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Review for Homeless Animal Rescue Team, Westfield, NJ, USA

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?


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?


Role:  Client Served & My dogs were rescued by HART.