3241 E Shea Blvd #416, Phoenix, AZ 85028 info@azhartt.org (602) 601-2604

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One common question we receive is: how do you end up with a dog at your shelter?

Our organization is different from other rescue groups in that while most focus on adoptions, they don’t perform field rescue. With HARTT, we focus on field rescue of animals who are not already safely contained with the goal of getting them to safety. A Help Request is traditionally submitted via our website by a community member and from there, a team of field volunteers is dispatched to assist*.

Many of our recently-rescued or recently-trapped dogs were shy, nervous or lacked self-confidence; they may not have solicited attention from a person and instead preferred to remain in the shadows. Typically, these animals could not easily be leashed, picked up or captured through ordinary means. Bringing these animals to safety often required extraordinary patience, specialized strategy, skill and equipment, as well as time and resources which is where our team of field volunteers come into play. To learn more about the techniques and equipment our field volunteers use, visit How We Trap.

After being rescued by HARTT, our priority is to make sure the animal is placed in the best possible environment where they will thrive and go on to live a comfortable, happy life. After a thorough search for a potential owner, we turn our focus to placing unowned, unclaimed animals up for adoption. HARTT direct-places many animals ourselves into new homes. For others, we network with a set of approved rescue partners.

Our goal is to assist as many as possible; however, that depends on many factors including location where a stray is and the availability of volunteers for the given area. 

Sheltering and Behavioral Rehabilitation

HARTT works to build a dog’s self-confidence so that they can achieve their ultimate career goal of becoming a “family pet”. Through love, gentle encouragement and through the inspiration of other confident “mentor” dogs, our rescues will learn important life skills such as making eye contact with a person; walking comfortably on a leash; learning to play; coming when called; and interacting with other dogs.

Most dogs that we rescue initially come to our HARTT shelter where we allow them to relax, recover, decompress and begin to feel safe again. Others go into foster homes or to one of our rescue partners.

In some cases, our new arrivals may seem friendly or social once they are rescued, but the slightest unexpected experience can make them try to flee. They may have fears that seem irrational and even “silly”, but the simplest of things can cause extreme panic and fear. Skittish dogs can exhibit behaviors that may seem “PTSD-like”. When people suffer from PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, certain sounds, smells, or sights can trigger memories of a past frightening event and can cause terror. This terror can trigger an immediate “fight or flight” response. With skittish dogs, they may have unpleasant associated experiences, or they may have simply never encountered them before. Common triggers include sounds of cars, fireworks or sirens; loud yelling by children or adults; wind, rain or thunder; the sound of regular household appliances; snapping sounds (shaking out clothes to put in the dryer; shaking out a trash bag); or people wearing hats, sunglasses, or carrying objects like a cane, broom, or baseball bat.

We lovingly teach these dogs to be less afraid of everyday things they perceive as scary, and we also teach new foster families and adopters how to keep a shy dog safe for the rest of his life.

Available for adoption

After thorough owner searches are conducted, and a dog has a chance to decompress, we list any available for adoption on our website.

Visit our Adoption page to see who is looking for their forever home.

We are excited to announce that we are opening our Shelter to the public for weekend hours! Please note that not all of the dogs on our website are available to see at our Shelter – some are with foster homes.

If you have questions, reach out beforehand at: adopt@azhartt.org.

Public Shelter Hours

9235 N 13th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021

  • Monday CLOSED
  • Tuesday CLOSED
  • Wednesday CLOSED
  • Thursday CLOSED
  • Friday CLOSED
  • Saturday 12 - 4pm
  • Sunday12 - 4pm