In 1995, a group of devoted, dog-loving North Hastings citizens formed the Highland Animal Relief Team (HART). Based on the precept that all animals deserve to be treated humanely and with respect, they focused their attention on the abused and abandoned dogs in the Bancroft area. Thanks to the commitment of so many and their devotion to our cause, HART has continued to grow in numbers, in strength, and in purpose. Rescue by rescue. Success after success.
HART serves a region of 13 municipalities that spans 20,000 square kilometers. Working together with local pounds and other Ontario rescue groups enables us to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home more dogs than our own limited resources would otherwise allow.
Breed Specific Divisions
Based in Ottawa, Willow Afghan Hound Rescue is a non-profit, volunteer run, foster based rescue helping homeless, neglected and abused Afghan Hounds find caring, responsible homes.
HART is a member of the Province of Ontario Breed Specific and All Breed Rescue Directory published by Speaking of Dogs Rescue. This means we meet their rigorous inclusion standards and rescues featured in the guide are known to be reputable, ethical and in good standing within the rescue community. Yay us!
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Rags to Riches
This little Poodle mix came to HART in absolutely appalling condition but after months of vet care and TLC you could hardly recognize her. She was adopted by a lovely lady and spends her days relaxing with her canine and feline brothers and sisters.