In 2006, retired librarian Sher Polvinale and her late husband, Joe, a business owner, opened their home as a sanctuary for elderly and sick dogs. Today, with the help of a team of volunteers, her House With A Heart Senior Pet Sanctuary provides a loving home for life to more than two dozen animals.
The animals the sanctuary takes in are generally from rescue organizations, people who can’t take care of them any longer, family members who have passed away, etc. They focus on medically needy and senior dogs because they have little chance of being adopted.
In addition to giving the animals the run of her Gaithersburg, Maryland house, Sher spares no expense to care for her “fur angels,” often paying for expensive medical treatments out of her own pocket.
“We provide 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.”
In this video, by National Geographic, it’s clear that Sher’s devotion to caring for these pets and maintaining an environment filled with love is limitless.
HWAH is a non-profit organization. Check out their website for more information on how you can help.