On August 1, 2018, Dr. Dorothy York, president of HEART presents a check for $10,000 to Mandy Mills of the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility to support free spays and neuters. Your donations made this possible!

In May 2018, a group of HEART volunteers traveled to Erendira, Baja California, a small fishing village 100 miles from the border. With donated supplies we spayed and neutered 48 animals in one afternoon! We vaccinated, dewormed and gave them tick and flea treatments. All animals were sent home with donated collars, leashes, food and doggy clothes. See gallery for images!

In February 2017, the Spay Shuttle received a proclamation from Chula Vista Mayor and City Council for five amazing years of performing FREE Spay/Neuter services to the South Bay pets of low income residents.  H.E.A.R.T. is the major funder of these FREE spay/neuter efforts! The Spay Shuttle provides spay/neuter services for low income Chula Vista, National City, and Lemon Grove residents. With your contribution, you can help us continue to control the overpopulation of unwanted pets! Click HERE for more information.

In November of 2014 we received a second grant from the Roy & Marion Holleman Foundation for the Chula Vista Animal Care facility in the amount of $40,000. This grant was to be used for Facility Enhancement projects at the Shelter. Among the stipulated projects that were spelled out in the grant were the following enhancements:

• Installed new lighting and synthetic lawn in adoption interaction areas, making the area cleaner, more attractive and easier to maintain.
• Resurfaced the facility's floors with epoxy to prevent the spread of disease and create a more stable flooring surface.
• Installed air conditioning and sound proofing in the Behavior Assessment Room, allowing assessments to be more comfortably performed during hot weather and reduce animals' stress caused by outside noise.
• Created a small reptile enclosure to better address reptiles' environmental needs for reliable lighting, heat and security.

Without a doubt, one of the areas that stand out as the greatest improvement for both the animals and the volunteers who dedicate time and energy to exercising the dogs is the new and improved exercise area with the artificial turf. Be sure to bring a camera with you, because you will want to take snapshots of all the "wagging tails" you will see in the new exercise area.

Other Accomplishments

• We completed a state-of-the medical treatment room at the facility for sick/injured animals.
• We've funded special surgical procedures for seriously injured cats and dogs.
• We've provided vaccines and special tests as needed.
• We have co-sponsored low-cost spay/neuter clinics in partnership with the Neuter Scooter.
• We've supplied necessary veterinary supplies and medicine to help treat sick and injured animals.
• We installed air conditioning units for the animals in all four of the facility’s animal control trucks.
• We have provided over 200 warm, comfortable fleece beds for cats and dogs.
• We've purchased new, roomy cat enclosures for a more stress-free, comfortable environment.
• We've furnished a two-story rabbit condo for orphaned bunnies, spacious kitty condos, cat trees, and toys for dogs and cats.
• We provide formula and food for the Foster Program.

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HEART provides free spay/neuter services to over 700 pets for low income South San Diego County residents every year. Won't you donate today to help HEART continue to help provide free spay/neuter services?

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