FAQ

What is hart?
hart is an incorporated charitable society run entirely by volunteers. hart's mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home stray and abandoned dogs in addition to providing education and outreach programs that promote responsible pet ownership. 
 
Where do hart dogs come from?
They are generally found on First Nations reserves or in other rural areas surrounding the City of Edmonton. Most of the dogs that hart rescues are stray or abandoned, but some have been surrendered to us to find a better life. 
 
What happens to the dogs once they are rescued?
They are provided with appropriate veterinary care (including spay/neutering) and placed in temporary foster homes until permanent homes are found.
 
What is hart doing to eliminate the problem of stray dogs?
Over and above rescuing animals, hart has developed successful working relationships with First Nation's reserves. As a result, hart has participated in the provision of spay/neuter clinics and education programs. One of our long term goals is to host a large scale spay and neuter clinic to reduce the overpopulation problem in a humane way. 
 
Where does hart get its funding?
hart relies on private donations from individuals and organizations as well as specific fundraising activities (e.g., raffles, dog washes, silent auctions and merchandise sales). The use of donations can be broken down into simple price values:

  • $10 can provide de-worming medication
  • $15 can provide a round of vaccines
  • $65 can provide a veterinary examination
  • $250 can provide a spay/neuter procedure
  • $1500 can provide a surgical procedure

What is the difference between hart and the Edmonton Humane Society?
Both organizations are committed to rescuing abandoned animals, and work in partnership to do so. The Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) focuses most of their attention on providing services for pets that have been surrendered by their owners in the city. hart focuses on stray and abandoned dogs found outside the city limits, in rural, or reserve locations. The Edmonton Humane Society operates out of a state of the art shelter and hart utilizes volunteer foster homes to provide one-on-one socialization and basic training to rescued dogs.  
 
Where is hart located?
We are a shelter-less society so do not operate out of a main office or facility. In reality, hart is located in the homes of all of its volunteers. We rely on foster parents to open their homes and hearts to dogs in need and volunteers in many locations to assist with hart initiatives.  
 
Does hart issue tax receipts?
Yes, hart has received our Federal Registration Number (#86666-1408 RR-0001) so tax receipts can be issued for donations of over $20.00.
 
Does hart accept non-monetary donations?
Yes, we are constantly in need of dog materials (e.g., crates, dog beds, puppy pens, leashes, collars, treats, food, toys and dog houses) and office supplies (e.g. paper, envelopes, binders). If anyone wishes to donate these items they can contact us for a donation location.