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Stories from HART


Paula Yudelevit

Originally built in 1884, the restored “Cleveland Cottage” will open to the public on Saturday, June 25, from 10 am to 4 pm, to benefit HART for Animals. The historic cottage was, for five days in June of 1886, the most famous house in America. It was where Grover Cleveland, the 49 year-old U.S. President honeymooned with his 21 year-old bride, Frances (Frank) Folsom. Cottage Number 2 was part of the famous Deer Park Hotel, a one-time luxury retreat built in 1872 by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. The hotel and some of the cottages were later demolished after the Great Depression. Cleveland Cottage and a few other cottages were boarded up and later converted to civilian housing after World War II.

In 1994, the dilapidated cottage was purchased by Mary Brown and Roger McClung, who spent fifteen years restoring it back to its original Victorian grandeur, while updating for modern times. Visitors will have the rare opportunity to view all of the rooms in the house, as well as the owners’ collection of President Cleveland memorabilia and souvenirs.

The cottage tour is an added event to the “Secret Country Gardens” tour, presented by the Mountain Laurel Garden Club. The cost of the Cleveland Cottage self-guided tour is $5 for those who have purchased a ticket to the Secret Garden tour, or $10 without a garden tour ticket. Tickets for the cottage tour are available at the door. Proceeds of the Cleveland Cottage tour benefit HART for Animals new Adoption Wing.

HART Animal Center Adoption Wing Open House Scheduled for June 18

Paula Yudelevit

An Open House of the new Adoption Wing will take place on Saturday, June 18, from noon to 5:00 PM at the HART Animal Center in Accident, Maryland. The afternoon will feature pets available for adoption, as well as activities for adults and children of all ages.

Activities will include face painting, a coloring contest, a raffle, a silent auction, and treats for pets and people. “This is a wonderful opportunity for families to visit our new adoption wing and really see what HART is all about,” says Debbie Beitzel, HART Board member and chair of the event. “We encourage people to bring their own pets – and maybe adopt a new one!”

The Adoption Wing officially opened in April and is the final phase of the 12,000 square foot facility. The Adoption Wing can house 60 cats and 60 dogs, and multiple litters of kittens and puppies. The common areas include an exercise room to help socialize animals prior to adoption and the “Meet and Greet” rooms for adopters to play and interact with potential pets.

HART for Animals Pledges to Help Save One Million Cats

Paula Yudelevit

The HART Animal Center is joining animal shelters across North America to save the lives of one million more cats in the next five years. It's part of a joint campaign of the Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida and the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program.

The Million Cat Challenge is based on five key initiatives that offer every shelter, in every community, practical choices to reduce euthanasia and increase live outcomes for shelter cats.

HART is kicking off the challenge with their “National Adopt a Shelter Cat Month” promotion.  During the month of June, HART is offering cat adoptions (6 months and older) for a fee of $25. The normal fee is $85. The $25 fee includes spay/neuter, vaccines, micro-chip, and FIV-test. 

"The shelters who have taken the Challenge are leading the way in finding and implementing new approaches to saving cats' lives," said Dr. Kate Hurley, director of the UC Davis program.

“The new HART Adoption Wing holds up-to 40 cats and multiple litters of kittens, which greatly helps reduce the population at the Garrett County shelter,” says Caroline Robison, adoption wing and rescue manager. “Our goal is to save the lives of 574 cats as part of the Million Cat initiative.”

The Million Cat Challenge is a shelter-based campaign to save the lives of one million cats in North America over the next five years. The core strategy of the campaign will focus on five key initiatives that offer every shelter, in every community, practical choices to reduce euthanasia and increase live outcomes for shelter cats. Drs. Levy and Hurley are available for interviews. For more information, visit


HART Animal Center Adoption Wing Officially Opens with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Paula Yudelevit

The HART Animal Adoption Wing was officially opened on Friday, April 15, in the presence of representatives from federal, state, and local government, volunteers, supporters and staff. When the ribbon was cut, the audience’s spontaneous applause affirmed the words that inspired the people behind HART: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” After ten years, HART’s dream of a place for homeless animals was now a beautiful reality.  

