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Who We Are!

Hardin Animal Relocation and Transition Team (HARTT) is a small group of volunteers who love animals.

It is located in Hardin County, Tennessee along the Tennessee River in the city of Savannah.

HARTT became a 501(c)3 in September 2014. We began in 2013 to assist our local government in the dog overpopulation in our county.

Our Mission:

Hardin Animal Relocation and Transition Team (HARTT) provides life-saving avenues for adoptable animals through spay/neuter and transitioning and relocating them from our area of pet overpopulation to areas where they have few adoptable pets. As a foster-based organization, HARTT animals live in volunteer’s foster homes that provide a positive, healthy and loving environment which prepares them to become life-long companions for their adoptive families. We give each individual animal the best care possible – mental, physical and emotional – before allowing them to leave our care. HARTT provides solutions to animal overpopulation in our region by offering spay and neuter to individuals who have surrendered litters of puppies to HARTT and, when we have grants or other funding,to those willing to spay and neuter their dogs and cats

Our Vision:

Our vision is for a tri-state area that embraces truth, honesty and compassion for companion animals through responsible pet ownership, community education/programs and proper veterinary care to include spay and neuter.

Our Values:

We lead by example -- we do what we say we are going to do, no matter the cost or length of time required. We know that saying "No” is sometimes required to give the best care to those we already have in our care. We value every relationship - with each other and with those in our area and beyond. We recognize that each relationship is critical in our work for the animals. Our commitment to better the lives of these animals is the force that guides us in our volunteer work.

Our Goals:

To reduce animal homelessness in our region three ways:

1.    Removing the next generation of breeding population (animals under 6 months of age) through transitioning, vetting and relocating them to rescues and humane societies who spay/neuter prior to adoption and are located in areas where adoption rates are high;

2.    Slowing the influx of new animals through spay and neuter of the adults that produced those litters we transitioned and by transitioning, vetting and relocating any unwanted stray mothers from these litters; and by,

3.    Slowing further population increase of homeless or unwanted animals through spay and neuter of owned animals in our area by gaining grants and funding to sterilize 500 companion animals per year over the next 5 years (2018-2022).


We work on educating the public in our area on the Free Spay/Neuter for dogs that we have in Hardin County. In Hardin County, TN each residence is allowed one dog Spay/Neuter Free each year.

We focus mainly on puppies. When we receive people's unwanted puppies; HARTT volunteers work with these owners to get their adult animals spayed or neutered either by utilizing the Hardin County Spay/Neuter voucher system (if they live in Hardin County) or by helping them get low cost or free spay/neuter through HARTT funding (Grants, etc.) therefore keeping the adult animal in the home and decreasing unwanted litter of puppies.


Animal Statistics

2021 Animal Statistics (click here)

2021 Live Release Rate is 100%

2020 Animal Statistics (click here)

2020 Live Release Rate is 100%

2019 Animal Statistics (click here)

2019 Live Release Rate is 99%

2018 Animal Statistics (click here)
2018 Live Release Rate is 97%

2017 Animal Statistics (click here)

2017 Live Release Rate is 97%


1247 animal came through HARTT

Adopted  64

Transferred  1164

Returned to Owner 2

Spay/Neutered owned animals  127

Lifesaving Percentage is 98%


808 animals came through  HARTT

Adopted 105

Transferred 690

Returned to owner 9

Spay/Neutered owned animals  28

Lifesaving Percentage is 99%

Formula for Lifesaving Percentage is Live Outcomes plus Ending Shelter Count divided by Beginning Animal Account and Total Live Outcomes.