• Kona

    Konad.gifWe adopted our HART puppy in October 2008.  Because she was still so young we had to wait a few weeks before we could take her home.  In the meantime, my husband and I had a trip planned to Hawaii.  It was our first time going there and I was destined to give the pup a Hawaiian name. She became KONA.

    Till this day, she is a wonderful pet and important part of our family.  We now have  2 children (2yr old and 3yr old)  and even though she is no longer the main focus of our attention, she remains loyal, protective and affectionate to all of us.  She is greatly loved and well provided for.
    We thank the HART team and volunteers who take the time to help these unfortunate animals.  It was our pleasure to adopt one of their pups, and to this day we still support HART by attending their auctions, or simply just sending donations.  When my daughter turned 2,  we opted for donations to HART instead of gifts. 
    As Kona was not a pure bred, we were always curious what type of breed she was.  While in Canmore on a mini getaway we stopped into The Mutt Hut and they sold DNA kits.  I purchased one and sent it off right away.  It came back with the 3 main breeds being German Shepherd, Husky and Beagle. 

  • Marlow

    Marlow.gifJust wanted to send an update on Marlow, since she adopted us in October of 2014.  Marlow immediately settled in with us, and took to knowing her new area right away.  The walks in the dark took a bit for her to get used to, but she isn't unsure of the dark anymore, she took it on like a champ. 

    Marlow is such an incredible and amazing little pup.  She shows us something new each and every day.  Marlow has grown quite a bit since we took her home, and she still has a little more to grow, but the vet doesn't think she will get much bigger.  She is perfect.  Marlow loves to get out and about everyday, she still hasn't gotten used to heavy traffic, but she gets more and more comfortable with it.  Marlow is extremely affectionate, and loves her cuddle times.  She has done really well on her basic training, and really loves her play group. 
    We cannot thank the Team at Hart enough for choosing us to be Marlow's family.  She has changed our life so much, and we cannot imagine our family without her.  We would also like to thank Erin, for sending us photos of Marlow from after she was born.  It truly is wonderful to be able to see and to show our precious little Marlow from all her stages in life. 
    We have spent a lot of time trying to select the right photo of Marlow, but there are just too many.  We each decided to pick a photo, to show just how beautiful and lovely Marlow is, no matter what she is doing (who would get upset with that face).  It is really amazing and special how much love an animal has, and how much love they can bring out in a person.  Thank you Marlow, we love you and look forward to our lives together.  Thank you Hart for bringing us together.
    Best Wishes, Barb, Sheldon, and Marlow 

  • Shine

    Shine.gifWe adopted our dog "Shine" from Hart back in 2010 while we were living in Edmonton . I had done quite a bit of research online about the rescue groups in the area . All of our previous dogs were rescued and that is just how we like to do things.  Shine was rescued from the Louis Bull reserve , and fostered out through Hart to some awesome people. We got the chance to go out and meet them and spend the day with Shine, to see if it was going to be a good fit for all of us.  Shine at the time had mange and was getting meds for that.She was also  quite attached to her foster family as they had another dog and they lived at the lake, What's not to like ?   

    When they brought her to our place , she actually cried when they left and sat by the door waiting for them to come back. I have to say that almost broke my heart .  Since then I am happy to report that Shine is a happy , well adjusted dog who has decided that we are her forever people and we can stay.  Shine loves to play with other bigger dogs and tolerates the little ones . She is 6 and a half but acts like a puppy in many ways .She does not play with toys but loves to give chase to any thing that moves. She does not like the Ocean Salt water but will swim in the lake no problem . She is an intelligent dog and does not like getting in trouble ! She is a bit of a bullhead sometimes but she figures it out . Overall the best dog we could have ever hoped for .  We are thankful for HART and all the good work that they do . We are happy that even with the challenges of running a rescue , they still save so many lives and work tirelessly to make it happen . Without them we would not have the joy of *Shine *and would have missed out on a very special addition to our family.

    Fennerty Family
    Victoria , B.C.

  • Badgy


    When we adopted Badgy, we named him Murphy because when he snuggles with us, he makes a "murf murf" noise that is absolutely adorable. As a puppy, he hadn't quite grown into his ears yet. Once, my parents were picking me up from school with Murphy along for the ride. Apparently, a few kids walked by, looked at Murphy and said "Look at the size of the ears on that thing!" Murphy has since grown into his ears and into a lovely dog. He adores playing in our yard with his beagle siblings (Chip and Lizzie). They chase squirrels, pull carrots out of the garden, and sit on our swing chair in the sun. Murphy is a big cuddle bug that would be happy to spend hours on the couch with you, as long as you don't mind scratching his ears or belly. Thanks HART, for looking after our baby for us when he was little!

  • Al


    Al was adopted from hart in August of last year. He was, and still is, such a sweet boy with a wonderful spirit. He came to us with scars, both physical and emotional. Al has evidence of fights or abuse as can be seen with the knicks on his face, ears and legs as well as the thick tuft at the back of his neck where he apparently at one time had a gaping wound. Then there are the bullet fragments in his back end….on top of all of this we have come to accept his "eccentricities" and what would normally be overreactions to loud noises and quick movements in his direction. Toys were foreign to him and forget it if the toy got stepped on and squeaked. Oh Al!

    Al has come such a long way in a short period of time. In March of this year we adopted a little brother for him, a puppy from another rescue and that pup is a crazy little (huge) thing. Al's brother Diesel has brought so much joy to him, its amazing to see. I nearly cried the first time (I probably actually did) and sometimes still tear up when Al does a "dog thing". Al has slowly come out of his shell. It started with a single bark and has progressed to barking at wildlife, sometimes chasing it away as well as barking when he hears voices as people walk by our property. I know, regular normal dog stuff. And he plays with toys, even squeaky ones.  Al and Diesel wrestle and wrestle. Al is teaching Diesel manners and Diesel is teaching Al "dog". Though Diesel was neglected, because he was so young when he came to us, he doesn't have the baggage that Al does.

    Adopting has brought us so much joy, so much work, haha and we wouldn't change a thing. I strongly support adopting rescues and discourage those looking for the purebred; you can find the perfect mutt instead!!

    Carla Rufiange

  • Zena

    Zena.gifNovember 2015 marks exactly one year since we came to your home to pick up a very timid and shy dog named Zena. We welcomed her into our home at the time as a foster and us as her foster parents, never did we imagine what changes it would have on us. It was only 2 months after we brought Zena home did we make the ultimate decision to officially adopt her. We had our first foster fail with our first foster and I am happy for it. Zena have changed our lives emensely, never to be the same. She has grown so much in the last year, she is no longer that shy dog, happy to say. She loves spending time with her mom and dad, loves going to the dog bark and even spending time with her other fur-siblings. Thank you so much for what you do for the community. Thank for opening your doors and allowing us to be apart of it as well.

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