We specialize in Chihuahuas and have a huge soft spot for the bully / pittie breeds.
Aside from rescue work, we help families find affordable vet care and spay and neuter services for their pets to help keep them healthy and reduce the number of unwanted pets in this area to reduce the number of animals killed in shelters. We are frequently asked to do educational programs in the community on proper vet care, importance of spay and neuter, and proper pet care and keeping. We have also traveled to many areas to speak at local community meetings against breed specific legislation and have been avid educators on the pitbull type breeds of dogs. Currently we are working on getting our state licensing to start a wildlife rehabilitation facility as well as exotic pet 'zoo' where we will take in exotic pets owners can no longer keep. The new facility will focus on rehab and care of injured or orphaned wildlife, focusing on their eventual release back into the wild, as well as a sanctuary for the exotic pets including a building specifically set up for educational programs for the public on the proper care and amount of work these animals require.
Official HART website
For pets adopted through HART, you submit your application and we confirm all information and do a background check. If your application is approved we will set up a home visit or request photos of your home for the adoption file. We will set up a day and time for you to come meet the pet in person. If you're interested in adopting, you'll sign the adoption contract and pay the adoption fee at this time. Adoption fees on the day of adoption are only payable in cash. If the pet is already fully vetted you will be able to take the pet home at that time. Pets that have recently come into our program and have not been medically cleared to be spayed or neutered yet will not be able to go home until the surgery has been completed and they've had sufficient time to recover.
All pets adopted from HART must go to indoor only homes. Pets you currently have or have had in the last five years must have been kept current on vaccinations and must have been spayed or neutered. We require adopters to be at least 21 years of age. Until the adoption fee has been paid and a contract signed, pets are considered still available for adoption, will remain on the website and we will continue to take applications and screen potential adopters.
Interested in adopting? Our adoption application can be completed by clicking the following link: Adoption Application
Vet exam $29
Heartworm test $20
Spay / Neuter $65
**Out of state adoptions require an additional fee for the transport cost (averages about $150) and a health certificate that runs around $25.
One month flea / tick and heartworm preventative $12-$18 depending on size
The average time between the day we take in a pet and the time it's adopted is roughly 7 months. During this time we must also provide food for the pet. Because we are a small rescue and not listed as a 501c3 we do not receive donations of any kind; food, preventatives, etc. All of the costs of the rescue come from our pocket until the pet is adopted at which time some of those costs are recovered. As you can see from the numbers above, we never fully recover the cost of getting a pet ready for it's new life. We average $185 for small dogs for medical alone, not including food, preventatives, grooming, etc. This is something we do for the love of animals.
On the rare occasion a pet comes in that's fully vetted, or we're given a donation of extra funds for an adoption, that money is put toward vetting pets locally in low income families, vaccinating and spaying / neutering courtesy listed pets so they can go to new families, and very frequently those are fees waived pets. We very strongly support spaying and neutering pets to help control the over population problem we have in the south.
If you're in need of low income assistance to get your pet vaccinated or spayed / neutered, please contact any of the groups listed below or contact us if you aren't in the middle Tennessee area:
Wally's Friends Spay and Neuter clinic, also does low cost vaccinations and heartworm testing with alters. Chattanooga, TN. 423-877-9966
Middle Tennessee Spay Neuter clinic, also does low cost vaccinations and heartworm testing with alters. Shelbyville, TN 931-684-5353
Putnam County Humane Society Spay Neuter clinic, also does low cost vaccinations and heartworm testing with alters. Cookeville, TN 931-372-2728
For help in Warren County for transport, please contact Warren County Humane Society. 931-743-0164
Paul's Clinic in McMinnville, also does low cost vaccines and heartworm testing with their alters and occasional vaccination clinics. 931-668-2702