Hilltop Animal Rescue Team

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Who We Are


We are a small rescue group in middle Tennessee that takes in pets that owners can no longer keep to save them from going to shelters and pull pets from shelters to save them from being euthanized. We are a no-kill rescue and feel that once we've made a verbal commitment to an animal, it's a lifetime commitment on our part. We feel that any adoptions from us make you a part of our family, and we keep our doors open to you for a lifetime. All pets pulled by our rescue will be fully vetted before being placed for adoption. If for any reason, such as medical problems, behavioral issues, etc., an animal can't be placed for adoption, it will spend the rest of it's life in our rescue. We only euthanize for health problems that have eliminated an animal's quality of life and there is little to no chance of ever recovering, or in rare cases of extreme aggression that could not be corrected after extended rehabilitation.

We specialize in Chihuahuas and have a huge soft spot for the bully / pittie breeds.

Aside from rescue work, we help families find affordable vet care and spay and neuter services for their pets to help keep them healthy and reduce the number of unwanted pets in this area to reduce the number of animals killed in shelters. We are frequently asked to do educational programs in the community on proper vet care, importance of spay and neuter, and proper pet care and keeping. We have also traveled to many areas to speak at local community meetings against breed specific legislation and have been avid educators on the pitbull type breeds of dogs. Currently we are working on getting our state licensing to start a wildlife rehabilitation facility as well as exotic pet 'zoo' where we will take in exotic pets owners can no longer keep. The new facility will focus on rehab and care of injured or orphaned wildlife, focusing on their eventual release back into the wild, as well as a sanctuary for the exotic pets including a building specifically set up for educational programs for the public on the proper care and amount of work these animals require.

Official HART website

Adopting a friend

For pets adopted through HART, you submit your application and we confirm all information and do a background check. If your application is approved we will set up a home visit or request photos of your home for the adoption file. We will set up a day and time for you to come meet the pet in person. If you're interested in adopting, you'll sign the adoption contract and pay the adoption fee at this time. Adoption fees on the day of adoption are only payable in cash. If the pet is already fully vetted you will be able to take the pet home at that time. Pets that have recently come into our program and have not been medically cleared to be spayed or neutered yet will not be able to go home until the surgery has been completed and they've had sufficient time to recover.


All pets adopted from HART must go to indoor only homes. Pets you currently have or have had in the last five years must have been kept current on vaccinations and must have been spayed or neutered. We require adopters to be at least 21 years of age. Until the adoption fee has been paid and a contract signed, pets are considered still available for adoption, will remain on the website and we will continue to take applications and screen potential adopters.

Interested in adopting? Our adoption application can be completed by clicking the following link: Adoption Application


Adoption Fees

Our adoption fees are based on many things, but the standard fee for pets adopted through the HART program are $150 for dogs and $80 for cats. Exotic pets will vary. Courtesy listed pets (will be noted with [CL] before or after the pet's name) can have adoption fees to cover the costs of the spay or neuter of the pet. Pets adopted through HART come fully vetted. This includes DAPPv, rabies, bordatella, a negative heartworm test, clean fecal, spayed or neutered, micro chip, and will be current on heartworm and flea / tick preventatives. Pets that come to us with current vaccines or already altered may have lower fees, as well as pets that are sponsored. The adoption fee covers all of these expenses. Our average cost for vetting a pet is based on the following figures:


DAPPv $12
Rabies $10
Vet exam $29
Heartworm test $20
Fecal $10
Microchip $20
Spay / Neuter $65
De-worming $8
**Out of state adoptions require an additional fee for the transport cost (averages about $150) and a health certificate that runs around $25.
One month flea / tick and heartworm preventative $12-$18 depending on size


The average time between the day we take in a pet and the time it's adopted is roughly 7 months. During this time we must also provide food for the pet. Because we are a small rescue and not listed as a 501c3 we do not receive donations of any kind; food, preventatives, etc. All of the costs of the rescue come from our pocket until the pet is adopted at which time some of those costs are recovered. As you can see from the numbers above, we never fully recover the cost of getting a pet ready for it's new life. We average $185 for small dogs for medical alone, not including food, preventatives, grooming, etc. This is something we do for the love of animals.


On the rare occasion a pet comes in that's fully vetted, or we're given a donation of extra funds for an adoption, that money is put toward vetting pets locally in low income families, vaccinating and spaying / neutering courtesy listed pets so they can go to new families, and very frequently those are fees waived pets. We very strongly support spaying and neutering pets to help control the over population problem we have in the south.

Information Center

If you're in need of low income assistance to get your pet vaccinated or spayed / neutered, please contact any of the groups listed below or contact us if you aren't in the middle Tennessee area:

Wally's Friends Spay and Neuter clinic, also does low cost vaccinations and heartworm testing with alters. Chattanooga, TN. 423-877-9966
Middle Tennessee Spay Neuter clinic, also does low cost vaccinations and heartworm testing with alters. Shelbyville, TN 931-684-5353
Putnam County Humane Society Spay Neuter clinic, also does low cost vaccinations and heartworm testing with alters. Cookeville, TN 931-372-2728
For help in Warren County for transport, please contact Warren County Humane Society. 931-743-0164
Paul's Clinic in McMinnville, also does low cost vaccines and heartworm testing with their alters and occasional vaccination clinics. 931-668-2702

The Little Boy and the Lame Puppy

A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell. He painted a sign advertising the four pups. And set about nailing it to a post on the edge of his yard. As he was driving the last nail into the post, he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked down into the eyes of a little boy.
"Mister," he said, "I want to buy one of your puppies."
Well," said the farmer, as he rubbed the sweat of the back off his neck. "These puppies come from fine parents and cost a good deal of money."
The boy dropped his head for a moment. Then reaching deep into his pocket, he pulled out a handful of change and held it up to the farmer. "I've got thirty-nine cents. Is that enough to take a look?"
"Sure," said the farmer. And with that he let out a whistle. "Here, Dolly!" he called.
Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran Dolly followed by four little balls of fur. The little boy pressed his face against the chain link fence. His eyes danced with delight. As the dogs made their way to the fence, the little boy noticed something else stirring inside the doghouse. Slowly another little ball appeared, this one noticeably smaller. Down the ramp it slid. Then in a somewhat awkward manner, the little pup began hobbling toward the others, doing its best to catch up...

"I want that one," the little boy said, pointing to the runt.
The farmer knelt down at the boy's side and said, "Son, you don't want that puppy. He will never be able to run and play with you like these other dogs would."
With that the little boy stepped back from the fence, reached down, and began rolling up one leg of his trousers. In doing so he revealed a steel brace running down both sides of his leg attaching itself to a specially made shoe. Looking back up at the farmer, he said, "You see sir, I don't run too well myself, and he will need someone who understands."

With tears in his eyes, the farmer reached down and picked up the little pup. Holding it carefully he handed it to the little boy.
"How much?" asked the little boy.
"No charge," answered the farmer,"there's no charge for love."
The world is full of people who need someone who understands.

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Hilltop Animal Rescue Team

Bone Cave, TN 38581
Phone: 931-273-5378

Email: HilltopAnimalRescueTeam@yahoo.com
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