The mission of Loving Heart Animal Shelter is to rescue healthy and treatable dogs and cats in our community and provide them with the loving and care they need to find permanent homes.
For nearly ten years, Loving Heart Animal Shelter has been saving the lives of dogs and cats in the city of Lafayette, Indiana. LHAS is a no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization that has provided a wide variety of pets with a temporary place to call home. Thanks to the endless efforts of our staff, foster parents, and volunteers, over 6,000 pets have found love and comfort with adoptive families.
In 2009, Loving Heart was founded by Sandy Fogarasi and her animal-loving friends. Although some faces have changed throughout the years and LHAS has obtained a building, the heart of our mission has remained the same.
"There have been so many dogs over the years that have touched my heart... I will never forget any of them and where they are now, all because Loving Heart gave them a chance at life and love." - Sandy Fogarasi
I am an animal-lover from long ago. When I was a kid I would try to save every baby bunny or hug every stray dog I met. That passion to be kind and loving to animals carried over into adulthood.
My first dog, Brandon the golden retriever, was with me for over fifteen years. When I lost him in 2006, I decided to start volunteering at the local shelter. This is where I got my first experience of life and death in animal shelters, and I knew that I could and wanted to do something about it.
With the help of a few friends, I started Loving Heart Animal Shelter in 2009. Although nearly ten years have gone by and some faces have changed, we continue to have the same goal: Make Loving Heart great and have a place to for all homeless pets to call home. There have been so many dogs over the years that have touched my heart and made me who I am today. I will never forget any of them and where they are now, all because Loving Heart gave them a chance at life and love.
Head of Foster Homes/Adoption Counselor
I have loved animals for as long as I can remember; and when I was a young adult, I earned the nickname "The Dog Whisperer." Now, I live happily with my husband, two teenage daughters, and three wonderful rescue dogs from Loving Heart Animal Shelter. I am a part-time Certified Massage Therapist, part-time substitute teacher, and full-time animal lover.
However, as I have grown older, I felt a need to do more. Understanding the horrific lives that neglected, abused, and abandoned animals endure brought me to the great team of people at Loving Heart. They are truly making a change for animals in need.
I was both thrilled and humbled to join the Board of Directors in 2015. I know we will continue to make a difference - all it takes is love, hope, and action.
Born and raised in Lafayette, I have always been the token "animal lover" but never knew the true realities. After graduating from Purdue, I worked full time with Hallmark Home Mortgage as a Loan Officer and a Director with Scentsy, both of which I am extremely passionate about and loved. However, I was missing the last piece... And I found that with Loving Heart Animal Shelter.
I joined LHAS in January of 2012 and am Head of Fundraising and Events. I now feel complete, knowing that we are truly making a difference in the lives of animals that may have had no other choice. In January of 2013 I became Treasurer, and we are working hard into 2015 to make our organization bigger and better... And now, we are able to save more pets than ever with our building!
I have two girls and one boy of my own - four- legged that is! Sophia is my 5 year old Brindle Bombshell Mixed Breed. Khloe, a Rottweiler mix with one blue eye and one half blue eye (a bit creepy in the dark!) is my LHAS foster failure. And last but not least is my baby boy Chance, another Loving Heart foster failure. Chance most definitely chose us and is loving life with his two fur "sisters."
Loving Heart has blessed me in so many ways. I have met people that I don't think I could ever live without in my life, and I am able to help animals in a way that fills my heart. (Plus, I was able to adopt my Ko-Ko Khloe and Chanceria Pizzeria!)
Animal Transport/Adoption Counselor
When I first started volunteering at Loving Heart, I was a foster parent, opening my home to pets in need of a safe place to stay. As LHAS grew so did my desire to become more involved. Now I am a part-time adoption counselor, and I transport animals from the shelter to their appointments at the vet.