Happy Endings Animal Rescue (HEAR) began in the summer of 2007. Sublette County, Wyoming experienced a “boom” due to natural gas exploration and development, which brought in folks and their pets from all over. In just a few years, the population grew from a few thousand to almost 10,000 at its peak. HEAR was founded by a group of animal advocates who saw the need to help re-home the many dogs and cats that came with the population growth. HEAR received its 501(c)(3) non-profit designation and continues to be the only no kill animal rescue in Sublette County. Donations are deductible as allowable by Law. Tax ID# 74-3231075.
HEAR is located in Pinedale, WY and funded by private contributions, grants and local city and county funding. We work closely with both city and county animal control to make sure that all pets, whether owner relinquished or picked up as strays, find loving, forever homes. HEAR works to help all animals, behaviorally and medically challenged, not yet weened and senior pets, by working with other shelters, local veterinarians, our volunteers and foster families to help pets in need. We are a small, non-profit, all volunteer organization without its own facility and each animal is evaluated on a case by case basis. Learn more about HEAR by reading our Frequently Asked Questions below.
Save lives and relieve the suffering of animals by increasing the number of animals adopted into permanent compatible caring home; to end shelter killing of healthy animals by placing homeless companion animals into forever homes; to provide education information regarding responsible pet care, training, exercise, socialization and veterinary care; to provide information about and support spay and neuter programs; to provide sanctuary for animals that cannot be adopted.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where Can I Come to See Your Animals?
Happy Endings Animal Rescue does not have a shelter facility. We do work with the Town of Pinedale Animal Control to house animals at their facility when they are first brought into rescue, until we can place the dog or cat in a foster home or the pet is adopted. Pets are fostered until they are adopted into a permanent loving, compatible family so they have the advantage of being in a home environment. For more information on fostering or meeting any of our animals, please contact H.E.A.R. at 307-360-6000.
Can I relinquish a Pet to your Shelter?
H.E.A.R. takes in owner relinquishments and animals from Sublette County Animal Control and the Town of Pinedale Animal Control that end up in their system. All animals are taken in on a case-by-case basis. Ideally, when we accept a pet into rescue, the pet is current on their vaccinations, altered, and has been seen by a vet within the last month. If a pet has a chronic health condition, we must know about this prior to entry into rescue. Owners will also be expected to complete a pet personality profile and must bring the pet in for an interview and photo shoot. We do have a relinquishment fee of $100.00. We cannot accept a pet into rescue that is aggressive. If you have a pet that has become aggressive, we can offer behavior modification assistance materials to you or help you find a trainer that can work with your pet.
How is H.E.A.R. Funded?
H.E.A.R. has developed successful ongoing programs, such as spay/neuter, microchipping and fostering (to ensure that a rescue finds a forever home) that require continued support. The rescue is able to continue to pay for these programs through the generosity of private donations, fundraising events, and foundation grants. In addition, the Town of Pinedale and Sublette County also help fund our life saving efforts. If you would like to help support our mission, we invite you to make a donation today. H.E.A.R. is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. Donations are deductible as allowable by Law. Tax ID# 74-3231075.
What Are Your Basic Adoption Requirements?
If you are interested in adopting, please fill out one of our dog/cat questionnaires. All potential adopters must be at least 18 years of age. We will work with you and the animal to assure the situation is right for you both. When you adopt a pet from us, they are current on their vaccinations, microchipped, and we make every effort to make sure they are altered. If the pet is not altered, (usually because of age) we do require a fully refundable deposit until the pet is altered (which is covered in the adoption fee).
What Are Your Adoption Fees And What Do They Cover?
Even as a non-profit organization whose mission is to place all our pets in permanent, loving homes, it still costs money to operate our rescue. We fund their medical care, feeding expenses, gas for transportation, telephone, insurance, and a myriad of other costs to keep the rescue running. The adoption fees cover only a portion of our expenses; to cover the deficit we depend upon the donations of generous individuals wanting to do their part to ensure that our cats and dogs get the care that they deserve. All of our animals are spayed or neutered, given age appropriate vaccinations, and micro-chipped. We also have information on pet health insurance available for new adopters. The adoption fees are $100.00 for cats and $150.00 for dogs.
Can I Take An Animal Home To Make Sure It’s A Good Fit Before Adopting?
Yes. If you are serious about adoption yet unsure what pet is the best fit for your family, you can be a temporary foster home for that animal. We will have you fill out a foster application and allow you to take the animal home for a period of time until you can decide whether adoption is the best option for you. Sometimes people aren’t prepared for the responsibility that comes with a pet but be assured that we will work with you to provide tips and resources for those unexpected circumstances and make sure that you and the animal are placed in the most compatible and caring family possible.
What Are the Pros and Cons of Adopting from a Rescue Group?
Animal rescue group adoptions tend to be much more personalized. Foster families make it possible for us to socialize our rescue animals to people and other pets so that we can get to know the animals better and provide you with a lot more information about how the pet fits into a family or home. However, this personalization can make the adoption process a bit longer. We may choose to contact your references and to conduct a home visit before finalizing the adoption. By adopting from an animal rescue such as Happy Endings or the shelter, you are saving two lives. You are making room for another pet to come into rescue or the shelter and saving the life of the pet you adopt!
How Can I get Involved?
There are many ways in which you can help out. We are always looking for foster families and volunteers to help with the animals, such as feeding and walking dogs, community outreach and during events hosted by H.E.A.R. We are a small, local animal rescue and we rely on the generosity of our community to get involved and support our mission in finding loving, compatible homes for otherwise homeless pets. Look under the “Ways to Help” tab for further information on how you can get involved, or you can call/text 307-360-6000, send us an email at email@example.com, or contact any of our board members directly.