At present, HART does not conduct individual adoptions. All animals rescued by HART are transported to Rescue Groups. Adoptions will begin once the HART Adoption Center begins full operation, currently planned for summer 2012.
The objective of the HART Adoption Center is to remain connected to the animal and the adopter by offering support throughout the life of the pet – with socialization and play group opportunities, training classes, grooming, pet boarding, pet behavior evaluations, and veterinary services – or, if circumstances change in the life of the adopter, by accepting the return of the pet.
HART subscribes to the AVMA’s (American Veterinary Medical Association) animal welfare principles enumerated as the Five Freedoms for Animal Welfare, as applied to companion animals:
- Freedom from hunger and thirst – by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigor.
- Freedom from discomfort – by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
- Freedom from pain, injury or disease – by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
- Freedom to express normal behavior – by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind
- Freedom from fear and distress – by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.
HART’s adoption policies will be based on these Five Freedoms with the objective of finding permanent, loving homes for all the animals under our care.