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Houston Animal Rescue Team
Tomball, Texas

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HART is a non-profit, 501c3 organization. Donations to the organization are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. No one in the organization is compensated for their efforts with the exception of knowing the impact that committed individuals can have when focused on a common cause! Every penny we receive goes toward our mission of helping needy pets. Whether as an adopter, a volunteer or by helping us financially, we hope you’ll experience being part of Houston Animal Rescue Team -HART!

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About Us

Freedom Rides

Besides local rescue and adoption, HART also rescues dogs that are transported to humane societies in northern states after vetting. This "Freedom Rides" program allows us to save many more dogs than could be adopted locally.


Bob Milner, co-owner of the Mercedes Benz of the Woodlands dealership, has generously loaned a Mercedes Sprinter van for these runs. The high-roof, extended chassis van can accommodate 55-65 dogs, plus food, water, and other supplies.


HART and other rescue groups pull dogs at risk for euthanasia from shelters all around Texas, including small rural shelters that may not have a lot of resources. Fosters and rescue sponsors care for the dogs, obtain their needed vet services and health certificates, and work with a coordinator to get them on a run. Between everyone's efforts, over 1300 dogs have been saved in the last year.

These northern locales don't share the problem of abandoned dogs to nearly the extent that we have in Texas. In fact, many times adopters will be lined up outside, waiting for shelters to open, when they hear that a van is bringing dogs up north. Frequently, all the dogs delivered to a shelter will be adopted within a week or two.

The "Freedom Rides" are a volunteer effort that don't always meet expenses - but they never fail to fill the heart!

In 2016, Kathryn McCoy, Donna Paparazzo, Holly Dool, Kate Howard and Bob Milner joined forces to create the Houston Animal Rescue Team (HART), serving at-risk dogs of all breeds. HART’s founders already run Schnauzer Rescue of Texas (SRT) and Citizens for Animals of Midland/Odessa (CAMO). The co-owner of Mercedes Benz of the Woodlands is a notable rescue supporter. 

HART is expanding from the two primarily foster-based rescues (SRT & CAMO), to create state of the art shelter facilities on a beautiful 5-acre property in Tomball. HART’s board is designing a safe and enriching environment for the abandoned dogs that HART rescues.  Volunteers now transport dogs on “freedom rides” almost daily from shelters around Texas. 


Since the homeless and abandoned pet population is so large, HART is pursuing several channels to reduce euthanasia in local shelters.  Besides rescues and adoptions, HART will provide advocacy, education and outreach on our website, at community events and in schools to raise awareness about responsible pet ownership, including the importance of spaying and neutering. 

Mercedes Benz of the Woodlands sponsors interstate rescue transports, allowing more than 3,000 dogs to be welcomed and adopted out quickly by humane societies in northern states.  

Besides those with fosters, HART’s Tomball property currently has several dogs on-site, under the care of a canine wellness manager.  

HART relies heavily on volunteer efforts for everything to do with saving dogs.  If you’d like to help, please go to the HELP US page.  HART also welcomes assistance from donors for both capital and operating expenses.  Receiving the IRS determination letter establishing HART as a 501(c)(3) now permits donors’ contributions to be made on a tax-deductible basis. HART is off to a great start and eager to finish building and achieve its vision of providing at-risk dogs with loving forever homes.   










Pets helped through HART, SRT and CAMO combined


Animals transferred through our Freedom Rides