H.A.R.T. - Homeless Animal Rescue Team

H.A.R.T. was formed in June of 2002; we are a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) animal rescue organization. All of our members have previous experience in rescuing and have fostered numerous animals. Because we all have similar thoughts and philosophies about rescuing, we have joined together to increase our opportunities to help animals in need. Like other rescue groups, we find homes for many abandoned cats. We are not a shelter; we foster our cats in our homes until we can find a permanent home for them. We are small group of individuals with the same interest in finding long-lasting, loving homes for cats. And like people, cats have personalities, so we try very hard to find a home that best suits each cat's needs. Our first priority is always the safety and well-being of our animals. We try hard to make the adoption experience a positive and life-long commitment between you and your new family member. We want our animals to be in their forever home when they leave our foster care. We take pride in making a good match between the family and the pet they are adopting. Different pets have different requirements, and we want all involved to be happy with any match we make. Education is a very important part of our philosophy. We would like to reduce the number of homeless animals through public awareness of the importance of spaying and neutering your pets.

**Lucky's Story** 
Around 2016 Lucky ("Suerte") was dropped off in a box a our adoption center. The owner ran out of the store immediately. When we examined him we realized he had a badly injured right rear leg & hip, along with some cuts on his face. He appeared to be a victim of abuse. We realized he would need surgery. Lucky required a femoral head osteotomy. Expenses for Lucky's surgery as well as neutering, vaccinations, etc totaled just over $3000.00. he also required a lengthy recuperation with a lot of TLC, which was provided by a fantastic foster mom. Lucky came out of this experience with a leg as good as new. Lucky has found is forever home and doing well thanks to generous donations that help make it possible.

***Hurricane Sandy Rescue****
The day before Hurricane Sandy hit, a young man came to one of our Adoption Events and notified us that he and his wife had been feeding a very sweet cat that had belonged to his neighbor. The neighbor moved, and left behind his young unspayed female cat outside. After feeding her for awhile, the young man said that she looked "big" and then she came by to eat one day, and looked "very skinny".
Later that afternoon, a family from Short Hills stopped by to look at another Mother cat and kittens who had been previously rescued, and whom we were showing at our Adoption Event that day. After conversing a bit, we told them about the dilemma that had been brought to us by the young man and this family kindly offered to foster the Mother and kittens, if we found them.

Early the next morning, several of our volunteers went to the young man's backyard. The Mother cat was there, but we had to get her to lead us to her kittens. When she finally left to go back to her babies, she cleverly took such a circuitous route, that we lost track of her.

However, with the forecast of the storm's impending arrival, we continued looking for her and her nest. After a couple of hours we finally located her nest. She was feeding 3 beautiful kittens who were about 10-12 days old. However, her nest was in between two old fences that were leaning on each other for support, and which would probably have fallen on them with the high hurricane winds predicted. The Mother and babies probably would not have survived Hurricane Sandy. Just as we scooped up the kittens and their Mom, and got them safely into a carrier, the first drops of rain began falling. We called our Foster Family who was ready and waiting for the Mother and babies when we arrived with them.  They took care of them as the babies grew, and even found a permanent home together for two of the kittens. 

In this case, there was a happy ending for this abandoned young cat (who was named Sandra after Hurricane Sandy) and her babies 

**Tansy's Story*** (coming soon) 

***Our biggest Rescue to date***
One of our biggest rescues came In January of 2003 when over 100 cats were dumped into the brutal cold of winter after their owner died. We learned about this disturbing situation when a person called us about some cats crying outside their deceased neighbor's house. What we discovered when we arrived was that the relatives who inherited the house couldn't be bothered with a humane way to remove the cats from the house. Instead, they had begun to have the cats dumped in a wooded lot fifteen miles away or just tossed outside the house.

We immediately began rescuing the cats that were left outside on the property along with the cats that had been dumped at the wooded location. These cats had never been outside and had no winter coats to protect them from the elements. Many of the ones that were outside died before we became aware of the situation. We got all of the remaining cats (over twenty) as well as the ones still alive outside the home.

After months of hard work and dedication we were able to rescue over sixty of these cats in all. The rest sadly suffered horribly from starvation, exposure to sub-zero temperatures and dog attacks. Most of the cats were Maine Coon mixes. Many of the rescued cats needed intensive medical care and hospitalization: most had been reduced to 3-4 pounds! All of the cats needed to be vaccinated, spayed, neutered and tested for FeLV and FIV (all were negative).

Along with the constant care given to the cats, some of our members were instrumental in pursuing an animal cruelty case in court. Their efforts brought to light the severity of the cruelty forced upon these animals. The people who committed this atrocity plead guilty and had to pay a significant fine.

Kitten & Cat Adoption Event

Saturday May 25th (2:00-5:00) 

Sunday  May 26th No adoptions this Sunday

Kittens from 6 months and up still looking for homes.

Please email for our location we do adoptions at various sites along with changes to our times due weather or emergencies.

We have Some sweet young adult cats looking for homes also! We have some Bengal mixes!


H.A.R.T. Contact Info

Homeless Animal Rescue Team
208 Lenox Avenue West, #156
Westfield, NJ   07090
this is a mailing address ONLY

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