Homeless Animals Rescue Team
The local animal welfare groups, humane societies and animal control facilities are besieged with discarded cats, kittens, dogs and puppies. The numbers are staggering, and due to limited government funding and scarce public donations, the agencies cannot care for them all. As a result, literally hundreds of innocent, adoptable cats, kittens, dogs and puppies are needlessly killed on a daily basis - in one county alone. Multiplied by the number of counties across the country, the true number of needless killings is staggering and shocks the sensibilities of caring and conscientious citizens. If the root of the problem is not appropriately dealt with, the cycle of killing will continue. Sadly, this unnecessary and pointless killing is entirely avoidable. All that is needed is awareness, people who act on their concerns, and simple preventative care.
Feral cats occupy a unique niche in the animal world, and institutions are still struggling to find an acceptable way to deal with them. Lost and abandoned cats, if fortunate enough to survive the perils of urban life, including such things as traffic, exposure to the elements, predators, and starvation, will reproduce unchecked generation after generation, creating a feral population that cannot be domesticated or reintroduced into a family setting. These cats are, for the most part, not adoptable. If captured and sent to “shelters” they will be killed - no exceptions.
H.A.R.T. identifies feral cat colonies that have not been sterilized and traps feral cats, transports them to a vet for spaying, neutering, and ear tipping for identification, and then transports the feral cats back to the area where they were trapped, after a recovery period. Most feral spay/neuter programs in Arizona charge a mere $25 donation per cat to cover the cost of the spay or neuter service. Feral cat caregivers on the property where TNR is being implemented, agree to continue to provide food and water when the cats are returned.
H.A.R.T. identifies young feral kittens who are deemed to be tamable and places them in foster care when possible. These kittens will not be returned to the feral colonies. Instead, they will be socialized and prepared for later adoption. In addition, any homeless strays or abandoned tame adult cats will also be processed for adoption, when possible. They will be combo tested, vaccinated, micro-chipped, and spayed/neutered through H.A.R.T. or other rescue groups. We believe that TNR should be used only for feral cats, not tame, adoptable cats that have been abandoned and are in need of rescue.
As we preach "the gospel of Spay/Neuter" to the community, part of our mission includes pointing the way to how to achieve that goal. H.A.R.T. is a small band of volunteers....no one is paid for their work. In fact, all of H.A.R.T.'s volunteers have other careers and work full-time jobs. For this reason, we can only point the way to the agencies that provide feral cat sterilization and encourage others to do TNR in the community wherever they find cats in need.
H.A.R.T. networks with many groups to achieve its goals. The Spay Neuter Hotline, Altered Tails and MCACC offer programs for low cost feral cat sterilization. We hope to provide people with the resources and information they need to contact an agency that can help them solve the feral cat problems that they come across in their own neighborhoods.
Please utilize our community resources that we have consolidated for your convenience prior to contacting us with any questions. If you use our website as a tool and use the internet to your advantage (as we have) you should find all the answers that you are looking for. We wish to help you help yourself.
Our mission is to engage in activities that curb overpopulation, impede the feral cat cycle, re-home abandoned cats and kittens, promote responsible pet ownership, and end the cycle of animal suffering by a humane approach that utilizes spaying and neutering as its primary weapon. We accomplish this goal by implementing feral cat management through the Trap, Neuter & Return program (TNR).
Overpopulation of cats and dogs is a direct result of widespread social indifference, lack of awareness, and irresponsible pet ownership characterized by failure to sterilize pets, abandonment, and allowing pets to become lost without appropriate identification.
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H.A.R.T. ~ Homeless Animals Rescue Team
P.O. Box 606
Mesa, AZ 85211-0606