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TAILS UP! March Happenings From HART
Hart For Animals Adoption Story 0003 Emily Candace And Faith
We love this story! Faith found her purpose when she was adopted by Emily. The video was created by "Dog Files" award-winning producer, Kenn Bell.This is why we do what we do - for our homeless animals - and for the people who adopt them. It's why we need you. Please consider a donation to help save the lives of more adoptables, just like Faith. 

Lucky Pet - Lucky Us!
Meet Lizzie....and her adorable puppies!

Lizzie is one lucky Pug, and so are we, because she's our first adoptable dog to give birth at HART! Well, technically, she gave birth at her foster home (HART Adoption Manager and Behaviorist, Debbie Snyder), but as soon as they were able, the brood came to HART, and our staff and volunteers have been busy loving on them hourly. This is Lizzie's third litter - and she's just four years-old. Lizzie, along with one of her sons from a past litter, was relinquished to the Garrett County Shelter. Their owner went into a nursing home and could no longer take care of the two - plus more on the way. After giving birth, Lizzie was able to receive much-needed vaccines. And very soon, after the puppies are weaned, she will be spayed and permanently retired from the breeding business. Lizzie even has a new home waiting for her so she can live her life in the manner only a Pug should know. One lucky dog - eight lucky puppies! 

Help Us Save More Animals Like Lizzie! Donate Today!

The HART Lifesaver Program - Saving the Lives of Animals Through Our No-Cost Spay/Neuter Grant

HART for Animals was awarded a 2017 grant by the Maryland Department of Agriculture as part of their Spay and Neuter Program designed to reduce the number of unwanted cats and dogs euthanized in shelters across the state. Since the program began in 2015, 14,948 Spay/Neuter Procedures have been performed throughout the state. This is the third year in which HART has been awarded the grant and to date, has provided 1,239 no-cost spay/neuter surgeries to low-income Maryland residents in Garrett and Allegany Counties.
The Maryland Spay/Neuter Program was conceived and initiated by Maryland Votes for Animals (MVFA), and implemented in accordance with the recommendations of a task force created by an act of the Maryland General Assembly in 2011. The task force’s report detailed that 1/2 of the cats and 1/3 of the dogs in Maryland’s shelter populations were being euthanized at a tremendous cost to Maryland taxpayers.
The bill to develop the state Spay and Neuter Grants Program became law in 2013. The objective of the program was to provide affordable spay and neuter services throughout the state, thus reducing shelter intake and euthanasia rates. Funding for the program is provided from fees paid by the pet food industry.
HART, one of the early grant recipients, used the MDA grant to create Lifesaver, a no-cost spay/neuter program to serve low-income pet owners. This program complements HART’s ongoing low-cost program, HARThelp. Residents who meet the eligibility requirements for Lifesaver beganscheduling appointments for surgery in January 2017.

We are currently scheduling appointments for 2017. For more information on HART's no-cost Lifesaver program (for Maryland residents only), or our low-cost HARTHelp program (for all low-income pet owners), please visit our Spay/Neuter Program page on our website, or call 301.387.7729.

HART for Animals February 2017 Adoptions

February Adoptions!

Check out our February adoptions! There's one waiting here for you too!
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday:   10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Wednesday:  11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Libby Ellis: Our February Employee of the Month

Libby rarely says no when asked to help out. You will see her smiling face behind our Welcome Desk at the HART Animal Center. As one of our amazing Customer Service Representatives, Libby always gives our customers and their pets a warm welcome when they enter the Center. You may also see Libby at Pick of the Litter Thrift Shop, where she occasionally helps out - she's a true retailer at heart! Libby personifies our values and we are so fortunate to have her here at HART!

March Volunteer of the Month

Chris Speicher has been volunteering with HART since last December.  He works with Lindy Moebs, our MuttWorks groomer, doing volunteer work for the experiential learning requirement of his certification program.  Chris is enrolled in the Grooming Program through Animal Behavior College. Lindy sings Chris’ praises, saying that he has a knack for the grooming field with skills that are impressive.  When asked what he has learned during this experience, Chris says, “I have learned many grooming skills from Lindy.  She is good at teaching all the skills needed to become a competent groomer as well as different techniques on handling the dogs in a safe way.”  Animals have always been a part of Chris’ life and one of his passions.  He does an amazing job relating to the dogs he cares for and treating them with loving attention.  According to Lindy, he has a bright future ahead of him in the animal grooming field.  Chris plans to pursue employment as a groomer after his externship and to one day open his own grooming business.  Chris has definitely gained experience at HART and at the same time he has contributed much with his skills, his dedication, and his can-do, positive, professional attitude. “My favorite part about volunteering at HART is that I get to spend my day with animals and a group of people that are always helpful and kind.” Chris, we are so glad you are here and appreciate all that you give back to HART and to the animals!  Thank you!
Thank you to all our HART Volunteers who have donated a total of 839 hours in the month of February!

SAVE THE DATE! Our first MuttMinster Dog Show is Saturday, April 29!

In celebration of the Adoption Wing's first anniversary, we're inviting all of our adopted dogs - and everyone else who loves their dogs to enter our dog show! We're putting the final touches on the event now and will be sending more information very soon! 

Check our website for more fundraising events this year!

HART Numbers Year-to-Date
February 2017:
Spays & Neuters:             101
Rescue & Transports:        32
Adoptions:                          55

The revenues generated by the services at the HART Animal Center support the basic operating costs of the facility, including staff and maintenance, so that we may serve the animals and our community through our mission programs. We support those programs through donations and fundraising. HART uses 93% of all revenue to pay for those programs, including rescue, transport, spay/neuter, sheltering, and adoption.
Our mailing address is:
PO Box 623, McHenry, MD 21541

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