Frequently Asked Questions

What is the process when an animal comes into the shelter?

When an animal comes to the shelter it is held according to how it came in. Impound and stray
animals are legally held for seven (7) days, unless they are sick, injured or very aggressive. A personally owned animal that is surrendered will be given an adjustment time in the quite area of the shelter before being put up for adoption. All animals put up for adoption will be temperament tested, heartworm tested, feline leukemia tested, vaccinated, and wormed. If everything is A-OK the animal will be put on the adoption floor.

Is HART a “No-Kill” Shelter?

HART is “Open Door” Shelter, which means all stray animals are taken in. No animal is discriminated on intake because of age, medical issues or temperament. Many shelters take in only the highly adoptable animals, HART does not. Also, HART does impounding for twenty (20) area municipalities and that includes having to euthanize the injured, sick and dangerous animals in our care. HART strives to be a “Low-Kill” Shelter.

Why does HART charge an adoption fee, when they could just find “good homes” for the animals?

Giving a pet away makes it very “disposable”. It cost about $1,000 a day to run the shelter. Every animal that is adopted from HART has been; altered, vaccinated, wormed, heartworm or feline leukemia tested, given heartworm preventative, flea & tick preventative and cared for on an average of twenty one (21) days. Dogs are adopted for $150.00 and cats for $75.00 or less. Anyone owning a pet knows the adoption fee does not cover the expenses that are invested in the animal.

I rent my house, can I still adopt from HART?

Yes, we just asked that we speak with your landlord to make sure it is ok to have a pet in the rental property.

How long are animals held in impound before going to the adoption floor?

All animals are held seven (7) days unless they are injured, ill or aggressive to the point of putting staff in danger.

If a dog has tags do you try locating the owner or call the vet on the rabies tag?

Absolutely. Keep info on tags CURRENT, this will assure your pet can be returned safely and in a
timely manner. All incoming animals are scanned for a microchip.

What number do I call when I find a stray?

Animal Control Services at 829 0991 or HART at 829 4141

Do you check for Lymes when stray comes in?

Not unless they are showing symptoms of being ill

My neighbor's dog is tied to a tree all day and all night? Is that OK if the dog has a bowl of water available?

Minnesota statue says the animal has to have shelter, food and water. It is not ok to leave the dog tied to the tree. But unfortunately this happens a lot and the laws are not very clear as to when this would be considered a violation of the statue.