H.E.A.R.T.S. Inspiration:

This is Shaboom.  He was an inspiration for the creation of H.E.A.R.T.S.  I was a long-time volunteer at Casa de los Gatos and one day I was cleaning one of the rooms at the shelter.  I heard a terrible howling noise and ran to see what was wrong.  In the middle of the floor sat Shaboom.  He had tried to eat and was in terrible pain.  I spoke to the shelter manager who told me that Shaboom was in dire need of dental care, but that the shelter simply didn’t have the funds.  So Shaboom was in pain, couldn’t eat, and of course had no interest in playing.  All of these factors pretty much precluded him from being a good candidate for adoption, not to mention made his life unbearable.  I decided then that I would pay for his dental work and that I would try to find a way to help other animals in the future.  Shaboom had extensive dental work and immediately gained a new lease on life.  He could eat without pain and began to show himself to potential adopters.  Soon after, Shaboom was adopted by a wonderful family who reported that he runs and plays with the other animals in the house and is very happy.  It only takes a little help to change the life an animal. 


September 2014 Update on Shaboom

We received the following update on Shaboom, now known as Shamus, who was the inspiration for the creation of H.E.A.R.T.S., Inc.  Thank you to his pet parents for adopting him and continuing to foster kittens on a regular basis.  They are shining examples of how a little love and caring can make a big difference in the world.

Good morning!  I just happened to find your website and wanted to let you know that I adopted Shaboom (now Shamus) several years ago and he has been the most wonderful and amazing cat I have ever owned.  Sweet, mellow, loving, happy....the list of superlatives could go on and on...He is an excellent foster dad to all the foster kittens who come through the house. I just wanted to say thank you so much for giving Shamus a second chance.

I included a photo of him enjoying the morning sunshine (He gets morning excursions with me in his completely enclosed back yard.)
Thanks so much for helping animals like Shamus and Midnight!


Below are a few more stories.
Happy Tales and Happy Tails:

October 2017

H.E.A.R.T.S. provided funding for Chloe the dog to undergo surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon. Here is an update from her "Mom": "I can't thank you enough for your contribution to Chloe's medical expenses. You are a true lifesaver! Her surgery went well. The following 8 weeks of splint changes and having to be crated and wear a cone were tough for all of us. We are now in the therapy phase of her recovery. After weekly splint changes and lots of cage rest she now needs to gain back her flexibility and strength. Hopefully she will be back to normal in a few more weeks. Right now she is still hobbling along and mainly avoiding using her leg because she wants to go faster than she should."

December 2016

H.E.A.R.T.S. paid for Don Vito the dog to get extensive bloodwork done because he was unable to eat and had an enlarged abdomen.  He was diagnosed with Cushing’s Disease and is now being treated with medication.
Don Vito

August 2015

H.E.A.R.T.S. paid for limb amputation surgery for Lucky the cat.  Lucky was found by a woman who regularly rescues animals.  She believed that someone had intentionally injured Lucky.  The good news is the surgery was successful and the woman who rescued him placed Lucky with a person who had recently lost her cat.
January 2015

H.E.A.R.T.S. was contacted about a stray cat that had been taken in but was in need of extensive dental work.  We’re happy to report that the dental work has been completed, and Rosie the cat is now happy and healthy.  Thanks to her new "Mom" for giving her a loving home.

September 2014

Paid for two cats, Jonathan and Keiko to have dental work.  Both are residents of Pawsitively Cats No-Kill Animal Shelter and have leukemia.   These two kitties were adopted together and have found their forever homes!  Incidentally, kitties with leukemia seem to be especially affectionate, but some people are reluctant to adopt.  Many leukemia kitties live long, symptom-free lives and can bring a special richness to one’s life.  Thank you to their new pet parents for taking a chance on them!  This gives them the home they deserve, and frees up more space in the shelter.


August 2014

Paid for Isobel the cat, a resident of Pawsitively Cats, to have dental work.  Since receiving dental care, Isobel has been adopted and has found her forever home.

