Helping Alachua’s Animals Requiring Treatment & Surgery

The HAARTS program is designed to enhance the surgical training of UF veterinary students beyond spay and neuter – without the need for unnecessary invasive or terminal procedures. The HAARTS Program has saved the lives of over 1,000 animals since its inception in 2009.

Animals in need of care are identified at our weekly shelter visits or through local adoption groups. The majority of the surgical and medical treatment required is minor and represent conditions that are commonly seen in private small animal practices every day. The HAARTS program provides money for medical and surgical treatment of these special animals.

Some of the surgeries commonly performed by veterinary students in this program include: cherry eye repair, amputations, cystotomies, enucleations, and mass removals. Once treated, the animals are adopted into permanent, loving homes by one of our community adoption agencies.


The program is currently funded solely on private donations. The number of animals we can help is only limited by the donation dollars we receive.

Ways to Support HAARTS

  • Make a tax-deductible donation today!
  • Donations can also be mailed to:
    Veterinary Community Outreach Program
    Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences
    2015 SW 16th Avenue
    PO Box 100126
    Gainesville, FL 32610

    Please make checks payable to “UF Foundation” and write “HAARTS Program” in the memo line.
  • Shop at Amazon Smile and select “Univ of Fla Student Chapter of Assn of Shelter Veterinarians Inc”; 0.5% of eligible purchases will benefit the HAARTS Program.

Spread the Word!

If you are unable to make a donation, please help us spread the word by sharing this webpage and our HAARTS Program Informational Brochure.