On Monday, April 13, HART began construction of the last phase of the HART facility - the Adoption Wing. HART started its fundraising campaign in 2007, after four years of rescuing and transporting animals from the Garrett County Animal Shelter to other rescue groups with better resources to adop homeless animals.
After eight years of multiple fundraising events, donation drives, and recruitment of volunteers, HART is finally accomplishing its basic goal: to create a place where homeless animals can wait to be adopted into permanent homes.
The concept behind the entire HART Animal Center, consisting of the Patricia Kirwan Center, the Bredel Veterinary Clinic, the Bed 'n Bark Inn, the MuttWorks grooming salon, and the Chrostowski Adoption Wing was simple: to provide animal-related services to a discriminating clientele in order to help pay for all the charitable functions: animal rescue, sheltering, adoption, low-cost spay/neuter, and animal training and rehabilitation.
Nonprofit organizations rarely have the business skills or the staff needed to run successful operations, which are essential for them to survive. Through a combination of major and small donors, grants, loans, fundraising events, and services, HART follows a true business plan, fueled by the knowledge that it cannot fail because animal lives are at stake.
Cognizance of that reality makes every staff person and volunteer devoted to making the HART Animal Center and the idealism behind it a permanent community asset.