 The Adoption Wing is the final phase of the 12,000 square foot facility. Construction of the Adoption Wing began in April 2015 and was completed in March 2016. Phase 1 of the Center opened in February 2014 and includes the Bredel Veterinary Clinic, the Bed ‘n Bark Inn pet hotel, MuttWorks grooming, and the HART Shoppe.

 Dr. Bill McGowan, USDA Rural Development Director for Maryland and Delaware, opened the ceremony commenting on their relationship with HART. “USDA Rural Development has been a partner with HART since 2012 when we began working with them on Phase 1 to build a new animal center,” says Dr. McGowan. “It’s been two years since I was here last for the Grand Opening of the Animal Center and today we are celebrating the completion of Phase 2 – the Adoption Wing.” Dr. McGowan noted that the HART Animal Center is an example of what can be accomplished in a small community when volunteers, organizations, and government join together.

 In addition to Dr. McGowan, other speakers included Julianna Albowicz, representing Senator Mikulski; Robin Summerfield, representing Senator Cardin; Joseph Montano, representing Congressman Delaney; Senator George Edwards; Delegate Wendell Beitzel; Garrett County Commissioner Paul Edwards; HART President Kelli Palamar; past President and Construction Chair Michael Pellet; and Executive Director Paula Yudelevit.

 The ribbon cutting ceremony signified the importance of the Adoption Wing to the community. “The Adoption Wing is the reason for the HART Animal Center,” said Kelli Palamar, President. “Because the Adoption Wing does not generate revenue to support itself, there had to be a reliable way to create revenue to pay for the operational expenses.  The animal-related services in Phase 1 of the Center serves the general public and funds the operations of the Center.”


The HART Adoption Wing will house 60 cats and 60 dogs, and multiple litters of kittens and puppies. The common areas include an exercise room to help socialize animals prior to adoption, separate food preparation areas for cats and dogs, and a laundry area. “Meet and Greet” rooms are available for potential adopters to play and interact with potential pets.

 “The operation of the Adoption Wing is completely dependent on donations and grants,” explains Mercedes Pellet, Treasurer and Development Director. “We built the HART Center with money we raised ourselves, thanks to the generosity of many people, the USDA and the ARC grant. We will always need the public’s help in the form of donations of money, items and volunteering. Currently, we are completing our building campaign to raise $150,000 by offering commemorative plaques and pavers honoring individuals or beloved pets.”

 In keeping with its mission to improve the condition of animals in Western Maryland, HART works closely with the Garrett County Animal Shelter to rescue homeless animals and find them permanent homes. Since it began in 2003, HART has worked with larger rescue groups to save the lives of 7,096 animals, and has provided low-cost and no-cost spay/neuters for 6,748 dogs and cats.

 Ms. Pellet continued, “These statistics are important, but beyond that, there is something that deeply matters to the people who founded HART and support its animal activities. This is the concept that it is not possible to help the animals without helping the people who own or love those animals.” 

HART has created 30 permanent jobs in the county and works closely with the Garrett College veterinary assistant training program. More than 150 volunteers also assist with the care of the animals in the Adoption Wing.

 “HART has become a very popular educational field trip destination,” remarks Paula Yudelevit, Executive Director. “We host school groups from as young as kindergarteners to teens in high school. While the younger ones watch our veterinarian, Dr. Jennifer Barnard, ‘operate’ on a stuffed animal, the teens have the opportunity to watch actual spay/neuter surgeries. They all learn the importance of animal care.”

 For additional information on HART, the HART Animal Center or any of its programs, or to donate, visit the HART web site at or become part of the HART for Animals community on Facebook at


Pictured from left to right: HART co-founder, Caroline Robison; HART Secretary, Susan Hertz; Delegate Wendell Beitzel; HART Executive Director, Paula Yudelevit; HART President, Kelli Palamar; Joseph Montano; Julianna Albowicz; Robin Summerfield; HART Construction Chair, Michael Pellet; HART Development Director and Treasurer, Mercedes Pellet; USDA Rural Development State Director, Dr. Bill McGowan; HART Vice President, Shelia McCracken; USDA Loan Specialist, Brandi Burwell; and HART co-founder and Board member, Candy DeGiovanni.


