H.E.A.R.T. was formed in 2006 by a group of shelter volunteers and employees who wanted to improve the care of Chula Vista Animal Care Facility (CVACF) animals and assist our pet owning community. We purchased needed medical supplies that the city budget could not cover and supported our kitten foster program by supplying kitten formula and medications to raise nearly 700 kittens the first year. Over the last 5 years, H.E.A.R.T. has continued to support the CVACF medical program by building a new medical wing at the shelter. In 2012, our organization was responsible for a $150,000 cattery expansion, a project that has doubled the capacity of our shelter cattery. H.E.A.R.T. currently sponsors free spay/neuter services for low income South Bay residents. Your donations make miracles happen!

2011-2012 990 EZ Forms (PDFs):
Fiscal Statement
Schedule B

2013-2014 990 EZ Form (PDF):
Fiscal Statement

2014-2015 990 EZ Form (PDF):
Fiscal Statement

Dorothy York, DVM, MPVM
President / Treasurer - Dr. York has been a veterinarian for over 30 years and was the former manager of the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility. She recently retired as full-time veterinary medical director of the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility. Dr. York currently works 40 hours per week at two local animal shelters.

Paula Tschauner
Vice President - Paula Tschauner has many years experience working in the international marketing department of several computer manufacturers in San Diego. She has worked in the Frankfurt Germany and Lausanne, Switzerland offices of the respective manufacturers. Her last position was with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network in their downtown San Diego office. Paula has been involved with the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility since 2000.

Jeanette Woempner, RVT
Secretary - Jeanette is a Registered Veterinary Technician with over 30 years of clinical experience.  She has been a teacher for more than 10 years, and is currently the Director of Veterinary Programs for Pima Medical Institute’s Chula Vista Campus.  She has been managing Veterinary Assistant volunteers at the CVACF since 2005.

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Our Mission: To assist in the health and welfare of animals at the CVACF and to promote responsible pet ownership in our community. We improve animals' quality of life by helping with needed care, sponsor and promote spay/neuter programs, increase adoptions, decrease euthanasia, and collaborate with other organizations to aid in animal welfare.

H.E.A.R.T. is a 501(c)3 organization, EIN#37-1522742. Donations are 100% tax deductible.