SAVING ANIMALS LIVES...THE HEART OF WHAT WE DO

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Congratulations are in Order! HEART is Celebrating its 30th Anniversary Helping Animals in the WNY Community in 2014! Please Help Us Continue Our Mission. Your Help is Needed with Donations and for Volunteers, Foster Homes and Forever homes.

 
 
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  Annual Spaghetti Dinner
Come celebrate our 30th Anniversary in the WNY Community with us at our annual Spaghetti Dinner, Tuesday, May 6th. Please call our mainline at 716-821-1915 for tickets or if you would like to donate to the auction.
ABOUT HEART

We started our organization in 1984 out of a profound desire to alleviate the suffering of neglected, injured, orphaned, sick or abused animals in Western New York. Since then we have saved the lives of thousands of animals.

HEART has always managed to stay true to our "no-kill" philosophy. Our mission remains to respect all animals and to help each animal gain its rightful place in the world, regardless of handicap or personality. Working collaboratively with local shelters and other rescue organizations weíve made considerable progress towards a shared vision to end euthanasia of healthy and adoptable companion animals.

If you give of your life to help animals you know the pain of seeing how many more there are, and the pain of realizing you can't save them all. And you know the joy that comes from helping and saving the ones you can. We've come a long way but there are still so many little faces looking for help and safety to not keep going.

If you adopted a pet from us, you helped us help another homeless animal. If you referred someone to HEART, you helped. If you made a monetary donation or if you fostered a homeless animal, you helped. There is a special place in our hearts for all of you that have enabled HEART to continue our mission for over 25 years.


HEART ADOPTION LOCATIONS

HEART ADOPTION CENTER SOUTH
48 Buffalo Street, Hamburg

 
HEART ADOPTION CENTER NORTH
4219 Transit Rd, Williamsville, NY

 

HEART IN THE MEDIA


HEART Animal Rescue and Adoption Team is recipient of Fiserv Amherst Contact and Servicing Center Comes Together to Give Back Award.

Donations were presented to the selected organizations at the Fiserv Amherst office on February 5, 2014. Present to accept the donations were representatives from each organization. Pictured here from the left are the Fiserv Comes Together to Give Back Employee committee, Steve Bissett, VP of Operations, Arlene Grasso, HEART volunteer and Carol Rich, HEART board member.

This generous award and recognition means a great deal to HEART Animal Rescue & Adoption Team as it celebrates a very significant anniversary in 2014 marking itís 30th year in the Western New York community saving the lives of thousands of animals.

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Snowball Featured in Life With Cats

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Young death of pet dog exposes horrors of Upstate New York puppy mill


Click here to read full story & how HEART with the help of an amazing group of volunteers helped facitility the rescue of these animals

HEART HAPPY ENDINGS
BUCK


How does a big, handsome teddy bear of a dog like Buck have three different homes and end up in rescue by the first year of his life. Itís a sad story but an all too familiar story. Buck originated from a breeder who sold him to someone who sold him to someone else who placed him on craigslist and was ultimately in a home where the child was so allergic he ended up in the hospital. Thatís when HEART got the call to take him immediately from the third home he lived in.

Making the decision to get a pet should not be taken lightly. Pet owners need to be prepared to feed, train, exercise, groom and interact with their pets, and get them medical care when needed. Anyone thinking of getting a pet should be prepared for a long-term, lifetime commitment. There is nothing as rewarding as sharing your life with a pet.


When Buck arrived at his HEART foster home he was as easygoing, fun-loving as can be. He was evaluated by a behaviorist who found him to be the perfect dog with no aggressions whatsoever. HEART is happy to report that within a week, with an extensive interview and home visit to insure permanent placement, Buck has moved into his new home with a family who has St. Bernard experience, a huge fenced in yard and a St. Bernard brother for Buck to play with.


PLEASE PLEASE think carefully before adding a pet as a new family member. It is not fair to the pet to be uprooted time and time again.

PARKA

Parka is a pit bull that was picked up by Orchard Park Dog Control as a stray and turned over to HEART in February. It was evident Parka was used as a breeder dog and when she was all used up she was tossed out.
Parka was spayed, vaccinated and tested for heartworm and is now living the good life in her new home. She and her new best friend Mira (pictured with Parka) are inseparable these days.

A SPECIAL THANK YOU
HEART Animal Rescue and Adoption Team wants to thank Dr. Adorno of Adoring Pets Veterinary Center and his awesome Staff for doing so much to help us! We know we've thrown off your schedule many times lately, and we want you to know how much we appreciate you! (And hope Mrs. A. forgives us!)
Alleviate the financial stress associated with your petís unexpected medical expenses and generate funds for HEART at the same time! Simply apply for a ShelterCare Pet Insurance Program by using the above ShelterCare banner-link. Every time a completed application is generated through our website, HEART automatically receives a $25 donation. This donation is of no cost to you and provides us with essential funds.






BERT
Our beloved Bert crossed over the Rainbow Bridge Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013.
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
Bertís passing leaves a huge hole in each one of our hearts and a great emptiness at the South Adoption Center.

Bertís Story: A stranger found Bert during a freezing weather event and brought him into the Orchard Park Animal Hospital on Jan. 4th, 2012. Bert was a homeless stray with no food or shelter. He had frostbite on both ears and his body temperature was 85. He was dehydrated, starving, had fleas, a wound on his front paw pad and broken teeth. Bert was immediately started on antibiotics, given flea medication, as well as warmed IV fluids and was placed in a warming incubator. After a week of care and tests to make sure everything was OK, HEART was asked to take him, to continue care for him and place him in his forever home.
Because Bert was elderly and had medical conditions for which he took daily medication, HEART decided to adopt him and keep him at the center. We all fell in love with him. Bert was our Ambassador Extraordinaire, our Official Greeter, our Resident Monarch and a Real Character. In his better days, he pretty much ruled the center, demanding his place on his kingís chair that would be vacated by volunteers and cats alike with one look from him and by insisting on entry to his man cave where no other cat was allowed to venture. The babies liked to cuddle in his soft warm fur and sleep with him in his special bed and he just kind of put up with it in a grandpa-type way. In fact, he kind of put up with all of us, medicating him, washing and grooming him while enjoying the attention he never had in his long life before HEART.

Good-bye sweet Bert. We will love and remember you always. Please adopt an animal in Bertís memory.



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Listen to the Bill Lacy Morning Show on Wednesday mornings for adoptable furry friends from HEART.

 
THE HAMBURG SUN
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Look for HEART's weekly
Pick A Pet in The Sun featuring an adorable pet looking for a home.
I RESCUED A HUMAN TODAY


Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her. I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn't be afraid.

As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn't want her to know that I hadn't been walked today. Sometimes the shelter keepers get too busy and I didn't want her to think poorly of them.

As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn't feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone's life.

She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship.

A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well. Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms. I would promise to keep her safe. I would promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes. I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven't walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.



 


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