Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe - how rescue dogs are selected.
While useful for a game of tag to figure out who is "it", this
children's counting rhyme is not how we select our rescue
Through the years that hart has worked diligently to build
relationships with individuals who live and work in our target
communities. Because our Field Volunteers are in the
community everyday they are able to monitor the dog population and
identify which dogs need the care and attention of rescue.
Our Field Volunteers are critical to hart's ability to
provide dogs in need a new start.
As an organization, we are very proud that members of our rescue
community have identified the dog overpopulation problem and that
we are working together to make a difference. Dogs are
identified as in need of rescue for a number of reasons - a dog
might be picked on by other dogs, a dog may have an injury, a dog
might be hanging out near a dangerous roadway, a female might be
pregnant, a dog may have been owned but left behind when the owner
left - the list of circumstances goes on and on.
As soon as there is a vacancy in our network of foster homes, a
dog that has been identified as in need of rescue is secured by our
Field Volunteers and is transported to hart's care. There are
variations on how this happens. At times our Field Volunteers
will transport the dog right to hart, other times we assemble a
team of volunteers to help secure and transport the dog. All
dogs that come into hart's care have consent to be rescued by a
member of the target community or surrendered by its owner.
hart is proud also to partner with other rescue organizations
and shelters to provide the community relief by rescuing numerous
dogs simultaneously. We are constrained by how many
active foster parents we have at any given time and because of this
we are not able to take all the dogs that need rescue into our
direct care. With resourcefulness and cooperative efforts we
work with other rescue organizations to give a new leash on life to
rescue dogs through the year.
The reality for any rescue organization is that there are more
dogs that need help than our resources can support. We always
have a wait list of dogs that are in need of rescue. We wish
that we could help them all right now.