Humane Animal Rescue and Trapping Team, Inc. (aka, HARTT) is a volunteer-based Arizona nonprofit organization that humanely captures lost family pets, homeless dogs, and homeless cats who are severely injured. Typically, these animals cannot easily be leashed, picked up or captured through ordinary means. Bringing these animals to safety often requires extraordinary patience, specialized strategy, skill and equipment, as well as time and resources.
Our volunteers do this work because we have a passion for saving at-risk animals. We work on these cases after our normal work hours, when we are not caring for our own families, and often in lieu of more “relaxing” activities. Most of our volunteers operate in Maricopa County, however we also serve surrounding areas in Arizona based on volunteer availability. We also train and network with other humane trappers in other counties within Arizona. Because of our organization’s specialized experience, we have even consulted on cases across the United States and as far away as Canada, Singapore and Poland.
Our organization is different from other rescue groups; most focus on adoptions, and they don’t perform field rescue. We focus on field rescue of animals who are not already safely contained; our primary focus is getting them to safety. HARTT is supported primarily by donations from the public; we have no government contracts and receive no government funds.
The animals we help to rescue from the streets, deserts and other rural areas often have no one else who is able and willing to search for, or take the time to rescue them, from their life of danger, suffering and loneliness. These animals are either:
- Lost pets with a family who loves and misses them, but they don’t know how to locate or safely capture them; or
- Abandoned animals who have been intentionally left to fend for themselves – families move and find their pet suddenly “inconvenient”, or they may give up on the pet after a behavioral issue such as house soiling, barking or separation anxiety makes their pet less “desirable”; or
- Semi-feral animals who have been born into an environment with no human contact. Unaltered lost or abandoned pets can go on to have offspring who have never met a person, don’t know how to behave around people, and in general are wary of humans. Although they may come close enough to accept a bowl of food or even a morsel from the hand of a kind person, they won’t allow themselves to be touched or leashed.