters. HART does it with fewer resources than I could imagine. HART is a treasure we should all support!

Rachel48

Client Served

Rating: 4

I adopted my dog Scout from HART 2 years ago and will be forever thankful for them helping me meet my best friend. They did a great job of helping find the right dog for me and urged me to remain patient in the process of adopting to make the right choice, which ended up being great advice. They transported Scout literally across the state to me to get her out of a bad situation and on to a better life. If she weren't snoring so loudly in my lap right now, she would tell you she's a pretty big fan of HART too

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our first experience with HART came a couple of years ago, when my adult daughter adopted a (wonderful!) dog from them. A couple of months later I adopted a (fabulous!) dog from HART. Every single person we interacted with was friendly, helpful, and had, as their primary goal, finding a happy forever home for the dogs. My daughter had a 'love at first sight', instant bonding moment with her dog, but I am more cautious. There were several dogs, over the course of a few weeks, who looked perfect on paper - but when I met them, although they were terrific dogs, they weren't right for me. The HART volunteers were unfailingly patient and helpful. When they pulled yet another black lab from yet another shelter, a volunteer emailed me to say 'I think we've found a dog for you!' When I met the dog at the next adoption event, I had that love-at-first-sight, instant bonding moment. They were right! - they found, rescued, and brought me my absolutley perfect dog. Since that time, I have volunteered at many HART adoption events, and have seen that 'aha!' moment as potential adopters meet THEIR dog. HART volunteers provide follow-up support for each dog, as needed, answering behavioral or training issues should they arise. HART volunteers - in very many capacities - work tirelessly and enthusiastically to place each and every one of their animals in a loving forever home. It is an honor to be associated with such a dedicated group of people!

Whitney L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I adopted a wonderful dog from HART in 2011. Our experience with them was a little more detailed than we expected, but after going through the process, it made sense why they are so thorough! Since we adopted, we have also become fosters. I understand now why the process is so detailed - we want to make sure these dogs are going to truly great families! Whenever we have more free time, volunteering with HART is at the top of our list! Everyone we have met through HART is so caring and really wants the best for these dogs!

Chuck7

Client Served

Rating: 5

If we only had more room. These people are wonderful. The drove from Northern Va to Baltimore for a site review of our home to make sure their PUP would be safe! We love our Georgia! Adopt, DON'T Shop!

Meredith G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We wanted to rescue a puppy and we found the HART team so helpful in finding our new family member. The whole process was wonderful and thorough and we found the best pup in the world! We have stayed in touch with our dog's fellow liter mates. We compare stories, swap pics, and have even had some "playdates". When we are ready to adopt another dog, we will definitely go back to HART!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am proud to have been a HART volunteer for over a decade. I'm always amazed at the difference HART makes in the lives of dogs and cats in the Northern Virginia/Washington DC area. I found HART after coming across a limpy older stray dog....ans adking HART to help. I became a volunteer - and adopted the fabulous little guy. HART helps dogs and cats that other rescues often do not; including sick and older animals. There is little as sweet as placing an older snimal in a loving forever home. :)

Karen63

Client Served

Rating: 5

My first dog from HART was Hope, second Papa, third Radar, then Bruno, next Blarney and last adopted is Coralee. Some have passed . Now I volunteer along with a large group of people, because we love dogs, know they need help to survive. The animals get that help at HART. Rescue, medical care, new homes, care while they wait for those homes. HART, around for 20+ years, doing what they can to help the companion dogs and cats. Just sorry HART needs to exsist, but glad they do.

Client Served

Rating: 5

HART is WONDERFUL! We were searching for our 4-legged family member and HART helped us by truly listening to our needs, wants and family situation. They found Muriel for us and we are thrilled! The love and medical care they give the animals is only matched by the concern they have for making a safe and "right" placement. We're not in a position to volunteer right now so we donate annually with complete confidence that our money is well spent. We'll volunteer at some point and will only find our 4-legged family members through HART.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering and donating to HART for the past 10 years. They have helped many thousands of homeless animals.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Great organization. I have been a volunteer and board member for many years. Makes a big difference in the community by rehoming stray and unwanted pets into carefully screened new homes.

Sandy19

Board Member

Rating: 5

I adopted a dog from HART and started volunteering with them because I was so impressed with how thorough, caring, and dedicated the people are. HART rescues both the easily adoptable as well as the animals who need more -- more medical care, training, socialization, care. When rescuing puppies and kittens, they never leave the moms behind and always rescue them too. HART is a great organization and I am proud to be part of it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HART or Homeless Animals Rescue Team in Northern Va. (www.HART90.org) is a wonderful rescue group with very caring and dedicated volunteers. HART is often the group of last resort to dogs and cats that are about to be put down. In addition, HART is committed to finding loving and caring homes for all of their dogs and cats and making sure they require that if ever the person who adopts can no longer care for the animal that they come back to HART to make sure they do not end up at a shelter. I have been with HART for over 13 years and have seen firsthand how many lives we have saved and how many lives we have enriched with our adoptions.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for about 3 years now and have fostered dogs, volunteered at events and donated money to the group. This is a wonderful organization working on a shoe-string budget. They take in animals that many other rescue groups would not take (older pets, pets with significant medical issues, etc.). They also very carefully check out prospective adopters by conducting at least 2 in-person interviews, home visit to check the conditions and a check with the adopers' vet if they have previously had pets.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A wonderful community service finding loving homes for dogs and cats who would otherwise be euthanized. The organization has only one FT paid employee...the board and the workers are all volunteers. Each year they place over 1,000 animals. A no-kill group, they work often with hard-to-place dogs and cats, providing fostering, boarding, training and healthcare as needed to get them ready to move into a new home, new family.