Rescued Hearts has the following mission:
- raise money to donate to groups through the sale of merchandise;
- provide a forum to educate the public about animal welfare issues in the store, on Facebook, and on this website, including, but not limited to: puppy mills, hoarding, animal cruelty and neglect, spay and neuter, nutrition, and legislation
- facilitate networking among the groups and the public, and do our own part to help animals in distress.
- collect donations of food and other needed supplies for distribution to the groups.
Money is awarded to 501 (c) 3 non-profits.
Our goal is to increase visibility and public support for smaller local groups; focusing on groups for which a smaller award on a regular basis can make an impact.
We support rescue groups that have a solid reputation in the local rescue community, and have earned the respect of their peers. The groups we support can change over time.
In addition to the rescue groups, we support Hamlett Spay and Neuter Clinic’s low cost programs, to help keep animals from having unwanted litters. We particularly focus on subsidizing their program for senior citizens.
Each month, we feature a Group of the Month. They receive a donation at the end of the month based on a percentage of the store sales. We also give grants quarterly to a number of groups on a rotating basis.
In the fall of 2014, we had our customers vote for December’s Group of the Month. This vote was so popular, and the results were so close among the top 6, that we made the runners up the Group of the Month for the next 5 months. This allowed our customers to have real input as to where their money goes! As a result, we have continued having this vote annually, which allows our customers to determine who gets the monthly grants half the year.
We host adoption fairs for the groups who choose to participate.