It's with a heavy heart, I type words I never wanted to type as a volunteer for the HART Foundation, but alas we must do things we don't want to do in life. We live, we learn and we move on. Time stops for no man, so we keep going on the journey of life and honor those left behind the best we can. As a volunteer and very close friend of Amy's, I can't thank her enough for what she did. I will honor her in the best way I possibly can, for as long as I am able. I look back on the 12 + years I spent with her and the memories that were made. I would not take a single moment back. Amy taught me more then just caring for dogs, she showed me how to be as a person and how to keep going even in the tough times, among other things. I will do my best to continue helping animals and some day hope to have a rescue of my own in memory of Amy and the incredible HART Foundation that I had the blessing of being associated with.
With deep sadness, the HART Foundation is officially closed. All HART dogs have been adopted and we will not longer be accepting anymore. If you have adopted a dog from us, and wish to update the volunteers, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to receive updates on the babies that were adopted, so that we can know how they are doing. Even though Amy maybe now resting in the arms of God, those of us left behind who shared her love of rescuing animals, still would like to be updated on how all our babies are doing. It makes us feel close to Amy and also we can remember all the good memories each individual dog gave us. So many stories I look back on with fond memories. A vet who worked very close with Amy for many many years, spoke with us a few months ago about the situation. I will never forget the words he said. At that time I knew how special it was and even cried a bit, but it wasn't until Amy passed away that I can truly understand what he meant. He said he wanted those of us who were close with Amy to remember what difference we made in the lives of the dogs and to remember all the fond memories we had. He said that just because the Foundation was closing and we couldn't change things, we should still remember all the times we had and cherish them. I will never forget his words and I truly thank him from the bottom of my heart. I will always remember those fond memories and will cherish them. I hold them even closer to my heart now then I did. Each dog we saved, was one life changed. At the end of the day, that's all that matters. One life at a time. For anyone who has ever saved animals, I know you can echo this. One dog saved = one life changed forever.
Thank you to all who helped, adopted, etc. from HART. While we will remain closed, our hearts are forever with each one of those babies and we love them all dearly. We thank Amy for all she did to give the dogs homes and for the second chances she bestowed on so many. There will be great rewards in store for her. God Bless!
~Sharon (Always have been and always will be a HART Foundation Volunteer)
In closing I leave a poem for Amy. It's called "God's Garden" and the Author is unknown:
God looked around His garden
And He found an empty place
He then looked down upon the earth
And saw your precious face
He put His arms around you
And lifted you to rest;
God' s Garden must be beautiful
He always takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering
He knew you were in pain
He knew you' d never ever
Get well on earth again.
So He closed your weary eyelids
And whispered " Peace be thine "
Then He took you up to Heaven
With Hands so gentle and kind.
It broke our hearts to lose you
But you did not go alone,
For part of us went with you
The day God welcomed you home.
Below is a little background on why HART closed:
Since June 2002 there have been many dogs that have come through this rescue, thanks to Amy Hobbs. Amy's love and passion has always been for the dogs. She has said on numerous occasions that if not for the love of the dogs, she would not have wanted to push forward. Amy has been through so much, including 2 pancreas and kidney transplants. Due to other issues, Amy has became terminally ill. It was with broken hearts that we were desperately searching for people that wanted to give the remaining dogs at HART homes. All the dogs were adopted by August 2013 and we thank everyone who had a part in that.
Two individuals paid it forward a few years ago when they donated (gave) their kidney and pancrease to Amy, for which she was always so thankful. Many times Amy would give a dog to a family or reduced the adoption fee, so that they were able to give the dog a loving home and so that she could pay it forward through the dogs. Amy has paid it forward more times than anyone can count.
Huge thanks to WXII 12 for doing a story on our babies. If you would like to see the story WXII did, please visit their website here:
Link to the video from WXII 12 can be found here:
Link to article in the Winston Salem Journal on July 9, 2013
A thank you to Chad Tucker of Fox 8 WGHP for sharing our information on his Facebook page to all his fans.
Link to article in The Dispatch on August 9, 2013