About HWAH

In 2006, Sher Polvinale and her late husband, Joe, created a senior pet sanctuary in their home. Sanctuary residents are dogs and cats who had lost their families and homes through no fault of their own. Because of their advanced age and various  medical conditions, they had little chance of being adopted.

Once a dog became a resident, it would have a loving home for life. Our Director Sher devotes herself full-time to caring for the pets and maintaining and improving the Sanctuary.

HWAH is a 501(c)(3) non profit and is supported by volunteers from Montgomery County and the surrounding Metro areas.  Our volunteers walk, bathe, and care for the residents, as well as clean and maintain the house and two-acre property. As of 2020, 55 dedicated volunteers had joined the HWAH family. With Covid-19, our volunteers are currently “social distancing or safe-at-home”.

Our Mission:   

The Sanctuary’s Mission is to provide a “Helping Hand” for senior pets. For our residents, we are able to provide love, affection, and shelter. Many of these dogs receive medical care, such as diagnostic screenings, dental care, surgery, and medications, as needed.

We provide our current residents with a comfortable, bright, and spotless home environment.  They play in secure outdoor yards and spend supervised time in fenced, grassy fields on the two-acre property.  Healthcare and wellness screening are ongoing, with veterinary specialists consulted when needed.  Pets receive special diets, as necessary, and are fed high-quality foods and treats.

We help other Senior and Special needs dogs and cats with our “K-9 & Kitty Medical Miracles Grants” – by providing necessary medical care to make them adoptable from the shelters and get them into their local rescue or a new forever home.

“Feed Fido & Fluffy” – is our new HWAH Pet Pantry. By partnering with local food banks and pantries, we are able to help families with pets care for them in these difficult times.

House with a Heart established the Buster’s Buddies program to help other Rescue Groups by providing a home for dogs who are waiting for their forever home or a Forever Foster. These dogs are not HWAH residents — they still belong to the original Rescue Group.

HWAH relies on volunteers, donations, grants and wish list gifts to accomplish our primary mission of providing quality care for senior dogs and cats, and finding ways to “Pay It Forward”