Heart of Michigan Animal Rescue...
...started like any other organization for animals--a few people with big hearts and a great love for animals. In HOMAR's case, three ladies got HOMAR's pulse beating by rescuing here and there and then deciding that it just wasn't enough and in 2003, made the move to keep the beat going by making HOMAR officially a 501(c)3 organization.
It has only been a few years and HOMAR is growing slowly with volunteers that are very dedicated to the rescue and care of abandoned, abused, and homeless pets and supporters with just as huge hearts. The main purpose of the organization is promoting the rescue and placement of homeless animals in our local communities and the State of Michigan. We do not currently have an official shelter to house rescued animals and depend on volunteer Pet Foster Caregivers in their residential homes. The more Foster Care Givers we have, the more lives we can help and save.
Our priority is the animals we rescue. We recognize that these little lives deserve our understanding, compassion and care before all else and we strive to make sure that each rescued pet gets that second chance to live a happy life in a loving and healthy environment. But we do so much more...
HOMAR provides veterinarian care in general and emergency situations, remedial training for behavioral issues, educating the public on pet care and good pet ownership, promote spaying and neutering, and most of all, obtain good loving homes for homeless and rescued animals. On top of that, at times there are certain National campaigns on wildlife, animal rights and welfare issues that we like to bring to the attention to our supporters and visitors to this web site. Issues that we feel should be brought to the attention and campaigns that either need your help in supporting or help in defeating. We chose these campaigns and issues carefully and will learn all the facts and look at both sides before we post for the public to read. Sometimes just educating and informing can help animals and wildlife causes.
Our Mission is helping homeless animals--dogs, cats, and farm animals--with rescue (both life-threatening and non-threatening situations), medical care, vaccinations, fostering, rehabilitation and placement in permanent loving homes. To remove said animals from the breeding cycle through spay & neuter, thereby, helping the community with the pet over-population problem and maintaining good health and safety practices for the animals through vaccinations against diseases.
Heart of Michigan's Ace of Hearts
Ace was a very disturbed dog on his way to the animal shelter for the second time and most likely to be euthenized when HOMAR rescued him. Like a child that had been through mental and physical abuse, we knew he would probably never be the perfect pet and adopted into a forever home. Because of his past, Ace would always be scarred and before HOMAR, unwanted.
Even after two years of rehabilitation in our program Ace was still very timid and afraid of strangers. But what mattered to HOMAR is not that he would have been that perfect pet; we were content because he was with caring and loving guardians of Heart of Michigan that accepted Ace just as he was and would never just "throw him away" because he wasn't that perfect pet.
Ace got very sick and we suddenly lost him. We can miss Ace but we do not need to be sad for him. He received a second chance and was loved and had a wonderful home for many years. To a pet, there is no time and a hour, week, month or more is a lifetime. HOMAR and his guardians gave Ace many happy lifetimes. We, at HOMAR, want happy lifetimes for all homeless and abandoned pets.
Ace epitomizes everything we're working to change; to change the attitude's of people that think that they can just throw life away because it does not fit into their lives any longer.