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HWAH is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization. We care for senior dogs and cats and provide a safe and loving place for all our residents.
Our residents lose their home for a variety of reasons. Some owners are not willing or able to provide the extra care and attention a senior dog needs. Senior dogs are usually euthanized, since they rarely are adopted. In 2006, the sanctuary was created for dogs that were at risk of losing their home or being euthanized because of their age.
HWAH is a sanctuary for these dogs and, unlike other rescue organizations, we do not seek adoption for our residents. We provide a safe place for our residents to live out their lives, so they will never lose their home again.
HWAH is located in Gaithersburg, Maryland, in a house on two acres of fenced property. HWAH is a bright and comfortable home environment. Doggie doors lead to secure outdoor play yards and are accessible from many rooms in the house.
Each animal arrives with a unique set of circumstances. Food and medical expenses are generally greater with senior dogs because many require special diets and more frequent medical attention. We have a full sanctuary with about 30 senior dogs and 4 senior cats.
HWAH relies on donations and dog-boarding fees to cover its expenses. In addition, HWAH’s all-volunteer staff is instrumental in daily operations and upkeep of the sanctuary.
Visitors are always welcome at the sanctuary. You can visit on Monday through Saturday 11:30am to 3pm and/or Wednesday evening 6:30 to 8:30pm. Please call ahead to make an appointment.
If you would like to help, you can donate online by
clicking on the "Please Donate" Heart on the upper right of this page
to support HWAH with a monthly donation,
please use the "Monthly Sponsorship" box on the right of this page
House With A Heart is a 501c 3 non-profit organization, so your donation is tax deductible.