An Animal Rescue That’s All Heart

An Animal Rescue That’s All Heart

We’re pleased to bring you news of another financial award made by The Dr. Jane’s HealthyPetNet Foundation, this time to a courageous organization of homeless animal rescuers in Maryland.

Founded in 2003, HART for Animals seeks to become “a model for compassionate animal rescue”. We feel that they’ve done a commendable job organizing individual volunteers who specialize in placing animals abandoned at local shelters with foster parents until forever homes can be located. By taking in pets from the Garrett County Animal Shelter and the Garrett County Humane Society, they have saved hundreds of animals who otherwise would probably have been euthanized. Further, HART oversees the transfer of homeless dogs and cats from areas of low inhabitance to more populous cities in an effort to increase the likelihood of long-term adoption.

In addition to their stellar achievements in ushering pets quickly into new forever homes, HART rounds out their vital work with other indispensable services, including educating the public about the importance of spaying and neutering, providing dog training to pet parents, rehabilitating injured animals and supporting efforts to enforce laws protecting pets from cruelty and neglect.

In the last three years, HART for Animals has been directly responsible for saving 1,751 dogs and cats, nearly half of all of the animals taken in by their local shelter.

In 2009, HART for Animals, like nearly all American rescue groups and shelters, faced an extremely challenging year. They have witnessed firsthand, after waves of home foreclosures and unemployment hitting the region hard, that pet abandonment is the collateral damage of the recession. To help reduce the population of homeless pets, Hart for Animals opened a low-cost spay/neuter clinic last November, offering these surgeries to low-income Maryland residents for only $50. Additionally, individuals who cannot afford even this modest fee are eligible for financial support thanks to the generous donations of people just like you.

Last spring, HART saw a significant increase in the number of newborn animals. We’d like to share the story of one of the kittens saved thanks to the work of this incredible rescue.

Born at the shelter in late March of 2009, Camry was one of three mouse-sized kittens. HART’s Rescue Coordinator contacted a rescue group in Virginia with hopes that this little family could be kept together. When the rescue agreed to take all four cats - Camry, his two siblings and his mother, Kia – they were transported the following weekend.


From tiny kitten, Camry grew strong and developed a warm personality, happily enjoying his time with his foster family. Eventually, his caretakers located the perfect family to welcome him into their home and hearts.


Today, he graces his adoptive family with his stunning beauty and his dignified presence. His new pet parents changed his name to “Camron”.


Remarkably, Camron is just one of the 327 kittens HART was able to save last year.

With the funds contributed by Dr. Jane’s HealthyPetNet Foundation, HART was able to buy vaccines, pay for vet care, provide food for foster parents, cover some transportation costs, and expand its mission of rescuing and protecting homeless animals. Thanks to our award, HART told us they were able to save Camron and many others like him.

By choosing to purchase Life's Abundance products, you are directly supporting the work of our foundation, and we thank you for making this generous award possible. Your continued patronage has made a direct impact not only in Camron’s life, but also in the lives of untold numbers of homeless animals cared for by other agencies, too.

If you wish to send additional support to our foundation, you may do so when placing an order online or by sending a personal check to The Dr. Jane’s HealthyPetNet Foundation, Inc. at P.O. Box 1425, Palm City, FL 34991. Even if you can only spare a dollar or two, you’ll be providing much needed aid to the organizations attempting to reverse the trend of abandonment in America.

HART’s web site features the following quote from Margaret Mead: "Never underestimate the power of a small, dedicated group of people to change the world; indeed, that is the only thing that ever has”. All of us here at Life's Abundance feel that the dedicated folks at HART for Animals have succeeded in their attempts to embody this noble principle.

Comments (10) -

  • pat olds

    2/19/2010 12:49:23 PM |

    What a beautiful story, I wish they could all end this way.

  • renee

    2/19/2010 2:21:27 PM |

    i really enjoyed all of your stories.i live in the country and i recieve  a lot of drop offs or throw aways. i have taken in 15 cats and 2 dogs. one i just recieved a week ago.she ia a mixed chiwawa, i know this isn't the right spelling,but you know what it is.i call her tisha,i took her to the vet and he said she was about 3to 4 months friend found her in the woods about 4 to 5 miles from any house.she has cocidida.the vet treated her and sent home some medicine to give.she still has to go back for booster and rabies shot in 2 weeks. i know people are having a haed time because i'm one of them. i live on dissability and it doesn't go very far,but as long as i can i will take care of these little onesi have been so blessed to have recieved.there is always a way if you will just look for it. i will remember you in my prayers for i think your organization should be recognized as one of the best.all my pets have been spayed and neutered except for tisha.thanks renee

  • Janet Roberts

    2/19/2010 3:25:31 PM |

    Camron is beautiful!  Thanks to the HPN Foundation and HART for your excellent and much needed work to save Camron and many other pets in need.

  • Stanley K Foster

    2/19/2010 4:43:45 PM |

    My wife and I are married 50 years this June and we have adopted all rescued cats and dogs a total of 20 animals  .   We are both in are late 70's   aand love are animals very much   .  We don't have the income to purchase the kind of food that triligy makes but we feed the best we can..

  • Judy Owen

    2/19/2010 4:46:46 PM |

    This story made me feel so happy to know that the lives of these innocent animals were saved and to learn about the many others that are being rescued from certain death..thank you so much for all you do for these poor little critters..I will make a point of purchasing healthypetnet products in an effort to help save more lives! I rescued a kitten back in september of 09 ,someone had dumped him out by the side of the road and I found him full of fleas and ticks and very very hungry..of course I took him home with me and he has become a very important part of our family..we named him "Sante" (pronounced Shawntay)this is the Lakota Indian word for "Heart" ...he has a perfect heart shape under his little chin!!

  • Lynn Rivers

    2/20/2010 4:39:12 AM |

    Thanks for sharing this story.  I use and like your products for my cats and I'm proud to know that this purchase is helping animals in other places as well.  I support a local no-kill shelter called Animal Ark.

  • Sally Stine

    2/24/2010 5:23:19 AM |

    Thank you for this heartwarming story about Camry/Camron.  He reminds me so much of my 4th resident rescued kitty, Velcro.  They both have that beautiful, shiny blue coat along the very regal "attitude" as evidenced in his picture Smile  I'm glad that there are so many people, like Dr Jane Bicks, with organizations that truly give back to help these wonderful creatures.  I'm thankful, too, that my finances allow me to feed my babies with Trilogy food. They are extremely healthy, and it makes me feel good knowing that my purchases go beyond caring just for my four.  My additional check will be in today's mail, as well.

  • Amelia

    2/25/2010 4:34:56 PM |

    The members of Hart bring out the best in people from all over who love to come to their events and donate to their efforts. I am looking forward to attending their Kayaks, Tunes and Brews event this year.

    Living in the moment,
    animal lover Amelia

  • rhonda

    3/16/2010 6:34:16 PM |

    @ renee:
    Renee, I really appreciate you because I have much the same situation , I have almost lost count of all the kittys that I have saved, fed, altered and loved, my neighbor and I have kind of a kitty Co Op we call it Smile She feeds the strays in evening and i do in the morning. We wish we could save them all, keep up the good work! Rhonda

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