January 2013

Meet Midnight the cat.  Although his story does not start out well, it does have a happy ending.  Unlike too many animals in Pima County, Midnight (as he is now called) was homeless.  His life was difficult enough just trying to find a warm, relatively safe place to sleep and enough food to get by.  To add to his harsh life, someone thought it would be a good idea to shoot this little cat in the face, and then leave him for dead.  Fortunately, someone with a kind heart found him and rushed him to a vet.  His savior then contacted someone else she knew who has been active in the animal rescue world for many years.  This person contacted H.E.A.R.T.S., Inc., to see if we could help with the vet bills.  Like most charities, our donations have decreased significantly in the past year, but we could not turn our backs on this little cat.  We paid for the surgery, and the woman who rescued him, has since adopted him and named him Midnight.  He now lives indoors where he can fully recover and live the life he deserves. 

NOTE:  If you become aware of animal cruelty in Pima County, please first render aid to the injured animal, then file a police report with whichever agency has jurisdiction.  The Animal Cruelty Task Force not only helps to investigate these crimes, but they may also be able to provide funding for medical treatment.  If the perpetrator is convicted, the Task Force will work to gain restitution, thereby replenishing the fund to help abused animals in the future.

Remember these famous words by the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:
"Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way."


July 2012

Paid for the surgical removal of a mass and spaying for a Cocker Spaniel named Autumn, rescued by Mostly Cockers and Poms. Autumn has since been adopted.


February 2012

Paid for vet visits and medication for Mau Mau the cat who was abandoned and in danger of losing one of his eyes. A neighbor found him and took him to the vet. After several vet visits and multiple applications of the medicine by his rescuer, his eye healed and he is ready to be adopted. Thank you Andra!


May 2011

Meet Baby and Cesar. These two sweeties lost not only their home but the only “family” they’ve had since they were young, including 4 other cat siblings. They have had a very hard time of it, having gone from a stable home to two different foster homes and have now living in a boarding facility for the past two months.  While they were starting to get used to the situation, they were not themselves and were desperate for a forever home of their own.  Through the generosity of our donors, H.E.A.R.T.S., Inc. has been able to cover some of the boarding costs while the search for a permanent, loving home was conducted.  We’re happy to report that these two have found their loving, forever home and are doing great.


March 2011

Say hello to Cricket the cat.  Cricket was taken in by a woman who had cats of her own, but also rescued strays in her rural neighborhood.  She currently cares for 9 cats, but unfortunately has lost her job.  Cricket became ill, fluid built up around her lungs, and she was struggling to breathe.  Due to her current employment status, Cricket’s adopted mom was unable to pay for treatment to remove the fluid and ease Cricket’s breathing.  Thanks to the generosity of our donors, H.E.A.R.T.S., Inc. was able to cover the costs, and Cricket’s life was saved.


February 2011

This is Patrick the cat.  Patrick is a sweet cat who was in severe pain due to dental problems.  As you can see, he’s very thin from not being able to eat properly.  His pet parent was unable to pay for the necessary dental procedure and faced surrendering Patrick to a shelter.   H.E.A.R.T.S. Inc., was notified of Patrick’s situation and agreed to cover half of Patrick’s dental work to relieve his pain and keep him out of the animal shelter system.  (Another animal welfare agency paid the balance.)  Keeping Patrick in his home not only benefits Patrick, but frees up space in the already over-crowded shelter system.  Patrick returned home and recovered from his dental surgery.


February 2011

Meet Rudolph Valentino, formerly known as Mayo, the cat.  Mayo was a long-time resident at Arizona’s largest no-kill cat shelter Casa de los Gatos.   Mayo had a sweet disposition and was a beautiful white cat, but he was born with a hind leg that was not functional.  Many people were interested in Mayo, but were unsure how to handle his special need.  Casa de los Gatos’ staff took Mayo to the vet, who determined it would be in Mayo’s best interest to have his leg amputated.  Shortly after his surgery, Mayo found his forever home, and as you can see from this picture, he couldn’t be happier with his new family.  Thank you to our generous donor who allowed us to cover the cost of Mayo’s surgery and enable Mayo to start living the life he deserves.