Founded in October 2005, HSAR operates
entirely through uncompensated volunteer time. All money received in donations and adoption fees goes to pay for medical services or supplies for the companion
animals being cared for by the organization. HSAR and its volunteers provide the following services in the Northern Virginia area: trapping and medical care for stray
companion animals, foster care (providing daily care and medical), socialization and evaluation of rescued animals, assistance in searching for lost pets, and weekly adoption
events (held at a local pet store).
HSAR works with its volunteers to find the right homes for the animals in its care. It requires an application, an interview, and a home check in the hopes of ensuring that
the adoptions from HSAR will be the last adoption for the animal. If the adopting family runs into any difficulty, HSAR happily takes the animal back.
HSAR volunteers also assist in coordinating inter-state rescue of companion animals located in other jurisdictions. In the past few years, HSAR facilitated the relocation of over 230 stray cats living (and starving) on
the beach in Miami, Florida. These cats were homeless as a result of the hurricanes that area of the country experienced in 2006. Most of these cats were not
spayed/neutered or vaccinated, and many near death. Representatives from HSAR arranged for other regional rescue groups to take some of the cats transported into the area to foster and arrange adoptions. HSAR
has also assisted with transporting and taking in cats from several hoarding situations in Maryland and Virginia, as well as West Virginia.
HSAR has local impact, and works with the Fairfax community, assisting with abandoned companion animals found in this heavily populated area of Northern Virginia.
Additionally, HSAR assists other local rescue organizations with large, regional rescue efforts, and provides services needed for companion animals and the
people that love them.