Dog Files Producer Visits HART

Paula Yudelevit

Dog Files producer, Kenn Bell, with Nikki and Chance.

Dog Files producer, Kenn Bell, with Nikki and Chance.

Kenn Bell, award-winning filmmaker and creator of “Dog Files,” spent a day last week shooting a video that tells the story of the HART Adoption Wing. Once produced, the video will appear on the HART website, as well as on social media outlets.

“Dog Files” ( is known for their award-winning videos showing why dogs deserve love, care and respect. Many of their documentaries are seen regularly on Animal Planet. In memory of his beloved dog, Max, Kenn offered his talent and skill to shelters, rescues and organizations promoting pet welfare throughout the USA. He chose HART as one of the organizations.


Paula Yudelevit


As part of its celebration of February as National Spay/Neuter Month, HART for Animals is announcing that it is scheduling appointments for their “Lifesaver” no-cost spay/neuter program. “Lifesaver” is funded through the MDA’s (Maryland Department of Agriculture) Spay and Neuter Grants Program. The program funded 764 no-cost spay/neuters in 2015.

The “Lifesaver” program entitles low-income pet owners who are Maryland residents to spay or neuter up to six pets (under 7 years of age) per household and vaccinate them against rabies at no cost to the owner. Eligibility is determined in accordance with Maryland WIC guidelines. Pet owners must show proof of income that is 10% below WIC guidelines.

“It’s heartwarming to know that HART was able to help so many people and their pets in our community by offering this program,” says Mercedes Pellet, Development Director at HART. “We are very happy to know that we will be helping many more responsible pet owners once again. We are very grateful to the MDA for having selected us once again in 2016.”

Applications and information are available on the HART website at, or by calling HART at 301.387.7729.   

HART for Animals, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization founded in 2003 to improve the condition of homeless animals in the Western Maryland region. HART is a 501(c)(3) corporation and all donations are tax-deductible. For additional information on HART or to donate to any of its programs, visit the HART web site at

Join Us On New Year's Eve for the Fur Ball Casino 2015!

Paula Yudelevit

Thursday, December 31   6:00 - 11:30 pmDutch's at Silver Tree Banquet Room

Hart's Fur Ball Casino is back at Dutch's the New Year's Eve. Come for the fun before or after dinner, or come for the entire evening.

The evening features hors d'ouevres, a silent auction, and casino with roulette, poker, black jack and more casino games. 

Please call 301.387.0525 to make your dinner reservations at Dutch's. The Fur Ball Casino is open to everyone, whether your planning a dinner at home, at an area restaurant, or just make this event your New Year's Eve fun!

Many Things To Be Thankful For This Year

Paula Yudelevit

As the year comes to an end, there are so much exciting news to be shared with you!

  • We are completing the Adoption Wing of the HART Animal Center - this is the place where homeless animals will stay while waiting to meet their permanent families. It will be completed by thebeginning of 2016.
  • The Patricia H. Kirwan Center has been in operation for nearly two years, with many people visiting the Bredel Veterinary Clinic, the Bed 'n Bark Inn, and MuttWorks. Visitors, clients, and staff continue to grow an involved animal community, where everyone plays an important part - and the connecting link are the animals.
  • We have been able to find loving homes for 123 animals, which were adopted from the Center in the past two years.
  •  In addition, we have rescued and transported 6,800 animals since 2003, thanks to the close cooperation with the Garrett County Animal Shelter, our staff, volunteers, and the many rescue groups that work with us.

The Center represents a true community facility in our county - and a haven for the many animals that come to its doors. HART is to the animals a place where everybody knows their name... just like the old Cheers song!

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